FRIDAY FEAST with Christina Brooke

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Hello Feasters! What a fiiine Friday we have today, not least because my beloved Sydney Swans are now perched atop the AFL ladder. They look so pretty there, in all their red and white plumage. Fingers crossed they stay there, although it’s still a long way until finals.

As for Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news, I’m not sure I want to talk about it, really. I was playing rather well, then… sigh. The Curse. I will never shed it. But the game keeps me coming back. Sucker.

Enough of that. It’s a fiiiine Friday because we’re hosting a wonderful guest this week on Romance author Christina BrookeFriday Feast: award-winning historical romance author Christina Brooke. Rah!

Christina was the first Australian to win a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for the manuscript which became her first published novel. From that point there’s been no looking back. Christina has gone on to be a best-seller and been nominated for a prestigious Rita® Award (the romance world’s equivalent to an Academy Award). Her Regency novels are a delight. I adored her Ministry of Marriage series but Christina is excelling herself with the Westruthers. The series began with London’s Last True Scoundrel, continued with The Greatest Lover Ever (aren’t these titles brilliant?) and now we have The Wickedest Lord Alive.

Check his abs … er…*cough* I mean this excellent book out!


Cover of The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina BrookeCAN AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

Eight years ago, a tall handsome stranger entered Lizzie Allbright’s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of Steyne agreed to wed and bed Lord Bute’s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his mother’s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyne’s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the London night…


Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Lizzie is surprised to see her husband—and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night without falling hopelessly in love?

Believe me, you’ll have a wonderful time with Steyne and Lizzie, so grab Christina’s new book today. Try Booktopia, Bookworld, Bookdepository, Amazon, Angus & Robertson, Barnes & Noble, Boomerang Books, Fishpond or your nearest bookshop. For the ebook, visit Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, JB Hi-Fi, Barnes & Noble, or your favourite ebook retailer.

And now, if you can drag yourself away from Ab-Man above, here’s Christina!

Comfort Food

Thanks so much to Cathryn for having me here today on Friday Feast!

It’s winter in Australia and of course, my thoughts turn to those beautifully warming dishes we all enjoy when it’s cold. Curries, roasts, lasagnes, apple pies and chocolate puddings—The Margaret Fulton Cookbookand all of the meals I grew up with. The ones that warm not just the belly but the heart.

My mother is a great cook, capable of fancy schmancy dinners and fiddliness that I can only watch with open-mouthed awe (open-mouthed in the hope she feeds me some of that delicious food!) But for general everyday cookery and baking, the Margaret Fulton cookbook was always her guide.

When I left home and began to amass my own collection of cookbooks, I have to say that Margaret Fulton didn’t cross my Margaret Fultonmind. I gravitated towards Marie Claire and Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Bill Granger.

Something changed, however, when I started cooking for my family. I began to get nostalgic for the dear old Strog (Beef Stroganoff, for the uninitiated) and basic staple recipes like baked custard and coffee cakes.

My mother’s ancient copy of Margaret’s book is still in use but I was lucky enough to receive my mother-in-law’s, so well-worn as to be coverless and practically in bits. Still functional, however, luckily for me!

I’ve just looked at the original publication date of this copy—1968. Not much rocket or kale or Margaret Fulton Cookbookquinoa in this book! The dishes range from hors d’ouvres to pastry, from cocktails to Chinese food (very exotic at that time!) and from how to cook a simple steak and make accompanying sauces to traditional Christmas cooking, to a full-blown dinner party featuring stuffed lobster tails or duck a l’orange.

Of course there are many dishes that are not terribly fashionable now—angels on horseback, stuffed eggs, avocados with jellied turtle soup, floating island, and so on. But I still can’t go past the Margaret Fulton for sheer comprehensiveness. And using the same cookbook my mother used when I was a child gives me a warm glow of homecoming that is very special.


What about you? Do you have a favourite comfort food? Favourite basic recipe book? Join in the conversation for a chance to win a copy of my new release, not yet officially out in Australia, THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE!

