It’s that time of year again, when the jam pans stop bubbling and instead I turn to anxiously nibbling my fingers as I await the results of various food competitions.  I entered ten types of marmalade into The World’s Original Marmalade Awards this year and I have just found out that I won eight awards, so that is mighty good news.  Sadly, other commitments mean that I will not be going to the awards ceremony and open day at Penrith this year, but I shall be adding the certificates to my collection and slathering a nice slice of toast with marmalade to celebrate.

As with everything in life, not everything can go to plan and this year I failed to win any awards with my pie entry to The British Pie Awards, still there is always next year and I will be reviewing the judges comments and looking to make next years entries winners.



The Guild of Fine Foods, Great Taste Awards are the next ones to worry about and I am crossing my fingers and toes for winners again this year. I have entered some unusual products this year, ones that I have been working on and I am rather delighted with, but the judges are a tough lot to please, so only time will tell.

I’ve been indulging in the delights of making hot chocolate this year and my sugar free entry is going into The Nourish Awards this year, so again I will be nervously pacing about as I await the results. You never can tell what judges are looking for and of course there is always an element of personal taste comes into it.

Apart from food awards I have plenty of other things to be getting on with, including finishing my book , ‘A Dark History of Tea’, my manuscript is starting to take shape, but my goodness, there is still so much to be done.  When it is complete I may never drink tea again, I am fast becoming rather tired of tea or at least typing the word, ‘tea’.

Well, the packing is not complete and the move is still ongoing, so it’s back to the bubblewrap and packing for me. Oh joy!