All posts tagged: dinner party

Dinner Party Blooms from Serenata Flowers – Review & Giveaway!

I must admit, when I was younger, I wasn’t particularly interested in flowers. My parents spent a lot of time making our garden look wonderful, but I didn’t pay much attention to the names and types of plants. I certainly appreciated the beauty of flowers, but I could just about tell you the difference between a rose and a lily, and that was pretty much the extent of it! When Tim and I got married, we made an appointment with a local florist in Devon, and it soon became very apparent how little we both knew. We knew what we wanted in terms of how it would look – creams, greens and browns, for our rustic countryside theme. I’ve never been a ‘girly’ girl, so pinks and yellows aren’t really for me. So when the florist arrived at my room on the morning of our wedding and presented my bouquet to me, I surprised myself by bursting into tears! As well as not being a ‘girly’ girl, I’m also not a ‘happy crier’ so this …

Sipsmith & Jude’s Gin & Tonic Ice Cream

Gin and Tonic is my favourite pre-dinner tipple. I like the flavour of gin and find it an easy spirit to drink. My drink of choice as a teenager was usually vodka and as such, I put myself off it, buying cheap local versions, packed with sugary mixers. But I never touched gin when I was younger, so it has remained sacrosanct, and something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed as an adult. My friend recently introduced me to Sipsmith gin. After looking at their website, I loved their brand and gorgeous design of their bottles. Sipsmith is the first copper distillery to launch in London for nearly 200 years and they have reintroduced the art of handcrafted, small batch spirit production to the capital. I’ve heard that their distillery tour is really interesting, so I’d love to check it out one day and learn more about how they create their gin. Apparently they have names for their three stills – Constance, Prudence and Patience. Love it! When I found out that they were launching a limited edition …

#FoodieFriends – Poppy’s Chocolate Orange Mousse

Next up on #FoodieFriends is my wonderful sister-in-law, Pops! Poppy does some fantastic dinner parties and is a brilliant baker. She was also a bridesmaid at our wedding – here she is looking gorge walking down the aisle ahead of me. I’ll need a recipe from my third bridesmaid, Laura, next! 😉 Poppy’s Recipe: Chocolate Orange Mousse by Delia Smith “I first got told about this chocolate mouse from my Mother and Father who thought it was literally ‘to die for!’ And couldn’t wait to share their findings! It is one of Delia Smith’s classic baking recipes – I mean, who doesn’t love a good Delia? It is decadent but light and full of guilty pleasures!! I have made this recipe twice and both times it has gone down an absolute treat! I serve it with a slither of something citrusy – either grapefruit or orange, some berries and a Terry’s chocolate orange! The recipe calls for popping it into the fridge for a few hours but I have done this with minimal time and …