Did you hear that, Feasters? Your chance to win a book that hasn’t officially released in Australia yet. What an opportunity!

So crack those knuckles, lay those fingers on your keyboard and get typing. We’re a-waiting all your favourite cookbooks and comfort foods. Seriously, I wouldn’t know where to start with either. I have so many. But I did make an amazing Italian beef and bean recipe the other week. Pulses are so good in the winter. Tis the carbs. As for cookbooks, oh I love them all. But I’m particularly fond of my Rick Stein collection.

What are your favourites? Share and we’ll pop you into the draw to win a copy of Ab-Man. Er, I mean The Wickedest Lord Alive.

Giveaway closes midnight AEST, 15th July 2014. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Christina and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter using @chrstnabrooke and the fabulous Romance Bandits blog.

The Wickedest Lord Alive giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Roz who has won herself a copy of Christina’s wonderful new book. Thanks to everyone for joining in the Friday Feast fun and for sharing your memories. It was lovely, as always. 


63 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Christina Brooke

  1. AvatarHelen

    Waving Hi to Christina and Cathryn

    Firstly I have to say that I have read this story and I loved it I have it on my kindle and I highly recommend this one I am loving this series 🙂

    I have my Mum’s Woman’s Weekly cookbook and I also have my own Commonsense Cookbook that I had to get way back when I started high school and I often pull them out to cook some very favourite meals we have a lot of favourites in winter one of them is curried sausages and for desert apple sponge yummo.

    Have Fun

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Waving right back atcha, dear!

      I remember the Commonsense Cookbook, Helen. I had one in school too. No idea whatever happened to it. Maybe it belonged to the school… Hang on to yours. It’s probably a collector’s edition now!

      1. AvatarChristina Brooke

        Thanks so much for having me here today, Cathryn! Had to laugh at your “Abs Man” moniker. I think of him as “belt man” because like the nerdy girl I am, the anachronistic belt bothers me. I asked the publisher’s art people to take it off but it slipped through the cracks, unfortunately.

        Don’t you love those old cookbooks? Old Country Women’s Association ones are supposed to be great, too.

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Hi Helen!! So lovely to see you here. I haven’t heard of the Common sense Cookbook before. Wonder if I can get my hands on that one? LOL

      Thanks so much for your lovely words about WLA. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! xx

  2. Avatarjuanita decuir

    Comfort food…when I am sick it’s Harry’s chicken and cabbage with other vegetables soup…and I can’t leave out his chili…any thing with eggs! I can’t wait until I read this novel!

    1. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Hi Juanita! I’m getting hungry just reading your reply. Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you enjoy “Ab-Man”, Uh, I mean The Wickedest Lord Alive.

      Cathryn has started something…

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Anything with chili sounds good to me, Juanita. It’s winter over here and we all need a bit of heating up. Although Ab-man is doing that nicely. Ooh la la!

        Thanks for dropping by!

  3. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Hi Cathryn! Hi Christina! Wow, lovely to see two of my fave peeps in one place – and talking about one of my favourite subjects, comfort food. Christina, you know from many visits to my house that comfort food is the order of the day at my place. I really must cook you something that is NOT beef stroganoff next time you come. And as for apple crumble? Talk about recipes my mother taught me!

    As you can probably tell, picking a favourite comfort food is a problem. Let’s go for custard. My mother used to make custard from scratch with eggs, milk, sugar, cornflour and vanilla, and it was the food of the gods!

    Can’t wait to read THE WICKEDEST LORD ALIVE! I’ve adored all the other Westruther books and I’ve been looking forward to Xavier’s story since he first stepped onto the page in all his cynical glory.

    1. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Thanks so much for dropping in today, Anna, and for your kind words about WLA! And can I say that I love the strog and don’t ever want you to change that item on the menu!

      I love baked custard–in fact, I believe that might have been my original motive in asking for the MF cookbook! I must make one. It’s really not that hard to do!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        REAL custard? Now we’re talking, Anna! Food of the gods indeed. Although I might have to pick your brain about your crumble recipe. Jim loves crumble and I’ve been experimenting with toppings but yet to find one that satisfies Mr Fussy. (He’s not really but I’m calling him that).

