Easy like a Sunday morning.

These Fall Cinnamon Persimmon Pancakes are a perfect morning treat in the lead up to Christmas.

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Easy, peasy, persimmon squeezy – they can be made in a matter of minutes, and are so simple you’ll probably wonder why you have never tried it before.

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Using a basic pancake recipe, adding some slices of persimmon and a sprinkle (or a dash, depending on preference) of cinnamon; voila, you have pancakes with a very wintery twist.

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Using cups and spoons only to measure the ingredients, it requires no messy weighing of all sorts:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • One persimmon (at least)
  • Ground Cinammon
  • Maple Syrup (to serve!)

In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a ‘well’ in the centre and pour in the milk, oil and egg. Combine, mix and stir until smooth!

Now, slowly add as much ground cinnamon as you wish…

Slice the persimmon into thin slices (aim for no bigger than half a cm really), and heat a lightly oiled frying pan over a medium heat.

Place one slice of the persimmon in the middle of the pan and flip a couple of times for about 20 seconds maximum, before scooping one spoonful of batter onto the pan, on top of the persimmon. Brown on both sides and serve up hot with maple syrup! This recipe gave me the chance to use my mouth-watering Maple syrup from Maine…

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Winter is creeping up on us. Just a few autumnal golden leaves remain; clinging to the trees, in the same way that I am trying my hardest to hold onto the fall season for as long as possible.

However, I can’t help but love how the streets of London are already decked out in lights and Christmas trees, and the shop windows are decorated in fake snow and Christmas gifts.

Its easy to see winter as an excuse to get cosy in bed and do nothing but watch hours of Netflix. But how about doing something new with your winter days?

Here are my top 8 things to do this winter:

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1: Look out for winter-themed events on in your town or city.

London has some amazing events this year. I have so many places I want to go see, you could almost say that Winter is not long enough to squeeze them all in… (Lets be honest though, I’m British – Winter is always long enough). Be sure to check out Somerset House, The Ice Bar, The Lodge,  Le Chalet, and Once Upon a Wigwam – I plan to blog about some of these pretty amazing London winter events pretty soon so watch this space. Canary Wharf also has an ice skating rink (my wish-list this year). If you aren’t in London, think Cathedral events, Church events, local pub events, bars, galleries; even the local theatre might be putting on a winter show.

My MUST visit of all visits this christmas... Visit the Queen of Hoxton.

My MUST visit of all visits this Crimbo… The Queen of Hoxton.

2. Mulled drinks

This is a small but mighty way to make a dull, winter day brighter. It is the one time of year you can make mulled wine, cider and hot toddys. You can’t exactly sit and drink mulled wine throughout the entire year. Christmas though? Perfect. The recipe I made last year is here. Except I used a slow cooker. Or cheat and buy some ready-made here, or here.

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3. Nights in with besties.

Sometimes, there is nothing more than I love than a night in. But don’t let winter turn you into a lone recluse. Get your girls over for a wine night (mmm, glass of that mulled wine anyone?) and get merry together. Maybe throw in some wintery food too, or attempt to roast some marshmallows.

4. Explore the amazing winter markets.

My absolute favourite thing in the winter are the Christmas markets. Pretty much everyone has a Christmas market within an hours drive nowadays. Google it – you’ll be surprised! Aside from the amazing Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London (I went THREE times last year. Don’t judge me… I’ve also been once this year already), there is also an East London version with a big wheel and all sorts. Outside of the city there are plenty of cute themed winter markets! Back in the South East: Canterbury, Rochester and many more hold markets.

I have also been to the Edinburgh Markets over a year or so ago, which were small but charming. I’m sure everywhere in Britain have some – search your nearest town/city for Christmas markets – there is bound to be something nearby!

 5. Get decorating.

Christmas decs, I mean. Of course I couldn’t miss this one out. I get so (pathetically) excited about Christmas decorating every year. All I want to ever do is take over complete the interior design of the house, or wherever I am and cover it with a Christmas colour theme. I’ve already been looking at what I want to use this year for décor (I’m such a grandma it hurts). DIY decs, anyone? I’m already planning on heading home to my parents next month and turning it into a winter wonderland…

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6. View the Christmas lights.

Sometimes, one of the simplest ways of enjoying Christmas and winter is the best way. Visit your nearest city and shop, eat and stroll under the fairy lights that deck out the streets. Or, if you’re really eager – visit your local lights switch on. For my fellow Londoners, there are hundreds of must-sees. Harrods is always a must!

7. Wrap up in a cosy coat and go for a long walk.

Country walks are actually amazing in the winter – bring a hot flask of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and head out into the fresh air. I think the countryside looks amazing when everything begins to ice over and you can feel the crunch of the icy grass underneath your feet. Britain is supposed to get snow already this year – so all of you snow-lovers might get lucky!

8. Baking…

This might sound pretty dull but I love baking Christmas cakes; probably because I basically just love cake. But there are so many winter pies and cakes I want to bake and taste that it is a must do! (They go perfectly with the mulled wine, too…) Christmas cake and mulled wine is a classier way to get ‘merry’ in my opinion… That is, before my parents bring out the iced baileys ‘shots’ after too much of the foresaid-wine

 

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Picture yourself: you’re walking through a vast park with thousands of trees. Their red, yellow and burnt orange leaves fall around your feet. The sun still shines, but the fresh air bites just enough for you to nuzzle into your oversized scarf; so you tighten your grip around your warm coffee cup and…

Yeah, you get the picture. In case you didn’t gather I was describing an autumn day in London… and the perfect way to spend an Autumn day here is to grab a hot cuppa’ coffee and kick around in the leaves.

As much as I love the adventures of summer and the beauty of Spring, there is nothing quite like seeing the trees turn red.

Did you know that 47% of London is green space? Bundle on that warm sweater, take that cuppa’ coffee to go and to one of my four favourites this Autumn.

  1. Wander around Barnes Wetland Centre

A place many people have not heard of, I came across Barnes Wetland Centre last weekend, when we went for a stroll after a Sunday pub lunch at the Red Lion. There is not a lot to do as such here, but it was like a painting.

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2. Grab a hot drink in Green Park after a visit at Buckingham Palace

Being so close to Buckingham Palace, this park is a place every visitor will surely walk through or see; so it is an obvious one. (As is Hyde Park). However, I couldn’t leave it out as it is one of my favourites.

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3. Walk along the Thames in Putney, South West London

Although when people first think of Putney they think of the main high street, if you were to walk along the bridge you’d find a park and an autumn haven of a riverside walk, popular with joggers and dog walkers.

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4. Holland Park, Kensington

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These are my most recent favourite places I have seen this Autumn. Where are yours?

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