Friday, June 14, 2013

Busy Weekend!

There is so much going on in Eton this weekend, I thought I'd put a little schedule together to make sure nothing is missed out. So how about this for a plan...

Start the weekend off with a stroll along Eton's Historic High Street. Delightful, unique shops await you. Browse the Duality exhibition at Jam and find plenty of gift and home inspiration in the numerous galleries and shops.

Buy a picnic lunch from Tastes Deli  and enjoy Eton's fantastic Thames side setting with views of Windsor Castle.

From 2pm the Eton College gardens will be open to the public. Take you time to admire areas not usually kept private (£4 admission charge applies).

Staying at Eton College, the fantastic Natural History Museum will be open until 6pm (free admission).

Choose one of Eton's fabulous restaurants, many with outside dining areas, for dinner, then head to The Henry VI, for live music from 9pm.

Sunday is Father's Day and time for the Toshiba Windsor Triathlon. Competitors will be swimming in the Thames, cycling through Windsor and running down Eton High Street.

At 11:30 David Dragon will be demonstrating the technique he uses to produce his monotypes, as well as talking about his inspiration and influences, at Jam (Note from Jam: please do let us know if you would like to attend so we can arrange chairs and so forth! tel. 01753 622333 or email A good activity for Father’s day!)

The river Thames will be home to the "Coronation 60th Anniversary" regatta all weekend.  Crews are racing between Prince Albert and Queen Victoria bridges, with spectators (who have pre-booked tickets at £8 per adult) allowed into the normally private grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the action.

If you didn't have time for  Natural History Museum on Saturday, it will be open again on Sunday afternoon (2:30-5pm).

And if you are still around on Monday, pop over the bridge to Windsor to see the knights of the garter.  Then you might as well stay until Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday (you can take another picnic as is National Picnic Week)! Then there is the World Rowing Championships at Dorney next weekend,  the Windsor Dog show the week after ...

There really is always something going on.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Baking with Dulce de Leche

For this week's home baking I followed a recipe I pinned to our Dulce de Leche pinterest board a while ago. A butter flapjack with a layer of rich Dulce de Leche caramel.  The recipe was from the Sweet Life Bake blog.

My top tip would be to use Dulce de Leche at room temperature (straight from the fridge it is hard to spread without damaging the flapjack base). Sadly, I scrimped on the caramel (there is A LOT of butter and sugar in the recipe and it scared me!). My caramel layer was a bit meager, and I'm sure these would be better with a thicker layer (like in the original recipe photograph). They are still delicious, next time I might try less sugar and more Dulce de Leche. There will be a next time!

But first I need to try one other recipe from our pin board before I devour the rest of the jar of Dulce de Leche!