Thornback & Peel's Handy Guide to the Handkerchief

A Handy Guide to Handkerchiefs

Our characterful handkerchiefs are not just for Christmas. Take a look at our handy guide to the hanky, and why we think it is an essential accessory to have up your sleeve… Show Me Your Love The handkerchief’s popularity soared in the 1700s.  Sweetly scented and highly decorated, men and women exchanged the little squares as tokens of love and friendship. In the absence of emojis, 19th century ladies used handkerchiefs to signal their amorous intentions. Handkerchief flirting comprised a complicated series of semaphore that included: Drawing it across the cheek—I love you. Drawing it across the eyes—I am sorry. Drawing it across the forehead—Look, we are watched. Drawing it through the…

Black Forest Eton Mess Recipe by Thornback & Peel

Black Forest Eton Mess

Rich dark chocolate and sweet juicy cherries have got to be one of the most delicious combinations imaginable. In this recipe for Black Forest Eton Mess, two classic desserts are combined to create the ultimate crowd-pleaser.  Perfect for serving at winter dinner parties, or as an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. INGREDIENTS CHOCOLATE MERINGUES 3 egg whites 150g golden caster sugar 50g dark chocolate, grated 2tsp cocoa, sieved CHERRY COMPOTE 650g dark pitted cherries (fresh or frozen) 2tbsp sugar 2tbsp amaretto VANILLA CREAM 300ml double cream 1 vanilla pod 2tbsp icing sugar, sieved FOR THE MERINGUES Preheat the oven…