Book Friday: The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt

Wednesday was Not A Good Day in my house. My car broke down, just as I was setting off to visit my parents, and instead of taking Mum out for a pot of tea and (perhaps) a slice of lemon drizzle cake, I spent a wet afternoon waiting for the AA to recue me and then, in fear it might conk out again, driving my … Continue reading Book Friday: The Tucci Table by Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt

Book Friday: Comfort (Food to Soothe the Soul) by John Whaite

I love entering a new season. Despite the sun shining and a warm day in the office yesterday, there’s a definite hint of pumpkin spice in the air at the moment and leaves are ever so gradually sliding out of the green and into their authentic shades of yellow, red and gold. Autumn, to me, is very much a season of re-start. The French call … Continue reading Book Friday: Comfort (Food to Soothe the Soul) by John Whaite

Book Friday: Happy Cooking by Candice Brown (Easy uplifting meals and comforting treats)

2016 and the height of Great British Bake Off. My daughter’s favourite contestant was Candice Brown, a young, smiling Siren of a baker who always had immaculate lipstick on. Candice Brown made the headlines for winning that year and then, like many a famous woman in the public eye, faced headlines about every part of her life. Privacy? No way. Her engagement, marriage and subsequent … Continue reading Book Friday: Happy Cooking by Candice Brown (Easy uplifting meals and comforting treats)

Book Friday: The Five O’Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

I wish I had a three day weekend ahead of me. The week’s been a little busier than I’d really prefer it to be. That includes the two days I spent out of action due to some stomach problem. So this weekend is going to have to do a lot of coddling. Food, inevitably, will be part of that and, for me, I like to … Continue reading Book Friday: The Five O’Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

Magazine Monday: Your Serenity (bookazine)

There’s a fondness now for magazine pulishers putting out thicker, heavier versions of magazines, sometimes focused on one area of life, and calling it a ‘bookazine’. I suppose because it’s as cost-effective to produce as a magazine, but gives you more information on the subject, as a book would. I have, in the past, bought them on subjects as diverse as computer programming, crochet  and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Your Serenity (bookazine)

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Some interiors magazines just have interiors… it’s about the paint colours, and the stockists, the latest trends and where you *must* get that latest chair…. I’m a long-term subscriber to Country Homes and Interiors. A few years ago, I pared my subscriptions down to the bone (to simplify my life and in an attempt to read more online) but this one I kept. It’s a … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors Feb 2020

Waes Hael! Good health in an apple drink!

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!