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What to do with the pumpkin?

My 1-week-to-go pumpkin carving – room for improvement!

Right. It seems my personal Halloween circumstances have changed in very recent years. Having spent almost all of them since 2000 with my best mate, in either of our London flats, decked out in pyjamas, rooms lit only by flickering tea lights and scary pumpkins, Caribbean Chicken Stew bubbling away on the hob, red wine flowing, and horror movie at the ready, I now find myself living in the middle of the countryside far away from Kate. And to make matters worse this year, it seems I will be alone on Halloween Read the rest of this entry



The 2010 Christmas Cake Village

For those of you who think Christmas rituals are for kids and you grow out of them past your teens, I’ve got news for you. In 2007 the Greenwood / Wickins clan invented a Hum DINGER!

In January that year, on the long drive back to Cornwall following a skiing holiday in France, me, my sister and my most creative and cake-loving nephew Dan, cooked up the Big Cake Plan. Read the rest of this entry

Padstow Christmas Festival. Finally!

My welcome pie created by Sarah (on behalf of Nigella) creamy chicken and peas - yum!

I fell in love with Padstow long before I began falling in love with its lifeguards or with the wonder of teenage Cornish summers spent flitting between beaches in skimpy dresses, flirting shamelessly and shooting tequila in the Harlyn pub even more shamelessly. I can’t put my finger on when, or how, the magic happened, but since my earliest memory there has been a deep and profound connection between me and Cornwall. It doesn’t make sense as I was just a kid but there must have been some kind of poetic chemistry that took place (to quote Don McLean) ‘a long long time ago’. Read the rest of this entry

Halloween! Cackle cackle…

Cadbury's SCREAM Egg

Is anyone else excited about the new and brilliant Cadbury’s Scream Egg? I was in a very silly, childish mood, my feet glued to the floor of the sweetie aisle in front of the Halloween section when I saw them. Not only have they the coolest name, they’ve also got green yolk. GREEN YOLK! What a genius idea. Read the rest of this entry