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).

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...

Making Precious Memories

When the family was younger it always worried me, the thought of them brandishing knives around the kitchen, imagining a fun time would turn into a real horror scene. The safest way around this for my sanity was furnishing them with marker pens… yes, this could lead to another horror story but at least one not quite so dangerous.

The Ultimate Christmas Pudding Recipe!

The time of year has come to gather around the kitchen table and make your Christmas Pudding. This is a tradition that we have been doing since the eldest was a tot, that's nearly 30 years now! So this is my favourite Christmas Pudding recipe for you to have a...