Winter Afternoon

Like languid trapeze artistes the gulls trace celestial arcs as a dying sun tints the clouds with ashes of roses. Effervescent spray breaks over the whale-backed reef as a clowning troupe of ravens tumble earthward Icarian feathers black as the cold fingers of night.

From Magi to Mummers and Wassailing to Wenceslas

Whether your Christmas is bah humbug! or a childish delight in lighting the advent candles and eating mince pies, it is almost the night before the night before “when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse“. Christmas or the mid-winter festival is a celebration for the 21st century offering the consumer … More From Magi to Mummers and Wassailing to Wenceslas

From Kringle Wreath to Bread Pudding

More adventures in the croft Advent kitchen Will the Master Baker come to the rescue? After a course of counselling and esteem building I was ready to open the Advent kitchen again and continue my exploration of Scandinavian Christmas baking. This time I vowed to follow the recipe precisely, and accurately measure and weigh all the ingredients. However,  I decided … More From Kringle Wreath to Bread Pudding