Wassailing used to happen in Britain around Christmas time: it was a custom for groups of people to gather together and share a large bowl of warmed drink, usually a warmed or ‘mulled’ apple cider, with the call ‘Waes Hael!’ meaning good health being shouted before everybody drank it down. The original wassail cup had mulled ale, curdled cream, eggs, roasted apples and spices. Using … Continue reading Waes Hael! Good health in an apple drink!
There are very few pleasures equal to sitting down at a table with all the family and eating a proper roast chicken dinner. I love it. I cheated last week, and we had just chicken breasts but with stuffing and gravy. It was almost… but not absolutely…. as good. My family of three men and two women would happily sit down to a meat-based meal … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Cook
Find your favourite hot drink and sip it slowly to relax. Self care for me, as I get older, has become less about looking like a million dollars (the eyebrows, the legs, the right clothes) and more about feeling relaxed, in control, planned. Christmas time for most people is about as out-of-control as it can get, so anything that lets you grab back a feeling … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation
When I was working, one of my colleagues was one of the hyggeliest people I knew. She had the skill of letting you into her home and making you feel secure, cosy and safe. This, despite the fact that she was married to a Grinch and struggled with feeling inadequate herself. I don’t think she knew how good she was to be with, but I … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Grab a Welsh cake and cwtch!
Social Media sometimes gets a very bad press. It’s full of trolls, people lose their politeness and inhibitions and feel able to say anything they like. Don’t post about yourself, you never know who’s reading your posts, it increases isolation because you’re online not meeting up in person etc. etc. etc. Okay, I’d be a fool not to agree that parts of the Interweb got … Continue reading The Hygge Nook: Social Media at its Best
You know when you get a book so good that you just want to stop life and read it? When you find yourself taking it everywhere with you and reading it every chance you get? A big giveaway that a book is that good for me is when I have it in physical form, Kindle and as an audio book. Well, Nigel Slater’s book this … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Christmas Chronicles By Nigel Slater
One of the chapters in my new book is all about the celebrations of Winter, like Diwali, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. I love any celebrations, and the fact that we can pack so many in within a small space of 3 or 4 months is remarkable. I think it reflects the fact that the weather can be so dreary, that we don’t spend hours … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Lancashire Parkin
**Disclosure!!! I was sent an advanced copy of The Little Book of Lykke by the publishers. It won’t actually be available until 7th September, but you can pre-order from any decent bookshop or online outlet now.** Last year’s publishing sensation was The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, and boy was it big. So many people I know … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking