28 April 2011

William & Kate

William & Kate are getting married an the country is paralysed. London streets are taken by enthusiastic persons, in the mood of celebrating the royal matrimony
Image courtesy of Early Learning Centre- HappyLand Toys
And why not? we think is a good excuse to go out and celebrate. This is why we love street parties... great excuse to gather, celebrate and feel part of a community.

All through the morining until late evening neighbours all over UK will be sharing meal, thoughts and affections for  this young couple.

In words of Wikipedia this British tradition began at the close of World War I as "peace teas" to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. In Britain, these have historically been held to commemorate momentous events, such as VE Day or the Queen's Silver Jubilee, with "bunting, trestle tables covered with sandwiches and cakes, and children playing in the street"

An estimated 10 million people took part in street parties in 1981 for the wedding of Prince Charles and (then) Lady Diana Spencer. Let´s wait and see how many for his son´s wed!

20 April 2011

These charming cake stalls

Yum, yum, Cake Sales... these little so well cared little stalls, packed with cupcakes, flap jacks, biscuits, gingerbread man, brownies and gorgeously homemade cookies... These in the picture above were not only delicious but in my opinion stunningly presented. For it was, just a little cake stall my little 7 year old neighbour had set up herself, to raise money for her school. I though it was such a great initiative, so what a great excuse for me to buy a whole plate of scones and three brownies on the go.
In fact, the spirit of them all, is what it makes them absolutely irresistible! The homemade feeling and smell!, what a delicious smell, the use of soft pastel colours, polka doted backgrounds, beautiful trays to display mouth-watering pastries, scones, cakes, tarts or fairy cakes. It is always a fundraising winner!

This British charm comes indeed from the ever so popular English Tea time, so far away from being just a topic, one of these indulgent things that is coming back to be a trend. From a fine traditional Victoria Sponge to some tasty and healthy cucumber sandwiches. These magical trays and plates wonderfully garnished with glacé cherries, buttery icings and colourful decorations are indeed a real vivid and contemporaneous ritual that still remains as a charming way to have a sweet treat.

16 April 2011

Sticky Toffee Circus

Sticky Toffee Circus, a name I came up with, while raising my first child in London.  I was then, new to the city, new to Motherhood.

To me, becoming a Mum had a sweet, milky, rich and satisfying flavour that you can never get enough of it. But also this side of sudden stick-to-somebody, attachment, intensity and endless commitment that comes within the role. And Circus, well, the arena where fun and amusing things happens!

We all, as parents have a Sticky Toffee Circus of our own. Let´s enjoy it and share!