Mrs Beeton’s Thick Gingerbread

I had the pleasure of having my parents come up for a visit for Mother’s day.  It was a wonderfully relaxed catchup filled with good wine, good food and great conversation.  It wouldn’t be a visit without us spending some time in the kitchen together and it was a great opportunity to chat about The…

The Cookbook Guru’s take on Christmas

Christmas is already seeming so far away, but there is time for one last festive post in the form of a little Cookbook Guru roundup on the month that has just come to a close.  December was all about Christmas, about baking and the sweet stuff in our lives. Lady Red Specs started us off…

In My December Kitchen

It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve gone through Christmas and New Year it always seems like the chaos starts about the middle of November and it’s not until the first week of January that I start to feel like I can draw a breath and relax. Even in all the happenings I can still…

Grandma Bower’s Gingerbread Cake

This cake is a good, old-fashioned, sturdy and delightfully aromatic tasting cake.  No extra fluff of icing or decorating, just great flavour.  Perfect for afternoon tea with a cup of coffee, a pot of tea, or even with a nightcap like Cointreau or Kahlua.  What’s more, it’s one of those baked goods that keeps well…