Tag Archives: Primrose Hill

Pierre’s Pedal Power

18 Jul

Bit of a hectic time this weekend, moving house is always stressful but even more so when you have a party to attend in Oxford on the same weekend and then your removal van and driver doesn’t turn up on the day…meaning you are stranded on the street – although at least we were comfortable as the sofas were outside! On the bright side my lovely friends suprised me in the afternoon with a picnic on Primrose Hill for my birthday, and two more cake stands found a lovely home after an early morning delivery on Saturday. Thanks to Pierre I was able to whizz round on Saturday morning, then freewheel back down Regents Park Road before hightailing it to Oxford for a picnic. This is trusty Pierre in action early on Saturday morning, with his cargo.


We Make London – feature on Cariad Cake Stands

1 Jun

woo hoo – Cariad Cake Stands is featured on the We Make London website:


Very exciting! Really looking forward to the next fair, on 26th June. I’m especially excited to be sharing a page with a feature on Nancy&Betty – a girl that makes absolutely beautiful stationery. I came across Nancy&Betty a good few months ago now and bought one of their cards as an anniversary card for my boyfriend (which I bought about three months before as I knew it was perfect!). He liked it so much it’s now up on the wall in a frame…that’s how good their stationery is! So it’s a big treat that they will be at the We Make London fair too, will try not to get starstruck.

http://www.nancyandbetty.com/ – for buying

http://iheartnancyandbetty.blogspot.com/ – for browsing and inspiration

Also, some more pictures from Primrose Hill Fete, courtesy of my sister Bethan. I still have some blue and white ones available if anybody would like to give them a little home and fill them with cake. Also…I put the green and pink flowered one on hold for someone who assured me they would email the next day for it as they did not have any cash on them…and has not claimed it, which is a bit frustrating as it was very popular on the day. Still, you live and learn – but it does mean that the pink and green one (marked with a sold sign in the pictures) is up for grabs for any takers for the very reasonable sum of £25.

Hard to refuseli homemade muesli

31 May

Oooh a bank holiday, what a treat. After a weekend away in Wales and Gloucestershire for a beautiful wedding we’re back home and having one of those days which involve around cleaning, tidying and making things.

As I was at home all afternoon (after a quick trip to the Primrose Bakery for some  apple and blackberry cake – need energy when you’re tidying after all!) I decided to use the time to make some muesli ready for breakfast this week.

As a keeno runner breakfast is a big deal for me, it is after all a legitimate reason to eat two breakfasts a day. One pre-run and cycle, and one at work. I always have yoghurt with fruit and a giant bowl of muesli. So giant I have to take my own bowl into work to accomodate the size of my belly. So one day I decided to invent my own, which is pretty nice – although this may just be because I have become accustomed to the taste! Anyway it takes quite a while and has to be closely watched as it turns from nicely browned to burnt in ooh about a minute, so making it is ideal for a bank holiday. I have included my recipe and some pictures below – although I warn you this is a very unscientific recipe…


  • 500g Jumbo oats
  • 150g porridge oats
  • 150g flaked almonds
  • 150g chopped mixed nuts, dried mixed fruit, dried cranberries, and sultanas
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • dessicated coconut
  •  honey or maple syrup and a teeny bit of brown sugar

Heat the oven to 175 degrees. Mix the jumbo oats and porridge oats in a large mixing bowl. Add 3-4 tablespoons honey and mix up so the oats are evenly coated. The ratio of honey to oats varies depending on the ingredients but 3-4 tablespoons usually does for the amount of oats as above. Swish it all about and then add the  cinnamon, dessicated coconut, almonds and mixed nuts. Put this mix into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and spread about so it is evenly distributed. Sprinkle over a bit of brown sugar and put in the now nicely warmed oven.

Keep a close eye on it and shake up the oaty mix every ten minutes or so – then each little oat gets a go at tanning. It usually takes about 40 minutes, but keep a close eye on it and as soon as the oats have a nice golden brown colour akin to 2 weeks in Turkey, whip them out.

When the oats have cooled slightly, add in the dried fruit and jiggle it all about until evenly distributed. You can also add anything else that springs to mind – I had some ground flaxseed and goji berries (get me!) that I got free in my race day goody bag when I did the Reading Half Marathon so I put this to good use and chucked it in at the end as well!

Put into an airtight container and it lasts for weeks, although keeping it lasting this long does require some discipline. Two bowls a day means mine lasts about 2, max. Offer it to all your guests when they stay over and wow them with your genius – obviously top it up later by offering them some homemade cupcakes on your lovely Cariad Cake Stand…ooh it’s a nice life.

