14 days until Halloween!

How to drink pumpkin spice latte properly. Step 1: Be a black cat. We discovered this wonderful illustration by Ryan Conners on Instagram this morning. It has all the Halloween vibez going.

Ryan is a very talented artist and photographer based in Pennsylvania, she is self-taught and loves cats. We have thoroughly enjoyed her Halloween and Day of the Dead art. Visit her Kilkenny Cat blog and prepare to be amazed!

https://kilkennycat.wordpress.com

15 days until Halloween!

Only a couple of weeks now! We hope the tea will be ghoulishly good. As a blast from the past, we have a video of Clovis having Halloween tea at La Rosa Hotel in Whitby last year.

How to make London Fog (vegan-friendly)

As Halloween approaches, we are enjoying our warm autumn drinks. Today we had a drink with a very Halloweeny name: London Fog. It may sound very British but this is actually a North American hot drink, which was created in Vancouver, Canada. It is an Earl Grey type of latté, and it can be easily made at home. We had a go, took a look at a few blogs and came up with this Pinterest-inspired version.

By the way, we say our London fog is vegan-friendly but you can use regular milk as well. It is just that almond milk smells delicious when you heat it up, and it really goes well with Earl Grey, and other aromatic black tea blends once it’s all warm and frothy.

You will need:

  1. A half cup of hot Earl Grey. Earl Grey is the tea we use in the original recipe. If you don’t have Earl Grey or feel like experimenting, you can try other aromatic black teas. We have made London Fog with citrusy Ceylon and almond blends, and even with Fortnum and Mason’s strawberry tea. Now, you’re not supposed to mix strawberry tea with milk but in a London Fog, it is actually a pleasant combination.
  2. A half cup of almond milk. We used vanilla-flavoured almond milk but any other vegan type of milk can work. If you don’t want vegan London fog, you can use ordinary milk, of course.
  3. A half tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  4. The sweetener of your choice. We like sugar or maple syrup.
  5. Milk frother (optional)
  • Let the tea brew.
  • Whilst you wait, heat up the milk (medium heat) but don’t let it boil. Be very careful, milk boils up very easily and very fast, especially almond milk. You can use a milk frother to make the milk fluffy and lovely. If you don’t have a milk frother, you can whisk it for a few minutes whilst you heat it up or you can put the hot milk in the blender. It will be slightly less frothy but still fluffy. If you do use a blender, be very careful and lock it properly, otherwise, you may burn yourself.
  • Empty the tea to fill the bottom half of a cup. Add the frothy milk on the top half.
  • Add the vanilla extract and sweeten to taste. Alternatively, you can use vanilla syrup but it may be sometimes difficult and expensive to get. You can make your own but there is no need. Vanilla extract and your favourite sweetener are all you need.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle some cinnamon on the top. You can also use bits of culinary lavender and even roasted almonds and walnuts.
  • Enjoy.

 

17 days until Halloween!

Today is a very special day for us. We are going to try some Halloween treats and get more decorations. Clovis is fascinated by this pumpkin with a witch’s hat. He might adopt it.

19 days until Halloween!

If Wolfy can have raspberry ripple white hot chocolate, why can’t Clovis have an equally luxurious drink? So he chose to have crème brûlée white hot chocolate by Whittard and Chelsea. He is feeling so glamorous as he waits for the big day.