Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee

Its been hot hot hot this week and while i still wanted my coffee on saturday morning, i just couldn’t face hot coffee. Whats the answer? Cold coffee. But I’m not talking about coffee thats gone cold or iced, I’m talking about coffee thats brewed cold.  Colonna and Smalls has one such brewer. If you just cool coffee down thats been brewed hot the flavour will totally change, I’ve often noticed this with the varying coffees I’ve tried over time, so here is a different take which makes what i imagine is the essence of coffee

Hario Cold Dripper at Colonna and Smalls

The apparatus pictured is a Japanese style cold dripper (made by Hario) which brews the coffee using cold water. The water drips through the mechanism over a period of 4 hours. From what i gather it acts differently on the chemistry of the coffee, some compounds are taken out of the coffee while others are kept in. The result is reminiscent of a coffee liquor and it actually reminded me of coffee liquor chocolates. Im not really sure how to describe the taste but it was delicious. The beans in question were Ethiopia Sidamo Deri Kochoha Guji Washed from Has Bean

I think one of the highlights was the glass which it came in which was so fancy and sophisticated and really added a special something to my morning.

You can see a Japanese video of how the Hario Cold Dripper works


Oat and Currant Cookies

Oat and Currant Cookies
I made these yesterday
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 80g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • splash vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • half tsp salt (make sure its fine ground)
  • half tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • quarter tsp ground cinnamon
  • 60g oats
  • 100g currants (or other dried fruit of your choice)

The method works best using an electric mixer with paddle attachment:

Preheat the oven to 170C / 325F / Gas 3

Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy

Beat in the egg and vanilla

sift the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and oats into a bowl and mix (i do this in the scales bowl) then beat into the wet ingredients.

Mix in the currants till evenly dispersed

Arrange equal amounts of dough across 2 buttered baking tracy (use parchment also if your trays aren’t non stick) – i found a tablespoon of dough each makes around 18 cookies

Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 – 15 mins – cooking time will vary depending on your oven – they must be slightly soft when you take them out (but not wobbly) and will harden as they cool

Cool for about 5 mins on the trays then transfer to a wire rack

This Weekend, Antiques and Tea

This weekend theres a double whammy of vintage happening in Bath; The Secret Tea Party and the Vintage and Antiques Market

The Secret Tea Party’s run by Mrs Stokes are currently running roughly every two months. They are often in a secret location only revealed the week before the event (but always accessible). I’ve been to quite a few and really enjoyed myself. The afternoon includes afternoon tea served on vintage china and various demonstrations depending on the theme; I’ve learned how to do victory rolls in my hair, tips on buying vintage clothing and even how to do the Charlston (so exciting). The Pop up Parlour are also there if you want to get your hair and makeup done for which you can pay on the day.

The next one in Saturday 26th May and I think there are still tickets available which you can buy here via eventbrite. The theme is 1950’s Jubilee Party Frock and Roll! (theres going to be a free Swing and Jive workshop that I’m especially looking forward to – that and the cake and cucumber sandwiches)

Bath Vintage and Antiques Market

The second event happening this weekend is the Bath Vintage and Antiques Market at Green Park Market which runs on the last Sunday of every month 9:30 – 4pm. I’ve been to the market a couple of times, last time I managed to find some china to match my biggest set (more on that another time) and some embroidered hankies. The priced totally varied, I found square scarves (which I love) ranging from £3 – £30. It’s one of those treasure troves where you really don’t know what you might find. (image source)

It’s really great that the two events coincide this time as my friend is coming to visit. If you don’t have any plans this weekend yet, have some vintagy fun!

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is such a great film both for scifi and period costume. As you will have probably gathered from reading this blog i love clothes from the 1950s, particularly the ordinary everyday clothes. Ive put together here some outfits inspired by Lorraine throughout the film

One of the easiest fifties looks to recreate is the mid length skirt and cardigan. The skirt length however was a little tricky as until recently the ‘midi skirt’ was just not fashionable at all, pretty much since the mid nineties. Luckily this resurgence has meant they are more accessible. Otherwise, if you can’t find the right skirt look for vintage reproduction or just shops that are aimed at the over 40’s

back to the future lorraine blue

Oasis Cardigan Debbenhams. Skirt Eastex.


