“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas”

Today's Friday Food for Thought is from Peg Bracken (1918 - 2007), American author of humorous books on cooking, etiquette and travel, such as The I Hate to Cook Book.   Did you know? December 6th is celebrated as St Nicholas' Day. St Nicholas was a Christian Bishop who was noted for his generosity in helping…

How to recycle what you usually can’t

Dear Claire, I discovered something interesting the other day. April being Earth month, there’s a lot in the news about recycling and reusing – especially reusing, now that the market for recyclables is so unpredictable and given how much energy it takes to recycle something. This reminded me of some of our tips about spring-cleaning…

Happy Holidays

Dear Sam, Mmm, the roast chestnuts  you were telling me about sound very tempting - I will add them to my Christmas shopping list!  Your post started me thinking about all the delicious aromas that we associate with Christmas and it's also one of the themes of a book I've been reading lately, Nigel Slater's The Christmas…