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Christmas Mince Pies

After I published Holly, Baubles and Murder, many of my readers emailed with wonderful memories of tasting mince pies. Others, after reading about Meg, Lord Abermarle’s cook, asked how they were made. When I was in Kenya, running my cafe and farm shop, I produced upwards of 1,000 mince pies each year, along with Christmas[…]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with Earl Grey Tea

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ingredients 240 gms 8.5 ozs 2 ¼ Sticks      Butter 150 gms 5.25 ozs 1 ½ Cups     Brown Sugar 200 gms 7 ozs 1 ½ Cups          Self Raising Flour 200 gms 7ozs 1 ¼ Cups           Chocolate Chips (milk, dark white or combination) Method 1. Set the oven to 180 oC/355 oF/Gas[…]

Writers And Writing in the Lake District

The Lake District, in the north-west of England, is the country’s largest national park at over 2,362, similar in size to the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, US. So what drew so many Victoria authors to the area? William Wordsworth The famous poet, William Wordsworth, was born and raised on the edge of[…]


Mario lay in a long shaft of sunlight on the floor of the music room alcove in Windrush Hall.  Using his paws, he pushed himself into a sitting position and gazed out of the French windows to the garden his mistress had created. Those had been fun times.  He’d followed her outside and as she[…]

10 Facts about the Sarajevo haggadah

At the beginning of March 2022, I was privileged to be part of a private guided viewing of the Sarajevo Haggadah, at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Haggadah is one of the principal treasures of the museum and is kept behind a glass door, in a sealed display case, within a climatically[…]

Chocolate Celebration Cake

In Hour is Come, Dotty makes a chocolate cake for Lucas, her husband’s young son. This is the recipe for the cake including the gooey fudge icing which tends to flow over the top of the cake and drip down its sides.

Mama Rose’s Christmas Gifts

“Is that everything, Kipto?” Mama Rose Hardie stood in the kitchen of her one-bedroom thatched cottage on the edge of Nanyuki, a market town in the shadow of Mount Kenya, three hours’ drive north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.  In her early 60s, she was tall and thin, with a face lined from yours of working[…]

5 Interesting Facts About African Wild Dogs

# Fact 1 African wild dogs are known by several names including Cape hunting dog, painted dog, or their scientific name, Lycaon pictus, which means “painted wolf”.  ‘Painted’ refers to the wild dog’s dappled coat of black, brown, yellow and white fur.  Each animal’s markings are unique, like a human fingerprint. # Fact 2 African[…]