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 […]

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 […]

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 […]