Food History

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aphrodisiac Foods – Love your Food and Eat Food for Love

Aphrodisiac Foods – Love your Food and Eat Food for Love

You really can eat food for love as well as loving your food, take a quick peak at my guide to Aphrodisiac Foods that will get you in the mood for love. The cold and blustery weather might make you think of cosy nights in […]

Brussels Sprouts are for More than Just Christmas

Brussels Sprouts are for More than Just Christmas

Brussels sprouts are famed for being an essential part of the British Christmas dinner, perhaps because they are at their best around Christmas time.  They are a little like Marmite in that you either love or hate them, and there reputation for aiding flatulence has […]

The Delicious History Christmas Pudding

The Delicious History Christmas Pudding

Modern day festive celebrations are generally more commercial affairs when compared with Dickensian days. Today there is an increased emphasis placed on consumerism; with essential Christmas items spanning from expensive gifts to luxury laden merriment’s. Indeed it seems that Christmas trappings appear in the shops […]

The Story of Cakes – it’s as much about memories as recipes 

The Story of Cakes – it’s as much about memories as recipes 

Cakes are one of the most familiar and extraordinary objects of the Western world. There is nothing quite like cake – indeed no wedding or children’s party would be complete without it. Cake can come in many shapes and sizes and indeed there is heated […]

The Joy of Fermentation:  Kombucha

The Joy of Fermentation:  Kombucha

Kombucha is the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir”. It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and whilst this drink comes with a long list of potential health benefits, I must confess that on first sight it is a little scary. […]

The History of the Royal Nut: the Walnut

The History of the Royal Nut: the Walnut

Dating back to 7000  BC the Walnut has a long and regal history. It is the Romans who are credited with introducing and spreading the graceful walnut tree throughout most of Europe. The name English Walnut is somewhat confusing, with its other name the Persian […]