Easy almond pulp Anzac biscuits

ANZAC nut pulp biscuits - The Teapot Explodes

Strictly speaking these are not your traditional Anzac* biscuits. I jumped on the almond milk bandwagon a while ago now, as I’ve avoided dairy milk for years due to allergies. I was converted when I released how easy it was to make using a nut bag, and how the homemade stuff doesn’t have any icky fake almondy flavour that sometimes you get with store-bought brands.  However, I do often struggle with what to do with the pesky leftover pulp. I can’t throw it out, as that’s just plain wasteful. Sometimes I’ll add it to smoothies but usually I’ll throw it in a container in the freezer for my next baking experiment. Enter these biscuits.

Easy nut pulp Anzac biscuits - The Teapot Explodes

This recipe is loosely based on the Flapjack Anzac Cookies in the wonderful A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones (one of my favourite cookbooks of the year, the other being this). Jones’ recipe doesn’t include almond pulp, and I also added some seeds for extra bite. I’m pretty loose with measurements usually but I found this works well.

Almond pulp Anzac biscuits (makes about 30 small or 16 big ones)


  • Almond pulp leftover from making milk (I use 110 grams or 2/3 cup of raw almonds)
  • 125 grams spelt flour or coconut flour
  • 50 grams whole oats
  • 80 grams desiccated coconut
  • 100 grams raisins
  • 75 grams unrefined soft brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 125 grams of coconut oil
  • 3 tables of maple syrup
  • 100 grams of seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Weigh all the dry ingredients into a big bowl – flour, oats, coconut, raisins,sugar, bicarbonate of soda and seeds.
  3. Crumble in the nut pulp and mix through.
  4. Melt the coconut oil in a pan until it’s liquid. Let it cool a bit, then add the maple syrup and mix.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture.
  6. Mix well and squeeze the mixture together, as it’s a little crumbly.
  7. Make into balls, either small or large and place on the prepared baking trays. Leave a little space between to allow them to spread.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a little golden.
  9. Remove from the oven leave to cool for about 5 minutes on their trays before transferring to a cooling rack.

I’m not sure the original Anzacs would’ve approved of my version of these biscuits but the boyfriend ate about 5 in one go, so they must be okay. In preparation of our trip to Rome last week, I whipped up them up to take with us. I find making bars, date balls or some kind of healthy-ish snack, an easy way to keep us going when on holiday. Something we can snack on when we haven’t bought any food yet for breakfast or we just don’t want to eat the crap they sell in airports. They lasted several days in an airtight container.

* April 25 is Anzac day in my homeland New Zealand, and in Australia. This day of remembrance marks all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. I’ll probably never drag myself out of bed to go to a dawn ceremony, nor will I ever drag myself to camp out at Gallipoli with hoards of Antipodeans, but as my grandfather was in the airforce during WWII, it’s not something I’ll ever fail to remember. x

The modern collector: Kate from a Heart of Solid Gold

If you know my family in ‘real’ life, chances are you’ve heard the tales of diamond rings and bags of rubies being passed around the living room for us to ‘oooooo’ over before bedtime. Growing up with a gemologist in the household has probably given me unrealistic expectations of what jewellery should look like. I don’t have much in the way of ‘real’ jewellery myself but it doesn’t stop me lusting over a beautiful piece when I see one.

With that said, and given my love of all things old and beautiful, it’s not surprising that one day I found myself buying a small Victorian seed pearl and turquoise ring from eBay. I later discovered #showmeyourrings on Instagram and since then I’ve been hooked on antique jewellery collectors’ feeds.

I’m super excited to share this interview with the lovely Kate, from a Heart of Solid gold. A writer by day, Kate’s collection led her to start an Etsy shop so she could share with others the beauty and craftmanship of antique jewellery, when her own collection started to grow too large.

The modern collector: Kate's ring stack

How did you get into collecting antique and vintage jewellery? 

I’ve been collecting antique jewellery for about seven years, having been given some of my grandma’s most treasured rings as I grew up. I’ve always had a love for jewellery since being very young but it was only really when I could afford to buy jewellery that I began seriously collecting antique pieces.

My mum also loves jewellery of any kind, although I’m sure she blames me for now collecting pieces a little more frequently than she used to. We often go jewellery hunting together – I’m not sure whether we’re a good or bad influence on each other though!


How long have you been collecting rings and how many do you have in your personal collection? 

I’ve lost count! I’d say I had about 70 the last time I counted them and I’ve definitely bought a few more since then – these vary from Victorian and Edwardian rings to more modern, vintage silver pieces, I have quite eclectic taste! I do also sell some of my personal collection online when I can bring myself to part with them so the total number moves around a little.

