As much as I love autumn, there’s an almost inevitable downside each year: The Annual Cold. For the last week, despite my best efforts, I’ve been coughing and sniffling and frankly feeling rather sorry for myself. Thankfully there is a ray of hope in the face of The Annual Cold: The Hot Toddy. It might … Continue reading Hot Toddy Syrup – Just Add Water!
Here in the UK we are enjoying a lovely warm start to the autumn - yep, would you even believe it is autumn right now? Today the sun is shining and the temperature is balmy, so I can almost overlook the brisk wind that happens to accompany it. I thought a great transitional drink idea … Continue reading Blackberry and Apple Autumn Sangria
Elderflowers have had a bit of a moment-in-the-sun lately after featuring in THE wedding cake of the year with their longstanding friend, the lemon. For me, like a lot of wild food, fresh elderflowers are hugely under-utilised by the general population. Elderflower cordial is very popular, but I am surprised that more people don’t make … Continue reading Tips for gathering elderflowers and making top notch elderflower cordial
Frost! Frost and I have quite the love/hate relationship. We’re not the greatest of friends as my garden struggles through winter and I do my best to take extra care of my plants, sometimes to no avail. But the first frost also signals the time for the sloe harvest. And, in our house, the sloe … Continue reading The Sloe Harvest and Making Sloe Gin
Liquorice is one of those classic love-it-hate-it flavours that divides opinion, but I am definitely a fan. However, the first time I tried the combination of liquorice and chocolate I was somewhat apprehensive. I just couldn't get to grips with how those two flavours could possibly work together. Now I absolutely love the combination and … Continue reading Liquorice Hot Chocolate
This has got to be the peak time of year for people getting ill. It feels like a cold has been doing the rounds at work for weeks and my family have been pretty under the weather as well - no one is safe! I'm probably jinxing it, but I've just about been able to … Continue reading Lemon Matcha Apple Juice
I know - hot chocolate sticks aren't a new thing and have been around a while, but I love them for hamper gifts because you can get really creative. I've gone with salted caramel, peppermint and matcha this time around, but you could use peanut butter, liquorice and all sorts - go crazy! The basic … Continue reading Hot chocolate sticks