Friday, 25 November 2011

We Like To Parteh eh eh eh

We like to parteh eh eh (in auto tune)

Relay Tea Room 
it's been a year, so we're celebrating with a big old party! Down south we do it properly with food, drink and music, even a couple party games like when we were kids!

A hot finger supper at Relay Tea Room, 7-10 pm + Pudding and dancing till late across the road at the  Dogstar Ball Room
Live music from emerging hip hop band 2morrows Victory, and the indescribable Hejiera, and who knows maybe some other special guests,
DJ sets from Morgan Zarate (young Turks) and Shakira Kalite so we can dance off all the delicious food,

On the menu we have .....

FIRST COURSE
Yorkshires, roast beef, red onion gravy
Sticky Cranberry, bourbon and lime chicken wings
Buttered Corn bread 
Mini baked potatoes, with creme fraiche and chives
Roasted Vegetable parcels with garlic and parsley butter
Potato blinis and smoked salmon

PUDDING
Our Famous Banoffee pie
Mince pies and cream
Red velvet bon bons
Lemon cheese cake
Raspberry and champagne jelly

We've got some lovely gift bag goodies to take home too, see, a proper party!

You can RSVP to the Facebook event page

or if you have our email, phone contacts let us know you're coming
If we don't see you there, I guess we were never really friends!...........;-)
XX 
Nonki and Mpho (aka Mrs Mck) 

Our 1st Birthday!

We're celebrating our 1st birthday and we want you to join us....

FIRST COURSE - hot fork supper @ Relay Tea room 7-10
with live music from emerging hip hop group 2morrows Victory (www.2morrowsvictory.com).

SECOND COURSE - 10-2 Pudding, Birthday Cake (of course) and party games over the road and up the stairs @The Dogstar.

With...

DJ sets from...
Morgan Zarate (young turks)
Shakira Kalite

And LIVE...
HEJIRA (www.hejira.info)

£6 for one course
£10 for both

See you there,

Mrs Mck and Nonki

Thursday, 3 November 2011

We Love Our Friends

Our friend @kevinmorosky came to see us and have tea, and he made this in the process i

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011

A Whole Month

I can't believe it's been a whole month since we last blogged!! It's probably because we've been so busy with our new midweek hours and menu, which by the way have been going down a real treat. Lovely big open sandwiches, to put together just how you like seem to be doing the trick. We've also been going through a rather larger amount of cake and scones than previously so that's been keeping us busy too. Oh and we've also been trying to (finally) get our Branding and Sign sorted, which we are pleased to say is coming along splendidly. So much to do so little time! I wished for a 48 hr day last week but never got it! Hopefully we'll catch up with ourselves soon, but with winter very fast approaching, despite a a final weekend of summer last week, we thought we'd add a some hot food to the lunch menu, nothing complicated just good old harty soups and stews, so look out for those on a specials board starting next week! I think that's enough for now, we'll try and follow up pictures x

Mrs Mck x

Friday, 9 September 2011

Afternoon Tea taster (for real this time)

Last week we reluctantly had to cancel our Afternoon tea/Lunch taster event because we were struck down by a bout of fluey nastiness. But we're now fully recovered, we've stocked up on berrocca (is that how it's spelled?) and we are ready to roll. 

Its Tea Time this Sunday 12 - 4 our taster Afternoon sampler is not to be missed!!!

Cheese and Herb Scones with tomato Relish
Delicious finger sandwiches you can eat in a bite 
Mini Quiche
 and of course our lovely cakes, scones and sweet treats
all washed down with Tea Tea and more Tea 
or ICE -T

£5 gets you a seat at the table, then you can help yourself!!!


Mrs Mcks Pudding Club goes EAST

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Early Mornings, Lazy Afternoons....(for you not us)

So, in the absence of pudding club we've been busy getting our new mid week menu together....we're starting breakfast and lunches next week Tuesday...yes I said Tuesday we now only have one day a week away from all you lovely people......this tea room lark is addictive!!!

We decided that it wasn't nutritionally fair to only feed you cake, so we've added sandwiches and quiches and soup to the menu, you can either just come in for lunch or come in for a Lazy Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches, savoury bites and of course cake, scones and tea.
We're doing a trial run taster this Sunday the 4th, £5 per head for a delicious selection of savoury and sweet treats, and your choice of tea or our special Ice - T!!!!  
I don't think you wanna miss this.

As for breakfast we'll have all our usual weekend favourites of Pancakes, Vanilla French Toast, and Poached Eggs, but we're adding few bits to get you through the week, Granola with Fruit and Yogurt and Porridge with delicious toppings to name a couple....oh and we'll be open a little earlier for those of you that don't do worms, 9 am to be precise. 

