As seen @ The Lady Magazine

https://lady.co.uk/peggy-porschen-halloween-afternoon-tea

The date the 31st October never goes out of fashion. Once it’s main revellers were children but it has now gone full circle and is definitely a chance for the adults to join in on the fun too! Peggy Porschen has added her own magical twist to Halloween and has put on a spooktacular display at her tea parlour on Ebury Street.

Arriving at the pink paradise in Belgravia, I was delighted to see the outside had been decorated with pink bejewelled skulls, iridescent pumpkins and of course the classic floral display that has made her the most Instagrammed store in London!

I knew there would be some themed delights inside so entered to find a beautiful display of cakes in a long glass cabinet. I had gone on an empty stomach (bad mistake) and suddenly found myself wanting to try them all! After an inner debate, I decided to be good (ish) and sample the Pumpkin Spice cupcake. This arrived with a perfect chocolate stencilled cappuccino in a pink pastel cup, which is one of Peggy’s specialities, decorated coffee! My friend picked out the spooky Skulls and Pearls cupcake which also looked delicious and I resisted stealing a bite.

Peggy Porschen studied at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. She established Peggy Porschen Cakes in 2003, a bespoke design company that not only reflects her life-long love of baking but also celebrates beautiful craftsmanship, inspired by romance, femininity and fashion. Her cookies and cakes have graced many A-list events, such as Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball whilst her first book, Pretty Party Cakes, was voted Best Entertaining Cookbook by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Her menu also has the most exquisite drinks list (yet is not over-bearing in choice and style). If tea is your thing then her carefully curated tea selection will definitely hit the right notes for your taste buds. The latest autumn addition, Spiced Apple, is an infusion of sweet apple pieces, warming winter spices and pomegranate- perfect for cold winter days.

Inside the parlour there is beautifully wrapped biscuits, cookbooks and a lot of pink! Infact I purposely wore pink to fit in with the décor! The bakery’s fans include Madonna, Elton John, and Kate Moss, and her cakes have won rave reviews from the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair. Peggy herself has an ethic that has won her legions of fans, simply known as ‘edible art’ it would be hard to disagree- and with the picture perfect cakes, décor and ambience, you will definitely be a Belgravia belle in this beautiful tea house. An elegant afternoon and the ultimate chic Halloween outing!

www.peggyporschen.com

 

I have decided to start a few new musings titled, The Mummy Diaries, I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your views, opinions and feedback! #GoWithTheFlow

In my birthing pregnancy class, which I attended back in May, the teacher started talking about emotions and birth and more about the emotions. Now, I’m not cynical and I agree the emotions and birth are super important but I would say there are 3 things that are going to happen when you have a baby.

  1. Your waters will break or they’ll make them break.
  2. You will have contractions, it will hurt like hell.
  3. Baby will come out- Ouila!

After my C-section which I found wonderful (pushing a near 10-pound baby out? Ouch, ouch and more ouch) a nurse came into my cubicle. She asked me ‘Did I need counselling because I felt guilty?’

Guilty for what? The Cesarean? Are you kidding me? I was literally jumping for joy! A quick fabulous procedure with zero pain? I couldn’t have wished for anything better! (For the record I did try the normal way for 12 hours but I wouldn’t dilate and so it was fine for me).

But anyway this is the sort of thing they talked about in birthing class. I think it’s important the baby comes out in a healthy way and no amount of planning will change that. I just went to the birthing classes for ‘a laugh.’ Literally, I did. The characters in them were super funny. There was nervous gardener. No holds barred outspoken Londoner. Careful couple who wrote down everything the teacher said. The list goes on!

One day I said ‘Isn’t it amazing how women have been doing this for centuries around the back of a hut, or in their bedroom, but now it seems every little detail is looked at?’ (Always my problem in school for saying what I thought but couldn’t resist). The midwife looked shocked. ‘But people used to die more back then!’

O.K that’s understandable but you can’t plan a birth when you really don’t know if it will go exactly to plan, so maybe a loose plan is better? And so she would ask every week, ‘what’s your birthing plan?’

‘For the baby to come out,’ was my naughty reply.

Which leads me onto my next bit. I must admit that when I brought Baby Felix home I googled all the bloody time. Why is his sleep like this? His feedings. How to do this and that. Then I realised, it’s all gone to shit and to just go with the flow.

Yes, most of the time he sleeps through the night like an angel. Then other times he wants to get up at 2am. But you go online and it’s a crazy mummy rollercoaster that you can’t get off.

Sleep training. Should you rock them? Put them in the cot awake. Don’t let them nap in the pram. Be strict but not too strict. Get them used to sleeping out and about. Sleeping should be dark but they should be able to sleep anywhere. Don’t feed them then let them sleep. If you need them to sleep, feed them. Etc! Etc!

I’ve realised instead of planning, go with the flow- every day is different. What will be will be. You are only doing your best! There are going to be the days you feel like crap and nothing goes to plan (I often find this is when the baby is having a bad day then everything else just goes wrong). Enjoy each part of the baby as they will constantly get new associations, developments and challenges. Yes, it’s good to read up and try things and books can be very interesting but it’s important to make it work around your life and schedule. All you can do is try and see what works for you. Also make sure you have a break every now and then, even if that feels like you have a million and one things to do, the cleaning can always wait until later. The End!