Summer - punnets of perfect strawberries! Make the most of all the summer strawberries. Delicious eaten as they are - but be inspired too by our strawberry recipes. If you are too busy to do anything with these wonderful strawberries now, simply freeze the berries until the winter.
Swiss roll with strawberry mousse and lavender sugar
Sugar your berries for freezing, or lie them in a bed of sugar. Remember that the sugar bed must be cold before covering it with berries. Unsugared berries will last 3-4 moths in the freezer, but if you use sugar, they will last for at least one year.
White chocolate panna cotta with muscovado-marinated strawberries
A few lavender blossoms make a wonderful flavouring for strawberry jam. For a delicious variation, stir 50-100 g grated dark chocolate into your jam.
Strawberry jam with balsamic vinegar and black pepper
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.