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A Christmas recipe for delicious macaroons

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s the season for baking and eating fine foods, so I thought I’d share a recipe I love, for these delicious macaroons.  They keep really well, too, and they make great presents. Quantity for 16-18 macaroons. 200g (7 oz) ground almonds 100g (3.5 oz) caster sugar (superfine sugar) 2 medium egg whites…… Continue reading A Christmas recipe for delicious macaroons

chocolate dessert · Christmas · christmas pudding · Cornwall · elizabeth david · pudding · recipes

The best recipe for chocolate pudding ever

Christmas comes but twice a year…in the Fairfax household, at any rate.  In  December I wrote that I spent Christmas in Cornwall with Mr Fairfax and his lovely daughter and our bonkers dog.  And we had a great time!  Sadly, my two daughters were missing.  My oldest daughter is working in New Zealand and my…… Continue reading The best recipe for chocolate pudding ever

1930s · books · mills and boon · reading · recipes · romance · romance novels

A review of a 1930s Mills and Boon novel (it’s all too divine, darlings!)

“Happy, happy Christmas, Arthur dear.  I hope you like sausages for breakfast?” “I do – better than anything,” he assured her, and wanted to add: “I love you, I love you.” I spent all last night simply riveted to this page-turning 1930s Mills and Boon novel.  In the Name of Love, by Guy Trent -…… Continue reading A review of a 1930s Mills and Boon novel (it’s all too divine, darlings!)

Christmas · Gordon Ramsay · recipes · reindeer stew

A Christmas recipe (or how I persuaded my husband to eat Santa’s Little Helper)

Every year my family tucks in to the traditional turkey on Christmas Day, and I love it.  This year, though, there will be only three of us, and with the best will in the world, and despite the valiantly gluttonous efforts of our dog, I think a whole turkey will outface us all. So, after…… Continue reading A Christmas recipe (or how I persuaded my husband to eat Santa’s Little Helper)