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Brie, bacon and fig jam panini

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One of my favorite parts about the summer is long picnics in the park. We’re fortunate to live only a block away from one of the best parks in the city, and every year I look forward to reading a book and eating dinner on a blanket.

Plus people watching while eating dinner feels like dinner and a show. What’s not to love? Not to mention nothing takes your mind off the heat (and feeling like you’re melting) quite like other city dwellers sweating through their clothes alongside you.

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It’s hard to say whether the snacks or the people watching is my favorite part of picnicking.

People watching pro: You learn so much about your city neighbors! If you’re lucky, you’ll overhear some gossip.

People watching con: If you’re not so lucky, you make awkward eye contact with the people on whom you’re eavesdropping and then you feel like a creep. (The more you’re sweating, the more your creepiness increases. I don’t make the rules. I just follow em.)

Snack pro: On the best days, you attract all the neighborhood dogs to your picnic and then feel like a happy dog owner if only for a moment! Plus, you get snacks. Win win!

Snack con: Is there one? Maybe it’s that you make everyone jealous?

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This crunchy baguette sammich is exactly the kind of thing you want to lug to the park to enjoy outside. Jealous side eye be damned! It’s like packing cheese and crackers and leaving the knife at home. (This goes unsaid, but a knife would most certainly increase your creepiness.)

Since we’re all friends here, I have no shame admitting I hardly noticed when fig jam fell out the side and onto my shirt. Like a beautiful love stamp. Proof that this sandwich is so good not even the mess it makes will bother you. But if you can shake the crumbs and jam off a blanket at the end of a meal instead of your shirt, then you’re doing something right! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Brie, bacon and fig jam panini – Serves 2, 20 minutes total

Ingredients

4 strips of bacon

6 3-in long slices of brie

4 tablespoons of fig jam

1/4 of a baguette cut in half and split open

Directions

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet. Flip frequently. When crispy, set aside on a paper towel on a plate.
  2. Cut a standard baguette into quarters. Cut one of the quarters in half so you have two small subs. Put the flat part of the baguette on the cutting board so that you can slice it open. Repeat with the other portion.
  3. Spread fig jam on both sides of each baguette.
  4. Layer 3 slices of brie on top of the fig jam. Add the bacon and top with the other piece of baguette.
  5. Put in the George Foreman or cook on the stovetop for 8-10 minutes.

(I ate both sandwiches pictured, but it was a bit much for one person. Hence I highly recommend splitting it with a pal.)

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The restaurants we loved the most in London

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I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m a really embarrassing dinner date when traveling. When we visit new restaurants in DC, I’m not usually compelled to take pictures of the food. When traveling, however, I’m maybe a little too comfortable with the notion that I’ll never see 99.99% of the people at a restaurant ever again so I have no shame whipping out my phone and snapping pictures during meals.

As a result, you’ll find most of these pictures are grainy at best with a few hidden details that really make me smile – like the woman on the brochure in the picture below or the gentleman looking into the camera who I cropped out of the photo from Aphrodite. In short, I might be shameless about whipping out my phone but not so much so that I have a small photoshoot before diving into a meal.

The following restaurants are the meals we loved the most, the ones I couldn’t bother with a taking more than a picture or two during, quality be damned, because the food looked too good to wait any longer! I hope you have the chance to visit some of these spots should you find yourself in London. I can say without a doubt we will revisit more than one next time we’re in town.

Honest Burger.jpgHonest Burger – We stumbled into Honest Burger after my cookie class on our first full day in London and didn’t wait more than five minutes before nabbing a table at the Portobello Road location. Overhearing all the different languages around us was a complete thrill, and I’d be lying if I said we weren’t both surprised when fries showed up on the plate instead of potato chips.

Dishoom.jpgDishoom – This was our favorite meal of the whole trip! Get the black daal and chai tea and make sure you check out the kitchen in the lower level where you can see all of the naan lined up like soldiers waiting to go in the oven. Funnily enough, Kevin and I got lost on the way there, and thanks to reading Google Maps wrong, I lead us into a closed strip club. Thankfully we didn’t just hang our heads and turn back. I would have loved to eat here more than once if only we hadn’t visited on our last day in town.

