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A brief visit to Kynance Cove, Cornwall

 

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In my honest opinion Kynance Cove is the most beautiful beach in Cornwall, if not in the whole of the UK. It is regularly voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and with its crystal blue seas and white sandy beaches, its easy to see why.

Kynance Cove is situated on the Lizard peninsula, just a few short miles from Lizard Point. We visited on a sunny day in August. We’d had a late start and by the time we reached the Cove it was already lunchtime so we only had a few hours til high tide at just gone 4pm.

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If you arrive later on in the afternoon, you’ll find that it’s not a beach in the traditional sense, but a cove full of stunning volcanic crags and rocky outcrops, surrounded by the most beautiful blue seas. Honestly, you’d have to pinch yourself to believe that you’re not in some tropical country.

When we arrived, stewards were holding back the traffic and turning cars away. Everyone had the same idea and had headed to the Cove and the car park was already full. We had the option of parking near the entrance to site, which the stewards said would be a half hour walk to the water. We opted to wait to see if some spaces would become free lower down. Our patience was rewarded when about 15 minutes later we we were allowed in to park.

Once we’d parked we headed down to the beach. I couldn’t not stop looking at the water, so many different shades of blue and green, just stunning set against a backdrop of dark coloured rock, and wild grass.

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Most of the best spots on the beach and cliffs further up were already taken, and it was quite busy. But we found a small space near the waters edge and set up. The kids put on their wetsuits and headed straight out.

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The water was just so clear and inviting! I headed in, and I have to say, there was a real swirl and strong current, with the waves coming in and crashing against the rocks. As always, the water was cold to start with but within a few minutes it was lovely and warm.

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A bit later on, as the tide started to come in, we headed up to the lovely Cafe which serves hot / cold food, ice cream and the best Cornish cream tea! It was a great spot from which to gaze out over the sea, and watch the tide coming in from a safe distance, as the beach slowly disappeared!

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beautiful kynance cove

All in all, everyone agreed that it was one of the best outings of our 10 day holiday. We had perfect weather, I just wish we’d had more time to spend there. But it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to return to, and this time I’d love to spend some time exploring the cliffs and headlands, so will definitely remember to pack some suitable footwear.

A few tips if you’re planning to visit:

Check tide times and head out early to get a parking space and a good spot at the beach. The National Trust website recommends that you plan to arrive no later than 11am if you’re visiting during the school holidays.

The beach almost completely disappears at high tide and you could get cut off from the main cliffs back up to the car park so keep an eye for the tide.

The pathway down to the beach is rocky and the beach pebbly so wear suitable footwear. I wore flip-flops which were not great.

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Cornwall is a beautiful county with many places to visit. We’ve spent many Summer’s holidaying in Cornwall, and this Summer we spent 10 days camping in and around Land’s End. If you’ve enjoyed reading this post, you may also like:

A brief visit to St Michael’s Mount

A brief visit to Newlyn.

Nila x

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5 fab ways to use cookies this wedding season

 

5 fab ways to use biscuits in your wedding by nila holden

So you’re getting married..! Congratulations. What an exciting time for you…!

You’ve probably been scouring pinterest for lots of swoon worthy wedding decor, finishing touches and ways to personalise your big day. After all, it should be a reflection of you and your other half-to-be, full of personality and all the things that are great about you as a couple.

Here at Nila Holden bakery we make beautiful iced biscuits for life’s special occasions and we’ve got lots of biscuits to add that special touch to your wedding day. We’ve pulled together a quick list below of ways that real life brides – some of our many happy customers have used biscuits in their wedding day.

They’re engaged…!

He asked and she said yes! You couldn’t be happier for them, they make such a lovely couple (and you secretly can’t believe he waited this long to pop the question). Lots of excitement all round for the pending nuptials.

You’d like to send a small gift along with a note to wish the newly engaged couple well and help to mark the occasion. This Bride & Groom gift set is lovely, you can add their monogram for that personal touch. Also perfect as a wedding gift for the couple that already has everything. Or for those occasions when you’re just too slow off the mark and all the good stuff from the gift list has already been taken.

Will you be my bridesmaid..?

Why not use biscuits to pop the big question? No, not THAT question! THAT question has already been asked hence why you’re on a knifes edge, frantically pulling together spreadsheets of expenses and a to do list as long as your arm and turning into a bridezilla. (Remember – breathe!)

