Nancy Nikko at Home

Starting from Scratch

  • Creating a Brand Story for a New Business

    Sometimes when I hear the word ‘brand’ I cringe. Like when you hear someone talking about their business and they keep referring to, ‘my brand.’ It can be annoying. And now having said that, I’m about to go on and on about my Brand Story – or rather lack of. I’m hoping to remedy the […] Read more…

  • Are you ready to be an Entrepreneur?

    And are you sure you want to be? In the last post, 7 Reasons to Start a Specialty Food Business, I wrote that I would address this question next. If you didn’t read the earlier post, I mentioned that in Susie Wyshak’s book Good Food Great Business, the first chapter deals with reasons for getting […] Read more…

Afternoon Tea

  • finger sandwiches for afternoon tea, egg and cress sandwich

    How to make Finger Sandwiches for a Tea Party

    Off with the their crusts! Classic Finger Sandwiches The hardest thing about making Finger Sandwiches is cutting them without squishing the filling out. I’ve found the key is to put your bread in the freezer beforehand. This makes them a bit more rigid, and as bread thaws rather quickly, they’ll still be ready for their […] Read more…

  • afternoon tea at a Scottish Castle

    The History of Afternoon Tea

    In the beginning…. Afternoon Tea originated with the Duchess of Bedord in the early 1800s. In that era, mealtimes were a hearty breakfast, a very light lunch, and then hours later, dinner. The Duchess said she had a ‘sinking feeling’ in the late afternoon, and thus Afternoon Tea was born, with cakes and tea served. […] Read more…