        Lovely of you to visit and looking forward to your next Feasty post in August!


    Being in the US, of course we have a different set of “great books” for cooking. I got a copy of the Good Housekeeping Cockbook when I started college. my mom cooked almost everything by guess and by golly, but we used that one at school, in home economics. and Betty Crocker. both are good, but when I got married, my new brother in law and his wife gave me the one I ended up using the most : Craig Claybourne’s New York Times Cookbook. covers everything from substitutions to starched collar dinners. love. love. love it.

    1. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Patricia, thanks for commenting! Isn’t it funny how we tend to have one cookbook that is the mainstay? I must say I don’t really have call to make “starched collar” dinners, which is a good thing as I don’t know if I’m capable! But substitutions sounds interesting, if that’s on the other end of the scale.

      Other cooks who attract me are Nigella Lawson and Aussie Donna Hay. They often throw in store bought something or other rather than making everything from scratch–I am a pushover for the easy way out, as long as it still tastes good, of course. Some things just cannot be store bought!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hi Patricia and thanks so much for sharing your favourite books. I’m ALWAYS interested in cookbooks and will be looking the Craig Claybourne one up. I’ve heard of Betty Crocker, of course, but not this one.

        Thanks so much for joining in the Friday Feast fun.

  5. AvatarAnne Gracie

    Looking forward to the new book, Christina. I’ve got a stack of cookbooks and have some faves I return to over and over. I learned to cook from my mum and my nana, but when I shared a student household, we used the Presbyterian Cookbook that someone’s mum had given us, and it had some great comfort food in that. I really like going through my mother’s old cookbooks, and Margaret Fulton has some excellent recipes — she taught me how to make perfect roast pork with crackling, for which I’m always grateful. I have a pile of the Womens Weekly cookbooks, too, from way back and my fave is the Italian one. For Asian/Indian food, I adore Charmaine Solomon’s big cook book, but my all time favorite cookbook writer is the divine Elizabeth David, not just because her recipes are so good, but also her writing is superb. I particularly like her French Country cookbook and her French Provincial cookbooks. As for comfort food, it varies with my mood, but some kind of chicken and rice combo usually does it.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Roast pork! That’s what we’re having for dinner tonight, Anne. Praying for good crackling too. Not terribly healthy but so, so good.

      Elizabeth David’s books are precious things. As you say, not only are the recipes great, she writes beautifully. French Provincial is my favourite. The descriptions. Sigh.

      I’ve just finished The Winter Bride too. OH! It was WONDERFUL! It’s now become my favourite Anne Gracie.

      1. AvatarAnne Gracie

        Thanks Cathryn, delighted you enjoyed my Freddy and Damaris. My Elizabeth David French Provincial cookbook is worn, battered and spattered from all the times I’ve used it.
        Hope the crackling and pork turned out well

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Thanks for visiting, Anne! I love people who write beautifully about food. I think Nigella Lawson always makes the effort to find the right words for taste and texture on television. It does make a difference! When I’m following a recipe though, just give me the facts, ma’am!

      You might like an easy Donna Hay recipe for chicken and pumpkin risotto. It’s baked so you don’t even have to put a lot of work into it. I add peas and extra parmesan and it’s delicious.

      Love French food — I just bought Manu’s cookbook and have made a few things. The braised peas with speck is a favourite! Mm, now I’m hungry!

  6. AvatarDonna Killian

    I make german potato salad. I have some family members who come see me just to eat the potato salad. As for cook books I collect Taste of Home but I find myself going back to my old Betty Crocker for recipes.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Just googled Taste of Home, Donna. That looks like a great magazine. Maybe like our Good Taste or Super Food Ideas. I’m a mad cooking magazine buyer. Can’t get enough of them. I love seeing the food fads come and go, from sun-dried tomato to salted caramel, which seems to be everywhere right now.

      All the best in the giveaway draw.