The 1950’s style prom dress is something that will never go out of fashion.

Lorraines Enchantment under the sea dress in back to the future

Movie picture source. Whirling Turban Dress.


At the beginning of the film Lorraine is wearing this check dress. This was the most difficult to recreate since it needs to look sweet and pretty but not too girlish. These days its difficult to find anything with a peter pan collar which isn’t either 60’s style with a high waist or incredibly short

back to the future lorraine peter pan dress

Movie picture source. Stop Staring Doll Dress and Chelsea Dress Daddy Os. Simplicity (3796) Etsy Lazy Days Design. Simplicity 2797 Moms Patterns. Irene Dress in Pink with Chocolate Bow from Laura Byrnes Black Label at Pinup Girl Clothing. Berverly Dress Heartbreaker


Niagara polly and rose

I watched the 1953 film Niagara today, and aside from the spectacular scenery i was enjoying what everyone wore (mainly just because thats what people wore in the 50’s). There are two very different female leads; Rose the blonde bombshell feme fatale wearing killer heels and tight skirts to accentuate her wiggle and Polly a fresh faced young woman in soft blues and fabrics. I wanted to see if i could recreate some of the looks and here are my ideas

Niagara Polly outfit ideas

pollys outfits in Niagara

Blue dresses, grey skirt and shirt: Lands End. Cardigan: M&S. Shoes: Office. Belt: New Look. Socks: George. Plimsols: New Look 

Niagara rose outfit ideas

roses outfits in Niagara

Niagara Dress: Pinup girl clothing. (or from Deadly is the Female in the UK). Blue check suit: Tara Starlet. Stewardess Pillbox Hat: Village Hats. Shoes: ASOS. Red and Black Suit separates: Austen Reed


Also while searching for inspiration i found this blog post about outfits in the film which has much better photos than i do

Take one biker jacket

When i was a teenager i had a proper biker jacket. It was so cool and i utterly adored it. Sadly it was on the teensy bit on the small side (bought it off a friend who it didn’t fit) and so eventually off it went to the charity shop. Ive always wanted a new one. This one from Topshop is rather gorgeous, and although its not all padded up for biking it will go really well with a variety of outfits. The thing about the biker jacket is because it doesn’t naturally go with anything, you can “make” it go with anything… with a bit of careful thought

one leather jacket 2 looks

Traditional Leather Jacket from Topshop

A walk in the park

Shirt: River Island.Classic Pretty Floral Pleated Skirt: Bon Marche. Shoes: Matron yellow pat pu Office. Katelyn Womens Bag: Joules

A night on the tiles

Black bow cropped top: River Island IRIDESCENT ALL OVER SEQUIN SKIRT: Topshop Red or dead deena sandals: Schu. LYDIA SATIN WRIST STRAP CLUTCH: Accessorize

Marina Aquamarina

“Marina, Aquamarina. What are these strange enchantments that start whenever you’re near” – Stingray theme

Aquamarine, probably the most delicate of all the pastels. Too much green and you have mint, too much blue and its turquoise. Its a most floaty and serene shade wonderful in soft fabrics in summer but unfortunately a colour that does not suit me. There is however quite a lot of it about this spring to oooh at:

aquamarine fashion board

(1) Robert Clergerie Era Ankle Strap Flatform Sandals ASOS (2) LIGHT BLUE BANDEAU PEPLUM DRESS River Island (3) CURVE SEAM CIGARETTE TROUSERS Topshop (4) PANEL BODYCON SKIRT Topshop (5) KNITTED POINTELLE DETAIL CARDI Topshop (6) Zip Detail Dress Oasis (7) JANUARY VINTAGE PEEP SHOES Topshop

Theres also a lovely chiffon blouse and pencil skirt in H&M but i couldn’t get pictures of them