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  1. Chocolates in the 1980s

    The 1980s was the decade that I grew up – from starting my teenage years at secondary school in the East Midlands to ending up working in the city – of London.  It was the Thatcherite era – of selling off big public assets, like state utilities (selling out to some people). More people started to buy shares as privatisation took hold and council house owners were suddenly able to buy their own homes.

    What’s this got to do with chocolates I hear you ask. Well, everything. As an impressionable teenager, in my oversized school uniform and undone tie, I was as keen to follow the mood of the nation and earn a quick buck for myself as the next city gent in his red braces and smart pin stripe suit.

  2. Bugs & Butterflies Iced Biscuits Recipe

    Author: Magdalena Marsden

    I used to make these Bugs & Butterflies Iced Biscuits for Down House tearooms, when we had 'Bugs week' which used to be mainly at half-term holidays. The house had a special programme prepared for children which often involved discovering and identifying bugs around the house and gardens. We thought it was rather good fun (and many little visitors agreed with us wholeheartedly!) to leave some 'bug discovering' for tearoom too and that's how these slightly sinister biscuits appeared at Down House Tea rooms menu.

    I used to make these really large and quite thick, so they were much bigger then any biscuits the children usually seen before.

    This Bugs & Butterflies Iced Biscuits Recipe is really easy to make, but of course the decorating takes a bit of time. You can let your imagination go wild here and have just butterflies or something else altogether.