It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It is indeed! I’m visiting my parents in Germany at the moment and have been helping them with Christmas preparations and decorations. This is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s been especially beautiful here this year. We’ve been making German Christmas cookies of all shapes and sizes, some worked out great and some didn’t. We have some cookies here that are so hard it’s dangerous to eat them! ūüôā

Shown here are some simple stars with white chocolate icing.. yummy.

My mum taught me how to make an advent wreath with four white candles. It was much easier than I expected and lots of fun.

I collected pine cones with my dad in the woods and after our success with the first wreath, we took on the challenge of making a pine cone wreath for our front door. It was so much work and my hands really hurt afterwards but it looks stunning against the dark green door. Let’s hope it keeps a few years.

We also found some pretty holly with lots of red berries which I used to decorate the chimney piece and some furniture. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I wish you all a wonderful cosy advent with lots of tea, cookies and fun preparing for Christmas!

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sin or genius? messing with English tea culture…

 

Is English tea really just meant to be paired with biscuits? 

I grew up in London, drinking large amounts of English Breakfast Tea, occasionally accompanied by scones, biscuits or chocolates. When my family moved to Germany we incorporated German cakes (fruity or creamy cakes) into our¬†weekend 5pm tea-routine¬†which already seems ‘far-out’ to me sometimes. Ok, obviously not every weekend, that wouldn’t have been a good for our shapes & sizes!

Well, recently we discovered something new …¬†Japanese tea cakes.¬†There’s an extremely cute patisserie in Frankfurt, Germany called iimori.¬†http://www.iimori.de/patisserie/suess-speisen¬†It’s a French-style Bakery downstairs and a Japanese restaurant upstairs. They sell your average cakes, croissants and bread BUT they also sell some Japanese cakes.

Above are photos of their green tea tartlet and green tea chiffon cake. They are all very yummy yummy… but¬†have we gone too far?¬†Is it a sin to pair English Breakfast Tea with French/German/Japanese cakes?

Or is it genius?

I’m wondering whether some elderly ladies living in the lovely English countryside would shake their heads disapprovingly.

Does English tea culture really exist anymore anyway? And btw what do the Japanese drink with their cakes or are they meant as deserts??