Harrods.jpgHarrod’s Food Halls – Kevin said that because of the sheer opulence in every corner and the absence of windows disorienting you at every turn, Harrod’s feels like a casino. To which I have to say it was the most luxurious casino I’ve ever seen!

We visited for the sole purpose of visiting the Food Halls and could have spent hours exploring the meals in each themed room. Pictured above is the produce room (couldn’t you tell from the grapes in the chandelier? 😉 ), but we also explored the dessert room, the meat room, the chocolate room (I repeat: the chocolate room), the seafood room, and a whole list of places we didn’t even see, like the ice cream parlour!

We made the mistake of buying some pies before realizing there is no place to eat them, and some stands won’t heat up the food. So if you drop by, grab a snack on the go or take a sandwich to the park! I highly recommend the chocolate dipped candied oranges from the chocolate room.

Aphrodite.jpgAphrodite – Recommended by our Airbnb host as her favorite local spot, Aphrodite’s friendly staff, dim lighting, and tables so close you might elbow your neighbor all make you feel like you’re dining with friends. We ordered the meat mezze, per our host’s recommendation, and there were eleven plates on our table at one point. Eleven! I’ve never felt more like a gluttonous American than during that meal.

One of the waiters even warned us to lay off the (five) dips so we’d have room for all four courses. If it sounds decadent, it’s because it was. The first course was cold appetizers (hummus, baba ganoush, labneh, etc.) followed by warm appetizers (portobello mushrooms and grilled haloumi atop tomatoes). As if that wasn’t enough, we then tried at least five different kinds of meats and fish and ended the meal with a salad. Everything we tried left me at a loss for words because it was so delicious, but I especially liked the part about the salad last!

Duck and Waffle.jpgDuck and Waffle – Duck and Waffle is the highest restaurant in the city on the fortieth floor. I’m having a hard time finding a more perfect phrase to describe it other than “gastro-club.” We rode a glass elevator straight to the top and some seriously strong beats welcomed us when the doors opened. Stylish youths sat all around the high tops and poufs, and very few of them were taking pictures of the city around us. One can only assume that dining decadently at the top of the city is a regular occurrence for them.

We both ordered the duck and waffle – crispy fried duck breast on a fluffy belgian waffle topped with a fried egg, although I think the bacon wrapped dates were the real star of the show! Don’t let the 40-stories up (I’m afraid of elevators, but the trip seemed to last less than a minute) or the warnings on their site about certain outfits required scare you away. The food was fun to try once while taking in the view, but I think next time we’ll end the day there with just a cocktail.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing more from our trip! We had so much fun exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new foods. I’m already looking forward to the next adventure, if nothing else so I can justify another four course meal 😉

More from the trip: 

Biscuit icing class at Biscuiteers

Everything we loved in Iceland

Sights you should see in London

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Sights you should see in London

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Notting Hill neighborhood.jpgAfter visiting Iceland, we spent about six days in London, and the city exceeded our expectations in every way! We stayed in an Airbnb on the edge of Notting Hill, although we loved every hood we visited. We relied on the Tube for our main transportation, and aside from getting separated one time, we had no trouble at all.

Below are some of the places we loved visiting grouped by proximity. Full disclosure: This was our first time visiting London, so we spent most of our time visiting obvious spots, all of which were fun to visit at least once, but I’m really looking forward to seeing even more hopefully soon!

The London Eye.jpgWestminster Abbey.jpgThe London Eye – We booked tickets ahead of time, and the birds eye view was the perfect welcome to the city! The trip around the wheel took about thirty minutes, and while it did feel like the British equivalent of visiting Times Square with all the tourists everywhere, we still had a lot of fun!

Westminster Abbey – I had high hopes of waking up early and beating the lines outside of Westminster Abbey, but the morning we went, we overslept! So we waited for about an hour in the drizzling rain, but it was so worth it. Within the first five minutes of the audio tour, they point out the grave of Sir Isaac Newton, and the tour ends with a corner dedicated to Shakespeare and other famous writers. Nuff said.