Cant wait to see you all there x x
Mrs Mck 

Thursday, 25 August 2011

No Pudding Club again!

Sorry pudding lovers no pudding club again this week...
We're sorting it out so don't fret we'll be back again very very soon... 
You don't even want to know the red tape that we have to get through to make it happen how we want it to happen. Anyway won't bore you with the details. Keep checking back to see when we will be back!

Mrs Mck and Nonki xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

2Morrows Victory

Seeing as we couldn't bring them to you live we thought we'd share the trailer for the Band we were going to feature at this months Pudding Club...ahh we miss you all, but it'll be back, with a bang so don't go too far......This song by Greg B and 2Morrows Victory feature our very good friend Annonymos.....you know our regular DJ....anyway enjoy and keep tuned for the return of Mrs Mcks pudding club to Relay Tea Room !! <3

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Pudding Club

We are so sorry to say that we have had to cancel pudding club again....
And probably for the rest of the month while we sort out a few lil' issues!!!
Its definitely not over just on pause!!!!
We'll probably miss it more than you so be assured IT WILL BE BACK like terminator!!!
Mrs Mck + Nonki
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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Pudding Club

So, the much delayed and awaited pudding club menu for this week is

Caramel Chocolate Tart,
Pavlova
Lemon Mousse
Strawberry Short Bread + Cream

looking forward to seeing you all there

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Mrs Mck's Puding Club Vol. 2

We're very happy to announce that Tawiah will be gracing us with some of her wonderful music this week at pudding club. We're number 1 fans of what she does so its a real real special treat for us... 
Check out her stuff through the link above. She's been working hard crafting some new music for our ears...
In honour of miss Tawiah we've got a delicious menu prepared for this week...

On The Menu This Week (Thurs 21st)

Apple Crumble and Custard
Lemon Tarts
Apple Trifle (with a touch of calvados)
Red Velvet Bon Bons

We may well throw another pudding in for luck. lets see what Mrs Mck can come up with. 
For now though we're pondering what tracks to put on this month's mix tape... 


See you soon pudding lovers
xx

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Mrs Mck's Pudding Club

On The Menu This Week (Thurs 14th)

Créme Brulée
Pear and Chocolate Bread and Butter Pud
Salt Caramel Mousse
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bon Bons

Hope to see you pudding lovers tomorrow!
We've got Annoymos Djing the night away with us...

As for next week we have quite possibly got a very exciting live act coming to grace us with some tunes... We'll hopefully be able to confirm tonight... fingers crossed.

xx

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A Taste of Pudding Club

One of our lovely customers took this picture of pudding club last week. Its a pretty true representation of the delicious tropical theme we had going on last week...
Credit: David Pattinson

Mrs Mck's Pudding Club

I know we've been a little slack when it comes to blogging these past few weeks but i promise in due time we will have some new wonderful recipes up courtesy of Mrs Mck... We're thinking cherry cheesecake and maybe steamed pineapple upside down pudding?? What do you reckon?
We have had a rather exciting week this week it all kicked off with a life changing experience when we both went to see Prince at Hop Farm festival. I mean dancing in a field with Prince with the purple sunset what a way to spend a Sunday. So we're sorry we were closed for the day but it was truly a necessary experience. 
But we're back and hard at work right now we're prepping for this weeks Pudding Club... Mrs Mck won't actually be in attendance this week as MPHO has a gig...
We've still got an exciting range of delectable delights to indulge in though....

On The Menu This Week (Thursday 6th)

Banoffee Pie
Chocolate and Custard Tarts
Strawberry Rice Pudding (with a brandy flavoured kick)
Peach Fool

I hope that excites you as much as it excites me!
See you tomorrow
Nonki xx 
Sunsetting at Hop Farm

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Mrs Mck's Pudding Club

On The Menu This Week (Thursday 30th)

Mango Tart
Pineapple Pudding
Piña Colada Mess
Coconut Panna Cotta

We're getting all tropical this week!
Don't forget it's BYOB and only £5 a head
See you there pudding lovers...

Nonki xx

PLanned Closure @ Relay

Just a quick note to let everyone know we will be closed on Sunday July 3rd and Saturday July 9th all day. Sorry if you're gonna miss your breakfasts with us or your afternoon tea... We will miss you too... Promise we have very good reasons for being closed! 
See you all soon
Nonki x

Friday, 17 June 2011

Mrs Mck's Pudding Club

Next week's pudding club is already coming upon us (well almost). Our brains are ticking away and organising whats to come next...

