Christmas Advent Calendar Challenge

15 Dec

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A quick recap of my new finds and buys so far:

1. Bageriet Coffee and swedish bun // Bageriet
2. Coffee Break and reading Caffiene magazine // Curater’s Coffee
3. Missie Cindz Christmas Cards // Missie Cindz
5. Splendid cake break at Princi // Princi
6. Lunching at Scandikitchen and Nordic gifts// Scandikitchen, London
7. Flat white and lunch at the Attendant // The Attendant
8. Cheesecake Brownie // Hummingbird Bakery
9. Fairytale Gourmet Cinderella Chocolate Shoe // Fairytale Gourmet
10. REAL Honey comb // Sheffield Honey C0

One of my favourite things about Christmas are the decorations and gift wrap. This year I’ve decided to make my own gift tags – livening up and personalising my packages with come bakers twine and a doodle – so simple, but effective!

If we purchase from small movers, shakers & makers we are helping to pay their rent, buying them food and making their dreams that much more real. It feels good to contribute in some (small) way to little operation. Plus, it’s satisfying buying and finding cool gifts I wouldn’t usually find on the High ST!

So this week I would love you to support your local gems in time for Christmas. If you have or know of a local product or business I would love to hear about them ~ let’s see what’s in store this week, let the new (small) finds continue!  Missie Cindz x

{All photos by Cindy Cheung}

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Missie’s Shop Small Advent Calendar is a whimsical Christmas challenege I’ve created simply spreading the message to support our local shops and small traders during this festive season. EVERYDAY’S one big adventure, so let’s discover something new this season!

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(Day 10) The Attendant – London

10 Dec

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Coffee is a Language in Itself
Had excellent coffee and toasted banana bread at The Attendant. Recommended if you can face your flat white in a former public toilet! We got super excited when we saw its location: an old public toilet in Fitzrovia area ~ one of the most charming in London.

Going down the stairs you will find this whimsical and tiny café where you could sit at the bars around the room or at the big table at the bottom of the corridor. The decorations here are totally unique, rescuing items from the old location, i.e. the toilette basin, hand dryer and flusher – there are details in white decorated china and other unexpected elements which adds charm to the venue. The offer in terms of food and drinks is very simple and straight to the point: cakes, open sandwiches and other small snacks can be seen and chosen at the counter.

With super friendly staff and an experience to boot, it’s a place definitively worth attending and showing off to your friends ~ one of my favourite new coffee shop finds in London now!

The Attendant / Downstairs, 27a Foley Street, London W1W 6DY

{All photos by Cindy Cheung}

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Missie’s Shop Small Advent Calendar is a whimsical campaign I’ve created simply spreading the message to support your local shops and small traders during this festive season.  EVERYDAY’S one big adventure, so let’s discover something new this season! ~ Missie Cindz x

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(Day 9) Soup Indulgences

9 Dec

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So happy it’s soup season!
Hot soup and cold weather go soooooooooo good together! It was definitely a spicy carrot and lentil soup kinda day, perfecto!

I dashed into coffee shop, Fernandez and Wells for a hearty bowl of soup to warm up. A daily special of spicy carrot and lentil was full of flavour and chilli heat accompanied with thin slices of dark white sourdough bread (possibly a rye-blend); just what the doctor ordered for a wintry December day.

Fernandez and Wells / 73 Beak Street, London W1F 9SR

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(Day 8) Scandi Kitchen – London

8 Dec

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On the eighth day of Christmas, I took myself up to Scandikitchen on Great Titchfield Street to discover somewhere new for lunch. A place where I realised Scandinavian Christmas treats will ALWAYS make me smile!

The Scandinavian Kitchen serves a good range of open sandwiches, great looking cakes and coffee, and is a good place to take a break if you ever find yourself around Oxford Circus shopping. The Cafe oozes with enthusiasm and good humour from cheeky sayings on their outside A black board to assorted gifts and books, all which has helped them to create a relaxed and busy cafe.