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Ooh, Donna, I love potato salad in all its forms but I just googled German potato salad and I think I’ll come and visit you, too! I haven’t heard of Taste of Home, either. Will have to search for it. Thanks for visiting today!

  7. AvatarPriscilla

    I have a strange (for me) comfort food. It’s chili con carne I was 7 when my parents moved to Corpus Christi but my love of chili was already a joke in my family. We were living in East Texas with my grandparents until my father returned from WWII. The food in that area is strictly Southern. At that time people who lived in our town had to go to Dallas 150 miles away in order to enjoy “different” food. When we moved here I missed my extended family and East Texas but my only consolation was the fact that I could eat Mexican food anytime I could get my parents to agree to eat “out”.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That’s a lovely story, Priscilla. I’d love to try an authentic chili con carne. I make it but I bet it bears not a scrap of resemblance to a proper chili, no matter what the recipes promise. Really must get to the US and Mexico to expand my culinary horizons!

      Thanks for sharing your comfort food. Good luck in the Ab-man draw.

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Wow, that’s pretty young to develop a taste for chilli, Priscilla! I don’t know how you survived all that time with only southern food. So glad you moved and could have Mexican whenever you wanted! Where I live, which is only in the suburbs, we have within walking distance, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Indian and only a couple of minutes’ drive away there’s Japanese, French, Mexican and Italian, too. I love how diverse the eating is now in Australia. It wasn’t like that when I was little. Chinese was about as exotic as we’d get.

  8. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Congratulations on release of The Wickedest Lord Alive, Christina. Ah, cookbooks. Since we’ve already covered Elizabeth David, who I also LOVE, I’ll go with two quite old books on French cooking: Richard Olney’s “Simple French Food” and Madeleine Kamman’s “When French Women Cook”. Like David’s books, not a glossy picture to be had in either. Both also write beautifully evocative stories around the recipes. For me it’s not only the authentic note in the recipes but that they are not the usual ones trotted out in every book on French food. Olney was an expat American who spent his life in the South of France and Kamman grew up in WW2 learning to cook in small auberges. Marvellous stuff. Better stop now….

    1. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Louise, those cookbooks sound like a treat! Thank you for the recommendations.

      There used to be a tiny French restaurant near us where you could get a three course dinner for $20. I could recite their dessert menu off by heart. Beautiful, simple French food is such a delight. Wish it was still there.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oooooh! Thanks for those cookbook recommendations, Louise. I’m going to look them up. Cos, you know, we can never have enough French cookbooks…

        You and Christina make me so wish I was in France right now. SIgh.

  9. AvatarDanielle Johanesen

    One of my most prized possessions is my grandmothers hand written recipes. No one else in my family wanted these and I couldn’t let them be thrown away. There are lots of recipes for different kind of sponges. I like to imagine my nan was trying to find the definitive sponge recipe. There are some things in there we would never make today…. Like tripe patties – pulls face.

    Call me simple but my ultimate comfort food is toast with butter and vegemite. With a strong cup of white the of course.

    1. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Danielle, how lovely to have those recipes passed down. My grandmother made brilliant sponge cakes, and completely shattered my own mother’s confidence about making them herself! I had a go at one recently and certainly my technique could use some work but I decided not to be afraid and I’ll try again.

      Love me some vegemite on toast with lashings of butter, too! Thanks for dropping in today.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Danielle, having those recipes is such a special thing. How wonderful that you saved them. Imagine throwing them away!

        You just reminded me of something that happened just the other day. My adored grandmother died last year and I often catch myself thinking to ring her or send a postcard before remembering she’s gone. Anyway, I was flicking through an old cookbook and found one of her hand written recipes for chocolate fudge cake jammed between the pages. A wonderful find. I thought that had been lost long ago.

        Butter and Vegemite on toast. I’m with you on that one!

