Category Archives: Biscuits

A Better Beverage

Beverage . . . is a Middle English word derived from the Old French bevrage or beivre, meaning to drink, or from the Latin bibere to describe a liquid for drinking that is not water. The most popular beverages currently … Continue reading

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Christmas Candies

The making of sweetmeats for special occasions is an old tradition dating back centuries. As with the gingerbread men and meringue decorations they were simple yet highly coloured. These simple to prepare candies can even be delegated to the children … Continue reading

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More Childrens Christmas . . .

During the last century the world of childhood has changed beyond all recognition. Towards the end of the Victorian era, a large number of individuals had become so obscenely rich from the industrialisation of Europe that they almost became embarrased … Continue reading

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Spekulatius

I first encountered these spicy, ‘Christmas’ flavoured biscuits when I moved to Hannover in the early eighties. For those of you who do not know Hannover, the main shopping area is a broad street that begins at the main railway … Continue reading

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Chequer Board Cookies

Though time consuming and somewhat irritating if things start to go wrong, I still like to make these as a sort of exercise in patience, to slow the world down when it begins falling apart. The pleasure of producing a … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Dongles

Christmas Tree Dongles are those things that hang from a Christmas tree but are for the eating of! (In my house they are anyway) Meringues are always good  and simple to make. They can be coloured and sprinkled with all … Continue reading

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Some 60’s Party Ideas . . .

Continuing the party theme from my last post, this one is from a magazine supplement from the early sixties. A far more innocent era: with a horrendous war fading from immediate memory and a time of great change. A time … Continue reading

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The 50’s Christmas Party

In the years following the war, the old traditions were revived and to be fair, modernised into a more ‘modern’ way of thinking. But even in spite of the changing attitudes to women and work a strong sense of the … Continue reading

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A Ration Of Christmas

The year 1947 was memorable for many reasons. It was preceded by severe winter and spring that caused many a frozen pipe throughout the country. At that time central heating was limited to those who could afford such luxuries. Food … Continue reading

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Wot The ‘Eccles!

Eccles Cakes were first producedway back in the mists of time, well over three centuries ago anyway. Though called a cake they are, in fact, more of a pastry along the lines of a madeleine. The origin of these cute little pastries … Continue reading

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