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Seaside Lights and Pineapple Cake: an excerpt from WI Kitchen Stories

Jessica February 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm Baking, Profile, Recipe No comments , , , , , , , , ,

If each WI could be described as possessing its own unique tapestry made up of myriad personalities, backgrounds, skills and interests, then WeyBay Women’s Institute in Weymouth, Dorset, sits in the realms of the technicolour dreamcoat WI. Nothing says it more than the life-size ice-cream cone that greets us one step in to the President’s […]

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Summer update

Jessica August 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm Baking, Profile No comments , , , , , , , , ,

Our Kitchen Stories journey is gaining pace, unveiling personal tales of life, love and adventure as experienced through the prism of a home-baked signature dish. We are hopeful that our series of portraits, interviews and recipes will make it to the shelves of a bookshop near you! With this in mind we don’t want to […]

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Five bites: Ruth Carruthers

Louise May 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm Five bites, Profile No comments , , , , ,

© Ruth Carruthers ‘Five bites’ is our regular blog feature unveiling the foodie secrets of those who work in the food industry, or just have a passion for it. This weeks ‘bite star’ is writer and photographer Ruth Carruthers. When not incorporating food, art and fashion in her work, Ruth is passionate about promoting awareness […]

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Five bites: Rachel de Thample

Louise May 6, 2014 at 7:26 am Five bites, Profile No comments , , , , , ,

©Rachel deThample ‘Five bites’ is our new regular blog feature unveiling the foodie secrets of those who work in the food industry, or just have a passion for it. We are proud to have fellow South Londoner and food writer Rachel de Thample as our first ‘bite star’. Rachel has been integral in setting up […]

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Marmalade Makers

Jessica March 13, 2014 at 11:15 am Baking, Family, Jamming, Profile No comments , , , , ,

It’s not every day you try an award-winning marmalade. Yet, on our latest visit to see Stanwick WI member Sue Foster at her home in Northampton earlier this month, we met a trio of true marmalade connoisseurs. For the past two years, Matthew (12), Christopher (10) and Charlotte Foster (8) have swept the board at […]

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Laura’s chocolate cheesecake

Jessica January 21, 2014 at 7:10 am Baking, Business, Family, Profile, Recipe No comments , , , ,

We’d heard a lot of good things about Tea and Tarts WI in West Yorkshire; they’ve got their own running club, put on a hands-down-cool public lecture evening, and their January meeting, titled ‘Pasties and Panties’, was geared around jazzing up smalls with some burlesque-inspired tassels and frilly bits. So you can imagine our delight […]

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Kathy and her Fabulous Garden

Louise November 27, 2013 at 8:30 am Baking, Profile, Uncategorized, WI Life No comments , , , , , , ,

We recently had the pleasure of visiting Kathy in Derbyshire, who kindly agreed to be involved in our project. Her chosen recipe hails from her mother who baked simple treasures in austere times and collated them all in a handwritten book which was passed down to Kathy. After a short interview over a cuppa with […]

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Anne Garnish and her Crab Apple Jelly

Louise November 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm Jamming, Profile, Recipe No comments , , , , , , , ,

The newest profile addition to our project is Anne Garnish. Just yesterday afternoon, Anne welcomed Jessie and I into her cosy kitchen whilst she rustled up her Crab Apple Jelly best-seller. The smell was divine and incredibly homely after our mini road trip up north this weekend. We chatted and photographed whilst she methodically prepared […]

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