Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday, Cream Tea for One - Nov. 14/2010

What do you do when you can have tea for 2 or more?
One of my favorite indulgences - Cream Tea for one!

Scones, whipped real cream and homemade strawberry-vanilla jam (scrape a vanilla pod and add it to the end of the cooking time for your jam - I use the low sugar kind of pectin).

Another reason why this was such a special tea,... I was brewing my last cuppa Strawberry-Vanilla-Rose tea. I got it on sale at the Bulk Barn.  Who knew it was discontinued!  I have been on the hunt for it since then or, tried to make it myself from the ingredients.  No luck since.

Another favorite Sunday tradition for me - watching 'The Street'. 
 It is on the CBC from 7:30am to 10am (a week's worth of programming at once!
People who really know me, know not to bother me at this time.

Zambra Mora Wokshop - Nov. 13/2010

-Went for a great workshop at Arabesque in Toronto (see link below); then off to visit my friend Trish and to get a Festive Special at her fav. Swiss Chalet in Richmond Hill.


Flamenco/Bellydance with Anjelica Scannura

The fusion of Bellydance and Flamenco that we know today is called Zambra Mora,after the flamenco music developed by Sabicas. Zambra Mora has the same proud posture of Flamenco, floreos (isolated wrists rotations), heavy travel steps and some characteristic turns. From Arabic dance, Zambra Mora borrows undulations, shimmies and hip and chest circles.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Witch's Tea - 2010

The Invitation
October 29, 2010
-Join me for some pumpkin treats-
Enter if you dare!

No, you're not there yet!

The hostess, aka - Me!

Vanilla Earl Grey Tea
Petite Fours
Mini Pumpkin Muffins
Pumkin Cheesecake Mousse
Scones with Pumpkin Butter, Apricot Jam & Clotted Cream

Pumkin Muffins/Cake (adapted from the cake doctor cookbook)
1 box of cake mix (chocolate is good, I used spice mix here)
1 15oz can (about 1 3/4 cups) of pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs
Mix it up and bake! So easy.
Optional -I put mini chocolate chips on some of them and pumpkin seeds on others before baking.  Cream Cheese icing is good too.

Pumpkin Butter
Original Recipe Yield 5 - 1/2 pint jars
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree (or use your own pumpkin)
1/2 Apricot Jam
3/4 cup apple juice
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons cinammon
1 1/2 cups white sugar
Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well & Blitz with an immersion blender. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Transfer to sterile containers and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

The Guests
(Including a special Skye from PEI)

A Poochy Moment

Spooky Stuff

 Witchy Stuff


Photo by LL of the dead tango.

Don't forget to watch,... a witchy tradition.

Additional Beverages