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Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Many people are happy with a bit of boozy cream or custard with their Christmas Cake but add a few simple ingredients and your guests will be wanting more! Decorate and make our Christmas Cake your own. Try these simple cake decorating ideas: Toss good glacé cherries in warmed apricot jam and pile on top of your cake. Roll out fondant icing and cut into shapes (stars, snowballs, snowflakes, holly). Brush your cake with warmed apricot jam before laying your shapes over the top. Find a stencil and dust with icing sugar, and decorate with holly. Make a luxurious Almond...

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Party Time Tips – Catering for a Teen Party

Party Time Tips – Catering for a Teen Party

Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time for entertaining! The question is – do you spend the day making and baking yourself or simply order a delicious spread of food and sit back to enjoy it with your guests? We recently had 130 teenagers at a joint 14th birthday party and, it was actually no big deal, so I am going to share my tips with you. It helps if the family that your child partners with are absolutely committed to running the event in partnership with you, that will take away a lot of hostess stress (I...

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Keeping Alive the Art of Great Bread Making

Keeping Alive the Art of Great Bread Making

Making great bread is a fine art. The word ‘artisan’ is so frequently used these days that it seems to have lost its true worth. The same can be said for the quality of breads that are more readily available. With low carb, paleo and gluten free diets on the rise, bread has been wrongly accused of not being healthy. But bread made the traditional way, with a few simple, wholesome ingredients and no unnecessary additives can be a wonderful addition to a balanced diet. Good bread is made from a few simple, natural ingredients including flour, water, salt and a little yeast or sourdough –...

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Christmas Table settings

Christmas Table settings

Christmas is one of the few times of the year that special pieces collected over the years can be dusted off, polished and have their time in the spotlight. They take up valuable real estate most of their lives, being set aside for ‘special occasions’. It takes only a little bit of forward planning to create a stunning table setting. If you don’t usually use a table cloth, this in itself will set your feasting table apart. Phillippa’s makes it easy for you to then simply decorated it with pretty bowls of ‘Tid Bits’; glacé budrim ginger, clusters of muscatel...

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