Plums are one of our most common garden fruits, and are wonderful in desserts and marmalades. Why not make a delicious plum marmalade or plum chutney to serve with a cheese board? Or try our wonderful plum pie.
Did you know this about plums
Plum (Prunus domestica). There are approximately 2,000 plum varieties in the world. Plums can be yellow, red or purple. The fruit ripens from August to October and has a very short shelf life. Most plums are eaten fresh or in desserts, but they also make excellent cordial and jam. In the past, plums were used medicinally as a remedy for constipation.
Baking for Christmas is always something special. This is the one safe haven that always seems to cling to tradition. But perhaps you would like to try something different for a change… you might find yourself a new favourite goodie this year!
For many, Christmas wouldn't be complete without sweet treats. Put out homemade toffees, chocolates and truffles for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want the most classic Christmas treats or more advanced alternatives, we've got the recipe.
Christmas cakes are so much more than gingerbread nuts! Classic cookies with a Christmas twist are perfect with Christmas coffee served on a decorated tray, or as little Christmas presents for busy people. Or arrange them in beautiful pots and dishes and let them be part of the Christmas decorations.
Delicious Christmas presents
The most special Christmas gifts are hand-made and filled with happiness. And what could be more full of love than mouth-watering sweets, festive biscuits and glorious jams? Create your own Santa Claus’s workshop in the kitchen and savour the Christmas spirit as you make sweets and wrap parcels.
Midwinter is redolent of oranges and saffron – fragrances evoking images of countries less dark and cold than our northern climes. After Christmas dinner, it’s nice to serve something refreshing like an orange salad or citrus ice cream.
The Christmas holiday provides many opportunities to get together and mingle with a pleasant drink in the hand. A few suggestions for Christmas celebrations big and small.