Category Archives: Christmas


Pains au Chocolat baked from frozev
Pains au Chocolat baked from frozen

I like to provide home-made cake or muffins for the meetings of our Writers Circle but the last time we went to Sainsbury’s they had sold out of plain ready-to-bake croissants so I thought I would try their ready to bake Pains au Chocolat. I don’t really care for sweet things so I only had half of one but the rest were gone in a flash as soon as we pulled our left-over Christmas Crackers  .
We always have crackers on New Year’s Eve – Louise and her family spend Christmas with her in-laws in the Basque Country but from December 27th to January 5th with us. Twelfth Night (January 6th) is a big day in Spain so I’m always sad when January 5th comes round and they leave in time to celebrate The Three Kings (Los Tres Reyes) at home.


Peter Jones – Ready for Christmas Already?

A waterfall of red and green Christmas trees and mirrors
A waterfall of red and green Christmas trees and mirrors

Though the John Lewis in Oxford Street is larger, has a more varied stock on display and a Food Hall in the basement, in many ways I prefer Peter Jones – especially since it was re-vamped in 2004 . And I prefer their tea & scones.
Some people are already prospecting for Christmas presents. Our best and oldest friends have to shop for five children and their partners, thirteen grandchildren and a band of valued employees who have been with them for years and merit individual personal gifts. They have to start their shopping ‘marathon’ early.