The modern collector: Engagement ring with other rings

Do you have a favourite ring? Do you have any that you wear everyday? 

I have to be a bit obvious here I guess and say that my favourite ring without doubt is my engagement ring. It’s the most sentimental piece of jewellery I own, not only because it symbolises our relationship and love for one another but because of the symbolism the ring holds in its design. Being a sacred heart shape, it really does attract people’s attention and I just love to tell people about it. 

The modern collector: Engagement ring

I do wear it every day, although because of the closed-back, foil set diamonds I make sure to take it off when doing the washing up and dog walking! I love having such an old engagement ring but it is definitely high maintenance.

I usually also wear a Victorian silver love token, inscribed with the name Alex (for my other half), on a gold chain. I picked this up off eBay and I absolutely love it. There are quite a few that pop up at antiques fairs and online as they were popular gifts for loved ones in the late 1800s and it’s such a thrill when you find one engraved with the name you’re looking for!

The modern collector: Love token

Your engagement ring is incredible! Did your husband-to-be choose it on his own or did he get some help? When is it from and where did he find it? 

I had pointed out to him that I loved the style of Georgian rings and I had shown him a photo of an incredible sacred heart ring, explaining how rare they are. 

Little did I know he’d be off on the lookout and found one from a London-based dealer. When he proposed, I always assumed we’d choose a ring together because of how particular I can be, so when he asked me to open the velvet ring box I had that moment of fear!

Seeing the ring and realising that he does listen to my jewellery ramblings just made me realise even more how perfect he is. It really did seal the deal!

 The modern collector: engagement ring on

I’ve always had a thing for brooches. Do you only collect rings or do you buy necklaces, brooches and other pieces too? 

I do collect jewellery of all kinds, although rings are my favourite. I have a passion for antique charms, having been given my grandma and my great aunt’s silver charm bracelets they collected together over the years.

I have quite a large collection of both silver and gold charms, as well as the odd brooch, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. 

My gran's silver charm bracelet
Gold charms

Where are your favourite treasure hunting grounds in the UK? Have you travelled abroad looking for pieces too? 

My favourite places in the UK are Portobello Antiques Market in Notting Hill, London. I also love Gray’s Antiques just next to Bond Street Station in London too – it’s like an Aladdin’s cave!

I live up North in Yorkshire so I love to go to local antiques fairs, and York is fantastic for antique jewellery shops too.

I’ve travelled to New York for antique jewellery shopping too. Last year I visited the Pier Antiques Show which is incredible for jewellery hunting. I’m hoping to visit Brimfield Antiques Fair this year too if I can make it over to the US again. 

Gold hearts on a dealer's stall I found whilst jewellery hunting in London

Are there any pieces that you regret to this day not buying? 

I missed out on an early Victorian diamond and blue enamel, marquise shape ring which I think will haunt me for as long as I collect. I had to be sensible as it wasn’t in my price range but it was such a beautiful ring. I’m such a fan of dealers who offer layaway/part payment plans as it makes collecting much more affordable. Sadly this beauty wasn’t available via a payment plan and someone else snapped it up. I’m sure it’s looking fabulous on someone’s finger right now!

Are there any pieces currently on your wish list?

At the moment there aren’t currently that many things on my wish list. I’m trying to be good and save for my wedding next year!

I am on the lookout for an Essex Crystal piece of jewellery – ideally portraying a dog. I’ve seen a few over the years and some have the best, comical faces! If you haven’t seen them before, keep an eye out as they are fabulous miniature pet portraits.

Do you have a favourite motif or period that you tend to go for? 

Georgian and Victorian jewellery is definitely my weakness. I also keep an eye out for Art Deco pieces as my mum loves these!

One of my favourite Victorian necklaces

How long have you had your Etsy shop

I’ve had it for about 18 months now. It’s a great way to sell on pieces from my collection when the time comes to make room for some new pieces.

Has Instagram fuelled your collecting obsession? Why do you share your collection on Instagram? 

Instagram certainly has fuelled my collecting obsession. It is such an incredible way to share your jewellery with other like-minded collectors, learn about new styles, stones and everything in between, and find fantastic online sellers! I’ve made some incredible friends through Instagram and I just love seeing new collectors pop up and share their growing collections.

Which are your favourite jewellery blogs/ Instagram accounts? 

