With the end of November drawing in quickly I must admit that my mind is less on Christmas and more pre-occupied with the quince and Clementines that are now available. Indeed I will have to wait a few more weeks for the first of the Seville oranges to become available, but marmalade season has officially begun in my kitchen as quite a few kilos of Clementines are bubbling away on my stove aided by a generous slosh or two of gin. The smell emanating from my kitchen is glorious to say the least; indeed to say it is sunshine for the nose would by no means be an exaggeration.

In the wet and cold I have also been doing a fair bit of packing boxes and assisting my beloved with the move to new business premises. It seems that the end of 2017 really will spell out with the old and in with the new. Let’s hope that my soon to be equipped catering kitchen spell good things as my jam and marmalade making goes professional and my new line of cocktail inspired preserves looks to hit the shops.

pastry chef covering the biscuits with melted chocolate

It won’t be just jam and marmalade that I’m making though, I’m also launching a line of pickles including pickled onions with a crunch and old fashioned piccalilli; but more exciting than all of this is my range of chocolates. For years I have pondered and contemplated making chocolates and I have researched and written quite a bit on the subject. I’ve been tempering chocolate and making truffles as a hobby and as gifts for years, but now I’ve finally taken the plunge and purchased a professional chocolate holding  tank.  So with any luck 2018 will spell good things.

2017 has been a bit of a topsy-turvy year for me, with plenty of highs and lows and a substantial amount of changes.   The Chinese year beginning in February 2018 is the year of the dog and I hope that this will spell some stability as well as some good and positive things.

Of course it goes without saying that 2018 will be busy with a new bundle of joy due in May. Bearing this in mind it is probably good that we are getting the upheaval of moving and indeed launching my new business venture now.

Well, I’ve my book to finish writing as part of National Novel Writing Month and so enough wittering on from me and back to the book.

So, until next time I bid you a fond farewell from West Wales.





About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.