Victoria and Albert Museum.jpgBuckingham Palace.jpgThe Victoria and Albert Museum – When your friend tells you, “This is my favorite museum in the whole world,” walk, don’t run there. Every inch of the Victoria and Albert Museum is covered in art. From the room of plaster casts of famous sculptures to the design exhibit surrounded by a library pictured above, there was something exquisite to take in around every corner. Just look at the cafeteria’s ceiling of all places!

Buckingham Palace – How could we visit and not drop by? Also, as if I wasn’t cliche enough, I read The Royal We while we were abroad. It’s about a young woman who falls in love with the heir to the Crown. Aka the perfect vacation read right up my alley.

Windsor CastleWindsor streetsWindsor Castle – We didn’t buy many advance tickets, but we did buy tickets for Windsor ahead of time. It was a quick train ride from the city, and a great day trip! We saw the former moat filled with a lush garden and the dining hall where they organize the dishware with a ruler. Like in Downton Abbey! Even the hanging lights have crowns on top of them.

The town next to the Queen’s weekend castle (casual.) had plenty to explore too! Had we known, we would have spent more time hanging out, but instead we caught the train back to see Dreamgirls at The Savoy. And no surprise here, we loved that too.

Diagon Alley.jpgThe Dursleys House.jpgHarry Potter Studio Tour – When we booked tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour I first thought every time slot was booked, and I nearly cried. Thankfully I quickly realizing there was one open timeframe left. Hallelujah! I took nearly as many photos during the Harry Potter Studio Tour as I did during our three days in Iceland which says it all.

We saw The Great Hall! And Diagon Alley! And Privet Drive, Dumbledore’s Office, costumes and wigs from every character, and countless other amazing sets and props from the movie. They recommend spending four hours on site, and if it weren’t for our needing to catch the last shuttle, I have no doubt we would have poked around for longer than the almost three hours we took everything in. It was truly a magical experience, and you should absolutely go if you’re a Harry Potter fan!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some what we loved during our first trip to London. Tomorrow I’m sharing all of the restaurants we visited because if anything deserves its own post, it’s the food!

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Everything we loved in Iceland

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I hope you’re recovering from a fun and restful Memorial Day Weekend! Since Kevin and I returned from Iceland and London, I’ve been coding my new online portfolio (and a new home for this blog, hooray!). While I focus on learning Github and figuring out what the heck I’m doing, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing some pictures from our trip!

We did way too much to cram into one post. So this week, I’m sharing three things: Everything we loved in Iceland, Sights we recommend seeing in London, and Everywhere we ate in London. It was without a doubt the best vacation ever.

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First up: Iceland! Iceland was unlike any place I’ve ever traveled. From all of the pictures we saw beforehand, I thought for sure we’d land on a stretch of green grass surrounded by bright blue waters with whales swimming in the background. But from the plane we saw nothing but brown grass. The initial view was not what I had expected, but the sights the next few days more than made up for it.

We rented a car so that we could move at our own pace and adventure outside of our Airbnb in Reykjavik. The drives were the best part! The views were take your breath away stunning. One minute we were on winding roads surrounded by black rocks and gray sky and the next there was a huge lake in front of our eyes and snow was coming down. The largest lake in Iceland is pictured above. I took that picture from the side of the two-lane highway. Can you imagine if that was your backyard?

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On our first day, we grabbed sandwiches at the airport and drove to Pingvellir National Park. The walk along the path was mostly flat with the exception of some rocky places at the end in which you can see in the second picture. Although there were warnings posted all along the winding path noting to watch out for falling rocks which was quite the welcome.

This might sound funny considering it’s called Iceland, but I couldn’t get over how cold it was, especially on our first day. Maybe it was some combination of jet lag, but the weather really is no joke. It was really windy, and by the time we left the park, piercing rain was falling, and then it started snowing as we got halfway home. Reminded me a little bit of this tweet about one week of weather in Indiana, except Iceland crams all of it into one day!

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On our second day we drove to Geysir and Gulfoss Waterfall. The geyser erupts into the sky every few minutes and everyone stands around with their cameras poised and ready. Because of the wind, anyone standing to the right in the image got drenched. Waiting around with people from all over the world speaking different languages was as fun as hearing everyone’s delight as the geyser exploded each time.

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We checked out the nearby hot springs before stopping at the cafe inside for some snacks and shopping.

