Category Archives: domestic miscellany

Christmas Partying like it’s 1896

Actually that’s probably completely inaccurate but I hoped to put a slightly Victorian slant on the feasting at my work Christmas do, hosted chez moi. Despite the fact that I was still locked into a 1940s film star fancy dress … Continue reading

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Mmm, beetroot and feta (and olives)…

Currently my favourite summer recipes for lunches or suppers – possibly I make them too often but beetroot and olives and capers are just so tasty and good. Can anyone resist?? Baked Beetroot and Feta (above: after the chopping) 3 … Continue reading

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pancake day

For the perfect pancake:  4oz SR flour;  pinch of salt; pint of milk; 1 egg.  Beat together and stand at least half an hour before using. Ellen’s unsurpassed filling:  homegrown cooking apples sliced and fried in butter and muscovado; place … Continue reading

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Fungus Among Us… In the Wild Larder

“The world is apprehensive about food shortages and yet our countryside is full of untapped treasures.” Ok, so, it’s really very much not mushroom foraging season…. but, no harm in getting in training early.  I found this wondrous book, published … Continue reading

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Domestic Objects I

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things.  and stuff.  it always needs to be well chosen.  and appreciated. ‘Let nothing be in your home which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’  (William Morris).  or words to that effect at any … Continue reading

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The satisfaction of drying things

I’ve always loved drying things.  For some reason it seems even more old fashioned than all the other preservation methods.  Also, I have such magical memories of my favourite children’s picture book, Jill Barklem’s The Secret Staircase in which the … Continue reading

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forage pie or earthly delights

mmmm… despite the sudden influx of summer sunny warmth, I’ve been basking in thoughts of autumn foraging.  I made the most amazing forage pie last autumn season, all plucked a mere tiptoe from the back door.  What you see above … Continue reading

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