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26
Nov
15

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Not Afternoon Tea

IMG_6906Bits and bobs from my fantastic Hen-do at the Oxo Tower. Thanks to Siobhan, Fran and Ant!

The blurb from the Oxo website:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND NOT AFTERNOON TEA

Our extraordinary new Not Afternoon Tea experience is not all it seems…

We’re super excited. And you should be too.

We’ve a rather marvellous new Not Afternoon Tea experience to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

In the words of The Mad Hatter “it’s always tea time”, and at OXO this spring, we couldn’t agree more. Join us for a mysterious ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ surprise on arrival, then fall down the rabbit hole as you enjoy a seasonal Not Afternoon Tea plate of your choice with a bespoke cocktail and a few surprises along the way…

Continue your adventure through Wonderland with the delicious Golden Afternoon cocktail and a box of Alice-themed treats to take home.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
NOT AFTERNOON TEA

On arrival

Eat Me, Drink Me

eat me

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Not Afternoon Tea plate (choices below) and bespoke cocktail

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Golden Afternoon cocktail

Gingerbread pocketwatch

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Alice in Wonderland inspired treats to take home

Tea plate choices:

I Am The Forager combines the best of the season on one plate with crab apples, acorns and wild yellow plums bringing both sweet and creamy notes to some classic desserts.

Fun Fair is a sugary homage to nights spent riding the waltzers and spinning tea cups with warming popcorn pannacotta, marshmallow and candyfloss, and cinnamon dusted apple and custard doughnuts.

If you’re never one to turn down something ‘chocolatey’ then Nuts About Chocolate with its milk chocolate and hazelnut tart (think posh nutella) and white chocolate pistachio cone will certainly give you the fix you’re after. Especially when washed down with Frappé, a milkshake that’s strictly for adults.

1. NUTS ABOUT CHOCOLATE
Flourless chocolate and walnut cake
Milk chocolate and hazelnut tart
White chocolate and pistachio cone
Chocolate and coffee sundae, almond biscuit

SERVED WITH FRAPPÉ

 

2. I AM THE FORAGER
Wild yellow plum cranachan
Elderberry curd and wild fennel meringue
Rosehip syrup cake, crab apple cream
Acorn cream

SERVED WITH WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

3. FUN FAIR
Honeycomb parfait
Marshmallow and candy floss
Popcorn panna cotta
Apple and custard doughnuts

SERVED WITH HOOK-A-DUCK

hook a duck

25
May
15

Little Master Carroll: Jabberwocky

downloadLittle Master Carroll: Jabberwocky

After Lewis Carroll- with text by Jennifer Adams and art by Alison Oliver.

Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 10 Sept. 2013

Board book version of the poem, simplified for toddlers

Publisher’s blurb:
The slithy toves and borogoves invite you to take an adventure through the tumtum trees in Jabberwocky: A BabyLit Nonsense Primer. Jennifer Adams cleverly pulls text from Little Master Carroll’s original poem and pairs it with Alison Oliver’s bright and cheery illustrations to create a whimsical tale.

30
Apr
14

Puzzles in Wonderland

puzzlesLewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland: A Frabjous Puzzle Challenge, Inspired by Alice’s Adventures by Richard Wolfrik Galland.

Published by Carlton Books Ltd (10 Oct 2013). Hardback.

ISBN-10: 178097440X
ISBN-13: 978-1780974408

From the publisher:

Take a trip down the rabbit hole into a wondrous world of riddles and enigmas. In this fabulous collection you will discover a host of challenging puzzles, some will be familiar, while others are curiouser… and curiouser.

A collection of mind-benders themed around Alice and her companions, divided into Easy, Curious and Harder.

Here’s an example:

“How old are you really, Father William?” asked Alice.

“In six years time,” replied William, “I’ll be one and a quarter times as old as i was four years ago.”

How old is Father William?

You’ll have to buy the book to check your answer…

Available on Amazon

 

31
Dec
13

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

09
Sep
13

Alice’s Diorama Shadowbox

ImageAlice’s Diorama Shadowbox from Benjamin Pollock’s.

Drawings by Simon Seddon.

Published by Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop 2012.

New, and as yet unopened.

From the Pollock’s website:

A new cut-out model from Pollock’s Toyshop. 4 illustrated sheets can be cut-out and stuck together to create a decorative shadow box/diorama. The pack includes an Alice doll and her accessories. Leave it plain or colour it yourself – add decoration, imagination and peep through into a Pollock’s Toyshop Wonderland.

Bought for me by the lovely Fran when we went to see Alice in Wonderland at St. Paul’s in Covent Garden.

 

20
Jun
13

Tea Time

IMG_0409Tea Time card game.

Published by Gigamic.

Consists of two sealed packs of square double-sided cards in a rather splendid tin.
You can see it unpacked, and hear it explained, here.

According to the publishers:

Who will you invite to tea? The tea is brewing and the table is set. Everything is ready for tea. But are you still in the real world, or have you passed through the looking glass? Take turns to choose one, two or three Character cards and invite them to tea. Watch out: the two worlds cannot co-exist because opposite profiles cancel each other out. Keep your feet firmly on the ground. The winner is not the one with the most guests, but the one who chooses them wisely! Tea Time is a logical and imaginative game with a delightful air of mystery.

Bought for me by my generous ex-boyfriend, but we are yet to have a game… I’m not sure if I want to unwrap the cards!

Available on Amazon: Tea Time

11
Feb
13

Alice in Beeland

scan0004Alice in Beeland by Lillian Elizabeth Roy.

Illustrations by Julia Greene.

Published by Cupples & Leon, 1919.

Hardback, no dustjacket.

Four black and white full page illustrations, with plenty of smaller drawings of Alice and her bee friends scattered throughout text.

Little Alice Wells is exploring her garden when she spies Bombus, a bumblebee, and follows him to overhear him conversing with Madam Zumm and a young bee named Buzz. They give her a special nectar which enables her to enter the Bee world, where she learns much about Bees and their life and society.

Evertype re-issue available on Amazon if you want a read: Alice in Beeland: A Tale Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland




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