Raspberry leaf tea, courgette & lemon cake, and a sunny Bristol walk

Raspberry leaf tea, courgette & lemon cake

Impending birth has seen me trying out every trick in the book to make the process as smooth as possible, and this includes checking out Clipper’s Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea.  Some pregnancy guidance says to try it, others not – I checked with my midwife, who said one bag a day from 34 weeks was fine, so I’m going with that!  The tea itself smells divine, and one might dive in expecting a sweet, subtle tea.  One would be wrong, and perhaps even disappointed… the tea is ever so slightly bitter but largely tasteless, with the smell and the colour providing the highlights for the senses.  Still, no harm no foul I guess.

One thing that did provide the tastebuds with some provocation this weekend was a delightful Frosted Courgette and Lemon Cake from the BBC Good Food website.  We subscribe to a weekly veg box and have accumulated a fair number of courgettes in the past few weeks, so when I saw this recipe I knew it was perfect for using up some of the stores.  The tart frosting and smooth cake complemented one another very well, and provided a summery taste for an afternoon break on a sunny spring day.  If I were to make it again I’d probably squeeze out the courgette a little more, as I think the wetness retarded the rise somewhat – but no-one complained!

So with the tea and cake sorted, the only other treat we had this weekend was pottering.  We’ve chosen a changing table and drawers for the nursery, so wandered in to Bristol to get those.  Saturday morning was just so lovely, with the blue skies and spring sun over College Green and Bristol Cathedral.  We went for perhaps the best espresso I’ve had in Bristol at the relatively new Swoon Gelato on Park St.  I would have had an ice-cream as well but the husband said 10am was perhaps a little early for a sweet treat!

And that was my tea and a treat for the week.  Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed!

Sian x


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