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Christmas 2013

Posted by Susie Taylor on

Christmas 2013

When the children were very young I made gingham advent bags, each one appliquéd with a number 1 to 24.  These have been used for years in our house in place of advent calenders.  Each bag would contain a tiny present, or a forfeit, or possibly a task that we would do together that day, like making mince pies or decorating the Christmas tree.  Now the children are older, and two no longer living at home, sadly the advent bags have temporarily become redundant – they might not hold quite the same appeal for Rupert!  Instead, this year, I have...

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Autumn's Here - October 2013

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Autumn's Here - October 2013

What fantastic weather we have had but what a change now – autumn has definitely arrived. There are leaves blowing everywhere, and conkers galore.  I just love the autumn colours, and despite the fact the days are getting shorter cosying up in front of a roaring fire is heaven. Warming food is definitely on the agenda too so here are two very simple and delicious recipes inspired by the fact I happened to have the ingredients in my fridge today! Squash is one of my favourite vegetables but they are also so lovely just as decoration.  I bought one last...

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3 Star Great Taste Award for Fino Dark Balsamic - August 2013

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3 Star Great Taste Award for Fino Dark Balsamic - August 2013

What a great day I had yesterday - not only was it my birthday and I was thoroughly spoiled, but also the 2013 Great Taste Award results were announced and Fino has achieved 3 awards - a 3 star award (*** EXQUISITE. WOW! TASTE THAT) and two 2 star awards (** OUTSTANDING)!!  How exciting is that. The Great Taste Awards is the world's largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting - this year nearly 10,000 products were tasted and of these only 125 achieved 3 stars - Fino Dark Balsamic was one!!  In...

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