Author: Seren

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 […]

Historical Mince Pie Recipe

Historical Mince Pie Recipe

If  this Christmas you want to enter into authentic festive spirit then why not make a ‘ Real ‘Mince Pie using this historical mince pie recipe? The origins of the mince pie are traceable back to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with […]

Home-made Aromatic Wax Fire-lighters

Home-made Aromatic Wax Fire-lighters

These homemade wax fire lighters are great at Christmas time. They give off a lovely aroma and also make nice gifts for friends and family that have a real fire. Sadly they are not suitable for log burners, but if you are fortunate enough to […]

Make your Own Christmas Crackers and Learn their History

Make your Own Christmas Crackers and Learn their History

It’s hard to imagine the end of Christmas lunch without pulling a cracker, indeed from the corny jokes to the paper hats they are undoubtedly part of our Christmas tradition and one we can thank the Victorians for. It was back in the early 1830’s […]