Ever get that feeling you're being watched?

It's Halloween weekend and I thought I'd call Mr. S bluff, he's been winding me up about the fact I've not used my mixer since March.  I've just not had the baking vibe you know... and my poor K-Mix has been collecting dust on the side. But I've caught up with bake-off and I'm feeling very inspired!

Upon investigation of the baking cupboard, I realised Mr. S was actually right (shock!) - half of my trusty ingredients were out of date, but fear not....

Paul Hollywood to the rescue.

This show-stopper Belgian chocolate muffin mix was the perfect base for my Halloween monster muffins...

It bakes 12 tasty muffins and basically all you have to do it chuck 2 eggs in and some butter, mix it up and bake for 25 minutes.

 I whipped up some chocolate buttercream icing; just a standard buttercream recipe and then I folded in some dark chocolate too (yum!)

The one-eyed monsters are actually everyones favourite Christmas treat.. Lindt truffles!

Coconut flavoured ones too, so good.  And then some Wilton candy eyes which are awesome and bringing any bake to life!

Then all you need is some brightly coloured buttercream icing to dip and coat them in!

Pretty simple, and very effective!

So here we go...some bake-off worthy Halloween one-eyed monster muffins!

All eyes on you.

Happy Halloweekend bakers!!
Welcome to the wonderful dining experience that is Bob Bob Ricard.

Home of that 'press for champagne' button.

Bob Bob is tucked away off of Regents Street and just screams opulence and old school glamour when you step inside.

Step this way, through the blue velvet curtains...

To our lovely booth.

The styling feels very Orient Express and has a real Russian-British, art deco vibe about it... you feel like you've stepped back in time.

We naturally ordered a bottle of bubbles (and our lovely waiter encouraged us to make full use of our personal 'press for champagne' button once we'd ordered...)

For those wondering what happens when you press that button, a lovely waiter wearing a pink coloured waistcoat appears to top up your glass and it's all rather wonderful!

Even Mr. S enjoyed a glass of bubbles and he's not the biggest champagne fan. 

It was an easy choice for main courses; Lobster mac n' cheese for the ladies and perfectly cooked pork belly for the fellas.

We caught up on all the gossip and discussed upcoming trips away, weddings and Christmas plans... sipping away the afternoon. 

We finally settled on desserts... helped along by a strawberry sloe gin concoction which arrived with compliments of the chef for the small delay on the lobster mac n' cheese.

I think dessert was my favourite part of the whole Bob Bob experience. It was impossible to choose just one!

Mr. S went for what can only be described as the most epic Eton mess.  I need to find out how to make these spherical desserts at home, so clever.

The leaning tower of stripy strawberry soufflĂ© with pouring cream...

And then Jane and I opted for Bob Bob's signature dish, the golden chocolate glory - for the instagram hey!

The lovely host pours hot chocolate sauce carefully over the golden sphere and it slowly opens up in front of you to reveal the delicious chocolate mousse and flavoured jelly sweets inside.

Bloody delicious.

If you fancy splashing out we highly recommend a trip to Bob Bob, if only to use that iconic button.

Do you think Mr. S will let me install one at home?

This month is very exciting we fiiiiiiiinally have some friends who are having babies!!!!  YAY!!!!

Two of which are actually due in two weeks time, so we arranged to meet them for Sunday lunch and tiny human gift giving today.  OH! AND we took an added edible surprise...


Possibly the worlds cutest dessert, if I do say so myself. Such a simple, cute and deliciously fun idea.

All you need is three key ingredients - donuts, dummies and edible eyes.

I mean there really isn't a lot to explain is there?

I even cheated and snapped up some colourful, delicious sprinkled iced donuts at Tesco.  Stuck some Wilton candy eyes on and arranged a mixture of colourful dummies to bring them to life!

In terms of supplying en mass for a baby shower... they are much cheaper than fancy fondant cupcakes and have a bit of a surprise WOW factor to them! They really are the way forward...

Even the plain Krispy Kremes looks brilliant. Besides everyone loves a donut!