Of course, I mean asking your bestie, BFF and best mates if they’ll be your bridesmaid. There are so many ways you can pop the big question. How about with these pretty biscuits – customised with a name for that extra special touch. How could any friend say no when asked in such a sweet way? Guaranteed to get your bridesmaids agreeing to wear those soft lilac empire line dress you’ve got eye on for them.

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One of our customers ordered our personalised unicorn biscuits to include in her bridesmaid treat boxes. Don’t they look amazing?

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Hen party gifts

So you’ve booked the weekend in Marbs and you’ve sworn off the carbs. You’re all dressing up before you hit the town. To say thank you to your best mates for joining you as you celebrate and being total good sports and wearing those hideous scratchy fancy dress outfits in 30° heat, why not get some lovely personalised biscuits? With a name or some other memorable words stamped. Maybe include them in some goodie bags? Here are some pics from the a recent customer. How much would I love to see the photos from this hen weekend!!???  *butler* *foam*

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Wedding favours

One of the most popular ways to use biscuits in your wedding is have biscuit wedding favours. Iced biscuits are perfect as they can be customised to fit your theme. Different colours of icing or how about taking a design detail or accent from your wedding stationery for example and adding this to the design of your biscuits?

One of our most popular wedding favour biscuits are these personalised biscuits that double up as place cards and favours as each one is hand stamped with a guest’s name. How brilliant is that? No need to get separate place cards printed.

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These monogram wedding favours are our next bestseller. Adding a monogram detail to your wedding stationery or favours is such a lovely & classic way to add a personal touch to your wedding. There’s something so romantic about seeing your initials entwined and side by side.

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Treats for the little ones

I designed these love heart cookie pop favours for my own wedding a few years back. I was worried that the kiddies would chatter all the way through our wedding ceremony and racked my brains to find a way to keep them quiet – just for 25 mins or so, in a mess free-stress-free-way.

I thought that giving them something to eat might work well but wanted to avoid sticky fingers so came up with these love heart pops – each personalised with a name. They worked an absolute treat and have gone on to be a popular product too with brides.

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So there you have it 5 ways actual real life bride’s have used biscuits in their own wedding days (including yours truly!). I hope this blog post has given you some ideas and inspiration.

If you’re a bride in the planning stage and you’re looking for ideas then do check out our pinterest boards for more ideas.

If you’re at the ordering stage then pop over to our website for biscuit wedding gifts, prices etc.

Happy wedding planning!

Nila x

Top 5 Biscuit Gifts for Father’s Day

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This time next week it’ll be Father’s Day!  Eeek! Are you prepared? Do you have a special gift sorted for your lovely Dad? No? Well fear note, we have the perfect Father’s Day gift for you and there’s just enough time for you to order for the big day.

We’ve got a lovely range of biscuit gifts for your lovely Pops, delicious buttery iced shortbread, beautifully wrapped and delivered direct to you or your Dad.

 

For the first time Dad

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For the first time Dad, the first Father’s Day is a truly special moment. After months of anticipation, pre natal appointments and scans, decorating the nursery and trying to settle on a name, your gorgeous bundle has finally arrived. And nothing could have prepared you for it. A good night’s sleep and any semblance of a normal life have gone out of the window. And you wouldn’t have it any other way. These biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to those late night feeds and a yummy sugary burst of energy just when you need it.

 

For the Boring Jumper Dad

 

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For the Dad who loves his boring M&S jumpers how about these gorgeous jumper biscuits? Your Dad loves his comfy beige jumpers.  Over the years you’ve tried to get him to deviate from the plain jumper over shirt combo your Dad wears everywhere. But he always comes back to his much loved knitted numbers from his all time favourite department store. Because they always his size and he can rely on them.

 

For the Tea Lover Dad

 

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Your Dad loves nothing more than a nice strong brew of the nation’s favourite drink and a nice biccie. He takes his tea strong, with a drop of milk. Always the hot water first, then the milk. And it has be in his favourite mug. Which, if truth be told, he doesn’t wash that often. Much to Mum’s irritation. She’s always sneaking into the dishwasher when Dad’s not looking. Well, how about these yummy iced biscuits – the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa. Your Dad will love them.

 

The Stepdad

 

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Well this is awkward. He’s not your real Dad, but you want to get your Stepdad a little gift to say thank you for being there for you and your Mum. You don’t want to go all schmatlzy and over the top (after all he’s got his own kids who’ll do that), but you need something to show how much you appreciate him, for taking such good care of your Mum. And for cooking a mean roast. These are the perfect biscuits.

