Festivals

diwali sweets

Rose Coconut Laddoo for Diwali

Diwali starts tomorrow. You may not know this, but Diwali is a five day Hindu festival, which celebrates light over darkness, good triumphing over evil, know...
mother's day breakfasts

Mother’s Day breakfast round up

"Civilisation is represented by Merlyn, who lays the table in his cottage in the woods for the perfect breakfast: peaches, melons, strawberries, a brown trout p...
all about Espelette pepper

All about the exceptional Espelette pepper

Today, 19 March, is St Joseph’s day, and in the Espelette area of the French Basque country they are likely to be busy. The local farmers will have carefully se...
recipe for black velvet cake

An alcoholic Irish cake for Maisie

It's St Patrick's Day today.... so something Irish I created this cake from the basic recipe for Black Velvet cake – a dark Guinness and chocolate cake toppe...
german cinnamon stars recipe

Zimtsterne – aka German Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne are also known as Erstesternen (first stars) – the emerging stars indicate the end of a day of fasting. These days they are eaten as part of a tradit...