  10. AvatarJuanita Kees

    Oh be still my beating heart!! With abs like that, who needs comfort food? The Wicked Lord himself is welcome to comfort me any day! An occasion that calls for gold-flaked champagne and fast-melting chocolate, methinks 😉 But I digress… *sigh*
    Seriously, when I need comfort food I do love a nice home-made, Scottish recipe rice pudding. Growing up, our next door neighbour used to make the delicious dish for us on cold, wet, wintery days and we used to gobble it down after school. Pretty easy to do when her sons looked quite edible themselves in the family tartan 😉
    Good lick…I mean luck!…with The Wickedest Lord alive, Christina. I’m sure he’s going to make a delicious entree and main, perhaps dessert too.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Isn’t he a hunk, Juanita? I love the way he’s lounging so arrogantly. Verra sexy!
      Ah, rice pudding. Now that’s comforting, although I’ve never had much joy making it myself. I either don’t have the temperature right or the cooking time is wrong. Will keep trying though. Can’t let it beat me!

      Good luck in the Ab-man draw!

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      LOL Juanita, I love the suggestion of gold-flaked champagne and fast melting chocolate.

      My mum used to make beautiful creamed rice, which I imagine is similar to your rice pud. A local fruit and veg shop has pre-made rice pudding that is to die for — I have to restrain myself from buying it when I go there.

      Thanks for the good luck and thanks for dropping in today!

  11. AvatarIngrid

    Love a good historical romance! My favourite comfort food is also pudding related. In this cold weather it’s pretty hard to beat chocolate self-saucing pudding – quick and easy to make when friends are over or single serve for a night in front of the fireplace…gotta gear up for Monday somehow!

  12. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    My favourite comfort food of all time is Quarkkeulchen – a recipe from my mother’s german cookbook Dr. Oetker recipe book. I think the book is about 60 years old. My sister and I would come home from school and mum would be making these Quarkkeulchen – a great comfort food after an awful day at school lol. She continued making them right up until a few years ago when she lost interest in cooking. When mum was making them it brought the whole family together, wonderful (comforting) times. They’re made with cooked potato put through a mincer and quark which is a type of cottage cheese and some other ingredients, mix it together and add sultanas to it then fried like a pancake. To die for!!!
    Another great comfort food is the old-fashioned creamed rice from the Family Circle The Rice Surprise Cookbook. I had a quick look at my collection of cookbooks and I’ve acquired quite a few Family Circle books. Some great recipes in them.

    I had to smile at Anna Campbell’s mention of homemade custard. I thought my mother was the only one that ever made custard from scratch, all my friends used to think it was strange but it’s the yummiest and no bad stuff in it, lol. And what’s even more amazing the ingredients are identical to Anna Campbell’s mothers custard!

    My first love is crime/thriller/psychological books then rural and a close third is historical romance. I’m looking forward to reading The Wickedest Lord Alive and staring at the cover. I’ll have to buy it and leave it lying around maybe hubby will get the hint and start using the gym (a lot) more LOL. It’s even more exciting finding out that it’s a series, love books that carry on!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m glad you explained what it was, Sue, because my mind was boggling! Quarkkeulchen do sound very yum now you’ve explained. Timboon Farmhouse Cheese used to make quark but I don’t think they do any more. Not sure where you’d get it from now. That book sounds fascinating. All those old books are. It’s amazing to see how our culinary culture has changed and also to reminisce and rediscover beloved favourites.

      I have some fab Family Circle cookbooks too. They used to be the go-to ones and then the Womens Weekly books took over. But you’ve now nudged me to go and check them for a creamed rice/rice pudding recipe. I don’t know why, but I can never get it right. Driving me nuts!

      You’ll love Christina’s Wicked Lord. Her books are WONDERFUL!

      LOL about encouraging hubby!!!!!

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      LOL on the hint to your husband, Sue! I love the sound of your comfort food. I’ve seen Quark in the local German bakery and wondered what it would taste like but never ventured to try it. And of course, creamed rice, the ultimate comfort food! Thank you for commenting, hope you enjoy Ab-Man!

