Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

This recipe came originally from Blue Peter – so it must be easy.  Mayonnaise replaces the fat and eggs in the ingredients, sounds bonkers but it really works. It’s perfect for this time of year, now the Girl’s Own Store Bantams refuse to lay (too dark, too cold). You can use any cheap old mayo, the ‘lite’ sort works fine…

Darning – A Dying Art?

We can spend the long, dark nights in front of the telly with some knitting or crochet to be getting on with. But time was that a basket full of garments waiting to be darned was a constant presence in every home, and any housewife worth her salt could darn a heels of woollen socks that would, with luck,…

A Vintage Education – Part 2

Every once in a while in the world of hunting out vintage stuff something glorious turns up. These little books are very tatty, but the illustrations are just glorious, with the same rich quality as Kathleen Hale’s Orlando books.  Maud and Miska Petersham were an American husband-and-wife writing and illustrating team (he was originally from Hungary). This might explain why these…