When it's cold out and rain is lashing the windows, there are few things more comforting than the smells of something baking. Especially when that something contains my favourite spice: cinnamon. I just can't get enough of that warm, dark scent. I throw it into a lot of things: bread, shortbread, … [Read more...] about Season of Cheer, Day 4: Sugar & Spice | Jack and Gareth Memories
Season of Cheer
Holly is an integral part of an English winter. Its deep green leaves and bright red berries add colour when most things are grey and drab. It survives well inside, and it is - of course - often used for wreaths and table decorations. But holly has arcane credentials too, and some of these go back … [Read more...] about Season of Cheer, Day 3: Holly | A Fantasy Ficlet
Explore any culture that takes your fancy and you're bound to come across everyday foods, and celebration dishes. It seems we all associate food with having a good time, and maybe also with all of us clubbing together to share that good time.Pot luck dinners, where every dinner guest brings a … [Read more...] about Season of Cheer, Day 2: Why a Celebration needs Food
It's December, official start of the season of cheer, and therefore that time of year where many of us are rushed off our feet between work, parties, present shopping, cooking, and planning for the family invasion or road trip to see them. It doesn't matter whether we've been brought up with … [Read more...] about Season of Cheer, Day 1: Let the Fun Begin!