Stir Crazy Christmas Pudding

Stir Crazy Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding. There are many variations now but the traditional version should be a fruity sponge with citrus and spice. Traditionally it would have 13 ingredients representing Jesus and his 12 disciples. Stir Up Sunday started back in Victorian times, and was a...
Mulberry Mayhem

Mulberry Mayhem

Mulberries ‘Round and round the mulberry bush’ goes the 19th Century Nursery Rhyme.The song and associated game is traditional, and has parallels in Scandinavia and in the Netherlands (the bush is a juniper in Scandinavia) perhaps an updated version might...
Flat as a Pancake – Day

Flat as a Pancake – Day

It’s Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Pancake Day and traditionally as the last day before the start of Lent, luxury or rich foods were finished off before the fasting of Lent. The pancake symbolises such foods for ‘Mardi Gras’ which literally means Fat...
Let them eat Cake!

Let them eat Cake!

The traditional Christmas cake is the merger of two dishes traditionally eaten around the Christmas period, Plum porridge or pottage and the Twelfth Night cake. The plum porridge was first cited in 1573 and was traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. It was also the...
Don’t mince your words

Don’t mince your words

        It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Mince Pies! Heralding from the time of the Crusades these seasonal treats were first introduced by troops returning in the 13th Century. Originally containing meat, suet, fruit and spices they...