Cooking … not stitching….

Since the publication of June’s magazine on Thursday there hasn’t been much stitching happening at all .. too much cooking and Jubilee excitement!!  After I pressed the button on my laptop to send the magazine out to subscribers, I quickly walked Ben and then set off to the Parish Hall. 

I am one of the organisers of our OAP’s lunch club which meets every Thursday to serve 40 local pensioners with a home cooked lunch and lots of good company.   And Thursday was our Jubilee lunch.  We decorated the hall, and asked all our members to wear red, white and blue in honour of the occasion  …

Jubilee Lunch 2

 Doesn’t it all look lovely?!  The menu was Coronation Chicken (of course!), Cold Roast Beef, assorted salads with minted new potatoes and Eton Mess –  a very British meal.  We started with the Loyal Toast and I played the piano for the National Anthem at the end.

Jubilee Lunch 1

It was great fun!  This weekend Rosie and Dan are staying with us as it’s a long Bank Holiday weekend.  Rosie is very excited about her new recipe page – coming in next month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine, so we decided to do some baking, just as we used to when she was very young.  Rosie made sausage rolls …

Sausage Rolls

Great for taking on a picnic – which is her theme for her first “Rosie’s Recipes.”  Then there was some pastry left over so of course we had to make her childhood favourite …. jam tarts….

Jam Tarts

 This (obviously) is before they went into the oven.  I left the room for only a few moments when they came out – and by the time I returned only a couple remained.  Clearly their appeal has remained well into adulthood!!  And then I made a Bakewell Tart – just like my mum used to …

Bakewell Tart

 We’ll have it for tea tonight.  Bakewell tart is a pastry case, spread with jam and filled with an almond sponge and is delicious with cream or custard. 

Finally –  I can’t finish this post without showing you a picture of the ever-helpful Ben.  At this point he was about to be forcibly removed from the kitchen – his nose is on a level with the work surfaces and he was edging far too close to the sausage rolls!!

Rosie and Ben

 And yes, that is flour on his face!  Naughty dog!


What a lovely, lovely post Helen.
The lunch club dinner looks fabulous.
Rosie is quite the cook. Everything looks delicious. I am looking forward to the new recipe section in the magazine.


Ask Rosie what the secret is for decent Jam Tarts – mine, as the pastry cooks goes mishapen the jam spills over edge and burns on the tin! All three things in those pictures are my favourites I cannot wait for next months magazine.
Perhaps Ben wants to share his recipe for Doggie Biccies……..
Julie xxxxxxxxx


I am looking forward to trying some ‘very British’ recipes here in my New England state of Rhode Island, USA. I just love your blog and sharing of your family adventures with Ben too! Thank you.


Such a delicious post! I’m already looking forward to the next magazine issue, Rosie’s new recipe page and cooking up a storm!
X Linda

jeanne M Wallace

LOVE LOVE it all looks like all were having a wonderful time, YES I have all those recipes that my Mum used to make, and yes she passed them down to me, as well as the “Tarts” oh the memories that it is bringing back. LOVE all this HELEN Thank YOU Cheers and hugs Jeanne xox


This food looks delicious! Hope some of it turns up in the B&S issue 🙂
Maybe an apron project will be in the works… 😉


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