Christmas

Stuffed dates and marzipan sweets with glace cherries on a plate
Christmas

Christmas Stuffed Dates

My grandchildren came to help me put up my Christmas decorations this week as they are now on holiday from school. We also had time to make stuffed dates – a family tradition at Christmas. If you are in need of something to occupy the children or grandchildren over the […]

cooked homemade sausage rolls laid out on a baking tray just from the oven
Christmas, Pastry, Savoury Dishes

Homemade Sausage Rolls

For me sausage rolls are an essential at Christmas. Like mince pies I only make sausage rolls at Christmas. A sausage roll still warm from the oven with a glass of mulled wine or a mince pie and a glass of fizz really are the taste of Christmas to me. […]

Whole Chocolate Ginger Cake on a plate
Cakes, Christmas, Desserts

Chocolate Ginger Cake

The tea rooms is now closed for the winter and we will re-open in the spring. This means that I can now spend more time preparing for Christmas. I was about to make a traditional fruit cake for Christmas as I do every year when I thought “Why not break […]

Mince pies on a plate with holly around the edges
Pies, Christmas, Mince Pies

The Best Pastry for Mince Pies

I think I have said before that mince pies are my favourite Christmas food, but only homemade ones. I have yet to taste a decent factory made mince pie. It is no wonder many people say they don’t like mince pies if all they have ever eaten are the ones […]

Christmas chutney in a class bowl on a table with a flower pattern
Chutney, Christmas

Christmas Chutney

I just love making preserves – jams, jellies, marmalades, pickles and chutneys. They each have their season – jams and jellies mainly in the summer, marmalades in January and February when the Seville oranges are available, and pickles and chutneys in the autumn, ready for Christmas. When I look in […]