Category: Things to do



110g soft dark brown sugar
55g black treacle
200g golden syrup
225g oatmeal
110g self-raising flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground mixed spice
2 medium eggs, beaten
1 tbsp milk
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 140C/120C fan/Gas Mark 1.

Grease and line 20cm x 20cm square cake tin.

In a pan, melt butter, sugar, treacle and golden syrup over a gentle heat. Don’t allow the mixture to bubble.

Once melted together, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl sift the dry ingredients and make a well in the centre.

Gradually add melted butter and fold together.

Pour in beaten eggs and milk and combine.

Pour into baking tin. Bake for 9 minutes but keep an eye on it as parkin can easily over bake.

Take out of the oven and leave in the tin for 20 minutes. Tip onto a cake rack and leave to cool completely.

Store in a cake tin, wrapped in greaseproof paper. Leave for at least a day and up to a week before eating to give it a moist and sticky texture, with a rich flavour.


We love an excuse to decorate the home, even if it’s just for a day.
Autumn (or ‘Fall’) is widely celebrated in the US and we’ve certainly adopted the Trick or Treat Halloween tradition here in the UK.


Autumn seems to suddenly creep up on you – one minute you’re considering one last BBQ and the next you’re thinking the tan’s faded and there’s frost on the lawn. Is it too early to put the heating on?


At last! It’s the school summer holidays, the long break you’ve been waiting for. The first couple of weeks are fuelled by a sense of freedom and endless relaxing days stretching ahead of you. Wait a minute though. Six whole weeks? How are you going to stop the kids from killing each other?