May the fete be with you

24 May

The sun was shining, the band was playing and the people were out, consequently the Primrose Hill May Fete was a big success! 

This was in part thanks to the beautiful weather – but also because it was really well organised and there were heaps of great food stalls, lending a bit of a carnival atmosphere to the event. I sold a good few cake stands and gave out a lot of business cards (so hello if you’re visiting for the first time as a result…nice to meet you!) and as we were right by the live music it ended up being a really good day out – although my feet were a teeny bit sore after 7 hours behind the stall. The sun must have put me in a good mood, my hired (by that I mean free volunteer) help kept wandering off for Pimms at the Queens pub, but all was forgiven!

Here are some pictures of the stall yesterday, and some of the cake stands which ventured off to nice new homes to deliver cakes in style and bring a little vintage chic to afternoon tea.


If you have popped by after picking up a card at the May Fete and are keen for a stand, I still have a few left from yesterday so if there was one in particular you liked please email me on cariadcakestands@live.co.uk and I can matchmake.

p.s had a delicious hog roast from the stall outside Odettes which reminded me what an amazing place it is for lunch or dinner and in the most beautiful location. Not to mention the interior which has to be in the running for the most stylish restaurant in London (would it be wrong to copy the wallpaper in my flat?!). Am hoping I can wiggle my way into getting treated there for my birthday lunch, preferably by my boyfriend but lets be honest I’d go with anyone, the food there is something else


I believe in Fete….

18 May

The lovely Georgie has sent me through some pictures of Primrose Hill Christmas Fair from last year, and I thought I would put them up in advance of the fair this Sunday (May 23rd). I’m particularly taken by the giant poodle, hope he rocks up again.

Quite excited about the May Fete, there is going to be heaps on and the whole of Regents Park Road is closed down for the occasion, along with food and other stalls. It’s also great for little weeners as there are rides, crafts, clothing, jewellry, face painting, music and a pop-up restaurant: Route Master Double Decker Bus!!

Am also loving this site below, and the girl behind it will be at the Fete:


Described as somewhere between a blog and a shop, it  showcases beautiful bits and is definitely worth a look!

Love, love , love the porcelain keys…think I can see any profits made at the Fete disappearing already….

Picture from www.nonesuchthings.com

Primrose Hill Fair

13 Apr

Today equals a good day as I delivered some lovely floral cake stands to Mimco for them to use in a press day to display their jewellery. So that was quite exciting! They’re based on Marylebone High Street so I  decided to walk through Primrose Hill and Regents Park early this morning to drop them off. It was beautiful, sunny morning and the ducks were out. Despite being jealous of the runners (I’ve got a foot injury so can’t run at the moment and it’s driving me mad) it was a treat of a stroll. Got to see an old man in very short shorts too, now if that’s not worth getting up early for I don’t know what is. Walking in the sun makes a bit of a change from cycling in to work and getting my eyes poked out by sleet. Even my hands were out – no gloves!

Walking up Regents Park Road through the beautiful Primrose Hill got me thinking about the fair where Cariad first made an appearance – at a summer fair last year organised by Primrose Hill Community Association. The whole road was closed and filled with different stalls selling jewellery, crafts and heaps of other things.  All the shops along the street were involved and had stalls, along with the local pubs and Primrose Hill Bakery (possibly the best cake shop – ever!) supplying food. I just about managed to remind myself that my profits were for uni…and not for stocking up on cupcakes and cushions. I did come away with a nest of perspex tables but as I use them now for displaying the cakestands on my stalls this surely counts as capex and therefore a business cost (that’s what I tell myself anyway.)



Cariad’s first ever stall, with my brilliant helpers for the day Georgie, Ellie and Jemma.

Incidentally if you’re at a loss one day and find yourself in Primrose Hill make sure you check out the treasure trove that is Judith Michael & Daughter – a delightful shop that sells all sorts of vintage treats. One day if ever I have a house…or even more than 2 rooms…I will fill it with things like lampshades made from vintage maps, union jack cushions and drape myself in Hermes silk scarves – until then I will make do with just looking in their shop and daydreaming. They do sell online, but you’d be missing out by not visiting the shop itself and ogling.


The next fair is provisionally scheduled for 23 May, and will post when it’s confirmed, so you can all come and say hello. The next one will be even better!

(For Mimco see http://www.mimco.co.uk/)