New year, new everything

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Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed Christmas/Chanukah/Winter Solstice or whatever else you celebrated. And that you feel rested from your break. We had a party of 13 guests on Christmas Day. The preparations were a back-breaker: eight hours in the kitchen on Christmas Eve … [read more]

2016 is dead. Long live 2017

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2016: move along As we crawl towards 2017, full of slightly stale mince pies and leftover Christmas pudding, I wanted to take a brief look back at 2016, before putting it in a box marked ‘shite’ and trying to forget all about it. It’s been … [read more]

The ultimate hygge night in

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It is now deep winter. The days are short and the nights are long. Tonight, we will be hunkering down for a cheese fondue with our friends from Switzerland. The kids can watch a film, while we put the world to rights in the kitchen. … [read more]

The alternative Christmas dinner menu

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I have a confession to make. I hate Christmas dinner. Turkey, to be specific. I love Christmas Day and being with our extended family, but what is it with the turkey? It’s not exactly traditional fare in Bethlehem. It’s not seen on menus for the remaining 364 days … [read more]

My O bag makeover

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**Alert: there’s an O bag competition at the end of this post** With the expense of Christmas looming – I’m entertaining 13 people, more of that to follow soon – now is not the time to be obsessing about new handbags! But what’s a girl … [read more]