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  1. Oh I could use some of that right now! am stuck indoors with a snuffly child who has kindly passed the lurgy on to her Mama xx

  2. Once upon a time I had a menthol rub for babies and it really worked well. I don’t have baby age children anymore but I’ll bet your recipe would be safe enough for school age kids (which I have plenty of). Thank you, dear! Blessings… polly

  3. Even when bunged up with a cold you still manage to come up with something utterly scrumptious to share with us! You are a star! Oh and Amy, a bain marie is in essence a bowl over a saucepan of hot water, like you melt chocolate. Bain marie sounds so much more glamorous though!

  4. Even when bunged up with a cold you still manage to come up with something utterly scrumptious to share with us! You are a star! Oh and Amy, a bain marie is in essence a bowl over a saucepan of hot water, like you melt chocolate. Bain marie sounds so much more glamorous though!

  5. That is lovely Alison and I hope it makes you feel better very soon!
    A bain-marie is used for heating-without-risking-boiling. You need a big saucepan filled with simmering water, and you float a small heatproof pot or bowl in it – it doesn't have to float completely but it MUST be not sitting flat on the bottom of the saucepan.
    I shall always regret not spendign the enormous sum of thirty quid on a long narrow copper basin, about 4" wide and 20" long, with 4 of its 5 beautiful porcelain lidded pots… designed to sit on the back of a cooker-hob so you can keep your hot sauces warm without them spoiling or curdling….
    why? Why did I not sell my sister and buy this beautiful copper bain-marie…
    laura

  6. That is lovely Alison and I hope it makes you feel better very soon!
    A bain-marie is used for heating-without-risking-boiling. You need a big saucepan filled with simmering water, and you float a small heatproof pot or bowl in it – it doesn't have to float completely but it MUST be not sitting flat on the bottom of the saucepan.
    I shall always regret not spendign the enormous sum of thirty quid on a long narrow copper basin, about 4" wide and 20" long, with 4 of its 5 beautiful porcelain lidded pots… designed to sit on the back of a cooker-hob so you can keep your hot sauces warm without them spoiling or curdling….
    why? Why did I not sell my sister and buy this beautiful copper bain-marie…
    laura

  7. drat: is that link there? must learn to tiny url. Go to Dinosaurs and Robots… it's the Paul Smith Radio, featued 1st July.

  8. This couldn't have come at a better time. I don't have the camphor oil but I *do* have the other ingredients. My daughter is all sniffly at night and I can't find the vicks to rub under her poor nose.
    Thanks 🙂

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