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The wind at Pingvellir the day before was nothing like the wind at Gulfoss Waterfall. We couldn’t have stayed more than thirty minutes because from the moment we opened our car door, I was convinced someone would get blown off the edge and into the water. I distinctly remember thinking, “This is it. This is the moment someone gets swept off the edge by Mother Nature like some horrific movie scene.”

The top picture was taken from a small bridge which overlooks the waterfall. I lasted less than a minute on that thing before nearly crawly further from the edge. Thankfully my fears never came true, and everyone was fine. The windy dirt path was under construction, otherwise I’m sure someone would have been crazy enough to venture down there. Can you see the tiny specks of people in the top right of the second photo? Everywhere we went, I felt very small in the best way possible.

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Our drive home after Gulfoss didn’t take nearly as long as the way there because we were no longer pulling off the side of the road for views like this one. #worthit And just as we got back to town, it started snowing!

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One of my favorite things about Reykjavik was all of the street art. There was something fun around every corner. It made exploring on a snowy night even better!

While we were visiting, the sun rose around 5a.m. and set about 10p.m. each night. We did technically enjoy more daylight than usual, but Iceland was gray unlike any gray day I’ve ever experienced in America. Within our first few hours of driving, Kevin and I kept comparing Iceland to what we imagine Mars must look like. There were multiple layers of gray clouds in the sky and the dark rock everywhere gave off a dystopian movie vibe.

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You won’t find much about the food we ate in Iceland with the exception of the bakery Sandholt. Their long marble countertops had two (!) dessert cases full of croissants, danish, cinnamon rolls as big as your head, and so many other delicious treats. It was only two blocks from our Airbnb and I have no shame admitting we ate breakfast here twice.

Otherwise, most of our meals were sandwiches grabbed on our way out of town. Before visiting we read the food is more expensive that it’s worth, so we decided to save our pennies for London. Thanks for sticking around til the end of this post. I hope you’ll drop by tomorrow to see Sights we recommend seeing in London!

More from the trip: 

Biscuit icing class at Biscuiteers

Sights you should see in London

The restaurants we loved the most in London

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Biscuit icing class at Biscuiteers

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While I didn’t return with an English accent or a wardrobe which looks like I walked straight out of Downton Abbey, I did return home from Iceland and London with a full stomach and so many happy memories! Both places were more incredible than I could have imagined. And since each place was so different from the other, it felt like a perfectly well-rounded trip chocked full of time relaxing and plenty of sightseeing.

I’m working on a longer post about everything we recommend if you’re planning on visiting, but until then I want to share more about my cookie icing class at Biscuiteers. Or rather biscuit icing class.

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I got used to calling these bad boys “biscuits” pretty quickly because I didn’t want to bring shame to my country by being that American who messes up the line icing and can’t call cookies by their right name! Can you imagine? I was not looking to get myself kicked out of class, thankyouverymuch. I stood out enough by being the only one drinking coffee and calling the eggplant an eggplant instead of an “aubergine.” To say nothing of my accent. And let’s be real, I mostly stood out because I was telling anyone who would listen that it was my first time visiting London.

Thankfully, I didn’t get myself kicked out, and I also didn’t cry during class like I was worried I might (I was so relaxed on vacation, I could hardly predict when something was going to move me to tears). I first heard of Biscuiteers via the Discover section of Instagram. Their huge range of cookie designs – the fruit! the sweaters! – blew me away, and I especially love how friendly their captions are. When I saw they host cookie icing classes in London, I knew I had to sign up.

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The class I took was on a Sunday afternoon from 11:30-1:30. During which, one Biscuiteer taught eight students how to ice cookies which look like veggies! We learned how to create a border of royal icing and then flood each cookie with colors using flood icing. The line icing is in the photo above in the piping bags and the flood icing is in the squeeze bottles. The squeeze bottles made all the difference! In the past, when I’ve used piping bags for flood icing, the icing is so runny it pours out through the icing tip which is less than ideal to say the least. Both the bags and the bottles were easy to use and as I type this I’m reminded I need to order some squeeze bottles to use at home.

We iced each cookie as a class step-by-step which made the designs far less intimidating than they might look. Here is a guide for icing some of the veggies pictured here.

