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Fondant Memories

Fondant Memories

Making Old Fashioned Sweets at Home   Making sweets at home is a cheap and rewarding process that means you get ultimate control over the ingredients used. The best advice I can give when it comes to making home-made confectionary is allow yourself plenty of […]

A Winning Recipe for Entering Village and Horticultural Shows

A Winning Recipe for Entering Village and Horticultural Shows

It’s that time of year again when people up and down the country get seriously competitive, as normal people get bitten by the competitive bug and contract village show fever. Indeed across the allotments, gardens and kitchens of Britain, men and women are busy preparing […]

Celebrating Burns Night – with Vegetarian Haggis

Celebrating Burns Night – with Vegetarian Haggis

It only seems like five minutes ago that I was clearing away Christmas decorations and making New Year Resolutions and yet here I am making Burns Night preparations. Burns Night,  is held in honour of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns,  and is held each […]

Rose and Raspberry Sponge

Rose and Raspberry Sponge

Rose and Raspberry Sponge – a rather indulgent sponge cake recipe It may be cold outside and whilst I know that it is Winter, my home is filled with the happy, heady aroma of Seville oranges bubbling away in my preserving pan and as a result […]

New Year Customs and Traditions – Happy New Year

New Year Customs and Traditions – Happy New Year

New Year Traditions – British Culture, British Customs and British Traditions HAPPY NEW YEAR!   England celebrates the New Year from the evening of December 31st into January 1st. Traditionally, on the stroke of midnight, people open the back door (to let the old year […]

The History of Picnics & Creating a Perfect One

The History of Picnics & Creating a Perfect One

In Search of Picnic Perfection The risk of heat stroke, sunburn or warm sandwiches has never been enough to deter us Brits from taking advantage of warm weather and going on a picnic. We British are like our tea: made of strong stuff, although the […]

Cherry Brandy Recipe

Cherry Brandy Recipe

Cherry brandy is one of those wonderful tipples that can lend itself to being enjoyed by a roaring fire or out of doors on a sophisticated picnic. I love making my own cherry brandy because not only is it super simple to make, but it […]

Eat Up Your Greens : Seaweed

Eat Up Your Greens : Seaweed

Now put down that broccoli and step away from the peas;  pop on your wellies, grab your bucket and spade (not really necessary) and get down to the beach;  as we prepare to delight in the wonders of seaweed. Admittedly seaweed won’t win any beauty […]

Festive Pork and Venison Pie Recipe

Festive Pork and Venison Pie Recipe

This pie will not need to be served with any pickle or condiment as it is moist and flavorful. I include venison in this recipe as it makes for a richer and more substantial pie, after all it is designed for the festive season Serves […]

Make your Own Traditional Raised Pork Pie

Make your Own Traditional Raised Pork Pie

Nothing says a sumptuous tea-time like a home made pork pie with pickles and salad.  Indeed there is nothing quite like an afternoon spent making traditional raised pork pies, from the bubbling  jellied stock containing pork bones and pigs trotters; the chopping and bashing of […]