Sunday 14 February 2021

Valentines afternoon tea at home

February 14th Valentines Day 

 For the past few years my husband and I have gone to a posh swanky hotel in London for a valentines afternoon tea so this year we are having to settle for an afternoon tea at home. 

Last year we went to lanes of London for there free flowing botanical afternoon tea which was very nice. I do like having a glass of bubbles or two with my afternoon tea . I have 2 bottles of chapel down English sparking rose chilling in wine cooler ready to open. We brought a box of 6 bottles in the summer when we visited the chapel down vineyard in Kent. Which if you like your wine is well worth a visit for a tour and tasting session 

I have been planning the below menu for past few weeks. 

Afternoon Tea 

Sausage roll wreath left over from Christmas and frozen 

Goats cheese and caramelised onion tart from Morrison the best range 

White chocolate dipped strawberries 
Egg mayonnaise in granary bread finger sandwiches and chicken, brie and cranberry in white bread finger sandwiches 

Homemade by me vanilla and red velvet cupcakes 

My homemade banana and caramel blondies i featured on my post a few weeks ago . I put them in the freezer to use today 

Iceland frozen assorted macaroons 
which were very nice and good value 


Chapel Down English sparkling rose wine 

It was a lovely family Valentines afternoon tea with Hubby , Daughter and my 15 year old  son who actually ventured out of his room and turned off his computer for a few hours !!!!!!

Unfortunately they  were all camera shy !!!!!!

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Banana and Caramel Blondie recipe


I always have a fruit bowl on the table and often have banana's that are overripe and brown which i do not like eating . However I hate wasting food so always find something to make with them !!!!

Yesterday I decide to use them to make some Blondie's which i found an easy recipe online for which as a bonus used up the caramel too  i had left over from the cake i made for my mums birthday . 

The recipe was simple and easy and they taste very nice. You can eat them warm as a dessert with custard or as a cake with a cup of coffee or tea. I added a chocolate heart to each square and froze half of them to have with a Valentines afternoon tea i am planning to do 


Ripe bananas 2 sliced
  • golden caster sugar 250g
  • butter 100g
  • caramel 100g, from a jar or tin (NestlĂ© Carnation Caramel works well) plus 2 tbsp for the top
  • white chocolate 100g
  • eggs 2
  • self-raising flour 200g


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven 180c/fan 170c/gas 4. Melt the sugar, butter, caramel and chocolate together until smooth. cool a little, then add the eggs and fold in the flour and banana.


  • STEP 2

    Pour into a lined 20cm square tin and add a few blobs of caramel to the top, bake for 45-50 minutes or until risen and set.