I had a campaign for today. A plan of attack. A strategy. To prepare for an afternoon treat, I had a lightish breakfast and went on a very long walk.
Breakfast was 40 g porridge oats, 100 ml soya milk, 150 ml water, blueberries, apple and cinnamon. I put all the ingredients, except the apple, in a pan and brought to the boil then simmered for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. I then grated the apple in, stirred and served.
The apples and cinnamon go with porridge perfectly and the blueberries added some vitamins and a splash of colour. After I had served and photographed my bowl, I added 1 tbsp of coconut nut butter for protein and fat.
After dropping Harvey off at school, I drove further than normal as I wanted to go on a walk with a measured distance. There is a forest about 15 minutes away with a 9 km trail for cycling and walking along. I know I am quite a slow walker but I want to know my walking speed so I wanted to know how long it would take to walk this distance. Unfortunately, there was a long diversion as parts of the forest were out of bounds due to logging.
I am not sure if that made the walk longer or shorter! I know I walked for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
I think this is where the Gruffalo lives.
No wonder these trees topple in the wind – their root system is incredibly shallow for such a tall tree.
This fallen tree has a new tree growing in its base!
Not many ducks or geese on the lake today.
The dogs both barked at this monkey statue which made me laugh.
I enjoyed my long walk but when I got home I was really hungry. I had some Cranberry sauce left in the fridge from Christmas. I made this using a recipe from Oh She Glows. It was really easy and only contains 3 ingredients: fresh cranberries, maple syrup and salt.
I ate some Knekkebrod with cottage cheese and cranberry sauce.
It was delicious.
Unfortunately it was a bad lunch choice because I felt really hungry after my walk and ate more then the 3 pictured. I also ate 2 with cheddar and 3 with butter and Marmite. Unfortunately these knekkebrod are so delicious and moreish I need to get them finished and not make any more for a while! I should have eaten a more substantial lunch, rather then pick at these.
I spent the afternoon at a Vintage Tea Party. It was fabulous. Mirella and I went together to The Tower House in Tenterden which is a beautiful Georgian house built in 1750. It is run as a B&B by the owners who collect and furnish their beautiful home with all manner of vintage wonders. Look at their website and click on the 2 magazines they have been featured in recently to see how gorgeous this house is. If you ever fancy a trip to this part of Kent, I can not recommend this as a place to stay highly enough.
This afternoon (and tomorrow, but I am afraid they have sold out), Pippa is hosting a Vintage Tea Party which is a slightly eccentric way to spend an afternoon. It was bonkers in a brilliant way and Mirella and I had a fantastic time.
We were greeted by Pippa and Stella,
who showed us to our pretty table set beside the fire.
We knew it was our table :-).
The table was set so beautifully.
The first delight to come our way was a “Poinsettia” cocktail. I can’t remember what was in it apart from Prosecco. It was delicious and I loved the original Babysham fawn that was on the tray.
We were given a tower of amazing savoury and sweet delectables. The bread was homemade and cut very thin. We had cucumber sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, salmon blinis, prawn choux buns and mini salmon tarts. It was all so elegant.
On the sweet layer was some fruit cake, a chewy yummy something, mini meringues sandwiched with cream and fresh raspberries, strawberry and cream shortcake, scone with cream and strawberries and white chocolate choux buns.
Then there was a miniature sherry trifle. So retro. Love it. It was very sherry 🙂
It was so beautifully presented and ALL tasted as wonderful as it looked. Visitors were seated in the pretty dining room or the double sitting room. We were in the sitting room which had several tables set up in it. We chatted to our neighbours who enjoyed their tea as much as we did. This afternoon was English tradition with an eccentric twist at its best.
We had a choice of teas served in a vintage teapot (we went for Darjeeling) and finally a choice of about 5 different cakes. I had the carrot cake which was yummy.
I think I ate about a gazillion points/calories today. I have no idea how to count those points so I am not going to. This afternoon was a one off and not something I can do often. I love a traditional afternoon tea and this was a fabulous one. It was a fun afternoon and I don’t regret any of it. Thank you Stella and Pippa for an amazing tea and please invite me to your next special event.
I am too full from this afternoon’s feast to need anything for supper other than another cuppa. More tea Vicar?