 

For the self sacrificing Dad

 

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Your Dad loves his family more than anything in the world and would do just about anything for you, your Mum and your siblings. He does all the taxi runs, he gives up his weekends to mow your lawn, put up your flatpack furniture or check the oil in your car. When you’re running low on funds, he always has a spare £20 to give you. You say you’ll give it back when it have, but he never really expects you will. This box set of 12 mini beautiful biscuits are the perfect treat for the man who knows little about indulgence and everything about duty to his family.

How to order biscuits for Father’s Day:

To place your order, head over to our Father’s Day biscuits gifts, you’ll need to register with an email address to get more info and prices. Once you’ve registered, login and simply click on the gift you’d like to order and checkout. We’ll make the biscuits up and post them out you to or we can send them direct to your Dad.

Last date for orders for delivery in time for Father’s Day is Wednesday 14th June 2017 so head over to our website today to place your order.

Happy Father’s Day!

Nila x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The time I made biscuits for a real life princess (and didn’t even know!).

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Oh yes. I made biscuits for a real life princess – Princess Mako of Japan, and didn’t even know! If the name sounds familiar, it’ll be because Princess Mako of Japan has been in the headlines quite a bit lately. The Princess, grand daughter of Emperor Akihito and member of the Japanese royal household is engaged to be married to a commoner.

Japanese law states that if the princess choses to marry a commoner then she must leave the royal family behind and become a normal civilian. There is concern about the Japanese royal family’s bloodline as the Emperor has just 3 grandchildren, two of whom are princesses and will marry and leave the royal family – and just one grandson to continue the line.

Not many people know but Princess Mako spent time living in Scotland a few years back when she studied at the University of Edinburgh for a year. It was while she was studying there that we had the opportunity to make biscuits for her and her friends.

One of her friends was organising a leaving party for the Princess who was heading back to Japan after completing her studies. The friend contacted me and requested a custom order of our personalised floral biscuits.

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These are probably the most detailed and complex biscuits I have in my personalised biscuits portfolio but if I do say so myself, they are pretty stunning and delicious tasting of course.

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Each biscuit has 3 separate layers of fondant icing – one layer of white fondant and the next layer a lovely pinky/peach colour fondant.

I then use a beautiful flower rubber stamp to decorate the fondant icing, which adds embossed detail. Rubber stamps are a great way to add detail fondant covered biscuits if, like me, you are not particularly good at free hand painting.

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Next, each flower is hand painted using edible paint or as in this design, edible dusts that I mix with a small amount of water to to get an edible paint.

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Lastly, each biscuit is personalised with a different name, again using rubber stamps, and then hand painted with a gold lustre dust. The finished effect is stunning – don’t you agree…?

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I originally designed the biscuits for my daughter’s birthday and the inspiration for the design was a beautiful vintage scarf that I found in a second hand shop in Whitstable. My daughter loved the scarf and so I used the pattern as the basis of the design for her cake and cookies that year.

I loved making the biscuits for Princess Mako’s party and working with all those beautiful and unusual Japanese names.

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I’ve made these biscuits in lots of different colours for weddings & events over the years. Here they are in pastel green and purple.

Thankfully, I didn’t know that I was making biscuits for royalty when Princess Mako’s order was placed, otherwise I think I might have been a complete bag of nerves!

We’ve since gone on to make biscuits for the likes of Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and even our own Royalty the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, but this is still one of my favourite orders to date.

I wish Princess Mako all the very best and many happy, healthy days in her married life.

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We have lots of decorative iced biscuits perfect for weddings, parties or birthdays. If you’re looking for an extra special finishing touch or a sweet treat to indulge your guests then biscuits are perfect! Visit the gift biscuit pages of our website for more info, prices and to place your order.

Nila x

Word on Water floating bookshop, London

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I had a lovely afternoon out walking along the Regents canal around Kings Cross & Camden a few weekends ago. It was a balmy Spring day, a gentle breeze and the sun shining. London is never more beautiful then when she’s bathed in glorious sunshine.

We took the train into St Pancras and from there headed to Granary Square which is behind Kings Cross station.

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Granary Square

From there we took a right turn down to the canal and wondered along to Word on Water, a gorgeous little floating book shop housed on a narrowboat.

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Word on Water Bookshop

 

Word on water floating bookshop

Word on Water London’s only floating bookshop

Step on board, and you duck down into a gorgeous & cosy looking reading nook crammed full of all sorts of books, fiction/non fiction, adult books and a cute little children’s book corner.

