Firstly, I love that she calls them spiced buns, thereby authorising them for consumption any time of year (HCBs just take a bit more milk in the dough, apparently). Secondly she naughtily suggests a bit of ground cumin in the mix which would give some unexpected kick. And finally she caps it off with this 18th century pamphlet of Captain Bun, the son of a baking family in London famous for their buns (oi oi) and who used to be in the army:
Apparently today is the day the post Christmas slump hits, so here are three things to make you cheerful:
1. A velvet dress
2. Good advice for weddings
3. Gwen Johnand cat drawings
4. An interview with the lovely Jasmine Guillory
5. An uplifting story of a life
6. Not running
7. If all else fails, Glaswegian hedgehogs
Cosy, pretty and comforting. Ideal moccasins from The Small Home.
Dispatch to a friend was a recommendation that came in at a time when soothing conversation was in high demand. Gillian and Annabelle are two Australian friends (shades of Lee and Crabb from my other favourite podcast here) who write a weekly letter that they then broadcast.
The warmth of their friendship comes through across myriad topics: Neighbours’ building works and tree lopping, wedding cake making, Virginia Woolf hunting, Scandinavian birthday parties and a Scottish roadtrip with dour landladies, miscarriages and the pecan harvest all feature in these delightful 20 minute episodes. Just right for autumn coziness, I reckon.
Yellow socks and daffodils by @amy_merrick; London building by me
Francois Ancelot painted by his wife Virginie in 1819, having the perfect post-Christmas rest in my opinion. As are these ladies
(Comtesse de Blot, Madame d’Egmont and Madame de Brionne by Louis Carmontelle), and this young man
(Young boy reading by Octavian Smigelschi)
A package of self-care (love the cartoons as much as the quotes), some good advice from Mari Andrews (“the world needs your full flavour”), and another painting by Lotte Leserstein.
I don’t care if it’s January and we’re all meant to be eating mild broth and celery – if it’s cold and dark also, we still need cake. I like the look of this banana bread by Jasmine Helmsley, and can vouch for the cranberry and marzipan recipe by Magda’s Cauldron, after it provided comfort with mulled wine after a very icy, wet walk the afternoon before New Year’s Eve.
As I say every year, the week between Christmas and New Year is for hibernating and enjoying home.
These pics from @madreonthemove are exactly my kind of rooms.