Magical Midsummer’s Eve: Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial/Syrup

Making Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial

Magical Midsummer’s Eve: Elderflower and Strawberry Cordial/Syrup Tonight is the night for faeries, magic and mystical revelry, June the 23rd is Midsummer’s Eve, the day before Midsummer Day, also known as St John’s Day, it is the ancient middle of summer as well as the nativity of St John the Baptist. Midsummer, not to be confused… 

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Vintage Ice Cream Parlours, Ice Cream Vans and Shatin Heights Hotel Ice Cream Soda! (5:2 Recipe)

Vintage Ice Cream Parlours, Ice Cream Vans and Shatin Heights Hotel Ice Cream Soda! (5:2 Recipe)

Vintage Ice Cream Parlours, Ice Cream Vans and Shatin Heights Hotel Ice Cream Soda! (5:2 Recipe) I remember a naughty little girl, who in the 60′s wandered down a steep hill from where she lived, crossed a busy road, and presented herself at The Shatin Heights Hotel whereupon she was served an Ice Cream Soda… 

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St Lucy’s Day,The Twelve Days of Christmas and A Pomegranate in a Pink Apple Tree Mocktail Recipe!

12 Days of Christmas Lavender and Lovage A Pomegranate in a Pink Apple Tree Mocktail

St Lucy’s Day, The Twelve Days of Christmas and A Pomegranate in a Pink Apple Tree Mocktail Recipe! Day Thirteen on the Advent Calender 13th December ~ Hannah’s Birthday! Happy Birthday to Hannah, my daughter, who sometimes guest writes for me on my blog, today is her birthday, and, it is also Saint Lucy’s Day or… 

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Wine and Food Pairings ~ Pairing Wine with…….Pudding?

Strawberry Tarts with Dessert Wine

  ~ Wine and Food Pairings ~ Pairing Wine with…….Pudding? Red wine with chocolate and strawberries People generally pair red wine with roasts and white wine with chicken and fish, keeping the stronger wines for later in the meal. However, there are so many finer details once you consider the spices and sauces, and there’s… 

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Wine Tasting Notes from a Jubilee Party with Stowells Light Wine for Ladies who Lunch!

Stowells Light White and Rose Wine

Wine Tasting Notes from a Jubilee Party Stowells Light Wine for Ladies who Lunch! When I was asked if I would like to taste some low-calorie and low alcohol wine from Stowells Wine Merchants, I have to admit to agreeing  fairly rapidly! Why would I want a low-calorie and low alcohol wine to try you may ask, especially as… 

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May Day, Foraging and a Prelude to Summer – Old Fashioned English Elderflower Cordial

Old Fashioned Elderflower Cordial An old recipe - 100 years old. This summer cordial is made with Elderflowers.........once made it can be mixed with sparkling wine, mineral water, lemonade or added to cooking for desserts.

May Day, Foraging and a Prelude to Summer ~ Old Fashioned English Elderflower Cordial ~ The first of May is a special day in my family, it was my maternal grandfather’s birthday and it is the prelude to a month of many family birthdays and anniversary celebrations, of which one is mine. It’s also a… 

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Old Fashioned Sweet Violet Syrup for Easter & Mothering Sunday Cakes & Bakes

Old Fashioned Sweet Violet Syrup

Old Fashioned Sweet Violet Syrup for Easter & Mothering Sunday Cakes & Bakes It’s violets all the way……..I seem to have hundreds of these beautiful, highly scented flowers in my garden this year – they are delightful and make me smile when I open the front door. And to think that just two weeks ago… 

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Gift in a Jar, Day Four on the Advent Calendar and Christmas Morning Tea

Christmas Morning Tea

Gift in a Jar,  Day Four on the Advent Calendar  and  Christmas Morning Tea 4th December 2011 Window number four is a Festive Holly Mug December the fourth already and the day was blown in by a cold Easterly wind, bringing the last of the leaves down and causing the bustles on my Coronation chickens… 

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