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...
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...
Beet about the bush

Beet about the bush

Beetroot Chutney and Flaxseed Biscuits The humble beetroot has been eaten for centuries and historically used for dyes and medicines to treat ailments ranging from hangovers to constipation. Source – http://www.justbeetit.com/ Arguably nicest simply boiled and...
Sloe and steady

Sloe and steady

Happy New Year – with the beginning of a New Year, the snow drops are out and the daffodils are emerging. Tthere is the promise of good things to come and spring will soon be upon us. The hedgerows maybe sparse and the ground frosty but this remains a good time...