Dogs in the snow. Bramble

The weather outside may be frightful, but nothing will convince our gundogs to stay at home. As the snow continues to fall, cancelling sporting days and putting the 4x4s to…

Best Christmas cheeseboard

No festive feast is complete without a positively groaning cheeseboard. And while British cheese has formerly been the poor relation of its continental cousins, there is now an enormous variety…

Angels are integral to our Christmas tradition, from featuring in nativity scenes and carols to adorning the top of the tree, but few are aware of their pre-biblical origins. These…

Log from the black forest

If you are among figgy pudding nay-sayers this Christmas, don’t let them go hungry. Philippa Davis’ log from the black forest is a traditional chocolate yule log with a black…

Stir-Up Sunday

Advent is fast approaching. But first we must wield the wooden spoon and gather the troops to stir. A family Christmas pudding recipe can be a fiercely protected tradition, but…