Sunday 8 December 2013

Festive Afternoon Tea by Milk and Sugar

I'm very excited to announce that the marvelous Victoria from Victoria's Cake Boutique and I are joining forces again for a festive afternoon tea pop-up under the brand spanking new name of Milk & Sugar. This time, we are only doing one sitting on the 14th December, so book early to avoid disappointment. 
We'd love to see you there for cakes, bakes, booze and a few festive surprises along the way...

‘Tis the season to merrily stuff your faces, so you’d be Christmas crackers to miss out on Milk & Sugar’s festive afternoon tea. After the success of our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, we have joined forces again to come up with a Winter Wonderland of baked goods. While enjoying stunning views of the river, you can sip on mulled wine and indulge in such glittering delights as Partridge and Pear filo “crackers”, Virgin Mary tarts, miniature gingerbread houses and pine nut Christmas trees. There will certainly be enough free-flowing tea and tasty treats to keep you sated until Christmas Day!

To book, please email

Nearest tube: Putney Bridge. You will receive the full address once your booking has been confirmed.

Saturday 14th December 3 – 6pm


We want to leave a few surprises for you on the day, but to give you a glimpse of what's in store…

Stilton gougères
Virgin Mary tarts
Partridge and pear filo "crackers"
Pigs in blankets
Chestnuts wrapped in bacon

Finger sandwiches will include:
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill
Ham and Dijon mustard
Roast turkey, cranberry sauce and watercress
Cucumber and mint

Miniature Yule logs
Miniature gingerbread houses
Spiced chocolate truffle "Christmas puddings"
Mince pies
Orange and cinnamon stars (with a fleck of gold leaf)
Lemon and pine nut Christmas tree cakes
Chestnut mousse
Christmas cake "presents"
Clementine possets topped with fresh clementine segments
Orange and cranberry scones, so fresh they won’t be baked until you arrive
£25 per head, including a festive tipple

10% will go to Crisis At Christmas, so stuffing your face will be a charitable act!

To book, please email

We are happy to cater for gluten-free guests on request. 

Menus are subject to change without prior notice.

We can't wait to welcome you to the party!


Victoria and Milli xx

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Milk and Sugar - Secret Tea Room

We did it! Vic and I launched Milk and Sugar, an afternoon tea 'supperclub'! We rolled up our sleeves, polished the silver, put on the music and whipped up cakes and sandwiches galore for all our lovely guests. We met some wonderful people over the two days and four sittings and if we hadn't been so busy pouring tea and cutting sandwiches we would have happily sat down and joined in the fun.

In the book, the Dutchess' cook has absolutely saturated the kitchen with pepper, and the baby sneezes constantly. Alice spirits him away, only to find that he has transformed into a pig. It is never explained why this happens, but we served peppery leek tarts followed by peppery sausage roll piggies.Washed down with a glass of bubbles, our guests took their seats.
We didn't take pictures of all our cakes, and sandwiches but we served the following..
Glass of Prosecco
Peppery leek tartlets and peppery pigs
Cheshire cat striped mousse, raspberry and blueberry
Green tea and ginger 'tea cups'- edible in their entirety  
Rabbit lemon possets
..and his stop watch brownies 
Queen of heart jam tarts
Playing card vanilla sable biscuits
White and red 'painted' rose topped pistachio and lemon cakes.
Sandwiches, Ham and Dijon mustard, /Egg and cress/ Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill/ Cucumber cream cheese and mint/ Roasted red pepper, spinach, cream cheese and toasted almonds

Followed by CHOCOLATE WINE. Made with red wine, port, spices and 70% cocoa chocolate.

Thank you to everyone that came over the weekend..

It was exhausting but we can't wait to do it all again! 
Our next tea is a FESTIVE TREAT on the 14th December. Details to come, but to reserve a spot, please email

Sunday 24 November 2013

Chilli con carne. Really decent carne.

I made a really fiiiiiine chilli last week. I picked up some pork knuckle and beef shin at Nath the Butcher, and got to work on what was THE best chilli I have ever knocked up. I've nothing against beef mince in a chilli but if you go this route, or even buy chuck steak and chop it up into small pieces, you'll find it's really worth the extra spend.
In short,(because I'm rushing out for pizza) I browned the meat, and took the onions to a charring point to introduce that smoky flavour. Everything else was added and blipped away for four hours, well not the beans, they go in for the last 30 mins, which is when I also lifted out the knuckle and removed the bones. I like my chilli fiery, hence the sweet potato and guac, you've got to be careful with those habernero chilli flakes,  they can be a bit tongue numbing. I got the chipotles in the post from Susan in Seattle and the flakes online, from Sous Chef Click on the link if you are a chilli fan, there's an awesome chilli selection. 

