Win a beautiful handmade Jana Reinhardt Wing necklace

Win a handmade Jana Reinhardt Wing necklace

Ooooooo how gorgeous is this necklace

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I adore handmade jewellery; its uniqueness, it’s beauty and the opportunity to support British craftspeople.

Hand-carved with dreamy feathers, this stunning wing pendant is an instant hit of glamour, sure to make you feel special.  The perfect accessory for a big night out, but also subtle enough for everyday wear.

Worth £92, the necklace is cast in sparkling sterling silver.

Every pendant is handmade by a small team of master-goldsmiths in the UK, so each piece of jewellery is entirely unique and of the very highest quality, with exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail.

 

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And for more information about this and other pieces of lovely jewellery visit https://www.janareinhardt.com

 

 

 

Syllabub Trifles is our Recipe of the Week

Syllabub Trifles

Trifles are possibly the most popular recipes on our blog

Retro? Who cares when everyone loves them!

As a prepare-in-advance dessert, they are perfect for serving to family and friends.

This Syllabub Trifles recipe is a twist on the traditional trifle, having a syllabub topping which is utterly delicious.

RECIPE

Don’t forget to check out more delicious trifles…


Great British Pea Week

Great British Pea Week

Did you know there is a whole week dedicated to peas?

Great British Pea Week

Can you imagine sausage and mash without peas or a spring evening without pea and mint soup, or a goat’s cheese salad without a scattering of freshly podded peas? Peas are the champions of the vegetable world!

Pea shoots are relative new-comers to our salad bowls. Pea shoots have delectable leaves and tendrils and, unsurprisingly, taste like peas. These lovely little shoots make a delicious salad and work equally served with freshly steamed or pan-fried fish.

And they are very easy to grow.

So easy that my eight-year-old grew (and ate) on her windowsill, a miniature garden full in just a couple of weeks.

They grow very well on the kitchen sill next to your other herbs; simply purchase a packet of pea shoot seeds, soak in water, add to a tray of compost and just watch them grow!

Try this mouthwatering salad from the Dairy Diary.

 

Japanese Chicken & Avocado Salad

Japanese Chicken & Avocado Salad

 

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Recipe of the Week: Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

Celebrate World Chocolate Day tomorrow with this gorgeous chocolate sponge pudding

 

Speedy Chocolate Sponge Puddings

And the best bit (apart from the taste)? It can be cooked in the microwave in just 4 minutes!

RECIPE

 

 

 

 


 

Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 450 BC

The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter liquid, mixed with spices or corn puree.

It was believed to be an aphrodisiac and to give the drinker strength.

Today, such drinks are also known as “Chilate” and are made by locals in the South of Mexico. After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people.

The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl, and entered the English language from the Spanish language.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Can’t imagine life without chocolate? You’re lucky you weren’t born before the 16th century.

Before then, chocolate existed as a bitter, foamy drink in Mesoamerica.

So how did we get from a bitter beverage to the chocolate bars of today?

Deanna Pucciarelli traces the fascinating and often cruel history of chocolate in this informative and entertaining video, The History of Chocolate.

 

The history of chocolate

 

 

 

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