Well it shouldn’t be should it? But in reality, for most of us, it is. Whenever I meet a friend for coffee, 9 times out of 10 it is accompanied by the calorie laden cake. Just makes for a much more treat like experience doesn’t it? Workshops are the same. I’ve been to workshops where I’m hungry (and sometimes cold) and there aren’t enough tea breaks pencilled in, and then Ive been on workshops where there is tea and coffee on tap with delicious home cooked cake and a thoughtful, very tasty lunch. It really does affect both your performance and impressions of the day.

At my workshops in the Tigley Studio, I aim to please. So there is always biscuits and drinks on arrival, with plenty of refreshments throughout the day- home cooked of course. My ultimate aim is to provide a healthy and inviting lunch but that won’t be happening yet, until my kitchen has been revamped. So in the meantime, if my ladies bring their own lunch, the least I can do is to make sure that the goodies provided, are proper goodies!!

My stable offering goes down well with everyone. It is a nut and fruit bar which contains no fat or sugar so is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans and certainly not boring by any standard. Thank you to Gino D’Acampo for his recipe! I never follow it religiously, just use what I have in the cupboard at the time.

Basically, it goes something like this………….


The ingredients are: 250g dried fruit; 110g nuts; 60ml apple juice; 4 tblsp honey



Mix all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it all comes together


Press well into a square lined tin and bake at 190 /375 degrees for 20 minutes. Once cooked, allow to cool in tin before cutting into slices.



Then eat and enjoy- compulsory order!



I use figs, dates, cranberries, sultanas and have even been known to throw in the odd prune or two. Any nuts will do, the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned.


Have fun, eating whilst stitching is just the best isn’t it!!

More stitchery blogs to follow soon, promise,

Julie x