This weekend I visited my parents and we spent our time together enjoying the cafes and shops in Rochester. In one of the many cute independent shops in the high street I found a lovely vintage school milk bottle complete with paper straw… one of the many things I see when I’m out and about and know immediately I need to add it to my forever growing props collection.
This weekends cookbook review is The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree.
I first saw this book in our kitchen at work and loved it immediately, so bought it for myself as a birthday treat last year.
One of the reasons I love it so much is because it is so much more than just a cookbook, its a guide to hosting your perfect tea party in a 1940s way and includes so much more than just recipes. Inside you find pages on invitation designs, a guide to sourcing props, decorating your china, making aprons and bunting, parlour games, picking the perfect vintage dress, hair and make up including a step by step guide to Victory Rolls… it’s amazing!
The recipes are very retro as is the styling (in a good way), which is done by Angel and photography by Yuki Sugiura. It’s a wonderful book as it’s just so very different to any other cookbook I own.
Most of the time this blog is all food food food, so I thought I might be nice to introduce a little fun on Fridays and share something that’s not all about food photography. So today we begin with the first of a new little feature called ‘Non Food Friday’ and I thought I’d start by sharing a couple of my purchases this week. The first is something that I’ve seen popping up in shops recently and I have totally fallen in love with. As a person who loves to write lists the idea of a week planner/mouse pad/note pad with tear off weekly pages PLUS cute design…was pure genius and of course I had to have one!
This really cute design is by Knock Knock (www.KnockKnockStuff.com) which I found in John Lewis, Paperchase also have some great designs too.
I’ve also treated myself to a couple of very cute necklaces that I found in Accesorize, which is currently having a 50% sale, the camera necklace was reduced to £3 and the specs were £2.50, love them both equally.
Last week I was challenged to shoot a meal for Bonfire night, a Sunday roast with a difference and a Duck which wasn’t served with oranges. For the Bonfire Night shot I used a warm gel over my light to suggest the warmth of night time bonfire. The roast with a difference I chose a Zesty Roast Chicken recipe from Tesco Real Food website and for the duck… Delia’s Crispy Duck with Morello Cherry Sauce.
Last month I treated myself to a record player, I’ve wanted one for some time now and I finally found ‘the one’. Since then I taken great pleasure in browsing record shop and rummaging in charity shops for LPs.
However yesterday I took it to the next level… 2 hours spent searching in ten charity shops, 8 records bought… and only £8.50 spent!
Apologies for being a little quiet recently, it’s been my birthday and I do take my birthday celebrations seriously.
One of the best things about birthdays, apart from celebrating with groups friends, is all the lovely gifts!! My favourite gift this year (from my lovely boyfriend) Fujifilm Instax 210… a great feature of this camera is a little clip on lens for self portraits which not only allows you to shoot really close up but has a little mirror so you make sure you’re in frame! LOVE IT!
This is my first attempts at a new project I’m working on, experimenting with double exposures.
As usual I’ve been rummaging in the Charity shops and got myself tons of wonderful bargains this week, including a vintage cheese knife (20p) and gravy boat (50p), an Edith Piaf LP (£1.50), a gold corset (£5) and this very cute dress (£3)…
On Wednesday I met up with my parents at The Crown in Henlow, a lovely country pub, for lunch. I was very taken with the recycled pallets shelves…. food was lovely too. Thanks Mum & Dad!
On Bank holiday Monday James took me for a day out in Cambridge, we looked around the shops and market, walked along to river and watched the punts go by, stopped for coffee and cake in Patisserie Valerie and sat in the park…. the perfect bank holiday.