RECIPE: Brown Banana Pancakes

RECIPE: Brown Banana Pancakes

We were so fortunate that we enjoyed a glorious October afternoon for our allotment club gathering on Wednesday.  The children were very excited to try their home grown baked beans as well as share their produce with the other allotment holders and parents.   Before...
RECIPE: Eat Your Greens

RECIPE: Eat Your Greens

Whatever the weather, our friend and neighbour Emma Chambers, makes a delivery of her vegetables with a cheery smile.  She grows most of her produce within the walls of the Shaftesbury Estate, Wimborne St Giles and at the beginning of the week we receive an email full...
RECIPE: Cacao, Spelt & Pear Cake

RECIPE: Cacao, Spelt & Pear Cake

After spending some time working in York recently, I also took the time to discover the city’s intriguing chocolate history.  Now that I  have returned to Dorset, hardly a day goes by when I am not tasting fine chocolate or experimenting with sweet and savoury...
RECIPE: Damson ‘cheese’.

RECIPE: Damson ‘cheese’.

I will never forget a particular late summer day I visited All Hallows. This was at a time when my friend Helen lived in the farmhouse.  She has been gathering damsons from the tree in the walled garden and had been working in the kitchen for several hours to make...
RECIPE: Brioche Buns

RECIPE: 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 plus one...
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...
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...
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...
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...

COOKS TIP: Spring Greens

After much anticipation, Wild Garlic or Ransoms are in season. We first discovered tender green shoots peeping through the last snowfall a couple of weeks ago.  Now that the milder weather is here, this rampant  Allium can be found in deciduous woodland and beneath...
RECIPE: Welsh cakes for St. David’s Day.

RECIPE: Welsh cakes for St. David’s Day.

To make 12 cakes using a 7.5cm (3inch) cutter you will need: 175g (6oz) Self- raising flour 85g (3oz) Butter cut into cubes 50g (2oz) Light brown soft sugar 50g (2oz) Currants 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 medium free range egg & 1 tablespoon milk – beaten together...
Celebrate the Seville season! The marmalade oranges are here.

Celebrate the Seville season! The marmalade oranges are here.

We all have our favourite marmalade recipe, handed down on a scrap of paper that easily came to hand as notes were quickly scribbled.  Or perhaps yours was torn from a weekly magazine the printed words now splattered with juice and sugar and the ink faded. Nothing...
Stir up some homemade mincemeat  & a plum pudding this Sunday

Stir up some homemade mincemeat & a plum pudding this Sunday

It’s cold and frosty outside, the perfect weather to get you in a festive mood.  Stir up some homemade mincemeat, packed full of Christmas flavours that will remind you of childhood celebrations and seasonal gatherings.  Then get set and be prepared ahead of...
Farmhouse Christmas Cake

Farmhouse Christmas Cake

Just recently Lisa gave a private AGA class in a beautiful Dorset farmhouse close to Sturminster Newton.  As well as teaching the lovely Jules how to prepare partridge from her shoot, they spent a cosy afternoon preparing a rich fruit cake so that it could bake slowly...
Dorset Apple Cake

Dorset Apple Cake

There are so many versions of this recipe and everyone claims that their particular favourite is the original! This adaptation was shared by a neighbour who regularly won the village produce show each year.  You may like to add a teaspoon of mixed spice and a handful...
Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week – Fully Booked

Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week – Fully Booked

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week we are opening our ‘pop up’ tea room once more. Join us on Saturday 19th August for a Dorset cream tea served from 2pm until 5.30pm. We are sorry but this event is now FULLY BOOKED.  If you would like to arrange a private...