The Christmas/Midwinter round-up!

When you’ve been blogging for a while, you realise that there are very few subjects left uncovered and there are experts in everything (…and some who specialise in opinion, perhaps…). Anyway, here’s a round-up of festive posts for your reading delight.

Copyright D McIlmoyle

Copyright D McIlmoyle

For a summary of the ancient origins of Christmas and midwinter customs, you could visit my post or pop over to Medievalists for their very thorough summary of Christmas in the Middle Ages.

One of my favourite blogs which seems to get nowhere near the coverage it should is Ferrebeekeeper. Here you will find Continue reading

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A Very Cumbrian Christmas Dinner

Grandma and the bakery girls, c. 1934

Grandma and the bakery girls, c. 1934

I was very lucky when I was growing up to have a grandma who was not only Cumbrian but a fully-trained baker and confectioner. You know all those delicious cakes and buns that Birkett’s Bakery used to make before they were swallowed by that huge northern ‘cheap sausage roll’ conglomerate? Well, add a few more currants, another dab of butter and a shake of icing sugar, and you’ve got my gran’s baking. Continue reading