Preparing your herb garden for winter.

Preparing your herb garden for winter.

The days are growing shorter.  It will soon be time to adjust the clock back one hour.  There’s a definite nip in the air each evening.  In the darker mornings our hens are anxiously waiting later and later to be let into the yard, so they may peck and scratch...
How to make a Christmas cake.

How to make a Christmas cake.

Make the most of cosy weekends in the kitchen and put some time aside now to bake your celebration cake for Christmas.  Whether you are a fan of crisp royal icing or simply love to adorn your bake with glace fruits and toasted marzipan, it’s never too early to prepare...
Making the most of your garden in September

Making the most of your garden in September

All around us we can hear the gentle hum of the combine and then a tractor or two hurries past the gate towards the grain store. I love September, but all too aware of the frantic rush of gathering in the harvest. The farming year is drawing to a close and there is a...
Plum & Cardamom Jam

Plum & Cardamom Jam

As autumn approaches we are beginning to prepare edible gifts as well as replenish are depleted store cupboard.  Years ago we used to make a very light, dairy free plum and cardamom mousse to serve after rich slow-cooked recipes.  This refreshing dish inspired me to...
Summer Holidays: Perfecting the staycation in your garden.

Summer Holidays: Perfecting the staycation in your garden.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that a long, hot summer will finally arrive.  The art of the staycation is truly underway and as we all enjoy our outside space, there may be a few moments to put down a great book and ease out of your garden chair, so these are a...
Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

To make six x 500 ml bottles: 20 large heads of elderflower 1.8 kg granulated cane sugar 1.2 litres water 6 organic lemons 50 g citric acid Method Collect elderflowers in the early morning or late afternoon and shake them free of insects.  If you have also managed to...
Marmalade GOLD at World Marmalade Awards 2021

Marmalade GOLD at World Marmalade Awards 2021

          We are thrilled to announce that our fine cut Seville orange marmalade was awarded GOLD at the World Marmalade Awards in Dalemain.  The awards ceremony took place during the weekend of 20/21st June and was officially attended by His...
Early Spring: This weekend in the garden.

Early Spring: This weekend in the garden.

As we approach the start of British Summer Time, this is one of the busiest times in the gardening calendar.  Seed trays and pots are jostling for space in the greenhouse and the cold frame is standing room only.  Sweet pea plants are being religiously brought out...
What to cook this SPRING.

What to cook this SPRING.

Mid March through to early April, is quite often referred to as the ‘hungry gap’ by farmers and growers.  The stored root crops from winter are dwindling and if the weather is harsh and we experience a ‘blackthorn winter’*, there is little...
Easter Chocolate Giveaway

Easter Chocolate Giveaway

WIN ‘direct trade’, micro batch chocolate in our  Easter ‘giveaway’… Chocolate has become synonymous with Easter and we believe that everyone should have the chance to taste a unique and delicious single origin bar.  So, when we open the...
Marmalade GOLD at World Marmalade Awards 2021

How we judge marmalade.

After taking part in numerous judging events for national food and drink industry awards, and offering seasonal marmalade classes, we are now hosting our own local marmalade competition at the cookery school. Lisa has outlined how she assesses a jar of marmalade when...
How to cook wild garlic or ransoms.

How to cook wild garlic or ransoms.

Gather from sunny glades and beneath hedgerows, wild garlic is easily recognised by the pungent aroma that will greet you long before you see it flourishing in chalky woodlands. Available to gather with permission from the landowner, from early March until the last...
Early March: This weekend in the garden.

Early March: This weekend in the garden.

The evenings are definitely drawing out and the mornings begin earlier.  Make the most of the extended daylight to start sowing under cover in early March.  This will give you an opportunity to raise your own plants from seed and the chance to create a cut flower...
How to make Sourdough Breakfast Muffins

How to make Sourdough Breakfast Muffins

At first glance this will appear to be an endless list of ingredients but I promise you this recipe is a great way to use up leftover, unrefreshed sourdough starter as well as brown bananas.  A perfect lazy day Saturday treat and if you take a few moments to weigh the...
How to make Chocolate & Prune Welsh Cakes for St. David’s Day

How to make Chocolate & Prune Welsh Cakes for St. David’s Day

Welsh Cakes are so easily baked on the AGA.  So there’s no excuse to save them just for St. David’s Day.  If you have a conventional stove, any heavy bottomed frying pan will make an alternative griddle.  Just make sure it is liberally greased and the heat...
Share your best pancake picture for our Shrove Tuesday giveaway.

Share your best pancake picture for our Shrove Tuesday giveaway.

Whether you are a stickler for tradition and insist on lemon and sugar.  Or you may love to whip up your own warm chocolate sauce and pour liberally over a wafer thin crepe, very few of us can resist a pancake.  As Shrove Tueday approaches on 16th February, we are ...
Pancake Recipes for Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Recipes for Shrove Tuesday

You may well be a traditionalist and like nothing more than a wafer thin crepe glistening with lemon and a sprinkle of caster sugar. Or perhaps like me, your mantra is always ‘waste not, want not’.  So when there is a brown banana lingering in the fruit...
How to make Sourdough Pancakes

How to make Sourdough Pancakes

None of us can bear to waste food.  This recipe, using the left over sourdough from our white starter, has been a favourite in our household recently.  If you like a fluffy pancake with a slight lactic note rather than a thin crepe, this method is for you. We suggest...
Treat yourself to chocolate and claim free delivery.

Treat yourself to chocolate and claim free delivery.

As St. Valentine’s Day approaches fast, we are offering everyone the chance to claim free, first class shipping when you purchase any of our favourite single origin chocolates from HEIST and Dorset chocolate makers Solkiki. Five reasons why we LOVE micro batch,...
WIN a selection of HEIST chocolates this weekend.

WIN a selection of HEIST chocolates this weekend.

As St. Valentine’s Day approaches fast, we are offering everyone the chance to WIN a selection of our favourite single origin chocolates from HEIST. To ENTER please follow us on Instagram or Facebook, this weekend and tag a friend or two that you think may like...