Along with the the biscuits we iced, we also got to take home a biscuit tin (“Homegrown biscuits” be still my heart) and an apron which has the biscuiteers icing shop drawn on it! When I saw their shop on Instagram for the first time, I thought the design was photoshopped! Nope, it is that cute IRL.

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Thanks to their expert packing, nothing broke in transit! And even after waiting a full week to eat them, the biscuits were still perfectly fresh and delightfully chewy. They tasted like soft iced gingersnaps. Aka heaven. If you fancy making these yourself, here is the recipe for various cookie flavors and here is the recipe for both kinds of icing you will need. Just searching their Instagram will inspire you to up your cookie game, and I’m already looking forward to using what I learned again soon!

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Everything we loved in Iceland

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The restaurants we loved the most in London

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Scrabble tile shortbread cookies

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If you’re reading this on Wednesday, there’s a good chance we’re 30,000 feet in the air pretending like there’s more than a paper-thin carpet and a giant floating body of aluminum separating us and the ocean beneath us. Aluminum. The thing which can barely contain hot dogs and hamburgers when they’re fresh off the grill! I should’ve never googled “what are planes made of.” I was better off not knowing.

I’m a bit of a nervous flyer, and after an especially turbulent (and teary) flight last month, I’m crossing my fingers that our flights throughout the next week are a lot smoother! Or at the very least, that I fall asleep for every single one. Knowing we’ll soon see geysers and waterfalls in Iceland makes boarding the plane a lot easier. Plus I’m hoping I can drown out all the weird plane noises with some Jonsi! If I listen hard enough, I’ll better understand Icelandic by the time we arrive, right?

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I’ve been anxiously anticipating this trip for many reasons, but mostly I’m excited to feel very small! I can’t wait to consume the news from a different viewpoint, to lay off the social media, and to meet new people from all over the world! There’s nothing like time away from home in a new place to make you realize how much is out there.

To say nothing of all the food and sights! And audio tours! All the audio tours in the land!

Who am I kidding. I’m way too excited to sleep!

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I wish I could take these Scrabble tiles (and all of you!) with me for an on-the-go game! The best part is, the set I made has neither a Z nor Q because I ate them. I also drew an exclamation point which I promptly ate before Kevin could see it and remind me that exclamation points aren’t regulation tiles. But wouldn’t scrabble be more fun if punctuation was allowed? That sounds like a game I’d like to play.

I used the same sugar cookie recipe as the softball cookies, and I’m happy to report the recipe made about 150 Scrabble tiles to scale. I took these photos in a bit of a hurry before a game night at a friend’s, and at the very least I’m glad I noticed I originally spelled “Congrats” as “Congarts” before I took the picture. Phew!

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These cookies are the perfect addition to game night, and I guarantee if you eat two dozen while you’re icing them, you’re in good company 😉 They’re incredibly snackable and instantly recognizable, and as a result, they won’t last long!

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Shortbread cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cube the butter and put it in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar. Combine until fluffy and well incorporated.
  3. Add the flour and mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium for 5 minutes.
  4. When the dough begins to stick together or to the sides of the bowl, dump it onto a well-floured surface for rolling.
  5. Place a wooden spoon on either side of the dough (but not wider than your rolling pin), so the roller stops flattening the cookies after a certain height.
  6. Flatten dough. Cut desired shapes. For these tiles, I cut strips of dough and then cut the strips into smaller squares.
  7. Place shapes on cookie sheets and place in the oven. Decrease the oven’s temp. to 325.
  8. Rotate cookies after 10 minutes and cook for another 5-6 minutes until golden brown on the edges, but mostly the bottoms.

Tip: When I make cookies, I take them out of the oven just before I think they’re fully done so they can cool on the pan for 10 minutes before I transfer them to a cooling rack.

Royal icing recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • A pinch of salt
  • Food coloring

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients until well-incorporated.
  2. If you want to make black icing for writing, I set aside about 2/3 of the royal icing for white icing and then combined the remaining 1/3 with equal parts of red, blue, and green food coloring until the desired color was achieved.
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If my family was dessert: my sister Madeline

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Today is my sister Madeline’s birthday. Happy birthday, Madeline! I’m capitalizing on her birthday to share my new series: If my family was dessert. (Although our Dad is always getting the short end of the stick. His birthday was in February when I was doing Whole30, so poor guy’s going to have to wait until 2018.)

