Stuck in the mud cookies.

So, yesterday I got stuck in the mud. The dirt track I had thought was a short cut, chosen due to a road closure, turned out to be trouble with a capital T. Fortunately, an angel in boiler suit and riding a dumper truck came to my rescue and hauled me out. To thank my…

Epiphany Cake

Epiphany, in the UK at least, has become rather a forgotten feast, but I think it may be my favourite of them all. It is the end of the Christmas frenzy: the tinsel and all other decorations come down, children are back at school, adults back to work. It is easy to forget that Jesus…

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

When our children were born we faced the quandary that many Christian parents face: what do we do about Father Christmas? As Christians we not only wanted Jesus to be at the centre of the celebrations, but also truth to be. You may want to look away now, but the truth is, Santa doesn’t exist….

The Broken Fast

It was an evening late in advent, and the vicar had been fasting for a deeper sense of spirituality in preparation for the arrival of the baby Jesus, the Christchild, when temptation fell in a manner only previously seen in Chocolat. This time last year I was on sabbatical, and one of the unexpected delights…

Christening Cake

Every culture’s wedding ceremonies contain fertility rituals, even the most Christian of marriages include a rather erect column of wedding cake. The cake, or bread depending upon traditions, is in itself a fertility symbol. Yes, it is quite literally the icing on top of the cake that is the wedding feast, it is also a…

Chocolate and Cranberry Christmas Cake

Advent is about preparing for Christmas as we await Jesus’ arrival. Some recipes take longer than others and Christmas cake is one of those; to bake a cake takes many hours and then needs to be ‘fed’ with whisky or brandy or some other tipple for several weeks before finally being iced ready for the…

Christmas Puddings

The last Sunday before Advent is traditionally known as Stir Up Sunday (although the church year refers to it as Christ the King). The collect, or special prayer, used on that Sunday includes the words ‘stir up our souls we beseech thee Oh Lord’. The ‘stirring up’ is intended to help us to get ready…

Angel Food Cake Heavenly Halo

So the second of two posts this Hallowe’en focuses on the light of All Hallows Day. Something that is hallowed is holy, as in the opening of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Hallowed be thy name’. Now that the darkness of All Hallow’s Eve (Hallowe’en) has dissipated and the bright light of day is casting out the…

Halloween Cookies

Christians have struggled with the rise in popularity of Halloween. Traditionally All Hallow’s Eve was the day before All Hallow’s Day, and it was a day (or evening) of poking fun at the darkness, knowing that with the morning light comes All Hallow’s Day, when we celebrate all that is holy, or ‘hallowed’. Personally, I…

Fortified Food

For mums who are rushed off their feet, juggling babies, toddlers, pre-school, work…. all on a night of very little sleep, food becomes fuel. When healthy food is not easily available, then all too often the children feed better than the parents, and when combined with breast feeding this makes for draining parenting, and living…