Last Thursday me and Freya boarded the Scotland train bound for the beautiful city of Edinburgh to celebrate granny and granddad's golden wedding anniversary! As the train pulled out of a grey and rainy London we were both full of excitement and expectation as we busily planned all the wonderful things we would do in the days after the celebration was over. A trip to the butterfly farm, a walk along the Water of Leith, a most picturesque and fairly secret river that runs through the heart of Edinburgh where wild flowers grow in abundance and the smell of young garlic is pleasantly strong. Perhaps we would go to the woods to collect some of nature's treasures or just amble up and down the ancient, narrow, winding cobbled streets which make up the city's Old Town scaring each other with witchy tales!!
Well...it has been so windy and rainy here that we've pretty much had to stay indoors. We did make it to the woods, but only just! So many trees had been blown over and we didn't want to end up flattened, so armed with only a few pine cones we admitted defeat and headed home. At last a bit of sunshine between the showers. Thank goodness for gardens and Fairy towns......!
Emmie & I visited Nyborg's Kitchen this Afternoon and what a treat!
A Danish Coffee Shop in Muswell Hill, North London with a lovely selection of breakfasts & afternoon/evening treats!
I took Emmie there to have a early dinner and she absolutely loved the Danish meatballs (frikadeller) with potato salad, home-pickled cucumber and homemade rye bread! I loved it too & polished off what she didn't eat, even though I had just finished off my own delicious smoked mackerel - potato salad on the same home-made rye bread topped off with a fried egg,
Mums! (which is yum in Danish)
We ended up hanging out as it started raining and it was just to hyggelig (cosy) to leave...
I had a pot of tea and a slice of cinnamon bread & Emmie had a babyccino & a scrumptious Tiger biscuit.
We survived an incredibly windy Primrose Hill May Fete! Lots of stalls were getting blown over in the wind but we managed to stay upright! Lots of famous faces endorsed our goods, very exciting, and we did rather well again. Looking forward to visiting this lovely part of london once again in June when Niddle Noddle will be making an appearance at the Chalcot Square summer fair (sat 11th June). Street entertainers, face painting, fairground rides etc... Should be fun!
50gfreshyeast ( Can be found in most healthfood shops)
1 / 2teaspooncardamom
How to make the Buns;
Heatthe milkwiththe butteruntil it islukewarm.Dissolve the yeastin the milk and melted butter.Add the restof theingredients andkneadwell(with your hands) until the dough isn't too sticky and has asmooth surface. Put the dough back in the bowl and allow it risefor 30minutes somewhere warm.
Divide the doughinto2andform12ballsofeach half. Arrange the buns on2baking trays. Leave the buns raiseagaintoabout doublesize(approximately30 minutes)
Bakeat200degreesCelsiusin the middleofovenfor 10to 12 minutes
And that is how we make these delicious buns which are great for afternoon tea or pack lunches or as me and Emmie do it;
Hurray!! It's so exciting! Our first hand sale. It has been so lovely being back in my old neck of the woods. I love Portobello Road. It is so vibrant and colourful and exciting! Actually, quite charming....
I am very happy to report that Niddle Noddle has been very well received here. Lots of incredible feedback and lots of sales!! Back tomorrow (Sat 7th 10 - 6) for our last day here so come and visit us!