Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Celia's Saucer | Vanilla Cupcakes with Candy Corn

Autumnal recipes | Vanilla and Candy Corn Cupcakes
What reminds you of your childhood most?

For me, it is the autumn season with its last flush of colour, and how vibrant it is. I get giddy towards the end of the summer as the skies melt from yellow into a copper glow and the air becomes distinctly cool.

It reminds me so much of growing up in New England, Massachusetts, and how we would spend hours in the lane, marvelling at the fallen leaves and, dizzy from the scent of pine needles that we would drag beneath our feet, we would mimick the coyote-cry as the evenings drew in.

A farmers town, I loved the harvest. Apart from the hay rides, best of all were the plump, cumbersome pumpkins, gloriously aflame in orange. We would snack on candy corn the colour of gourds and smack our chops at grandma and mum in the kitchen as they whipped up warm treats like sticky flapjacks with gummy-tacky dates and cupcakes piled high with heavy, salty buttercream frosting - the kind you just can't get in England and that even I can't quite master.

The weather lately has been mild but cool enough to pull my woolly hat down over my ears and skate outside to kick up the leaves and breathe long, deep sighs of crisp air. 

The season is well and truly here.
Leaves, Cupcakes and Candy Corn

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Celia's Saucer | Lindt Chocolate Mousse & Lava Cakes

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Cooking with Lindt Chocolate  

 While I'm generally a 'from scratch' kind of gal in the kitchen, it's always good to know there are quicker options to draw upon in a time of need, especially when all that's required is a extra twist to bring them to life. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Cat's Life #15

The nights are drawing in and so I am sitting on the sofa in our room full of lamplight and the smell of homemade chicken stock bubbling away on the stove wafts over in peels, reminding me that dinner is not far off.

This beautiful October Sunday inspired me to pick up where I had left off with the Cat's Life series, simply writing about where I've been lately as a kind of diary to myself and perhaps as inspiration for a Cafe Cat reader - where would you like to go? Where have you been?

At Home

The Cafe Cat at Home 
My favourite season is here and so I've been busy bringing the autumn indoors and foraging for herbs, dried flowers and nuts. I like the idea of having a seasonal still life on the mantle although I wonder what I'll do with it all when I have to light that fire.

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