Getting a seat at lunchtime from what I saw, might not always be easy, we only just managed to grab a seat and it was after 2pm in the afternoon! The tables were very close together and the decor wassn’t the best example of Scandinavian design, but I’m pretty sure everyone was there for the food. I ordered their 3-piece smörgåsbord of open sandwiches and salads – consisting of a plate of smoked salmon with dill dressing and cucumber on crusty stone-ground bread and a Swedish meatballs with beetroot and apple salad with extra salad to satisfy even the hungriest of Vikings. It’s all good value here and the food’s nicely presented. I was tempted to sample the entire dessert menu too, especially the Cinnamon cake and Gluten-free orange and chocolate brownie, but time was short and the studio was calling my name back – a great reason for going back again though!

There is also a small deli shop attached to the cafe with Danish and Swedish products, a range of goods from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland ~ lots of interesting produce for a Nordic themed food hamper. The place has a hint of kitschy cool, a great new lunchtime discovery in central London!

{All photos by Cindy Cheung}

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Missie’s Shop Small Advent Calendar is a whimsical campaign I’ve created simply spreading the message to support your local shops and small traders during this festive season. EVERYDAY’S one big adventure, so let’s discover something new this season! – Missie Cindz x

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(Day 7) Yorkshire Ginger Parkin Recipe

8 Dec

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Say Merry Christmas with own-made Yorkshire Parkin
Give a little more of yourself this Christmas with this Yorkshire Parkin recipe as a home-made food gift treats.

Yorkshire Ginger Parkin is a type of ginger cake that originated in Northern England around the 18th century. Flavoured with ground ginger and treacle. A hearty, comforting ginger cake made with oatmeal and black treacle shouldn’t only be eaten on Bonfire Night but the warm spices also remind me of Christmas.

This is one of my favourite ‘comfort food’ cakes, and perfect with a cuppa tea! This recipe makes 16 squares, and make it in advance so that the cake becomes moist and sticky.

Ingredients (makes 16 squares)

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 200g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 85g treacle
  • 85g light soft brown sugar
  • 100g medium oatmeal
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Prep: Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a deep 22cm/9in square cake tin and line with baking parchment. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork.
  2. Gently melt the syrup, treacle, sugar and butter together in a large pan until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat. Mix together the oatmeal, flour, pinch of salt, cinnamon and ginger and stir into the syrup mixture, followed by the egg and milk.
  3. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean – keep an eye on it as parkin can easily become dry and over baked. Cool in the tin, then enjoy - a perfect accompaniment with a cup of tea.

TIP: you can wrap the cake in foil and keep for 3-5 days before eating (if you can resist) – leaving it to develop will give it a moist and sticky texture, as well as making the flavour richer and deeper.

Christmas craft fairs and markets selling handmade cards and own-made treats are happening all over the place during this festive season, so why not pop along to your nearest one for ideas and inspiration on what you could make for that special someone – it’s not being frugal or tacky. To me, homemade food gifts definitely carries the ‘awwwwwwe’ factor!

Let me know what you guys end up making or doing over the festive holidays….. Go on, make something your own this Christmas.

{All photos by Cindy Cheung}

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Missie’s Shop Small Advent Calendar is a whimsical campaign I’ve created simply spreading the message to support your local shops and small traders during this festive season. EVERYDAY’S one big adventure, so let’s discover something new this season! – Missie Cindz x

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(Day 6) A Slice of Indie Happiness

7 Dec

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For those who know me, you’ll already know that a coffee and pudding are one of my favourite simple joyful moments, and you’d be right to say that I probably eat too much dessert, but I can’t go a day without it (keeping the dentist rich, I say). 

Along Wardour Street (London) lies a bustling Italian bakery called Princi with delightful Italian pastry desserts. Atmosphere-wise, Princi’s not exactly a quiet place to relax; almost always filled with people ahhh-ing over the cakes on display or flocking to find a table. I have always been pretty in love with cannoli – and with the freezing cold weather we’ve been having lately in London, I can’t think of a better way than layering up on indulgent desserts!

{All photos by Cindy Cheung}

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Missie’s Shop Small Advent Calendar is a whimsical campaign I’ve created simply spreading the message to support your local shops and small traders during this festive season. EVERYDAY’S one big adventure, so let’s discover something new this season! – Missie Cindz x

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