Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

It’s been awhile since I shared a post and I cannot believe how quickly the summer is passing by.  Every spare moment is spent in the garden, whether it is cutting flowers for the house or gathering produce for the kitchen. The sweet peas have been incredible...
Brioche buns

Brioche buns

To make sixteen individual brioche buns, you will need – 50 ml (2 fl oz) lukewarm water 15g (1/2 oz) of fresh yeast or 1 tablespoon dried yeast 50 ml 2 (fl oz) milk at room temperature 150 g (6 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar...
RECIPE: Easter Buns

RECIPE: Easter Buns

My friend Jo popped over to see us yesterday.  She is married to a miller who is the fifth generation to work their watermill near Shaftesbury in Dorset. It’s the busiest week of the year for flour millers and bakers, but her husband (who also trained as a...
Spring herbs and flowers.

Spring herbs and flowers.

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is such a versatile herb and I am ashamed to say that it was overlooked in our kitchen until we moved to the farmhouse.  It grows profusely in the potager and we also have another plant in a corner of the walled garden.  So, I am...
Rymer’s Rally – Sunday 26th May 2019

Rymer’s Rally – Sunday 26th May 2019

Nick Rymer’s Charity Tractor Rally Returns to Wimborne St. Giles On Sunday 26th May, Rymer’s Rally will begin at the new venue of All Hallows, just a few miles down the road from its original location within the village of Wimborne St. Giles. Generously...
Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Sweet Peas For The Kitchen Table. Just as we long for the first of the asparagus and Jersey Royals for the kitchen, picking the first bunch of sweet peas makes me so happy.  The tender stems and delicate petals look beautiful but it is the fresh scent filling a room...
Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

A Barrow Full of Plants. As much as I had hoped, there just wasn’t an opportunity to get out in the garden for long yesterday.  Alison popped around unexpectedly with some plants from her garden.  She is so generous. Do you find  that everyone who loves to...
Ladle & Fork.  Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

April Fool’s Day. It was a glorious day for the 1st April.  Finding it hard to concentrate in the office, I sneaked outside for an hour and planted the broad bean plants that had been sown in the green house last year. During the warm spell in February I potted...
Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

Ladle & Fork. Notes of a Kitchen Garden Diary.

A New Chapter Begins. We moved to the farmhouse just over five years ago and for most of that time we were fortunate to hand the care and maintenance of the gardens to Alison Verrion.  Her tireless attention to detail transformed the over grown walled garden into...
RECIPE: Forced Garden Rhubarb

RECIPE: Forced Garden Rhubarb

Those tender pink stems are so very tactile.  Is it the vibrant colour after a long grey winter and the promise of spring warmth ahead?  Or the contrast of tempting ruby stems against almost fluorescent leaves,  which have been starved of daylight and are eager to...

Another slice of pie? The British Pie Awards at Melton Mowbray.

The British Pie Awards Let’s hear it for the pie makers, the butchers and the bakers who delivered their wares to St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray on Wednesday 6th March 2019 for the eleventh ‘British Pie Awards‘.  They took the time, care and...
WIN a farmhouse stay and marmalade class with Dorset Cereals

WIN a farmhouse stay and marmalade class with Dorset Cereals

Planning your first break of the year?  Then hop over and visit our lovely friends at Dorset Cereals  Not only will you be spoilt for choice with their yummy selection of granola and muesli, but you can also try your luck at spinning their good old fashioned glass...
RECIPE: Spiced venison with prunes and pecans.

RECIPE: Spiced venison with prunes and pecans.

January brings a much needed calm to the farmhouse.  The opportunity to slow down, recharge and prepare for the coming year.  Seed catalogues are strewn across the sofa as we try to realistically pare the order to a manageable number of packets.  A box of Seville...
RECIPE: Cookery in the Country Living Kitchen

RECIPE: Cookery in the Country Living Kitchen

Thank you to Marie-Claire and Michelle, the Country Living Chefs, for making us so welcome at the Christmas Fair this week. Ideal to feed a crowd, these colourful ‘pass and share platters’ make a welcome start to a lazy morning during the holiday season.  Sage and...
Taste of Dorset Awards 2018 – Lifetime Achievement.

Taste of Dorset Awards 2018 – Lifetime Achievement.

                  Lisa is totally overwhelmed to receive this kind recognition at the Taste of Dorset Awards this week and would like to thank everyone for their brilliant support and messages. She says.. ‘Just over a week ago, we were contacted by the...

Judging for the delicious. produce awards 2018

Under the watchful eye of Chef Valentina Harris, I was delighted to join fellow judges Mary McNeal and Phillip Lowery, at the weekend.  together we worked our way through some of the best ingredients and artisan goods that the the South West, Isles of Scilly and the...

RECIPES: Garden Brunch at Hampton Court Palace.

It was a real treat to catch up with some familiar faces at Hampton Court Flower Show this week as well as meet some new friends. We gathered a basketful of homegrown produce and a great big box of delights from Emma of St Giles Walled Kitchen Garden and prepared a...
Redcurrant Jelly

Redcurrant Jelly

You will need  900g (2lbs) redcurrants, washed well and leaves removed but stalks can remain Measure the water depending on the ripeness of the fruit. If the currants are under rip then allow 300ml (1/2 pint)  but if they are ripe simply add half this amount.  If you...
Taste of the West GOLD Award for All Hallows Farmhouse.

Taste of the West GOLD Award for All Hallows Farmhouse.

We are so excited to receive the news from Taste of the West that following a mystery visit this April, we have been awarded GOLD for our farmhouse bed and breakfast. Feedback from the judges and Taste of the West panel: Quality of the breakfast This was as near...