Save the date: Thursday 18th March

Yep, it’s coming up to that time again. Del (Curls n Skirls) and I are hosting another virtual tea party next week.

Although I bake a lot, I seldom make cakes— birthdays and Christmas being the main exceptions. But having just baked our family’s old favourite, the sociologist/historian in me got thinking about how recipes evolve, and the ebb and flow of their popularity. Naturally, I’ve now wasted spent far too much time reading old recipe books and newspapers.

Curious? I’ll tell you all about it next week (and share a slice or two of cake with you).

We hope you’ll be able to join us. I’ll kick off at 3pm next Thursday (Kiwi Time = GMT+13), and Del’s post will be up a bit later.

Save the date: Thursday 18th February

Yep, it’s coming up to that time again. Del (Curls n Skirls) and I are hosting another virtual tea party next week.

I’m still finding delicious Golden Queen peaches in my local greengrocer, and I’ve found a couple of new ways to use them. And I’ve just about perfected an oatcakes recipe …

We hope you’ll be able to join us. I’ll kick off at 3pm next Thursday (Kiwi Time = GMT+13), and Del’s post will be up on Friday.

Save the date: Thursday 14th January

We’re back!

Del (Curls n Skirls) and I had so much fun hosting virtual afternoon tea in 2020, we’re doing it all over again.

I hope you’ll be able to join us — anytime from about 3pm next Thursday (Kiwi Time = GMT+13). Golden Queen peaches are in season here (my absolute favourites) so expect to find them on the menu. And I still have a whole Christmas cake waiting to be eaten.

Getting ready

Preparation. Join me tomorrow for another virtual tea party and find out what I’ve got planned for these ingredients.


In January, when I posted the first monthly virtual afternoon tea, it just seemed like a nice excuse to bake a cake and share a few random thoughts with you.

I had no idea that within a few weeks millions of people would be living our lives in an increasingly virtual space; avoiding overseas travel, working from home, stock-piling loo paper (NOT GUILTY OF THAT ONE) and suddenly showering elderly relatives with the attention they have always deserved.

Self-isolation, social distancing, flattening the curve; phrases that meant little or nothing in January, have become not only part of our everyday speech, but principles guiding daily life.

Luckily, my local grocer has been spared panic-buying of baking ingredients, so I’m off to make a few treats to share with you tomorrow.

Hope you can join me. Face-masks NOT required, and virtual hugging positively encouraged.