On The Menu This Week (Thursday 23rd)

Cherry Cheesecake
Black Forest Trifle
Lemon Meringue
White Chocolate and Mint Cake Bon Bons

We will also have a live Dj set from Annonymos 
How does that sound?


See you on Thursday pudding lovers...
xx

Btw if you're wondering what a cake bon bon is they are these babies...


Don't forget its BYO and only £5 for a whole bunch of pudding loveliness.













Mrs Mck's Pudding Club Vol. 1 (Pictures)

We got a couple good photos but we were so busy being the best hostesses we know how to be to get many of the puddings... If anyone out there got some of the finished products we would love to see them?
here's a link to the facebook photo album 

Playing @ RELAY

Right now it is all about Frank Ocean he's brilliant. His voice makes me and Mrs Mck all melty inside. There's a really brilliant article about him on the complex magazine website but to sum it up... He was signed to a major record label and they dropped him (as they do) but instead of staying quiet and disappearing he got on with life and released his album as a free mixtape to download! There's a lot more to his story than that so the article is definitely worth a read. 
Most importantly his album is so strong, one of the few recent albums that I'm more than happy to listen to beginning to end over and over. It is quickly becoming the album that we play at least once a day on the Relay Ipod. More than anything I love the content of his songs his lyrics actually give me butterflies. Ridiculous I know but true. I think Mrs Mck would agree that this album is gonna get rather rinsed out at Relay over the summer. What d'ya reckon??

Pudding D.I.Y

To accompany our weekly pudding club we will be posting a Pudding Club recipe every week... So we're kicking off with White Chocolate & Raspberry Bread and Butter Pudding...
You don't need any special cooking skills or anything just nice simple delicious puddings to make at home. Maybe for a dinner party? (We're all in favour of dinner parties, I think we should all start having them.)
If you're not a dab hand in the kitchen don't worry Mrs Mck taught me how to make this the other day and I'm a bit of a pudding novice , but it went down a treat with our guests . I have a feeling it could've been a favourite at Pudding Club last night...


Raspberry and White Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding
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Serves 6-8
Ingredients: 8 thick slices of day old crusty white bread, slightly salted butter (enough to butter the bread), punnet of raspberries, 150g white chocolate, 200ml double cream, 100ml milk, 200g caster sugar, 150g cream cheese, 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks, tbsp vanilla essence.
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First, pre heat oven to 180°. Liberally butter both sides of each slice of bread. Arrange 4 slices of bread on the bottom of a buttered oven dish (cut or tear the bread to fit). Then evenly scatter half the raspberries and chocolate chunks over the bread. Arrange another layer of bread making sure they overlap in places. Scatter some more raspberries and chocolate on top.
In a mixing bowl beat 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks and sugar together till pale, add cream cheese and beat till smooth.
In a small saucepan bring cream, milk and vanilla essence to the boil then add this mixture to the mixing bowl and mix well.
Pour over the bread ensuring it gets into all the spaces and down the sides of the oven dish. Sprinkle a few raspberries and white chocolate over the top to decorate. Put in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about half an hour. It should be lightly golden and solid but not too dry when ready.

Picture by Jack Prideaux


Serve warm with fresh cream and enjoy! 
Let us know how the cooking goes...
Happy cooking
Nonki x

Mrs Mck's Pudding Club Vol. 1

We launched Mrs Mck's Pudding Club down at Relay last night and it was rather delightful. Fun was had and pudding was enjoyed!
At the end of a wonderful night filled with music, brought to us by the fabulous Annonymos and Rowdy Superst*r (who btw smashed it!) we handed out a mixtape full of stuff we dance around to at Relay when we're slaving over the oven making you all delicious puddings. it's got tunes on it that get us through the hard times, like when our Vicky Sponge gets super angry with us and decides to be all droopy and sad. And tunes that we put on when we're soldiering through a mountain of dishes for example, this morning when I spent approximately 3 hours cleaning up after last night's antics (a KP will be hired for next weeks pudding club!). There's also a bunch of stuff on there that just makes us real real happy... 
Here's the track listing from Mrs Mck's Pudding Club Vol. 1.....

