West Heath Wedding Fair – Sevenoaks, Kent

It was a lovely sunny Sunday in Sevenoaks for my wedding fair at West Heath School. What a lovely building- it would be stunning for any bride’s special day. 

Thank you to all those who were there on the day- from fellow suppliers to the brides and grooms themselves! 

I met some really lovely people and enjoyed the day. I chatted to Katie the celebrant and to Brad the entertainment chap and was very grateful to get some good cider pub suggestions for our cider from him! I admired Simon the bar-man’s elderflower fizz and scoffed Stephanie’s delicious canapés! YUM!

Hope everyone enjoyed my little tasters. The scones seemed to go down well! 

I loved showing them off on my vintage cake stands supplied by my talented vintage China lady Emily. 

Anyone looking for jammy wedding favours you know where I am!


Christmas Hampers


Give a gift that keeps on giving, well- until they have eaten it all!

Hampers for Christmas are in stock.

Pick 4 jars – 2 chutney & 2 jam for £27.50.

Beautifully presented in a wicker hamper with ribbon and gift tag.

Can deliver within the Marden / Staplehurst areas for free. Further afield can be arranged (P&P based on postcode).

Coffee & Cake – A successful combination!

Friday saw May’s Kitchen (hallway, sitting room and garden) turn from a comfortable (read messy) family home, into a hive of Christmassy activity. The decorations went up, coffee was made and an incredible array of homemade cakes donated.

We were lucky to have a dry, reasonably fair late November day. Myself and six other talented local ladies brought out our homemade wares and displayed them amongst the pots, pans and cookery books in my kitchen.


The local community, from Chainhurst, Marden and beyond came along to support us – what an amazing turnout!

Thank you to everyone.

You all even managed to find my house- no mean feat when some from Marden haven’t heard of Chainhurst..

The coffee was drunk, the cakes were devoured and the chatter so loud you could hardly hear the old Christmas classics playing in the background!

But that’s what I had in mind- a relaxed coffee morning with friends with the opportunity to buy some nice pressies while you were nattering.


That’s my kind of shopping..seems lots of you enjoyed it too.

I’ve already decided to do it again next year- perhaps a summer fair too?

I’m still sweeping up cake crumbs, but it was worth it!


Craft Christmas Fair – buy local this year!


I am proud to present my craft Christmas fair, taking place on 28 November 2014.

I have hand picked a selection of very talented local people offering a selection of high quality and beautiful products, making them ideal gifts for Christmas.

Stunning jewellery, beautiful bags, vintage china & glassware, hampers and gift sets filled with homemade preserves, delightful artwork and shabby chic signs, and festive greetings cards will all be on offer.

There will be free tea, coffee and cake to provide a cosy and friendly shopping environment. Families very welcome ( I have lots of toys in the playroom for the kids to play with!)

Flyers will be put up in Marden & Chainhurst…keep you eyes peeled for them…

Buy local this Christmas and spread the word!

Love May’s Kitchen

Postmistress May!


London. Manchester. Liverpool. The Lake District. South Africa. Brazil…..
Just some of the places being introduced to my goodies!

Quite frankly I feel a bit like ‘The Postie’ this week! I am up to my neck in a sea of cardboard boxes and brown gaffer tape as I package up gift sets and hampers for Christmas presents. I have been spending so much time at the local post office that I am now on first name terms with the clerk!

I am very grateful to all my customers, friends and neighbours for being so supportive of my new business.

A big THANK YOU to you all! Hope you enjoy your sweet treats this Christmas..


Hot Crabapple & Chilli Jelly


The latest addition to my range is Crabapple & Chilli Jelly. It’s hot! Hotter than it looks, even! The colour of the jelly, made from the crabapples in my garden, is a beautiful blush pink.

The crabapples are simmered, together with the red chillis (and their seeds!), and then I add a chopped chilli just before potting. The result is scrummy. Fruity & hot!


Planning for next year’s harvest


Today is the 25th November, exactly one month till Christmas Day. The weak sun is shining and the sky is blue, but it is only 4 degrees and the wind has a bite to it.

It’s a great morning to be in the garden, as I tend to avoid doing anything outside in drizzle!

My plants arrived on Saturday and it is time to get them in the ground. I have 3 gooseberry bushes (two green and one pink/red), a cranberry bush and 3 crowns of rhubarb.

It is good to be putting new plant life back in the veg beds which have been somewhat abandoned since the last of the courgettes and beans were harvested 6 weeks ago.

As with most plants that arrive bare- root, they aren’t much to look at. The gooseberries are short, and thorny and look a bit pathetic. But, I have high hopes for them! I am excited to think that next year I will be adding new lines to my range from my own garden. Perhaps I am expecting too much too soon from them, but I reckon they might just be up to the job!

How about Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam, Rhubarb, Strawberry & Vanilla Jam and next Christmas’s cranberry jelly? My mouth is watering just writing the names down!

Although I am planning for next years spring and summer harvest I do enjoy the pre- Christmas build up and excitement. It is made all the more special with young children around, and this year Teddy is 1 the week before Christmas, so we have lots to celebrate!