I decided to set up this blog as I found that there were actually more people interested in my recipes and handicrafts than I’d expected. I also thought it would be nice way for my children to have a permanent record of everything they used to eat at home, unlike myself, who’d give anything to find out just how my nana used to make all those delicious cakes, ready for when we called for afternoon tea on our way home from school! I’m starting to put the ingredients for each recipe in Spanish as well, as the kids have grown up here in Spain – so if they don’t know what a trifle is, they won’t know what trifle sponges are either!! Just an explanation for them:
1 tbsp (tablespoon) = 15ml [cucharada sopera]
1 dspn (dessertspoon) = 10ml [cucharada de postre]
1 tsp (teaspoon) = 5ml [cucharadita de café]
You can find a variety of conversion charts (imperial to metric and visa versa) at the bottom of this page on the right hand side, or clicking over the conversion you need here: ounces-grams–cups-tablespoons-teaspoons–fluid ounces-mililitres–inches-centimetres–gas-celsius-farenheit–kilos-pounds-ounces. There are hundreds of web sites where you can find all conversions on the same page.
The majority of my recipes either come from the hundreds of recipe books I’ve accumulated over the past forty years, or from recipes I’ve found on the web (taking into account that for every ten or so I try out, only one of them will be worth sharing!) or, without a doubt, daddy’s culinary expertise and passion for good food! On that note, I’ve tried to include in every recipe it’s origin or link.
As for handicrafts, well I think I bought my first set of knitting needles and a pile of wool when I left home for the very first time and worked as a nanny in South London at 18 years old. My mum had taught me the basic knit and pearl stitches when I was young, and that’s how I managed to follow a pattern and make my first cardigan. A few years later, just before getting married, I bought my first sewing machine and bit by bit, taught myself how to sew. I guess it must be age creeping up on me, but I now find it impossible to sit down in front of the tele (or even on the train on my way to work!) without a handicraft project on the go! Please be aware that it’s not my intention in this section to give instructions on how to elaborate these handicrafts, as the majority I tend to make-up-as-I-go. However, if anyone has a particular interest in knowing just how things were made, and can’t figure it out from the photos, I wouldn’t mind explaining it in more detail.