Winter Survival: Part I

The temperatures are dropping and the weather will certainly begin to get frightful. Winter’s coming and it’s usually not the favorite season for most people, but if you enjoy a hot cup of tea, it’s the right time! Or if you enjoy any of the common winter food and drink, winter should be a breeze. …

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Recipe – Sponge Drops

We have made sponges before, but they were large sponge cakes. This time I made some sponge drops, individual sponge cakes.       You will need the basic sponge mixture: 2 eggs 4 oz caster sugar 4 oz sifter self raising flour A few drops of Vanilla essence 1 tablespoon hot water Oven  200 …

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Advent Calendars

Once Halloween is over, the holiday season begins to quickly creep faster and faster upon us! With Thanksgiving being nearly forgotten about thanks to the anticipation leading up to “Black Friday” and people’s impatience go shopping for Christmas gifts so early, it adds more excitement to the holidays. While new traditions are born as the …

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Recipe – Custard Tart

Remember all those recipes we did using egg whites?  Well now is the time to use some egg yolks.  Custard tarts are easy to make and very tasty so here goes.       You will need: 4 oz sweet short crust pastry, made with 4 oz flour, 2oz butter and 2 oz sugar.  Rub …

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Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night

Halloween may be over now and there may be that sad feeling that the festivities are over with (at least until Thanksgiving), but it’s just getting started in the UK! November may be all about Thanksgiving in the United States but for the British, it’s about Guy Fawkes and bonfires! Now, who was Guy Fawkes, …

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Recipe – Yorkshire Parkin

Traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night which is November 5th, Parkin should be made a few days before to give it time to mature. Yorkshire parkin contains oatmeal some other parkins do not. Set your oven to  160 C,  326 F gas mark 3. Grease and line a 7-inch square or 1-lb loaf tin. 4 oz …

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