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Mind your head as you step on board

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Gorgeous books crammed into every corner

There are a lots of cosy chairs and sofas that you just kind of sink into, great if you want to have a little sit and browse alongside the wood burner.

It was a bright sunny day when we visited and there was something quite ethereal and magical to be down the steps in such a snug little room, with families of ducks and geese swimming by, the sunlight dancing on the water and throwing sparkly beams back into the room.

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Loved this floating bijou emporium of the printed word, a real book lovers dream! Can’t wait to go back soon.

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Word on Water run a number of events through the year, with live music, readings from published authors and lots more. Check out the Word on Water facebook page for news on upcoming events.

On returning to the bakery I was inspired to design some literary themed book biscuits,  including of course some Jane Austin & Charlotte Bronte. And Of Mice & Men – as one of the kids has been studying this at school so we’ve been reading a couple of pages here and there. How great are these and wouldn’t they make a great edible gift for a book lover? Or perfect gifts or goodie bag treats for a book launch?

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As it happens, we’re currently working on a book themed Christmas gift project for a large national book retailer which I’m really excited about. Watch this space for more info in the coming weeks….

Being someone who owns an artisan bakery specialising in iced biscuits, one of my absolute favourite past times is visiting quirky little tea rooms & coffee shops. I’m surrounded by sugar, baking & biscuits everyday at work so you’d think that the last thing I’d want to do at the weekends is step back into it, but I guess it’s a life’s work and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it! From time to time I blog about my experiences, if you liked this post, you might be interested to read these:

London Coffee Festival 

Nila x

Easter Corporate Gifts for your staff & clients

 

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Just dropping by to show you some Easter corporate biscuits that would make for a perfect gift for your staff, clients or prospective customers this Easter.

We have some super cute Easter chick and Easter Egg biscuits which can be personalised with a logo or iced in colours to match your branding. Wouldn’t they make a great gift and a fab alternative to the tried and tested chocolate fayre offered by some many companies to their staff and clients every year…?

With a minimum order of 50 biscuits for a bespoke logo design and each biscuit would come individually wrapped in clear cellophane.

Or if you’d like to go for a simple iced Easter biscuit without branding, we also have the following Easter themed biscuits which might be suitable for your Spring events or marketing giveaways.

 

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EAS002 Assorted Easter Chick Biscuits. Individually wrapped. Case of 12 biscuits.

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EAS001 Assorted Easter rabbit Biscuits. Individually wrapped. Case of 12 biscuits.

 

If you’re looking for corporate gifts for your event, goodie bag or to gift to your staff or clients this Easter then we’ve got some lovely ideas and biscuit designs to suit your needs.

If you’d like more info, then pop over to the corporate biscuits pages of our website or send us a message via our corporate biscuit enquiry form and we’ll get straight back to you.

Look forward to hearing from you

Forget chocolate this Easter – think iced biscuits!

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It’s nearly the end of February.  Christmas & New Year are but a distant memory and even though its a bit dull & grey here in the UK, our thoughts are starting to turn to all things Spring.

At the Nila Holden Bakery we’ve been thinking about Spring for a few weeks now as put the final touches to our Easter wholesale Biscuit Range.

This year we’ve gone full on with cheeky rabbit biscuits, chick cookies, Easter egg biscuits and some stunning 3D biscuit constructions.

First up we have the traditional Easter chick & rabbit biscuits in soft pastels all hand baked and decorated – delicious vanilla shortbread with pastel fondant icing.

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And these gorgeous Easter Egg Biscuits – a great alternative to a traditional chocolate egg (and definitely less messy for little hands!).

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We try to offer our trade customers at least 2 3D designs per collection as this seems to work well, so this year we have a brand new Easter basket with biscuit easter eggs which when paired with our Spring birdhouse will make for a stunning retail display and is guaranteed to bring the crowds in for a closer look!

Our wholesale biscuits are perfect for you if you have a farm shop, deli, gift shop, food hall, coffee shop, tea room or garden centre or any other discerning foodie outlet!

If you’re interested in sourcing our Easter wholesale iced biscuits for your department store, food hall, deli or farm shop why not sign up to become a stockist by filling this online form and we’ll send you our trade catalogues and terms & conditions.

Or drop us a line hello@nilaholden.co.uk – and we’ll get straight back to you.

Look forward to hearing from you..!

Nila x