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

The last few years I’ve thought long and hard about participating in a month long blogging challenge like Blogmas (1st to 25 December) or Blogtober (blog post every day in October). I think the sheer commitment to such a project has always put me off. But this year I’ve decided to go for it!  I hope to blog every day until Christmas Day with each blog post having a Christmas feel. I’ve made a list and checked it twice (pun intended) and just need a few more ideas to make 25 posts. It was far easier than I thought and… View Post