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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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Tea Is Served M’Lord

Earl Grey tea is very much an acquired taste. There was a time when I used to drink it quite regularly but during the years I was travelling it was not always easy to obtain and by the time I … Continue reading

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The Perfect Sponge

The following pages come from one of the first cookery books I ever owned. It was produced by the publishers of Woman’s Own magazine at a time when the womens magazine business was booming. A lot of the pamphlets from … Continue reading

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Rest And Chill Well . . .

The subject of the making of pastry and pastry products is a very emotive one. It can split families, alienate life-long friends and divide countries! As with anything that has deep cultural, sociological and political (yes, I did say political) … Continue reading

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Regional England : The Three B’s

Beds., Bucks. & Berks. I quite like the sound of the first and the second but the third? Hmm, not so sure . . . Bedfordshire: located in central England (the second county as you head north from London) is … Continue reading

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‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, gang aft agley’

Robert Burns, poet, farmer and philosopher. (25th Jan. 1759 – 21st July 1796) A Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Burns suppers are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday of 25th … Continue reading

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Kitchen Front Soups

To continue the theme of soups as a simple but wholesome meal when times are hard I add here a couple from the ‘Kitchen Front’ Produced by the ‘Ministry of Food’ and backed up by advertising campaigns, the aim of … Continue reading

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Granny Robertson

After nearly a year of using her name, I now feel that it is time to  show her in all her glory! Mrs Kathleen Macay Robertson, please step forward – A lovely family photo. The babe in arms is my … Continue reading

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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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A Childrens Christmas

Many of the popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the … Continue reading

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