on orange trees and citrus cake

HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott


I often wish I lived someplace warmer.
Or more specifically, a place where orange trees grow.
I can imagine the scent of the blossoms in spring.
And the way walking
through a grove,
heavy with citrus, might feel.



In Italy, this past October
we stood on our tiptoes to see oranges over walls.
And in California a couple months later
we slowed the car for lemon trees.



But I’ve never actually been to a citrus farm.
I’ve never seen them picked
and processed and ready for market.
I haven’t seen rows and rows of orange fruit
or short grass between the trunks.
But it is something
I’ve always wanted to do.





For now I’m sticking to cake.
And this Cream Cheese Pound Cake by Cakes & Ale
for Bon Appétit
is especially good.

xo, N


HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott




this shop
these onions
this kettle
this photo
why weight? (via)
these food illustrations
these numbers
this looks like a fun place to be
photos & styling: michael graydon + nikole herriott


HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott



Cream Cheese Pound Cake - by Cakes & Ale - for Bon Appetit


  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup cream cheese (5 ounces), room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Glaze
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat loaf pan generously with nonstick spray; line bottom and long sides with parchment paper, leaving about 1 1/2-inch overhang. Coat paper with nonstick spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a medium bowl; set aside. Combine 1 1/4 cups sugar and all zest in another medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until blended and smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar mixture; beat on high speed until very light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Reduce speed to low; add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. (Make sure mixture is completely incorporated so flour won't clump when added.) With mixer on low speed, gradually add dry ingredients; mix just to blend (do not overmix or cake will become tough). Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top.
  4. Bake cake until top is golden brown and springs back when gently pressed with your fingertips and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 60-70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cake cool in pan for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, stir lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved for lemon syrup.
  6. Using parchment-paper overhang as an aid, remove cake from pan; peel off and discard paper. Place cake top side up on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Using a skewer, pierce top of cake all over, inserting skewer about halfway through cake (this helps the lemon syrup to soak in).
  7. Using a pastry brush, baste with lemon syrup. Use all of syrup plus any that may have dripped onto baking sheet. Let cake cool completely.
  8. GLAZE
  9. Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl; strain, if desired. Pour over cake. Scoop up any glaze that may have dripped into sheet and spread over top and sides of cake. Let cake stand at room tempera-ture until icing is set, about 30 minutes. DO AHEAD: Cake can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.
  10. Cut cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices.


HG | Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott


posted on March 5, 2013 by Nikole

comments: 30

on winter weather and the weekend past

HG | John Cullen


We went to Muskoka this past weekend.
It snowed big beautiful flakes for near two straight days.
Those ones that just seem to hover there.
The kind that remind you that winter
is still at least a little bit,




The kind
that make you
crave crackling fires and wool socks.
That make you think of homemade bread
and bowls of soup.




We saw wild turkeys,
and waterfalls that had turned to ice.
We walked on frozen lakes,
on snowy paths
saw fishing huts lined up in a long straight row.
It was nice.







The photos you see here are unrelated
but beautiful I think.
They’re from a day I spent with Martine & John
almost two years ago now.
Amazing how time passes.
xo, N



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this image
these sandals
this necklace
this table
this bird
these are back in stock



Photos: John Cullen
Props: Martine Blackhurst
Food: Nikole Herriott

posted on February 27, 2013 by Nikole

comments: 15

for the love of pie: tim robison

HG | for the love of pie | Tim Robinson

If you don’t know Tim from his blog
you may know him from Instagram.
And if you don’t know him from either,
I think maybe you should.
He’s just one of those guys whose photos
bring a smile to your face.


We’ve not met in person,
but I’ve always sorta assumed we’ll pull up a chair someday.
Probably on an old veranda someplace
with biscuits and sweet tea
and the company of Tara O’Brady.
xo, N







FOR THE LOVE OF PIE — a series that celebrates the simple things.
Today, Tim Robison and his French Silk Pie.
Tim lives in Asheville, NC with his fiancé Amanda.
He’s an illustrator, photographer
and a regular contributor to Kinfolk Magazine.




Tim Robison


Ashville, NC


French silk pie with pecan shortbread crust. The original recipe calls for a standard pie crust. I found that a shortbread crust works much better.  We also switch it up sometimes and divide the pie into 4 small tarts. To me it’s chocolate in its finest form. Rich, dense, smooth with a subtle salty bite at the end.  It’s the best.


I enjoy it best on its own with a good strong cup of coffee. However, a dollop of fresh whipped cream wouldn’t hurt.  


Good people and good food! (preferably together)


French Silk Pie by Tim Robison


  • 3 sticks (1 ½ cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup PURE maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  • Filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter--room temperature
  • 3oz unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons good vanilla extract.
  • 3 eggs


    For the crust:
  1. Mix together butter, sugar and maple syrup until well blended. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Add flour one cup at a time, mixing entirely after each cup is added. Stir in salt and pecans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press dough evenly to 1/4" thick into a prepared 7"-9" pie tin (or four 4" tart shells) Remove any excess dough around edges of tin (depending on your pans, you may have extra batter left over --bake those as you would a standard shortbread cookie). Bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned all over. Set aside and let crust cool completely. Dough freezes well or can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.
  2. For the filling:
  3. Using a steel blade food processor, process sugar and butter until very smooth and light in color (about 5 minutes on high). Slowly add chocolate while processing. Process for a few minutes more, scraping sides often. Add vanilla and then eggs one at a time. Process on high until incredibly smooth (another 5 minutes). Pour filling into cooled pie crust and chill over night.
  4. *Note -- You want to process the filling longer than you think. Check it often to make sure it achieves its 'silky' like consistency. If not processed long enough the pie will feel grainy when served.
  5. Keep refrigerated. Serve cool or at room temperature.


posted on February 19, 2013 by Nikole

comments: 21

on the beauty of travel + southern italy

HG | forty-sixth at grace | italy

I was surprised when I first arrived in Puglia.
I’d taken the train there,
a near full day whizzing past
small towns, long fields
and the Adriatic Sea.
Eight or so hours of inspiration from my seat.