  13. AvatarRoz Groves

    I too have a Commonsense Cookery Book of my nana’s – it is now held together with a couple of pieces of rapidly yellowing sticky tape. I love it because of the basic cookery items inside, but this one in particular because it has handwritten notes, and old cutouts stuck to the inside cover.

    When it comes to comfort food, I cannot go past my mum’s curried noodle salad. There is no actual recipe, just what my mum remembers. Despite its lack of written recipe, my mum’s always been very specific with brands – Praise mayo, Keens curry powder must be used. If you can resist eating the glorious concoction of creamy curry dressing, bacon and sweet corn immediately after making it, the next day is the best time to enjoy it.

    I’m hungry now, just thinking about it!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Those hand-written notes are what make a cookbook really special, Roz. Lovely to have a little bit of your nana like that.

      All the best in the Wicked draw!

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Roz, good old Keen’s curry powder! My sister-in-law makes a beautiful salad with water chestnuts and bean sprouts and other stuff with a curry dressing that is to die for so I can imagine the noodle salad must be a beauty.

      Isn’t it lovely the way food brings up such warm memories of family and mothering or grandmothering as the case may be? Food is a wonderful way to show love and share good times.

      Thanks so much for having me on Friday Feasts, Cathryn! I’ve enjoyed myself so much.

  14. AvatarMeredith Pynsent

    *Bowing to the fab Cathryn and Christina* I am not worthy! Love your books, both of you. Do books count as comfort food? Not that I’ve ever felt the need to nosh on my Kobo, although I have been tempted to toss it in the Cuisineart and push puree when the bugger crashes. I agree with Juanita and Linda. Chocolate. Every time. Perhaps smeared over those spectacular abs? Lounging around like that he’s waiting for just such an opportunity:)

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      *give tongue-in-cheek queenly wave back* You are indeed worthy, m’dear!

      Books are the BEST comfort food. And chocolate. And wine. Ahh, our Kobos…. Yesterday I scoffed an orange while reading. Poor Kobo got splattered and then refused to respond to my sticky-fingered page turn taps. I had to finish eating with nothing to read. The Horror!

      Like you, I should like to smear sticky fingers all over Ab-man’s abs too. Then maybe lick him clean… Oops. Too much information!

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Meredith, you are naughty! I hope you don’t smear chocolate on your KOBO!

      Thanks so much for dropping in and for saying you enjoy our books! Lovely to see you here.

  15. AvatarKaetrin

    I wish comfort food could be healthy and nutritious. Sadly chocolate cake is not. It breaks my heart to say it. But cake is what I turn to when I’m in need of some cheering up of the food variety. When I was a sleep deprived new mum 11 years ago I think I survived on chocolate cake!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Chocolate cake, or anything chocolate, is the ultimate survival food, Kaetrin, and therefore GOOD FOR US! So you have noooothing to worry about when it comes to health and nutrition. See?

      Thanks for dropping by Friday Feast. Wishing you all the best in the draw.

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Kaetrin, cake is one of my favourite things, too. Did you ever read that book DYING FOR CAKE? The most amazing descriptions in there. As a new mum you need something to keep you going, don’t you?

  16. AvatarJenny

    Hi Cathryn and Christina, I also have my mums and grandmas common sense cookbooks and their hand written recipe books, I have a selection of comfort foods but I really love hot scones jam and cream.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oooh! Hot scones! Now THAT’S comfort food. Like a grandma cuddle.

      Lovely suggestion, Jenny. And who lovely that you have your mum’s and grandma’s hand-written recipe books. They are such precious things. Not only for the recipes but for the warmth and memories they contain.

      Good luck!

    2. AvatarChristina Brooke

      Ohhh, love the hot scones too! Clearly, this blog post was close to my heart because I’ve said *snap* to almost everything that has been mentioned. When we were in England I actually overdosed on cream teas! I know it sounds impossible, but I did not have another cream tea for a looong time after we came home.

  17. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    The Wickedest Lord Alive giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Roz who has won herself her very own Ab-Man to stroke. Lucky girl!
    Thanks to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun and shared so many wonderful memories. It was lovely, as always. Hope to see you again soon!

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