A cake that symbolises Easter: Simnel Cake

A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake packed with dried fruit and pockets of marzipan throughout the cake, a layer of marzipan in the middle and another one on top, decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent Jesus's 11 disciples (excluding Judas of course).

The Foods of Love

The weekend is here, the children are tucked up and... it's date night! But you can't go out so what do you do? Why not spend a little time in the kitchen preparing some delicious foods that will certainly put you in the mood for later?! These ten foods have been proven to be the foods of love, for several reasons. I don't know about you, oysters are not my thing, however, figs and chocolate? Now you're talking!!!

I Don't Know 'Jack' About That!

Well who knew that there was such a versatile sustainable fruit growing in the tropics that could become a staple part of our diet in the next few decades? As the human need for a more plant based diet becomes necessity rather than choice as we will no longer be able to produce meat at the current level for all the people on the earth the jack fruit is a perfect meat like go-to. 

Pancake Day Facts & Recipe

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional Ash Wednesday feast day prior to the start of Lent. Lent–the 40 days leading up to Easter–was traditionally a time of fasting, and Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession on Shrove Tuesday and were "shrivelled" (absolved from their sins).

A Potted History of Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, also known as St. Valentine's Day, is when couples show their devotion with greetings and favours. The holiday has its origins in the Lupercalia Roman Festival, celebrated in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included rites of fertility and the pairing by lottery of women...

10 Steps For A Perfect Valentine's Night

Let's get straight to the point, if ever there was a time to celebrate relationships, now is it! Valentine's Day provides the perfect excuse to shut the rest of the world out and share some quality time. Put the children to bed, turn off your phones, clear your minds of the daily to do list and relax. If you've followed our guide to creating the perfect evening beforehand then you will have a lot to look forward to...

13 Ways to Cook the Humble Potato

The humble potato. A root vegetable, native to the Americas but grown all over the world, especially throughout the UK and Europe. If it is comfort food you are looking for, generally speaking a potato can be found in the recipe somewhere or somehow because they are simply soft, hearty, and filling.

Creative Foodie Fun for Kids!

With five sons, there have been many challenges over the years getting them all to eat their greens, be healthy and enjoy food. And I am sure it won't come as a surprise to you to know that getting children to help in the kitchen is a brilliant first step to...

Time for Tea Madame?

Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English traditions is actually a relatively new tradition, surprisingly. Anna, the seventh duchess of Bedford, introduced Afternoon Tea in England in the year 1840. The Duchess would get hungry in the afternoon at around four. The evening meal was served fashionably late at 8pm in her home, thereby leaving a long gap between lunch and dinner.