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You Shouldn’t Have, Valentine! The Competition

You Shouldn’t Have, Valentine! The Competition

Whilst the true origins of Valentine’s Day are widely thought as contentious, the recognised story of a sadly martyred roman priest – Saint Valentine – is notably understood as the inspiration behind what is meant to be the most romantic day of the year. Valentine’s Day, now something of a commercial circus, is the day...
How to get the best night of beauty sleep ever

How to get the best night of beauty sleep ever

New year it may be, but spring it is certainly not, not yet anyway! Although the darkness of winter does seem to linger for so long – and the desire to hibernate is intensely compelling – before we know it the clocks will go forward and there will be light once again. Therefore, now is...
Want a happy and healthy new year? Try our recipe for Seared Thyme-Scented Tuna with Puy Lentils & Rocket

Want a happy and healthy new year? Try our recipe for Seared Thyme-Scented Tuna with Puy Lentils & Rocket

Irrespective of the notoriously acknowledged cliché that comes with that coined phrase – and scornfully optimistic ideology – New Year, New You, predictably we have all  given in and simply wish (in whatever personal deviation) to live, eat, breathe, sleep, work, create and think with clarity and simplicity. Call it a natural reaction to a...
Make a Mint Julep like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby

Make a Mint Julep like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby

If you’re planning a seasonal soiree for the holidays, be inspired by the dazzling, Gatsby-inspired cocktail pieces in the Flapper Girl Edit from our Party Shop. Once you’re suitably bejewelled and as soon as your guests start to arrive, serve them a thirst-quenching drink that The Great Gatsby himself would relish. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s...
An Italian Christmas: Try the Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve

An Italian Christmas: Try the Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve

The Feast of the Seven Fishes or Festa dei sette pesci is the Italian tradition for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Eve and usually consists of many dishes of fried, grilled or steamed seafood and fish. Whilst – to some – seven dishes may sound excessive for the night before a substantial...
How to tie a tie: The Half–Windsor Knot

How to tie a tie: The Half–Windsor Knot

Every man should know how to tie his own tie! So ladies if you are reading this, take note for your other half or gentleman friend and send it his way. Without further ado we present to you the ultimate how to tie a tie guide, from the fellas at Howick Tailored… Step One Drape...
Halloween Treats: Bleeding Red Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

Halloween Treats: Bleeding Red Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

Halloween may still be a few days away, but we have been busy beavering away in the kitchen planning our bewitching bakes very carefully. And lets be honest, why delay the fun with cake? The witching hour is close at hand so embrace the baking bug, get into the kitchen with our recipe and rustle...
Happy Birthday House of Fraser: Vanilla Birthday Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Happy Birthday House of Fraser: Vanilla Birthday Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating a birthday today! As you may have  gathered from our Facebook page, today marks the 5th birthday of Houseoffraser.co.uk. So, in honour of the occasion we present to you our original recipe for a deliciously moist and milky sweet birthday sponge cake. Frost the cake with a thick slathering of vanilla...
A House of Fraser girl in Paris: Caramelised Milk & Honey Madeleines with Lime

A House of Fraser girl in Paris: Caramelised Milk & Honey Madeleines with Lime

A summer holiday typically involves a sandy beach of some sort and whilst this can be wonderful, many do also enjoy the cultural diversions and glamorous hotspots synonymous with a stylish city break. And, as most of central London unexpectedly seems rather quiet whilst the glorious whirlwind of the Games comes to a pinnacle, I...
Go for Gold: Great British Golden Sponge Cupcakes

Go for Gold: Great British Golden Sponge Cupcakes

… With a surprise Union Jack-inspired Filling and Buttercream Frosting! Get set for a weekend of fun and games as the most prolific National event of the year kicks off in London. How will you be celebrating the Games? You might have front row tickets and be busy packing for a pre-event picnic or simply...