There are so many to mention but these are my favourites:

  • @bellflowerbay
  • @jewelleryhannah
  • @gemgossip
  • @gemstonegypsy
  • @shopfiligree
  • @lisajshuler

Photos all kindly provided by Kate. Thanks ever-so much, Kate, for sharing your collection with us. I’ll continue to covet your rings on Instagram and lust over your Etsy shop! Check out a Heart of Solid Gold on Etsy. I think my own collection of rings might need to start growing…

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Aberglasney – the secret heritage gardens in wild west Wales

A magical and almost secret place set in the incredibly beautiful Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney has undoubtedly one of the loveliest gardens in Wales. I’ve been wanting to go back ever since we first visited in 2011, and this Easter I managed to convince the boyfriend’s parents it was time for another visit. Aberglasney3 Apparently historians can’t pinpoint exactly when the house was built but it fell into serious disrepair after World War II, when it was home to American troops.  For years, even some locals didn’t know the property existed.  Those who did set about trying to save it after a series of changes in ownership, vandalism and years of neglect saw it in a really bad way. The property was bought by a trust in 1995 and a slow restoration project began. Today, you’ll find a cafe, magnificent indoor tropical garden (the ninfarium), a bluebell wood, holiday cottages for hire, and a spectacular display of blooms. Aberglasney Heritage home and garden in Wales We were too early for the bluebells that we saw on our last visit but the magnolias, hellebores and daffodils were putting on a magnificent display in the walled and Asiatic gardens. I can only imagine what the roses and peonies are like mid-summer. It’s totally worth the modest entry fee. Aberglasney house and garden in wild west wales Magnolias at Aberglasney Magnolias at Aberglasney Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset The ninfarium is housed in a part of the old home and covered with glass roof. Filled with orchids, maidenhair ferns, palms and other green lushness, it’s a good use of part of the historic building that was obviously once in a pretty bad way. Whoever decided to turn it into an indoor garden, instead of rebuilding rooms from almost scratch, is obviously a genius. Semi-tropical, humid and ever-so green, it reminds me of home in NZ. So much gorgeousness, I’d quite like a ninfarium too.  (The name derives from Ninfa, a garden situated southwest of Rome – I have no idea why). Aberglasney indoor garden in Wales IMG_4380-2 Aberglasneyfilm1 Aberglasney2 Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetYou can find out more about the history of the place, the amazing work the trust has done and opening times on the Aberglasney website.

Hellebore at aberglasney

Film photos 1, 3, 7, 8 by Luke. Rest taken on my iPhone 6.

The modern collector: A bevy of beautiful brooches

A male friend once said to me that the word ‘brooch’ was one of the wonderful words starting with ‘B’ that he associated with the fairer sex. I’m pretty sure at the time, I just raised my left eyebrow at him and gave him a scathing look (as I have been known to do, ahem). But when he elaborated, I could see his point and years later, his comment has stayed with me. Like blondes, breasts and Brigitte Bardot, the brooch is undoubtedly feminine, womanly and glamorous.

Brooch collection

I’ve been collecting and wearing brooches for longer than I can remember. I inherited my great Aunt Betty’s collection of costume jewellery to play dress-ups with at the age of about 7. Later, I also inherited pieces from both my grandmothers’ collections and ever since, my stash of sparkly pieces has slowly grown. Charity shops, eBay, car boots and antique fairs, are all ripe picking grounds for pretty new additions. I’m fairly selective these days, only truly sparkling pieces or unusual shapes tend to catch my eye.

The modern collector: brooch collection

I don’t have any pieces that are really worth anything very much. No diamonds and pearls. Nothing that would make the chaps at the Antique’s Roadshow get excited and in a fluster. But I love my little brooches all the same. I like to wear several at a time, usually a couple of bigger ones paired with a teeny one or two. I used to worry about making permanent holes in soft fabrics with the pins but then I found this handy make-up sponge tip!

Uke, brooches and owls

Pictured is only a small portion of my collection. I’m currently in two minds about how to display them. I used to hang them on these homemade Liberty fabric hoops but found they were a pain to take down when I wanted to wear them. I’m thinking a box frame like these might be the solution. At the moment they are pinned to a black velvet square in a box in my drawer.

Unlike my silk bed jackets and vintage nightwear, I do wear my brooches. Some have sadly lost a stone or two along the way but I know I’ll get them repaired. I think they look best on black velvet, a heavy wool winter coat (or cape!), or dressing up a denim shirt. Do you wear brooches? Or are they too granny chic for you?

x C

P.S. Read the first and second posts in the The Modern Collector series.

Bits & pieces 10: Dreaming of a dining table

Anna Potter's home

Photo: Design Sponge

I can’t remember the last time I sat a table that wasn’t a desk to eat breakfast. About 90% of the time, I eat it (or slurp it) back while I’m standing doing my makeup. We don’t have a dining table in our tiny one bedroom London flat, and after nearly four years of eating off laps or scoffing something standing up, it’s starting to get really old. I find myself endlessly pinning photos of lovely dining spots. How cosy does the dining spot above look? Just add lashings of porridge, and smoothie or two. I adore the photo shoot of florist Anna Potter’s home that featured on Design Sponge recently. And if you don’t follow Anna’s Swallows and Dansoms Instagram feed, you really should.

