Christmas

Christmas Pudding on a plate with holly
Christmas, Desserts

Christmas Pudding

This Sunday November 20th, the last Sunday before advent, is ‘Stir Up Sunday’ – the traditional day for making your Christmas Pudding. The Collect for this Sunday starts: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…’, and is an apt reminder that it is time […]

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 […]