Herbs And Spices: All About Rosemary

Rosemary planters

Herbs and spices fascinate me. In part, this is thanks to a good friend of mine who’s an adventurous cook and an avid gardener. She introduced me to some of the uses and benefits of different herbs. And I’ve been reading up on them ever since.

When I recently styled the Mediterranean vignette for my first Urban Jungle Bloggers post, it included a rosemary plant. And that gave me an idea to write a series about different herbs and spices. I thought you might find it interesting to learn a little bit more about them, their history, benefits and uses, as well as how to take care of the plants.

So let’s begin with rosemary, a beautifully decorative plant with a wonderful aroma.


Healthy Lunch Ideas: Orange Vegetable Soup Recipe

Sprigs of parsley - healthy lunch ideas from MochaThis is the start of a new occasional series of healthy lunch ideas that are quick and easy to prepare. But most of all, delicious to eat.

When you’re rushing around all day, I know how hard it can be stop and have something healthy for lunch (never mind take time out to prepare it). Sometimes is just seems much easier to grab a quick snack.

But having something nutritious at lunchtime can make the world of difference to the rest of your day, giving you more energy to keep going. And help prevent that mid-afternoon slump – which can be made worse by too much junk or sugar.

Orange Vegetable Soup is one of my favourite soups. The colour and flavour is so perfect for autumn. It’s warming, comfort food that is simple to prepare.


Recipe: How To Make Cake Pops

Cake pop recipe from Mocha

Note from Sarah: This is a post by Tatiana of Delicia Designs

Delicious decadent cake pops! The cake pop has to be one of my favorite miniature bite size treats to make, and are the perfect accompaniment to any dessert table.


Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Cupcakes Apple Cinnamon from MochaUK

Note from Sarah: This is a post by Tatiana of Delicia Designs

Not only are cupcakes a crowd-pleaser, they are also super easy to make. There is an endless possibility of delicious autumn flavors – gingerbread, pumpkin, carrot – to name a few. But my favorite would have to be apple cinnamon.

These cupcakes paired with yummy cream cheese buttercream make such a perfect fall treat!


Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Scones

Pumpkin Spice Scone Recipe - Mocha UK blog

Note from Sarah: This is a post by Tatiana of Delicia Designs

Fall has arrived! It’s the perfect time to get cozy and start baking. The aroma of baked pumpkin and spices is pure Autumn bliss. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the crisper weather than sitting down with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and a warm, out-of-the-oven fresh scone.


7 Easy Ideas for Centrepieces and Table Decorations

With the festive season fast approaching, I thought you might enjoy some inspirational ideas for centerpieces and table decorations.

Adding a few decorative touches to your table creates an impact and can totally transform it. You can use table centrepieces and decorations to add some drama, elegance or help create a party atmosphere.

The best thing about all these ideas is that they are all easy to recreate yourself.

Origami Napkins

Origami Napkins as table decorations

Napkins are a really simple way to add colour and interest to your table. Experiment with some origami folding techniques and then style a few together to create interesting shapes and effects.


How to Make a Mocha

Mocha Coffee in a Dunk Mug from mochacasa.comA mocha coffee is the ultimate luxurious drink; blending the deep flavours of rich and aromatic coffee with the velvety smoothness of  chocolate.

In the cold weather this warm and delicious combination is the perfect feel good drink.