~ Seasonal fragrance and flavour from my country kitchens in England and France....celebrating local seasonal produce with traditional feasts and festivals, culinary notes, reviews, recipes and musings from home and abroad....whilst preparing family food with flair ~
I am feeling a bit under the weather ~ I am usually resistant to colds and ‘flu etc, but I have finally been cornered and have a bad chest and throat ~ a seasonal occupational hazard and common to many of us at present I am sure.
To cheer me up, I have been playing with photo editing again and have posted a patchwork quilt of thrifty and creative seasonal recipes that you can make at home……most of them are entries for Vanessa’s exciting Let’s Make Christmasevent as well as Liz’s Thrifty Christmas blog too. There is nothing more therapeutic than creating special preserves and baking which is destined to be given as a gift ~ the pleasure is three-fold, the making, the giving and the receiving. I have been squirrelling away jams, chutneys, jellies, marmalades, pickles, cakes, mincemeat, spices, bottled fruits and boozy beverages since the end of August now……all home-made and all destined to be given as gifts for family and friends.
Then there is the extra excitement of meeting so many of my blogging friends at the big Fortnum and Mason Let’s Make Christmas Food Blogger Gift Swap event that Vanessa has organised on the 18th November ~ I can hardly wait! We will all be bringing along some of our home-made goods for the big swap, what a great idea and for me it is the start of my festive season, with Stir Up Sunday falling a couple of days later on the 20th November this year.
So, here is a Patchwork Quilt of some of the home-made goods I have already prepared with links to all the recipes……an on-line store cupboard of cheery goods to share ~ I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.
I am off to bed with a hot toddy now ~ see you later.