Lemon & Courgette Cupcakes

Lemons & Courgettes

Back to school.

Three harmless words. Together, however, their alliance packs quite a punch.

I know the holidays can be hard for some. Working mothers have to fund potentially expensive
childcare or face being penalised for their absence. SAHMs with small children
are faced with endless hours of organised play which can be exhausting as well
as financially draining.

Continue reading

DIY Eton Mess with Rhubarb Compote

Eton Mess Collage

Unless you have been living in the outer regions of a far, far away land, you probably know that there was a “royal wedding” last Friday. If you have been paying the slightest bit of attention to the news then you probably also know it was the wedding of Prince William (son of Charles and Diana) and Catherine (formerly known as Kate). You may even have watched it or caught the highlights later on.

In the UK, where it had been declared a national holiday, many people (2 million according to circulated figures) set up street parties and celebrated as a local community. After all, whether you are a royalist or not, these days are a great excuse for communities to come together and have a bit of fun.

Continue reading

Homemade Mincemeat

Jars of homemade mincemeat

Now that Thanksgiving is officially on its way out, I guess we can all start focussing our efforts on Christmas. Although, if your English you may have been doing that for some time. In fact, you may have started your pre-christmas baking last week with the appearance of Stir-up Sunday.  

Originally an informal term in Anglican churches for the last Sunday before the season of Advent, Stir-up Sunday has now come to represent the day in which bakers prepare their preserves, puddings and cakes ready for Christmas. Most of them contain a large amount of booze, so they keep well, and are mixed with even larger amounts of fruit. The combined flavours of both are able to  mature and grow richer in flavour over the days leading up to the 25th.

Continue reading