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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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Centenary Celebrations!

Louise January 16, 2015 at 10:09 am Baking, Business No comments , , ,

2015 has finally dawned upon us which means the year long centenary celebrations by WI members have begun! The official anniversary date is in September, but that doesn’t stop events rolling out across the federations throughout the year, all of which can be found on NFWI official website or the unofficial Womens Institute Facebook page. […]

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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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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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Mary Berry

Louise February 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm Baking, Celebrity, WI Life No comments , , , , , , , ,

In this months WI Life you will find my shoot with celebrity chef and Great British Bake Off judge, Mary Berry. Since the first series of GBBO I have been an avid watcher and admirer of both judges and contestants. I couldn’t imagine anything more stressful than baking on TV, particularly as it is such […]

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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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The WI Diamond Jubilee Cookbook

Louise November 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm Baking, Family, Recipe, WI Archive No comments , , , , , , ,

When I told my Nan about this project on my last visit to the Midlands she rummaged around in her cupboard to produce the WI Diamond Jubilee Cookbook for me. Released in 1975 it is a compendium of recipes handpicked by Bee Nilson from 35 cookery books all of which had been compiled by members […]

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