Last week my dad took me out for Afternoon tea as a belated Christmas present.  I think its fair to say that I do like afternoon tea.  I have been luck to have been out for afternoon tea a number of times and every experience has been enjoyable but the top layer of treats have been varied and so delicious.  Its really hard to pick my favourite spread.  We had afternoon tea at Dunsley Hall hotel which is near Kinver in South Staffordshire. The old manor house which has been converted in to a hotel is stunning both inside and out… View Post

For the past few years every time we have eaten gammon I have waited until I have had some time spare to cook this wonderful glaze. Yes, it takes a while, not much prep or culinary skills required but you need to be around in the house for about 3 hours while it cooks and be able to spend little snippets of time paying the gammon a little attention. It really is a simple meal to make with a few simple ingredients. First you have to boil the gammon for about 1 1/2 hours. Pop it in a sauce pan… View Post

You know how it is, you haven’t had time to bake a Christmas cake but you don’t want a shop brought one but its far too late to make a cake.  Wrong.  With this easy to bake recipe this moist fruit  cake will be the centerpiece of your Christmas tea spread.  This cake can even be left until the day before to cook. Ingredients 1 x 400g (approximately) jar luxury mincemeat 50g glace cherries, quartered 175g dried mixed fruit 225g self-raising flour 3 level teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1½ level teaspoons mixed spice 150g spreadable butter 150g dark… View Post

I love homemade stuffing with my Christmas lunch. I love it on turkey sandwiches on Christmas evening. It just tastes so much better than shop brought packet stuffing that you add water to rehydrate. For my stuffing I use: 2 packets of sausage meat Pack of pre cooked and peeled chestnuts Pistachios Dried cranberries Fresh breadcrumbs 2 onions Streaky bacon Finely chop the onions and cook with a little butter Place the sausage eat in a large bowl Chop the nuts and add to the sausage meat along with cranberries and bread crumbs Mix well. Best way to do this… View Post

Christmas isn’t Christmas without homemade mince pies. Flaky buttery sweet pastry encasing rich mincemeat full to the brim with rich decadent fruits and that lovely sticky sauce. If you’re lucky it will also have a little alcohol, brandy for example, mixed in as well. My Grandmother was a tremendous sweet pastry cook. He pastry was to die for. A quite simple yet gorgeous tasting rough puff pastry recipe. A recipe I use from her hand written recipe book dating back to the 1930’s. In our house from about now there at least 1 batch (24) mince pies cooked every week.… View Post