How to ‘keep Christmas well’: The Pickwick Papers (1836-37) and A Christmas Carol (1843)

  To paraphrase Dickens’s description of the four Pickwickian adventurers, over the past week I have been running around as brisk as a bee, if not altogether as light as a fairy, towards Christmas Day. I have left behind me a trail of opened envelopes, empty mulled wine glasses, cake crumbs, sheets of piano music, and receipts. Despite my rush, there is one aspect of Christmas … Continue reading How to ‘keep Christmas well’: The Pickwick Papers (1836-37) and A Christmas Carol (1843)

Fruitcake weather: Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ (1956)

I have always loved taking pictures of food: food I happen to eat when I am abroad, food I make, food I am only looking at from the other side of a Parisian patisserie’s shop window. This has always involved sharing them with my friends, too. Not in a sadomasochistic attempt to make them jealous about what I was having, and they could not, but … Continue reading Fruitcake weather: Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ (1956)

Nico and Amy’s Literary Competition

For all our literary friends, and whisky lovers perhaps, we are launching our first Literary Kitchen competition! With the next recipe coming soon, we’d like you to guess which one we’ll be making! We’ll give you two hints/ingredients: whisky and pecan nuts. (Pecan nuts should hopefully tell you where this recipe is from!!) The first person guessing the recipe will be shipped a bite of … Continue reading Nico and Amy’s Literary Competition