This makes a huge amount of chilli, easily serving 10 or more, but freezes beautifully. 

2 beef shins, sliced into chunks
1 pork knuckle, ask your butcher to chop into thirds
3 small onions
6 garlic cloves
2 pints water
1 lrg tinned tomato
cinnamon bark (or tsp of powder)
2 flat tsp of habernero chilli flakes
1 tsp cumin
2 dried chipotles (deseeded and ground in a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar) or 3-4 heaped tsp chipotles in adobo
1 tsp thyme
3 pinch flaky salt
1 can guiness (this is no trick, just what I had in the fridge to use up)
140g tom puree
2 cans of black beans

If you're not using chipotles, and only have on hand chilli powder, try adding a tsp of proper cocoa powder or a few squares of 70% chocolate at the end for that earthy depth.

Sunday 3 November 2013

Halloween Supperclub!

The lights were dimmed, the cocktails mixed and The Monster Mash was the first song on the soundtrack. I was so excited to welcome our first guest to my Halloween Supperclub! I loved every minute of the evening, Sam and Hannah were not only SUPER helpers, but also a laugh in the kitchen. Playing host and cook for 16, I didn't catch all of it on camera. I almost wondered if there was any point in trying to piece together this post, a mix of SLR and iphone pics, and some courses not pictured at all, but I think the following give you an idea.  
Bocconcini, olive, basil and Parma ham eyeball canapés  
 Mummified finger sausages with spicy ketchup
'Green gunk guacamole with witches hat crackers. I made the crackers with squid ink and chilli powder.. recipe soon, they were delish.
Smoked salmon mousse braaaaiiiiin served with tabasco on bread
Overcooked tapioca for a slimy finish to the cocktail jugs!
 Hanging bats.. they creeped me out.
Then there was spicy pumkin soup with black sesame (not pictured)
The main course was shoulder of lamb, rolled with the neck fillet and roasted for 4 hours, with cavolo nero, baby carrots, 'mash ghosts' and Sam's addictive gravy.

The grand finale was my severed FOOT CAKE. It looked gross but tasted good. Squidgy chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream and hot salted caramel sauce.
I made worms out of strawberry jelly to throw on the cake at the last minute with crumbled chocolate cake for soil (not pictured)
After bowls of foot, came brain shots. Baileys poured over peach schnapps so it curdled. All in all a rather disgusting but enjoyable night.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea

I'm SO excited to announce that the lovely Victoria of Victoria's Cake Boutique and I are hosting our first afternoon tea pop up in Putney...this weekend! I hope we've not left it too late to tempt you over?
Sneak preview...

Allow yourself to fall down the rabbit hole into the Mad Hatter’s tea party. You will eat your way through a colourful feast of sweet and savoury bakes, inspired by the magical world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. With stunning views of the river you can sip on a glass of bubbles while indulging in such delights as the Queen of Heart’s jam tarts, caterpillars on toadstools and The White Rabbit's pocket watch. There will be enough free-flowing tea and cake to ensure you leave our doors grinning like a Cheshire Cat. Book your places now, or risk being late for a very important date!


A selection of finger sandwiches:
Organic egg and cress / Ham, baby leaf and mustard/ Cucumber, cream cheese and mint/ Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill 
Savoury Tarts

We want to leave a few surprises for you on the day, but to give you a glimpse of what's in store, we can reveal that the sweet menu will include:
Vanilla bean 'playing card' sable biscuits
Cheshire Cat mousse (Blueberry and raspberry)
Chocolate brownie 'Top hats'

£25 per head including a glass of bubbly.
12% will go to the MS Society 
We are happy to cater for gluten-free guests on request. 
Menus are subject to change without prior notice.
We can't wait to welcome you to the party!

Victoria and Milli xx 

To book, please email
There are 4 sittings, please state which you would like to come to.
Saturday 9th November 12-2pm or 4-6pm
Sunday 10th November 12-2pm or 4-6pm 
Victoria and I went to Harrods for afternoon tea to do a bit of 'research' I arranged it through buyagift which is quick and easy and because you pay up before you go, there is none of the awkwardness of  who pays the bill if it's your treat. My favourite part of the tea is the sandwiches (as always) but that chocolate, praline fancy thing at the top there? .. to die for.