Animal - Miike Snow - This one gets us jumping round the shop like crazy ladies.
Faster - Janelle Monae - Janelle got us through the bitter cold of winter.
The World Is Yours - NAS - What a classic! 
Had it Harder - Lail Arad - Lail is a good friend of ours we hope to have her down to do a set at the Pudding Club soon. And we love this song about our city!
Humanity (Love the way it should be) - John Legend - If you haven't heard the Wake Up album by the Roots and John Legend you really should.
The Marrying Kind - Prince - Massive Prince fans in the land of Relay... If you don't like Prince... Don't tell us!
We All Try - Frank Ocean - Frank Ocean is our favourite at the moment. In fact i'm gonna do a post dedicated to him later...
Big Ole Words (Damn) - Cee - Lo




I really hope you enjoy the mix and maybe you've found something new to get to know? We're gonna be keeping our ears to the ground finding stuff for Vol. 2 ... Let us know how you like it...


Nonki xx

Friday, 10 June 2011

Mrs. Mck's Pudding Club

Relay Tea Room invites you to Mrs Mck's Pudding Club. Indulge in an evening of pudding, music, pudding and more pudding…
Eat at home, or eat out but save room for dessert, byob, bring your friends and your dancing shoes...

Every Thurs, from June 16th - 7 to 10pm

£5 per head for a whole evening of veritable pudding delight.

June 16th featuring Rowdy Superst*r live and Annonymos (DJ set)


On The Menu This Week

Chilli chocolate cups
White chocolate and raspberry bread and butter pud
Key lime and vodka tarts
Raspberry and rose trifle
Banoffee pie


We're really excited for our first ever pudding club... can't really contain the excitement....

see you there!
Mrs Mck and Nonki xx







Thursday, 26 May 2011

Currently Loving


Lail Arad's new album Someone New... Get to know...

Playing @ RELAY


Lots and lots of Hip-hop... Ipod shuffle has been on a bit of a hip-hop tip recently...

This pic was taken by the lovely Olmo Cassibba when he and Rahel came to visit us. Olmo posted some pics he took of Relay on his blog HERE...

Back once again...

Sorry we've been out of blogging land for so long there's no good excuse other than we've been ridiculously busy... I've had exams and silly amounts of reading to get done and Relay has been getting steadily busier... Most nights we get home and just crash out... A couple of times in the last few weeks we've managed to drag ourselves out and when we did it was wonderful. We had the pleasure of seeing a number of extremely talented friends at the launch of Flock. And box Open quickly became our new favourite band after we saw them at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. In fact we're hoping to have them do a special performance at our Pudding Club very soon...
Speaking of Pudding Clubs... We will be launching the Pudding Club on June 16th with a very special guest to be announced soon. So keep checking back for info....
Here's some pics of the last few weeks and what we've been up to.
















Ciao for now...
Mrs Mck and Nonki xx


Monday, 11 April 2011

Playing @ RELAY

We got through the last few weeks to the sounds of...

 Fleetwood Mac especially dreams.

 Some Kate Bush, gotta love her loony ways
 and some Lykke Li. 
xx

This Weekend @ RELAY

Our first weekend back after two weeks and we were bombarded! we were certainly not expecting to have such a good weekend. So it came as a surprise when we were greeted on Saturday morning by our regulars and lots of new faces so we're happy ladies! Plus we got to try out our newest delights on the unassuming public....


These babies are ridiculous... We started off calling them cake pops, then they became cake balls but try saying that without turning pink and giggling so we finally settled on Cake BonBons. They are delicious and naughty and delightful and wonderful and really really dangerous. Its like a truffle married a cake and voila!




We got our hands on some beautiful silver plated coffee percolators from the wonderful new shop in the market, Brixi, you can find some lovely bits in there very nicely hand picked bits of furniture and decorations.   


We also introduced our new home made Ice T to the world. Here is the Raspberry, vanilla and rose, we also have a Green tea with lemon and ginger both made with Taylor's of Harrogate teas and they both taste delicious. Really refreshing and I reckon they'll be quite a hit this summer if the weather continues like this...

Here's hoping...
Mrs. Mck. and Nonki xx

Market Birthdays

We had the pleasure of plying some of our dear market traders with birthday cake this past few weeks.... The wonderful Margot had her bday and Mrs. Mck. supplied an obscenely ridiculous triple layered chocolate cake. 


Bidet was Nilesh's joke not ours!


and we also had Binki's Bday we also did a lovely chocolate cake not quite as obscene but still pretty damn gorgeous... We were told it disappeared in a matter of moments...


I feel like doing a food dance whilst humming a little food song right now....

