Good morning darlings it may be freeeezing but at least it’s sunny. Bundle up and enjoy. Maybe it’s the drop in temperature or the ” thick head” from the night before that is making it difficult to exit the warmth of ones bed.

A tea drinker for years the first huge breakfast cup of ” builders with one” usually does the trick. Alas, no more.
Needing to be perkier has forced the switch to coffee. Meh..
Going off coffee coincided with falling preggers 23 years ago and one hasn’t been able to stomach it since.


A devotee of the sitcom Friends it didn’t manage to entice me into a coffee shop. Although it did manage to convince me to paint a sitting room the most glorious shade of purple ( Monica’s apartment) .
One has NEVER been the type to ” meet for a coffee” but would ALWAYS ” meet for a drink”


Having spent nearly a decade with an Italian boyfriend ( they ONLY drink coffee in Italy) saw one wretching at tiramisu and recoiling at coffee breath kisses. The only think for it was to switch to a nice English tea drinker , naturally.

If George and a brand new sparkling Nespresso machine couldn’t convince moi..


A lost cause?

Maybe ..

Vanity plays a part in most lifestyle choices and health the rest. Cutting down /out sugar a factor. Known to age and decay taking coffee black is actually preferable to taking it sweetened. Try as I may to resist the spoonful of sugar in tea one can’t .

So there it is. Instead of countless sugared teas thorough out the day it will simply be enjoyed at ” tea time” which is 4 o’clock in my book.

Tiramisu Jamie Oliver


At least there is booze in it darlings!!!

If you do not want to faff with the homemade sponge do as the other do and use ladies fingers

Genoise sponge:
3 1/2 ounces (110 grams) caster sugar
4 eggs
1 3/4 ounces (50 grams) melted butter
3 ounces (85 grams) plain flour
1-ounce (30 grams) good-quality cocoa powder
1 pound 1-ounce (500 grams) mascarpone
2 1/2 ounces (70 grams) caster sugar
2 egg yolks*
3.5 fluid ounces (100 milliliters) Vin Santo
4 to 5 shots espresso coffee
Tia Maria liqueur
3 1/2 ounces (110 grams) good-quality white chocolate, melted
Cocoa powder, for dusting
1 bar good-quality dark chocolate, for shavings
First make the sponge. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C /gas 4).
Whisk the sugar and eggs until they are at ribbon stage. Fold in the melted butter, then fold in the sifted flour and cocoa. Pour the mixture into a lined Swiss roll tin and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the sponge from the oven when it is done and leave to cool.
To make the filling, put the mascarpone, sugar, egg yolks, and Vin Santo into a bowl and mix until smooth.
To assemble the tiramisu, break up the sponge and press it into the bottom of a shallow dish. Drizzle over the coffee, Tia Maria, and white chocolate. Spoon over the mascarpone filling, then dust liberally with cocoa. Using a large knife, scrape the chocolate towards you to make shavings and arrange these delicately over the top.

One may have to pinch ones nose to get it down.


For those that like Joe on the go.
From cafe press.


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