Category Archives: Christmas

Feast Your Eyes . . . On Mince Pies

Mincemeat, that quintessentially English pie filling consisting of chopped, spiced fruits flavoured with sherry, brandy and to be honest any other booze you may have lying around! Widely popular in the UK, it is traditionally served as pies around Christmas … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – The Netherlands

The cuisine of the Netherlands or Holland has been shaped from the twin practices of fishing and farming. Traditionally, Dutch cuisine is simple and straightforward, with many vegetables and little meat. Breakfast and lunch are typically bread with toppings while … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – Russia

Krendel or Krendl is the traditional Christmas bread of Russia. Christmas was not able to be publicly celebrated during much of the 20th century. Indeed, many Russians identify themselves as atheists, making the religious observance less fashionable. But be that … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – Czech & Slovak

Vánočka or Vianočka is a braided Christmas bread, baked in the Czech Republic (Vánočka) and Slovakia (Vianočka) Vánoce in Czech and Vianoce in Slovak both mean Christmas! Being rich in eggs and butter, makes them similar in many ways to … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey

Here we have our plump 30lb (13.5kg) turkey ready to be dressed for the oven. This little beauty is destined to feed a party of 26 on Saturday evening The first step on this occasion will be to remove the … Continue reading

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Tipsy Treacle Tart

From the Lyle’s Golden Cookbook, a mere whippersnapper of book from the archive dating back a mere thirty years comes this recipe for a traditional favourite at this time of year, the treacle tart. In line with the product the … Continue reading

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A Winters Tale

To end the year I thought it would be nice to present a ghostly tale of my own. Not something I would normally put here but it is based in wartime Portsmouth and is therefore in keeping with the archive. … Continue reading

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