What a lovely surprise I have just had. My overwhelmingly gorgeous friend, Philippa, stopped by for afternoon tea. We have known each other since we were three. Oh my, did we get up to mischief together when we were younger 🙂 Phe (as I call her) has fairly recently returned from an overseas adventure, and so we have lots of catch up on. What better way for two friends to catch up then over a pot of tea and a homemade sweet treat.
Phe is quite the accomplished cook, and I have been lucky enough to taste many of her delicious creations over the years – from homemade pasta to darling little cupcakes. She would never accept all this praise, she is far too modest. But I can always count of Phe to turn up on my doorstep with flowers or homemade cakes or cookies. She is far too lovely.
Today Phe brought around delightful little vanilla almond cakes, which she made from scratch, without a recipe. Amazing! They were so moist and light. With a full almond flavour, courtesy of almond meal, and a gorgeous hint of vanilla. Phe is a vanilla lover, and uses pure vanilla extract. We are both proud, and rather snobby, vanilla addicts.
Phe was lamenting the lack of presentation with her cakes, wishing she had dusted her delights with icing sugar or topped them with lemon zest. I was lamenting the fact that my stomach was too full to have only one cake.
We ate these dainty treats, whilst sipping Madagascan Vanilla tea and happily chatting away. It was delightful, and such a lovely way to finish the week. I feel so lucky to have Phe as my friend, her baking ability is just a welcome bonus 🙂