Author Archives: kayjayaitch

Ten Things You Never Knew About . . . St Patrick

1) St Patrick’s name wasn’t actually Patrick. His real name was in fact Maewyn Succat. His father, a Christian deacon, owned a small estate in a place called Bannavem Taburniae. It is not certain where this place actually was but … Continue reading

Posted in Ireland | Leave a comment

The Pie Of Old England

National Pie Week is upon us once more and with everybody throwing their ideas into the pot I thought it might be somewhat calming to re-introduce a few of Granny Robertson’s classic recipes. This blog has written much about many … Continue reading

Posted in Counties Of England | Leave a comment

A Further Taste Of India

Returning to the Little Indian Cookbook mentioned previously I include here a few more recipes worth a second look. Spices are used in many different forms: whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sautéed, fried, and as a topping. They blend food to … Continue reading

Posted in World Cuisine | Leave a comment

Brooke Bond Tea Cards

Brooke Bond & Company was founded by Arthur Brooke, born in Ashton-under-Line, Lancashire in 1845. Brooke added ‘bond’ to the company name because it was his ‘bond’ to his customers to provide them with the best quality tea. He opened … Continue reading

Posted in Childrens Pastimes | Leave a comment

Ten Things You Never Knew About . . . Olives

1.  Extra virgin olive oil is considered unrefined and of the highest quality of all the grades of olive oil. To meet the extra-virgin standards, the olive oil must be left untreated by chemicals or heat which helps it to … Continue reading

Posted in European Cuisine | Leave a comment

Child Of The Seventies

In the annals of British history the 70’s are seen as that sad decade, that tired, miserable hangover that was the aftermath of the Swinging Sixties. As late as 1971, women were banned from going into Wimpy Bars on their … Continue reading

Posted in Granny Robertsons Cookbook | Leave a comment

The Reduced Sugar Christmas Cake!

This year’s Christmas project has been to produce a sugar free (well, almost . . .) Christmas cake, using only the ingredients I had on hand: no special purchases. The cake was easy enough, a low sugar recipe from a … Continue reading

Posted in Christmas | Leave a comment