Elderflowers – A long awaited taste of summer

Elderflowers are a quintessentially British ingredient; a bonus addition to our arsenal of cupboard essentials, as well as a welcome boost to our taste buds, reminding us that summer should be here… May in Britain brings us Elder dripping with flowers, hedgerows heavy with the sweet aroma. Our long, wet and relatively warm winter has … More Elderflowers – A long awaited taste of summer

Marzipan, the Grinch that steals my Christmas Spirit

I really don’t like Marzipan. Unfortunately, at this time of year, that’s a hazard. But I love Christmas cake. And you can’t have beautiful white Royal Icing on a Christmas cake without marzipan, otherwise the dark colouring of the cake would bleed through and it would look like three week old roadside snow. When someone gives … More Marzipan, the Grinch that steals my Christmas Spirit

The Joys, or otherwise, of Homemade Presents

As far as I’m concerned the jury’s still out on home-made presents. There’s a big difference between giving those endearing handmade, hand drawn or home cooked presents that your children have made for their grandparents and the grown ups making something homespun to give teachers and sometimes even work colleagues before the Christmas holidays. The … More The Joys, or otherwise, of Homemade Presents