  • I loved Sara’s post on the one that got away. I feel her pain entirely. I’m still dreaming about this emerald green silk beauty that I regret to this day not buying.
  • On the subject of rental flats, I’m over our hideous bedroom wallpaper that has lovely water stains from when our lovely upstairs neighbour accidentally fell asleep while running the bath. While I dream of white walls, I do have a thing for wallpaper and kinda love this idea of using fabric as wallpaper as I’m more of a fabric hoarder than I am a sewer.
  • This week I made Hemsley & Hemsley’s paradise bars. Bloody hell, they’re good. Better than a bounty could ever dream of being. Needless to say, there’s only a few left.
  • One of my favourite blogs at the moment is Local Milk. How beautiful are Beth’s instagram travels of Japan?
  • I’m also a little in love with Fine Little Day’s instagram pics of her funny cats (and her Svenskt Tenn wallpaper). The grey cat’s expressions totally crack me up!

Have a beautiful weekend.

x C

The magical oxalis plant

I’ve come to the conclusion that the oxalis is a little bit magic. A couple of weeks ago I tracked down an Oxalis Triangularis at the very lovely Botany on Chatsworth Road. I’ve had my eye out for one ever since the other half and I spotted one in a nearby shop where it was not for sale. Also known as the purple shamrock, false shamrock or love plant, this delicate bulb flutters its butterfly leaves open as daylight comes and closes them again in the evening. With three dark purple leaves to each stem and soft pinkish white flowers, it’s proving to be a striking addition to our living room.

Oxalis triangularis

I’ve found myself visiting it every day to say hello, and watch as it wakes in the morning and goes to sleep in the evening. Weirdly, I never thought I’d find myself falling in love with an oxalis. Growing up in warmer climes, I would help my grandparents weed in their vast rose garden from a very young age (they lived next door). One of the first weeds I learnt the name of, was undoubtedly the oxalis due to its nature to spread like wide fire because of its ever-multiplying bulbs. I would sift soil to dispose of the tiny bulbs, all to earn a few coins pocket-money. I’m not sure my grandma would be impressed that I now find myself besotted with an oxalis  but I do think she’d be very happy that a) I have very green thumbs and b) it’s confined indoors to a terracotta pot. I’m not sure what the variety of oxalis was that I used to weed was, but I’m pretty certain it wasn’t as pretty or fluttery as this guy.

I’m not an expert but here are a few care tips I’ve picked up:

  • Water well then let the top few cms of soil dry right out before watering again
  • They like a well lit spot but not necessarily bright sunlight
  • This variety works well indoors as a house plant
  • It’s poisonous to pets but apparently tastes pretty bad so they’d be a fool to taste too much
  • The bulbs will multiply so you can propagate by splitting the clump and repotting
  • If you forget to water it or it’s too cold, it’ll die right back above ground and put all its energy into the bulbs to survive
  • If you neglect it badly, it will go into dormancy and die right back. But you should be able to bring it back to life pretty quickly, if you give it a good watering.

x C

Bits & pieces 9: Coconut yoghurt & baked oats

I’ve written here before about my love of breakfast. I don’t understand those people who rush out the door with nothing in their bellies. Lately, I’ve gotten into preparing my breakfast the night before so I just need to assemble in the morning. While I love a berry or green smoothie as much as the rest of the smoothie-drinking world, at the moment I just want oats. Be it porridge made with soaked steel cut oats, raw with nut milk or yoghurt, or baked the night before into a delicious cakey goodness.

Baked carrot cake oats

Above is my adaptation of Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal from the wonderful Green Kitchen Stories. I omitted the nuts, added desiccated coconut and poppy seeds to the topping, and made it with chia seeds instead of eggs. Delicious. It’s definitely good enough for both dessert and breakfast.

This week I’m going try out this recipe for homemade coconut milk yoghurt for the second time. My first attempt at making it a couple of weeks ago, failed miserably for some unknown reason. It kinda curdled. Ew. I’m determined to make it work though as I love yoghurt but, like most dairy products, I don’t really eat it much as it brings me out in eczema. Secondly, we actually have an Easiyo yoghurt maker that I bought the boyfriend a couple of years back. He got bored with it though and would rather spend his kitchen time perfecting a loaf of sourdough than faffing around with yoghurt. Said yoghurt maker is sitting unloved on top of our kitchen cupboards so I’m determined to use it by making my coconut milk version.

Have you ever tried making your own coconut milk yoghurt? How do you like oats? Baked, raw or cooked stove top?

X c