Monthly Archives: November 2014

The story of a pan





One evening, following a busy baking session in the kitchen. I was left thinking about all the tools and gadgets available and how I always still reach for the same old pan when making ginger pokey.

Originally part of a set of three, and purchased by my mother in the early 60’s, the pans were still unused before being shipped to Canada when my parents decided to emigrate.

However, after being boxed and shipped across the Atlantic along with other belongings, the pans for some strange reason mysteriously disappeared without trace.

After several years, my parents decided to return home to the UK for family reasons. On the day of their departure guess what arrived on their doorstep?…yes, the box of pans! Needless to say, they made the safe journey back to Stockon-on-Tees with my parents and were employed in my mother’s kitchen throughout my childhood.

Although the other two pans and their lids have long since disappeared, today this sliver old pan still takes pride of place amongst all my kitchen utensils. I would give up all my Le Creuset pans before parting with this old friend.

So next time you enjoy a bag of pokey, spare a thought for how every single bag of pokey is still made my favorite humble pan which carries such a colorful history.


Auckland Castle-Christmas Market



Ginger business is hotting up for the Gingerbread Mam this Christmas. From Friday 21st of November – Sunday 23rd of November Auckland Castle will be hosting their first ever Christmas. The market will feature a range of local food and drink including specialist foods and confectionary to handcrafted jewellery and gifts. Plus, it’s also an ideal opportunity to purchase some wonderful home-made Christmas ginger gifts, including; our extra hot ginger wine, ginger baking kits, ginger milk rice pudding, ginger syrup, not forgetting our very own home sticky ginger syrup sponge and pokey.

The market will be open from 3-7pm on Friday the 21st and 10-4pm on the 22/23rd. For more information, please follow the link below.