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 […]

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 […]

Christmas Puddings

So I mentioned last week that I’d been making candied peel for use in loads of traditional British Christmas recipes. Well one of the things I made with that candied peel is Christmas puddings. I think Christmas puddings are probably one of the more difficult British foods for Americans to get their heads around, mostly […]

Simple Pinecone Decorations

As the end of the year draws near, I find myself inevitably drawn to crafting. Perhaps it’s the cooler, wetter weather (except here the weather is still warm and sunny and the best it’s been all year). Maybe the seasonal shifts are ingrained in me regardless of the actual temperature. Or perhaps it’s the approaching holidays […]

Candied Peel

It may seem a bit early to be preparing for Christmas but actually, many traditional British recipes were historically prepared months in advance, and doing so really helps the flavors to develop over time (especially when you add more brandy to them every 2 weeks!) It’s also really nice to get a few things out […]