But still, I hadn’t expected the south to look that way.
I hadn’t dreamt of the stark whites
and beautiful creams.
Nor, the light sandy beige.
I hadn’t considered
that a short moss might grow
beneath the olive trees.



I hadn’t expected
the flat, pale, beauty of it all.
The lack of rolling hills
and terracota soil.



I don’t know what it was I’d expected.
It’s almost as though I hadn’t dreamt big enough.


HG | forty-sixth at grace | italy


I’d heard how wonderful the food was.
How different the tomatoes taste,
and how fresh the cheese.
But I wasn’t prepared for
backyards of oranges,
roadsides of arugula
or gardens tucked amidst olive groves.
I hadn’t thought of the seafood.


Somehow I’d kinda forgotten
just how extraordinary travel can be.
xo, N






PS: find a little more from our trip, here.
Photos: Michael Graydon

posted on February 4, 2013 by Nikole

comments: 28

our birthday winner + sticky toffee pudding

HG | forty-sixth at grace | sticky toffee pudding


It’s been a while.
Hello, happy belated 2013.
I hope its start has been good to you.



Things are great here.
We’re officially into our new studio
and while it’s still piled high with boxes
it’s pretty great.


The sink is on the floor
and there is tape on the walls
where the kitchen goes.
I bought a dead stock faucet
that makes my heart sing
and I’ve been looking at ranges
for quite some time now.
I’m kinda almost (but not quite) speechless
about how it all makes me feel.
It’s just a space,
but it’s exciting nonetheless.



Anyway, I’ve got lots more to tell you
but first things first,
our birthday winner is KATHLEEN B!
Kathleen, please email us your contact details & we’ll pop your package in the post!



And if you’re wondering about the photos.
I made sticky toffee pudding countless times in 2012.
And one day, Michael and I decided
to shoot our favourite, Jamie Oliver’s.
It’s sweet but not overly so
and perfect served with
unsweetened whipped cream alongside.
Also, I really love that it calls for Ovaltine.



For my version I add a little salt and vanilla to the mix.
I also skip the toffee sauce and replace with a dark golden caramel.
Plus, these photos show the dates a little chunky, 
but they’re best puréed a little more.


HG | forty-sixth at grace | sticky toffee pudding


Sticky Toffee Pudding (Jamie Oliver)


  • 225 g fresh dates, stoned
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 85 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 170 g caster sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 170 g self-raising flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Ovaltine
  • 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • For the toffee sauce
  • 115 g unsalted butter
  • 115 g light muscovado sugar
  • 140 ml double cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Put the dates in a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and cover with 200ml/7fl oz of boiling water. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes to soften, then drain. Whiz the dates in a food processor until you have a purée. Meanwhile, cream your butter and sugar until pale using a wooden spoon, and add the eggs, flour, mixed spice, cinnamon and Ovaltine. Mix together well, then fold in the yoghurt and your puréed dates. Pour into a buttered, ovenproof dish and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.
  2. While the pudding is cooking, make the toffee sauce by putting the butter, sugar and cream in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce has thickened and darkened in colour. To serve, spoon out the pudding at the table and pour over the toffee sauce.




xo, N.

HG | forty-sixth at grace | sticky toffee pudding

Photos: Michael Graydon
Styling: Nikole Herriott

posted on January 24, 2013 by Nikole

comments: 18

and we’re FOUR + our annual birthday giveaway


Hello! Happy Holidays!


And  well, Happy Birthday to Herriott Grace.
Back in November we turned FOUR!
Can you believe it?


Truth be told, it wasn’t long ago that HG
was a teeny little holiday shop
I worked on during my spare time in university.
And while we’re still pretty wee,
it means the world to us to be here.


So thank you.
Thank you for supporting what we do
and for making this whole thing




And in honour of our special day,
we’re giving a few things away.
The large (and beautiful) pedestal in this photo (!!)
as well as a few other treats from the HG workshop.
Leave a comment on this post
and we’ll choose a winner at random
on December 18, 2012. (check back here December 21, 2012)



And if you’re a new visitor here, welcome!
If you haven’t done so already, you can learn a little more about us here.
Find our recent press here and well, catch up on what we’ve been up to, here.




Plus, they is a lot in store for the holidays!
Stirring spoons (my fave!),
rustic pedestals,
porcelain dishes,
evergreen gift wrap,
egg coddlers,
dessert plates,
table laterns
and detailed pins are all back in stock.


And our cloud cookie cutters
will be back again soon.
xo, n


Photos in this post: Michael Graydon
Styling: Nikole Herriott (that’s me!)

posted on December 11, 2012 by Nikole

comments: 1,104

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