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young boys weave baskets as part of responsible gift giving

This back end of the year is crowded with birthdays and Christmas. For many years, I have asked people not to give me gifts. If people insist, I ask them to donate what they would have spent, to the Leukemia Foundation. It’s the ultimate responsible gift giving. I understand though, that there are plenty people… >> Read more

Filed in: Reduce Your Footprint

Tiffin HQ is Hacked Off

gin cocktail with mint, cucumber and elderflower

What a challenging week it’s been at Tiffin HQ. My blog came under mutiples attacks from hackers, who hijacked the site, locked me out and put re-diverts onto spam sites. Even after a lot of work and additional security in place, I can see that today, some ne’er-do-well registered themselves as an administrator. There’s still… >> Read more

Filed in: Miscellaneous
two women in hats and gloves count money into a handbag

As I spread out items to fill the handbags I was donating to Share The Dignity’s ‘It’s In The Bag’ campaign, I had a sudden flashback. If you are of *ahem* a certain age, you may recall the ads for Glomesh with the tagline ‘You can tell a lot about Paula Duncan… by what’s in… >> Read more

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In My Kitchen… November 2018

vibrant green herbs sitting on a kitchen bench

This November is a busy month in at Tiffin HQ. There are a couple of birthdays, including a milestone birthday for Mr Tiffin and a holiday in store. I know, I know… I just came back from Europe but we are off to Chiang Mai for Mr Tiffin’s 50th. If there is one thing I… >> Read more

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Pickled Radishes

jar od sliced picked radishes with a few pickled radishes in a dish

When we had friends over for dinner recently, there was a request for ‘no onion’. That’s a fairly simple request to accommodate however there was a particular salad I wanted to make which featured red onions. I saw some radishes in the market and decided they would make a good substitute from a colour and… >> Read more

Filed in: Sweets & Preserves
four women volunteers pack parcels for the red cross to be sent to sick and wounded service men and women during world war two

So. Much. Stuff. Before we went away for 18 months in 2009, I put a rule in place in our house. ‘For every thing you bring in, you need to take a thing out’. It was part of a strategy to reduce the excess ‘things’ we owned. It worked pretty well and helped to make… >> Read more

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Never Fail Batter Cake

slice of blueberry and rapebrry batter cake dusted with icing sugar

Last week I had a baking failure. In fact, I had two of them. I decided to add something to my repertoire so I tried a couple of new recipes. An apricot slice and some fruit biscuits. They were horrible. The slice was heavy and not sweet enough. The biscuits were doughy. Despite large amounts of… >> Read more

Filed in: Baking & Dessert