The month of November is now in full swing and the warm autumn days have been replaced with dark and frosty winter mornings. Yet, despite the cold and dreariness, the shops have already started decorating their windows with beautiful Christmas ornaments and the streets, which are illuminated with magical twinkle lights, are full of bustling passers by who are all too eager to start their Christmas shopping… Continue reading “Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes”
Hallowe’ en has arrived and everybody is frantically buying their last-minute pumpkins to carve as jack o’ lanterns and decorate their houses and gardens… Jack o’ lanterns are named after carved pumpkins, squashes, turnips and other root vegetables of the sort and are associated with the strange lights flickering over peat bogs. They are a yearly Hallowe’en tradition in America that originally came from the Irish legends of Stingy Jack and are used in many different kinds of folklore stories. The headless Horseman, for instance ( from ” The legend of sleepy Hollow” written by Washington Irving), is often depicted with a pumpkin or jack o’ lantern in lieu of a severed head…
As Hallowe’en night approaches, my mind goes wild imagining stories about a spooky yet mystical wood; Black bats flapping about and screeching wildly disrupt the eery silence, and the dark night is broken only by the mysterious blue-ish, silvery light which seems to emanate from a trembling moon... Continue reading “White Chocolate Hallowe’en Cupcakes”
As time marches on, an all time seasonal favourite of mine gets closer and closer: All Hallow’s Eve, or more commonly known as “Hallowe’en”. The leaves have now fallen, the crops have been harvested and ‘Tis the season to celebrate this ancient tradition. It is believed to have derived from pagan, celtic harvest festivals and later on, in some parts of the world, evolved into a religious celebration dedicated to remembering the dead. Nowadays, Hallowe’en has become quite a secular holiday where people enjoy trick-or-treating dressed up in costumes, carving bright orange pumpkins into jack- o’- lanterns, drinking apple cider in front of large bonfires and telling scary stories… Continue reading “Sugar Paste Pumpkins”
What are Magical Pastries? A cake can be delicious, but what makes it magical, is the overall effect.
Definition: Related to, resembling or using magic. Seems removed from everyday life. Mystical, enchanting, unbelievable, magnificent, beautiful…
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The month of September is the perfect month of the year to start afresh; As the leaves turn slowly brown, dry up and fall softly to the ground, I am reminded of what Meg Ryan says in You’ve got mail, about how “New York in the fall makes her want to buy school supplies and send out bouquets of sharpened pencils”. Continue reading “September, new beginnings…”