Tag Archives: Christmas

Santa By Any Other Name . . .

Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas, Odin, Baba Christmas, Babbo Natale, Black Peter, Christkindl, Ded Moroz, Gwiazdor, Joulupukki, Kanakaloka, Kerstman, Mos Craciun, Pere Noel, Sion Corn, Shengdan Laoren . . . Santa  is a mythical figure with … Continue reading

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Summer Sun For The Winter

The Preserve of Preserves With the end of summer and the beginnings of a rapid slide into winter I thought I’d celebrate with a glass of wine! Except that the wine itself is not yet ready! It is a ‘work … Continue reading

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Make Your Own English Country Wine

A glass of home-made Country wine is a tradition of old English hospitality that stretches back centuries. Forget grapes! Despite being universally accepted as the most reliable fruit for winemaking, grapes do not fare well in England. Therefore the juices … Continue reading

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The Art Of Feathering

These images and recipes come from the booklet shown opposite which dates back to somewhere about the late fifties. Despite being a promotional tool for Stork margarine it nevertheless contains some interesting insights into what would then have been basic … Continue reading

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The Polish Experience

Polish cuisine has been crafted over the centuries by an influx of merchants from Madrid, Paris, Genoa and Florence, to name but a few. Influences from the cuisines of surrounding countries have helped Poland to develop its own distinctive cuisine. … Continue reading

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A Staffordshire Christmas

Along with my Mother, Brenda and her dog Alice, I spent Christmas in the North of England, in the county of Staffordshire. We were in Dilhorne, an ancient village close to Cheadle and Uttoxeter.       The weather was … Continue reading

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Marzipan Fruits & Turkish Delight

Marzipan is a confection created using ground almonds and and sugar that has been a staple of the celebration table since the 17th century. The making of marzipan fruits is relatively more modern. The Victorians developed the idea of ‘sweetmeats’ … Continue reading

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Pick Your Christmas Cake . . .

Here are just a few images from the archive, to suggest possible styles without excessive explanation. The first example is the ‘Golden Ball’ Christmas cake! (Victoria Beckham eat your heart out!) How to create the look is detailed more precisely … Continue reading

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The Icing On The Cake

Celebration cakes are, by definition, produced for those occasions when that little something extra is required. Savings are made to obtain the required ingredients that, in normal circumstances, would not be on the shopping list. Throughout history all ‘rites of … Continue reading

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The forerunner of today’s Lebküchen was called the “honey cake” and its history can be traced back to the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans. They believed that honey, the only sweetener widely available to them, was a gift of the … Continue reading

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