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Monday, September 24, 2012

Living Better September

This month the Living Better Group gathered at my house to learn some traditional cooking.
We made plum pudding and Christmas Cake from my grandmother's recipe.
I think the following images sum up the day well.

Here is one prepared earlier for the taste test...

and we duly taste-tested!

Then came the cake making....

My heart soared to see all these people (9) gathered together, chopping, grating, mixing, zesting, weighing, doing what many generations before have done. Sharing, laughing, learning, teaching the old and discovering new ways.
As I creamed my butter and sugar, Brad updated me about his poultry plans and incubation tales as his 3yr old cracked eggs. 
This was my "It doesn't get any better than this" moment of the day.


  1. I've never tasted or seen Plum Pudding, and my goodness, it looks delicious!

  2. There would've been ten if I lived on the same island Tanya!
    Is that you in that gorgeous painting with doggies? I've checked out your profile pic and I think it is...
    So, can I make my Christmas cake now, or should I put it off for a while longer?

  3. What great classes you are doing for your community, I think we need something like that here.

  4. Hey Tanya a fun and tasty get together.......
    I remember my Nanna's plum puddings always a threepence or two in them.
    It was always exciting to find one.....

    Claire x

  5. Great day beautiful talented lady.. Thank you for sharing your time and talents to improve our little lot in life...makes it all worthwhile in the great scheme of life...XXXX What a Team!!!!

  6. My dear friend and former colleague in the red jumper!!

  7. You have just put me in the mood for some baking!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  8. This looks wonderful. Shared moments like this are so good for the soul ... M x

  9. What a great idea, I wish I'd been there to sample the plum pudding!

  10. Lovely
    I just found your blog from Pinterest on the other side of the world, how cool is that. Born in the UK but I live in the US.


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