Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Peanut Butter Cookies | Celia's Saucer

Cookies with Milk and Peanuts
 These beauties are just perfect to suit a late afternoon. Coarse and cakey, salty-sweet and with a gentle crust, they pair well with a tall, cold glass of milk, the sofa and a good book.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Easy Bread | Celia's Saucer

Le Creuset Bread
It's Sunday morning. You've been awake for a time but have yet to really stir. Opening your eyes, you look at the softly lit window and think to yourself that you really ought to get up. You roll over gently, pull yourself to a sitting position and the day dawns. 

You're hungry and so it's a good thing you took the five minutes the night before to make a simple dough and leave it somewhere warm. Switching the oven to 230 degrees, you watch as your cast iron pot changes from volcanic orange to red hot. 

Sprinkling a large handful of flour onto a clean surface, you plunge your hands into the sticky dough, wondering sleepily if it will ever come together. Although tacky, it surprisingly lifts clean of the bowl and, flopping it onto the surface, you shape it roughly into a ball before placing it in the smoking heat of the pot, placing the lid firmly on top and putting it in the centre of the oven for half an hour.
An old Le Creuset Recipe for bread
Making a pot of coffee, you wrap your hands around the mug and gaze out of the window as your stir your small spoonful sugar into the dark brown liquid. 

Before long, the timer beeps and lifting the lid, you see the bread that just needs another 15-minutes uncovered. Is it really that easy?
An easy recipe for no knead bread
It is. And, what's more, it's hot and crusty. All you need now is butter and perhaps a poached egg.

How did you ever enjoy Sundays without it?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

JING Tea | The Gift of Time

Thousand mountains greeted my departing friend
When spring tea flourishing again
His profound knowledge about picking tea
Through morning mist or twilight clouds
That solitary journey has being my envy
Rendezvous in a temple of a remote mountain
We enjoyed picnic by a clear pebble fountain
In this silent night
Lit a candle light
Knocked a marble bell for chime
While deep in thought for old time.
Black Teas from Jing Tea
 When it comes to buying gifts, I pride myself on putting a lot of thought behind what I give. For me, it's not so much the gift itself but the concept or idea behind it. I've always maintained you could give someone almost anything and it would be a lovely present if there was a real and compelling motivation, thought or personal story behind it that you could bring to life, wrap with a bow and present with love. When people say "It's the thought that counts", this is the part for me that is paramount.

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