Homemade Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are far and away the biggest non-religious Easter tradition in the UK. I’m not talking about dyeing or painting regular hen’s eggs, or even the small cream or caramel-filled chocolate eggs. I’m talking giant chocolate shells filled with candy of some kind, usually more chocolate. If they were real eggs they’d have to […]

Mini Cottage Pies

I haven’t forgotten that, in last year’s Oscars post, I promised you my recipe for mini cottage pies so, only a year later, here it is! I first encountered mini cottage pies at a friend’s wedding and they were the most amazing bitesize food I’d ever tasted. I knew the Oscar’s party was the perfect […]

Pancakes & Pancake Cakes (Part 2 – Lemon Mascarpone Crepe Stack)

Yesterday I shared the first part of this Shrove Tuesday post with the main dish – Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom in Green Onion, Parmesan Crepes. If you want to make a whole pancake-themed meal start there, otherwise, let’s skip right to dessert! I’ve been seeing these cakes made from layer upon layer of stacked crepes […]

Pancakes & Pancake Cakes (Part 1 – Chicken, Spinach & Parmesan Crepes)

In case you missed it, Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday which, in my world, means pancakes! I touched on the history behind the British celebration of Shrove Tuesday last year, so I’ll skip straight to the pancakes this year! Although I really loved the Pancetta & Mushroom Pancake Gratin I cooked for dinner last year, I wanted to […]

Decorating the Christmas Cake

After a couple of months slowly soaking up brandy I decided it was about time to get the cake iced, decorated and ready to serve. Here in the US even this part is surprisingly difficult because it’s difficult to find marzipan in large enough packets and fondant icing ready to roll. This year I was […]

Mulled Wine

Every year I like to get my friends together for a crafting night where we make Christmas decorations together and decorate cookies. This year it was a more low-key affair and we skipped the cookies but I did make mulled wine for us to share while we chatted and crafted. Mulled wine is that perfect […]

Experiments with Christmas Cake

Christmas cake is another British tradition and, despite the vague sounding name, Christmas cake is a very specific type of cake –  a fruit cake with spices, usually iced with a layer of marzipan under a layer of icing. There are several traditions around the making and eating of the cake (or of the Christmas […]