Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Two Magpies Bakery Southwold



 The Two Magpies (for more info click here )  is an artisan bakery in Southwold. and a little gem not to be missed. There are a few seats inside and one small table outside, altogether room for about 16. The seats were all taken so we waited till something became available, we sat at the table outside.


The coffee was excellent and accompanied by the most delicious buttery plum frangipane tart! Well worth the wait.
If I was staying in Southwold I would probably be in there every day. Everything is available to eat in or take away.
There are GF options available.

A few passers by stopped to look in the window and commented on the prices being too high. I thought the prices we justified given the quality. Maybe they were used to something mass produced from a chain.
I returned late in the afternoon and most things were sold. I left with a chocolate hazelnut brownie.


Beautiful selection of sour dough breads



                         and savoury treats,


Supersize (rose and pistachio?) meringues and triple choc roundies, so spoilt for choice!


On leaving I noticed that the tiled floor at the entrance tells what this was before it was a bakery.




We climbed over 200 steps to the top of the lighthouse which should have helped to work off some of the calories.


Southwold pier from the lighthouse.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Nonsuch Mansion Cheam






Nonsuch Mansion is a Geogian gem built in a Tudor-Gothic style with walled gardens. It is in beautiful Nonsuch Park 
On open days you can visit the Service Wing that has been restored and is shown in the Victorian-era There is a dairy, sculleries, kitchen, larders and  laundries. It is well worth a visit. There's lots to see and plenty of information about the people who lived and worked here. For more details please click  here





Nonsuch had a supply of ice from its own ice house. Below are 2 ice cream makers from that era.


 Larder


 Laundry

 I like the designs of these iron stands.




 Several irons could be kept hot.


 The Orchid room in the Mansion




Monday, 17 April 2017

Japanese Cheescake


This recipe came from a Japanese friend called Shigeko.
It's very light unlike the usual American baked cheesecake. It's closer to a souffle.
There are other recipes on the internet that include a bit of flour. This one doesn't so is gluten free.

I added orange zest to the mixture. it wasn't in the original recipe.

Ingredients
225g cream cheese
 (I used Farmhouse curd cheese or you could used Philly plus a little milk to soften.)
2 large eggs separated
1/4 cup caster sugar
Grated zest of orange( 1/4 -1/2 area of orange surface)
Orange slices halved

Topping
142 ml sour cream
1/4 cup castor sugar

To Make
Mix the egg yolks, cream cheese, sugar and orange zest in one bowl.
In another bowl whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage. If you tip the bowl a little the whisked egg whites should stay put.
Add this to the first bowl and fold in gently.
Transfer the mix to a buttered 8 in round pyrex dish.
Bake at gas 3 170C for 35-40 min.
 Switch off he oven after the cooking time is up and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 5-10 min more to flatten. Then pour the topping  over and the cheesecake return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
Leave to cool then arrange orange slices on top.





 I didn't have any sour cream so I used some full fat yogurt, added a little sugar and spread it on the top of the cooled cheescake with the orange slices.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ametsa at COMO Halkin for Lunch


Ametza with Arzak Instruction at the COMO Halkin details here

The food was fab-u-lous!!




Glass test tubes of spices are suspended from the ceiling and I could smell the fragrance on entering the restaurant.