Don’t some people have personalities which remind you of certain foods? It’s kind of like how dog owners look like their dogs. If Madeline was dessert, she would be cardamom fairy cakes with chamomile buttercream frosting!

When I was thinking of flavors which Madeline personifies, I was looking for something savory, but a little sweet. She’s the funniest person I know, and a damn mean cook (both she and her fiance!), so I was a little nervous to make her in dessert form first. Madeline bought me these silicon baking molds for my birthday last year, so it seemed fitting that my first time using them was to celebrate her!

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We’re all having a blast helping Madeline prep for and celebrate her wedding (think a woodland theme with paper flowers everywhere), but some of my favorite memories I have of me and my two sisters are from when we were younger.

Our mom used to throw us the most elaborate tea parties for our birthdays! I can still remember them like it was yesterday – down to the designs on our teacups. At the end of the school day, we’d leap off the bus in our starchy plaid uniforms and run inside to find the entire kitchen strewn with crepe paper streamers. Small cakes and sandwiches on the fancy glass (!) dishware dotted the table, and each person would have a party favor at their spot at the table, even if it was just us four girls celebrating. I’ll never forget how excited I was when one year my favor was a brand new pack of crayons.

We all loved Mom’s tea parties! So when I stumbled upon fairy cakes – miniature sponge cakes – in the Great British Bake Off cookbook, I knew these would be the perfect thing to represent the sister who is as obsessed with small felt animals today as she was with finding Calico Critters as her tea party favor.

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If Madeline is a combination of flavors, however, she’s without a doubt more exciting than vanilla. I thought cardamom would be the perfect balance of sweet and savory for one of the smartest, most well-read women I know. And what cake is complete without a frosting? I finally settled on chamomile buttercream frosting.

Just like I’ll remember Mom’s tea parties forever, there’s nothing quite like a mug of chamomile tea to make me think of our Dad. He makes the best cup this side of California (aka no one in the entire country makes a better cup, I’m sure of it) and no matter how long we’ve been away from home, it’s one of the first things my sisters and I request after we’ve dropped our bags. I suppose this recipe is as much a homage to our parents as it is an attempt to capture Madeline as a dessert! It goes without saying we wouldn’t be half the women we are today without them.

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I hope you have the best year yet, Madeline! Wish we could celebrate together with a tea party and fairy cakes 🙂

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Cardamom Fairy Cakes, adapted from the Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking | Makes 12 mini cakes

Ingredients

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 tablespoon of milk

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/4 heaping teaspoon of cardamom

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 silicone liners and set aside on a cookie tray.
  2. Combine 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. The mixture will look almost like a soup. Every time I do this step, the butter never mixes in completely, but it always does once the flour is added. So don’t fret if your butter doesn’t look well incorporated.
  3. Sift the 1/2C of flour and 1/4t of baking powder into the liquid mixture. Combine.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 heaping teaspoon of cardamom. Combine.
  5. Fill each mold to the top. This cake expanded very little for me, so you don’t have to worry about spillage like you might with a cupcake or muffin.
  6. Bake for a total of 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.

Chamomile buttercream frosting adapted from A Cozy Kitchen with the addition of an extra tablespoon of buttermilk 

Ingredients

1 stick of butter

4 bags of chamomile tea (I used “Sleepytime” from Celestial Seasonings)

2 cups of powdered sugar

A dash of salt

3 tablespoons of heavy cream

Directions

  1. Melt the butter on the stovetop. Cut open the tea bags and add the tea to the melted butter. Turn off the heat and let sit for at least ten minutes.
  2. Strain the butter, removing the tea leaves from the mix. Place in a container in the fridge. Leave it until it’s no longer liquid but also not hard, about 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, salt and heavy cream. I found I needed nothing more than an extra tablespoon of heavy cream to make the icing more spreadable.

I thought about adding mint leaves or icing leaves to these fairy cakes, but the more I stared at them plain, the more they grew on me. If you’re going to decorate them, I recommend powdered sugar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a mint leaf.