Category Archives: Recipes/Food

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Despite growing up in the UK, I don’t actually like tea very much. I’ll drink it to be polite (with lots of milk and a couple of spoons of sugar) when the only alternative is coffee, which I despise even more, but give me a hot chocolate or a glass of juice or iced water any day. Still,… more goodness …

Easy, Traditional Recipes: Wassail and Gingerbread

Easy, Traditional Recipes: Wassail and Gingerbread

My family has a tradition of drinking wassail around Christmastime. I love the custom because it’s so easy to throw together a big pot of wassail, and it makes the house smell wonderful. My youngest affectionately refers to it as “weasel”, so if he tells you we’re drinking weasel over here, you’ll know what he’s talking… more goodness …

Christmas in Jane Austen’s Time

Christmas in Jane Austen’s Time

Christmas is very much upon us and with it a vast amount of different customs and traditions across households, counties and countries. However, what was Christmas like in the Regency, and how different was it from today’s festivities? Nancy Lawrence recently told us about Washington Irving and his experiences in 1815 England, but Jane Austen… more goodness …

Writing Historical Fiction; the Do’s and Don’ts

Writing Historical Fiction; the Do’s and Don’ts

I have any number of very talented writer friends who tell me that writing historical fiction is far too terrifying even to contemplate. That they just know they’d get something crucial wrong and be torn to shreds by a baying pack of vicious reviewer hounds. The Review Hounds are a terrifying prospect indeed (though one… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trivia Challenge

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trivia Challenge

After last month’s “goofs” blog, a few of the comments reminded me of some trivia factoids about Pride and Prejudice, such as the footage from the Netherfield Ball that had to be scrapped because there was a hair in the lens of one of the cameras. I started thinking about how much I’ve enjoyed the… more goodness …

Is it Time for Tea?

Is it Time for Tea?

The drinking of tea while nibbling tiny sandwiches is an indelible image of English life. One would probably assume that “tea time” is a necessity deeply entrenched into English history, dating so far back that it has become written into the genetic code! Well, not necessarily. A brief history of the magical tea leaf~ The first… more goodness …

Classic Recipe Flavored by a New Cook

Classic Recipe Flavored by a New Cook

Lately I’ve been catching up on missed seasons of the TV show Top Chef. Thank you, Hulu.com! Anyway, that is probably why the similarities between cooking and writing stories based on classic literature occurred to me. For a better understanding of what I mean, let me give a personal example. My family has a unique casserole dish created by… more goodness …