What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week, at home and abroad. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R
1. This dish is Okonomyaki from Japan. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked. (Wikipedia). Helen says it’s like an omelette/pancake with various fillings, in this case port, topped with sweet sticky sauce, traditional in the Kansai region.
2. Oh Em Gee! This was fantastic! My sister and I went to Park House Hotel in Bepton near Midhurst on Monday for lunch, a review of which is to come very soon. I shall definitely be taking Helen there once she returns to ‘Good ol’ Blighty’ in December for afternoon tea. I can’t wait – for Helens return or the afternoon tea? 😉 This was Apple Tart Fine with cinnamon ice cream.
3. Geoff and I paid our very first visit to TeaTray Café in Osborne Road, Southsea just along the road from Southsea Coffee Co and Cheese & Cheers. More to tell you later as I shall be reviewing it very soon. This is the chocolate brownie which I took home with me. We shall be returning….
4. Cuppacheeno is the new café at West Meon behind the Village Store where Springs Café was and before that, Tazzina. So far so good although I’ve only had cake both times I’ve been there. I must go for something more substantial so I can review it. It’s great to have the café open once again.
5. An extract from one of Helen’s recent posts about these local sweet treats – I also make an effort to support local tradesmen like Mohammed, regularly picking up traditional desserts from neighbouring island Lombok for myself and the local staff at Mowie’s who I’ve grown very fond of. I tried plenty of sticky rice, cassava with coconut and palm sugar, Apem (ants nest cake – nothing to do with ant’s or their nest’s, thankfully) and Kelpon which is green and white glutinous rice balls filled with palm sugar and topped with coconut. Basically all of the desserts here contain coconut and palm sugar. Can’t complain!
Living life, loving cake