Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tidying Up the Garden, Seed Catalogues and New Year’s Resolutions!

Before the start of each New Year, I like to have a good blitz in the house and garden, clearing away anything we no longer require. Over the last few days we’ve had a big thaw and a few hours of … Continue reading

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Wonderfully Indulgent Chicken, Cream, Tarragon and Mushroom Pie

When it’s cold and damp outside, I think there’s nothing more warm, tasty and delicious than homemade chicken, tarragon and mushroom pie.  I made this for my husband’s family on Boxing Day Night, but it’s also the perfect hangover cure for New … Continue reading

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Heart-Shaped Christmas Wreath

For something a little different this Christmas why not make a heart-shaped wreath.  I’ve used dried rose heads but you could substitute these for sprouts, dried fruit, holly and mistletoe or anything else you had readily available.  Materials 1 metal coat hanger                      1 old … Continue reading

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Home-Made Christmas Gifts and Fresh Cream Chocolate Truffles!

Grandchildren collecting lavender One of the most treasured presents I’ve ever received was a drawing by a friend and her family, of all my favourite things.  I was extremely touched by this kind gesture, and believe the success to homemade present giving is … Continue reading

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Christmas Hurricane Lamps

Every year I dream of an elegant Christmas with a tasteful tree, scented candles and swathes of cashmere, but in reality, living with my family this simply isn’t an option!  This christmas perched high on the mantlepiece, gently scenting the room … Continue reading

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Instant Gratification Noodle Stir Fry

When I’m having a Nigella moment and life has got too much, I want something hot, tasty, nutritious and filling, ready in 5 minutes, that will give me instant karma.  On such days, I head straight for my fridge and this is what I … Continue reading

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Make your own fabulous Christmas Wreath!

I have a wonderful friend called Rachel, who’s a fabulously talented Interior Designer, and last christmas she shared with me her secrets for making a show stoppingly good christmas wreath: Materials A bog standard artificial circular wreath – we bought … Continue reading

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