Now back to our pressies...  
The awesome white slogan baby onesies are from notonthehighstreet.com a lovely seller called Cows and Kisses. I absolutely adore the typography... Free Hugs, Sleep (haha good one!), Hello World... so awesome and BONUS - they are pretty neutral too! For those friends that are having a "surprise" (and won't tell you it might be a girl, just incase you buy them 20 million Flamingo themed presents...)

And the book.  Mother Pukka's Parenting the sh*t out of life - for people who happen to be parents (or might be soon), I only read the first chapter but I knew it would be good'un.  I follow Mother Pukka and she is absolutely hoot on Instagram... her stories are outrageously brilliant and brutally honest - all about the trials and tribulations of being a mum. Sorry friends whose baby showers I'm attending this year - this will likely be in your present bag! 

Safe to say some of the donut family didn't make it home, half eaten by Mrs. V in the car (what a tragedy).  Now hurry up Baby V, we can't wait to meet you! 

A little while back in June, I accepted an invitation to do a spot of food styling or fantastic feasting as I like to call it for an intimate wedding of 40. And I thought you know what… we actually nailed our first paid Fantastic Feast gig and you all should have a little drool over the photos - the food and location were spot on! 

“We” - that includes Mother Goose and I arrived mid-morning at Copse House near Henley on Thames to begin eagerly and effortlessly (ha!) throwing together this huge amount of food on this big long wooden trestle table, set-up in the garden - under festoon lit canvas.

Giant planks (similar here and here) in arm and our pinterest brains engaged we gathered the entire contents of the larder and fridge and began shipping it down to the bottom of the garden.

There were giant pork pies, quiches in every flavour, salads of every variety, cheeses from every country, olives, nuts, breads, dips and an epic amount of individually wrapped meat slices (which I will never forget frantically unwrapping piece by piece!) and not forgetting boards of our signature dish - Crostini slices.

Crostini, I hear you say?  

Well, basically a fancy way of saying toast with something yummy on the top. We made 120 crostini, I repeat 120 CROSTINI and a few different delicious flavours including melon, proscuitto and walnut with a smothering of cream cheese.  There was the classic Smoked salmon and cream cheese assemble, a colourful bruschetta, and a tasty honey, brie and strawberry!

This was where the main event took place, under canopy by a beautiful pond in the garden.  

It was a little drizzly, but it wouldn’t be an English wedding without a little sprinkling of the stuff.   

Now lets talk about the location.  This was all in the beautiful gardens of Copse House - an intimate country retreat.  A fantastic 'stay and play' concept and perfect for any intimate wedding (these guys had 40 of there closest family and friends over for the day/weekend to celebrate).   You essentially rent the house for the weekend, invite all your nearest and dearest (18 of which can sleepover) - they have all the relevant licenses and bits and bobs for you to throw your party - and you can celebrate and personalise your event exactly how you want!

I think I can safely say we have never thrown together a feast of this size before - Mum & I upscaled our typical family Christmas Eve feast by 5? 10? times the size.

But I’m extremely pleased to report we absolutely nailed it!  

Everyone was over the moon with the end result, lots of oohhing and ahhhing as guests approached and plenty of photos taken. I mean come on!  This has to be one of the most instagrammable wedding feasts ever...

And I heard reports the actual feast kept the guests going well into the early hours!

It really was an awesome concept, the Bride had a vision for her wedding and we instantly clicked, sharing the whole messy Pinterest feasting table vibe.  She just needed someone creative, foodie-loving to pull it together whilst she well, er… got married and actually enjoyed her day!  

She ordered all the food online to be delivered to the house and had various local suppliers for other delicious bits and bobs - all we had to do (not as easy as it looks I might add) was bring it to life, throw it all together and bring the wedding WOW factor!! 

DIY Wedding feast tables are very on trend at the moment and are an excellent cost-saver on the traditional wedding breakfast.  It is definitely the way forward for the relaxed, foodie loving Bride - what could be better than an afternoon spent grazing all of your favourite foods with 40 of your closest family and friends!

Feeling inspired? You can also have a little drool over my ‘Fantastic Feasts’ pinterest board here.
And... Prices for our "Fantastic Feast" services are available on request!

Happy planning!! xo