Love
Mrs Mck and Nonki xx

Back from a break

We're back. We took a small break in March to get our heads together after an unfortunate event, some very dear friends of our lost their daughter in a tragic accident and it hit us all pretty hard. We needed the time off to be with the family and our close friends. So as you can imagine its been a hard few weeks all round. But we're so glad to be back at the shop. We missed it so much whilst we were away, in fact we were a little afraid we'd come back and all our customers would have abandoned us. But to the contrary we were welcomed with a lovely note from one of our regulars and then we received a whole box of lovely cupcakes. We feel very loved, its always nice to know that you're missed when you're not around.
 

We made these colourful treats in memory of the most colourful girl...

Love
Mrs. Mck. and Nonki xxx

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Our first bit of printed press...

We got a mention and a little photo in the Families magazine last month. Here's a link to the website: Families...

Sunday, 13 March 2011

We've been busy since I last blogged... I've had assignments to get done which I still haven't finished and stress is rising but we've also been busy at the shop too. We finally finished building our collapsable less wobbly more pretty tables, I think when we decided we'd make our own tables we didn't really consider how difficult it is to make tables there's always one wobble that you can't work out why its still bloody wobbling! We'll get the eventually we'll have lovely sturdy tables! Until then they will just have to look pretty to counter the slight jiggling! 
We also had a chance to visit our favourite vintage thrift shop in Dulwich, we managed to pick up a few lovely things like an antique copy of the brothers Grimm fairy tales... (pictures soon) And we took an evening off and went to see Mr. Mck raging the drums at Tinie Tempah's London date. When we sneaked back stage we found this...  



I think we can safely say Tinie has good taste in tea. We also delivered him some of Mrs. Mck's cupcakes which we hope he enjoyed...

So here's some pics of our week looking at them makes me love our little shop even more...






Green tea and peach mimosas in yellow china?! yes please! 


This picture resembles a much appreciated success! Our oven was freaking out for a couple of weeks and was brutally attacking our victoria sponge! (we tried everything to figure out what happened we eventually came to the conclusion that it could only be sabotage!) but this week all was well and good again! Vicky sponge is happy and delicious.

This is what we resorted to when we realised we don't have bowls? granola and berries for breakfast is fantastic even out of a margarine tub!


And here's our goodbye for today! xx






Friday, 25 February 2011

What we're reading...

What we're reading hasn't gotten much more exciting... I'm researching for an essay with a title to make the best of us want to bury our heads in the sand... So my reading this weeks has gotten dark and depressing. One book entitled A Brief History of Neoliberalism brought tears to my eyes in the first chapter but in the nature of keeping things a little light I've picked up como agua para chocolate so that should put a happy spin on my week... 
Speaking of chocolate Mrs Mck's chocolate cupcakes are calling me...

N x

Playing @ RELAY

This week we've been playing... 

A bit of Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown...


And some Mr. Hudson bringing back nostalgia of touring we miss these guys they need to come visit soon soon...

M & N x

This Weekend @ RELAY

A little late I know... As its almost this weekend but this is for last weekend... We had a pretty uneventful weekend but we did make some lovely jubbly cakes.... 


Mrs Mck's mint choc chips were a special treat this week...



And these rose creams...


We're lucky enough to have the most fantastic italian neighbors to keep us entertained when we're bored...

We also had a visit from the lovely Katie Palmer and her sister and Katie very generously let us use her snapshot of our french toast to decorate our blog. Thanks Katie!

This week has been half term so Mrs Mck has been enjoying time with her lovable kids but back to school come monday :( Its ok though because summer is almost here!!
M & N x


Friday, 18 February 2011

Okido!

The lovely Alex from Okido just popped in and left us with these lovely copies of Okido. I'm tepmted to start colouring in and doing the activities... but I won't I'll let the kids have all the fun! 

Thursday, 17 February 2011

What we're reading...

As we love books.... we figured we'd do a what we're reading regular post. I think it'll be fun... books are fantastic and god knows we read! I can't seem to stop reading actually... This week we have been reading:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt, what a book? It's so great when I was a kid it was my favourite and now Mrs Mck's baby boy can barely go a night without it for his bedtime story. I remember doing the actions with it at school all the time...
Also on this weeks reading list (the complete opposite) is An Introduction to Language sounds hugely boring but actually its pretty amazing learning the foundations of language makes learning a second language a hundred times easier... I've also been popping into a paper published by some friends of mine called The Paper they've been tackling  issues to do with student fees and how to free education... really exciting stuff.... 


xx
M & N

Playing @ RELAY

This week we've been loving... A bit of a Janelle Monae situation.... 

I swear we could play that album all day everyday and we wouldn't get bored.... But no we don't listen to it constantly we also had a little Roots Phrenology moment....


I'm thinking a little Fleetwood Mac moment might be experienced this week...