Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

Stir up Sunday is traditionally around the 20th November, when the family Christmas pudding is made, well in advance of Christmas to allow all the lovely spicey flavours to mellow.

This has been my recipe for the past 30 years and in my opinion is far finer then any shop bought equivalent, not least because there is no hint of horrid candied peel or glace cherries!


The ingredients:

225g fresh breadcrumbs

225g plain flour

350g suet

225g demarera sugar

225g ordinary raisins

225g large stoneless malaga raisins

100g sultanas

225g of a mixture of nuts – pecans, walnuts almonds – broken into pieces not chopped

grated rind of one large orange and one large lemon

half teaspoon mixed spice

half teaspoon cinnamon

half teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

4 eggs size 2

150ml milk

1 wineglass brandy

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Measure the milk into a jug and add the eggs and wineglass of brandy – whisk together and add to the dry ingredients.

Leave to stand at room temperature for at least 12 hours.

Divide into two 2 pint pudding basins making sure to leave at least an inch of headroom to allow the pudding to expand in cooking.

Cover tightly with tin foil tied with string, and lower into a large saucepan with water reaching half way up the pudding basin.

Steam on a low heat for at least 5 hours.

When cooked, change the foil covering and store in a cool dark place until Christmas day.

To heat, place in a large saucepan with water reaching half way up the pudding basin and steam for at least 2 hours before serving with brandy butter and a sprig of holly.

good luck!!




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November 29, 2010

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Visit to see the full assortment of these cozy jumpers and dresses.




November 26, 2010

Cabbages & Roses are happy to announce that we are

offering free postage to all our blog and Facebook

friends on web orders over £100.

All orders placed online from November 26th until

December 11th are eligible – no matter where you are in the

entire world!

Our sales team will contact you after you have placed

your order to tell you if your items are in stock, so please

make sure your

email address and all details are correct. including your

Country, area code and address.

Please quote CABBLOG when they contact you to redeem

this offer.

Happy Holidays!



November 23, 2010

Langton Street Party





November 22, 2010


Cabbages & Roses is delighted to announce the opening of its new W1 London store on Avery Row, Mayfair’s premium shopping destination.         Christina Strutt’s distinctive aesthetic is showcased over two floors of Fashion and Homeware. The Grade 2 listed building, has been lovingly restored, with original features: fireplace, exposed brickwork and artworks in Cabbages & Roses quintessentially British style.

The handmade fashion collection mixes tartan, velvet, cashmere, and taffeta in a range of vintage-style designs.  A super-luxurious dressing room, clad in Toile de Poulet fabric completes the unique shopping experience.

The home collection of fabrics, cushions and one-of-a-kind vintage finds are handpicked by Christina herself.

Cabbages & Roses – 4 Avery Row, London, W1k 4AL




November 17, 2010

We asked what you loved the most about Cabbages & Roses, and one of the resounding answers was our fabric so this month we are giving away fabric from our two new Home ranges, Hobury and Gilbert.



We have partnered with four of our favorite blogs for this giveaway,

Dreamy Whites

French Larkspur

Lobster and Swan

My Sweet Savannah

Starting tomorrow, November 18th at 8:00am EST each blogger will offer 1 meter of three different prints from either the Gilbert or Hobury range to a lucky winner.   Make sure you enter the giveaways at all four blogs to quadruple your chances of  winning, and please visit our site to see the full ranges.

Winners will be chosen and announced following the Thanksgiving holiday.

A special thanks to Maria, Tracey, Melaine and Jeska for being a part of this special giveaway.

And please visit us on Black Friday, November 26th, we will have a little surprise for you.



November 16, 2010

Congratulations to the

giveaway winner

Sheri Miller

We hope you enjoy your new Cabbages & Roses Hatley napkins and tablecloth.

Also don’t forget to read Christina’s decor tips for the holidays!




November 10, 2010

We at Cabbages & Roses were touched and not a little overwhelmed by the really, very kind comments posted on our blog ‘giveaway’.   There were so many of you who really should have won, but I understand that to make our giveaway legal, the winner has to be chosen at random.   We did, however, enjoy all your comments so please do keep visiting us to see what we will be giving away next Month!!



Cozy wellington socks on their way to our winner, Helen Cartwright

November 9, 2010

Thank You

Lobster and Swan

for your kind words.


Cabbages & Roses

November 5, 2010

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