Food
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...
Christmas Carole: How to Cook a Traditional Turkey for Christmas Dinner

Christmas Carole: How to Cook a Traditional Turkey for Christmas Dinner

Goose, beef, pork, pheasant, duck; you name it, we’d eat it for Christmas dinner – all apart from reindeer, obviously! But Mr C and I absolutely love a good old traditional turkey; for us there is no beating it, but only the most splendid of birds will do. We order our bronze turkey all the...
Christmas Carole: This year, gift family & friends with Christmas treats handmade with love

Christmas Carole: This year, gift family & friends with Christmas treats handmade with love

Christmas is a fabulous chance to get creative in the kitchen. I love to whip up a myriad of festive treats to give to loved ones, friends who pop in for a mug of cheer and a mince pie and even for all of our little poppets who beaver away so earnestly all year through...
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...
Christmas Carole Answers: What to serve as a light starter on Christmas Day…

Christmas Carole Answers: What to serve as a light starter on Christmas Day…

There is no shame in over-indulging at Christmas, we all know it happens! However, if you are playing hostess this year, you certainly don’t want everyone to be stuffed with food before you present the main event; a proudly bronzed turkey is a must at Christmas in our house (psssst…. It’s actually Mr C’s favourite!)...
The Christmas Kitchen: Classic Christmas Eggnog

The Christmas Kitchen: Classic Christmas Eggnog

Come now, don’t be a Scrooge, embrace the joy of Christmas wholeheartedly! I love the festive cheer that comes with excessive amounts of celebratory feasting with all of my family and friends. Tis’ the season to indulge after all – and it’s always the season in Casa Claus! But both Mr C and I know...
How I Make: The Perfect Hot Chocolate

How I Make: The Perfect Hot Chocolate

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a throng of heart-warming hot drinks to boost the Christmas spirit (spirit being the operative word; as my tipple of choice!) At a party, you should have something for everyone, and my favourite indulgence is most certainly a crowd pleaser – especially with a little tot of booze! But...
Bake Like Moi: Classical Spiced Christmas Cake Recipe

Bake Like Moi: Classical Spiced Christmas Cake Recipe

I love a slice of cake or three… for medicinal purposes of course, and I believe everyone should have a foolproof recipe for a traditional Christmas cake in their repertoire. My version is irresistibly moist, sweet, aromatic and fruity, with zesty orange and almond accents, soft prunes, fragrant walnuts, smoky maple syrup and boozy brandy....
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...