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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Traditional Remedies that Every Parent Should Know

Traditional Remedies that Every Parent Should Know

Sometimes the natural home made recipes are the best and once you become a parent you can’t help thinking granny really did know best. There is something very comforting about using home remedies that have been passed down through the generations and when you become […]

Gone from the High Street, but not forgotten

Gone from the High Street, but not forgotten

There was a time when you would pop into a Keymarket store and buy a Jumbo loaf of bread wrapped in waxed paper, get a quarter of ham from George Masons’ before popping to Timothy Whites the chemist to buy a bottle of milk of […]

Drink Tea and be Orgasmic

Drink Tea and be Orgasmic

There is nothing quite like a cup of tea in times of stress and strife, indeed in times of crisis nothing seems more natural or as comforting  as popping on the kettle to make tea.  Whilst the claims of the stress relieving qualities of the […]

The Art of reading tea leaves

The Art of reading tea leaves

Reading tea leaves is an ancient and fascinating art. Tea leaf reading is a little like any other form of divination in so much that you need a clear mind, creativity, patience and an ability to just sit and contemplate.  The art of tea leaf […]