Seasonal Hot Chocolate: A Guide

It has been a whirlwind of a December once again, what with essays, assignments and packing up for Christmas, as well as the usual rush to buy everyone the perfect present. In between frantic shopping trips and study sessions I’ve managed to try my fair share of festive drinks, and I’ve compiled a short but…

Coffee Shop Characters: The Breakfast Club

November is my favourite month of the year. It’s the month of fireworks, of seeing your breath in the air and, of course, it’s the true start to the hot chocolate season; it’s cold enough to justify wearing as much knitwear as humanly possible, and the leaves finally begin to crunch instead of disintegrating beneath your…

Honey Hot Chocolate: A Rough Guide

I’d like to share with you something that I’m really quite excited about: honey hot chocolate. If you know me personally, you’ll know that I am pretty much obsessed with bees. The humble bumblebee is unbelievably important to the conservation of our planet, and it is our duty both morally and out of the selfish…

Dotty’s Teahouse: A Review

A general rule for my surrounding area is that if there is one, there is not just one. Be it pubs, churches, charity shops or coffee shops, everything seems to exist in clusters. In my local high street alone I can count 6 places to grab a coffee, excluding restaurants, which means that there’s a…

Whittard of Chelsea Hot Chocolate: A Review

First of all, I must apologise for not updating in a while. Not only has the weather steadily been getting hotter again, but also I’ve been able to have more time with my close family these past couple of weeks. I’ve got a few things lined up, though, to make up for my absence –…

Salted Hot Chocolate: A Recipe

Following on from my most recent post (my coconut hot chocolate recipe), I wanted to share my recipe for dark sea salted hot chocolate. This, like the coconut hot chocolate, was part of a day of baking/making with my good friend Dahlia (you can see some of her incredible baking here). Salted chocolate is one of those…

Coconut Hot Chocolate: A Recipe

This year’s summer season has been a mixture of extreme heat and heavy storms, and I’ve found what I hope is the perfect summer hot chocolate, but with an extra surprise: this weekend, my good friend Dahlia and I combined our knowledge of baking and hot chocolate to create different flavour pairings, so I bring you…

Chilli Hot Chocolate: A Recipe

Adding a touch of spice to hot chocolate takes it back to its Aztec roots, and to a drink of a rather familiar name – ‘xocolatl’. The age old combination of chilli and chocolate fuses together earth and fire to make a chocolate that is powerfully dark. The first flavour that hits you is intense and bitter,…

Coffee#1 , Portswood: A Review

I love surprises. Unpredictability is a beautiful thing, and it’s something that we, as human beings, search out in all aspects of our lives. We look for it in film, in literature – in our jobs and relationships too. Surprises come in many shapes and sizes, be it a party, or perhaps an unexpected message…

Thoughts on Orlando, and a Favour

Seeing a rainbow in the clouds on a flight back from Madrid, I thought of Orlando; of how 103 people were shot badly enough to need either hospital treatment or a body bag, and of how such a horrific attack could possibly have been carried out by just one man; of how a safe space had…

Home is Where the Heart is

Fitting everything I thought I’d need for my first year of university into a handful of boxes, bin liners and one trusty blue bag from Ikea, I remember moving into my university accommodation with the unshakeable feeling that I’d left something behind. As it turned out, I had forgotten numerous things – my ID among…