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...
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...
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...
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...
How to enjoy forced rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle

How to enjoy forced rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle

Always so pretty in pink.  The sight of  a greengrocers display of neatly stacked forced rhubarb from the famous ‘Yorkshire Triangle’,  makes my heart leap.  Whether you simply chop and gently poach these beauties or prefer to whizz them up into a brightly...
How to make Seville orange marmalade

How to make Seville orange marmalade

It’s become something of a tradition that we begin making marmalade between Christmas and 31st December.  Whether it is the uplifting citrus aroma that fills the kitchen or simply the thought of serving a jar of this season’s preserve marking the beginning...
RECIPE: Festive Florentines with Dorset Cereals

RECIPE: Festive Florentines with Dorset Cereals

There’s no time like the Christmas holidays to be able to take breakfast on the slow.  The ideal opportunity to savour the most important meal of the day. But we’ve found a way to enjoy our favourite muesli at any time, whether that may be as a decadent...
How to make mulled wine.

How to make mulled wine.

This simple recipe is perfect to sip whilst you are creating your Christmas wreath and it’s so easy to prepare ahead of time. Remember to prepare the ingredients, once you have gathered and conditioned your foliage and you will be all set to start feeling...
RECIPE: Pumpkin Butter

RECIPE: Pumpkin Butter

The season of mists and fruitfulness has arrived.  Wrap up warm for long walks down country lanes, kicking up leaves as you go.  Returning home with rosy cheeks to glowing log fires with the promise of hot chocolate and pumpkin pie. Or make this recipe to serve on...
Preserving: Get set for success.

Preserving: Get set for success.

As summer gallops full speed ahead, all of a sudden there is an abundance of hedgerow berries and orchards fruit, ripe for preserving.  Over the years we have gathered a collection of hand written methods on splattered pages.  We return to these tried and tested...
RECIPE: Edible Gifts for Dad

RECIPE: Edible Gifts for Dad

Whether you are at home with Dad or able to make your fist visit since lock down, there’s bound to be a moment when everyone will want to enjoy a pot of tea together in the garden.  A tray of homemade ginger biscuits, served warm from the oven, will tempt...
RECIPE: Elderflower Fritters

RECIPE: Elderflower Fritters

If you would like to make these fritters, gather the elderflowers as soon as you can.  They are a delicately scented treat with an aroma of late spring, but the flowers are definitely at their best NOW, whilst the blossom is just coming into flower. Once dipped, fry...
RECIPE: Garden Picnic

RECIPE: Garden Picnic

We never forget how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy time in the garden, whether it is a quick sandwich at lunch time or a leisurely pot of tea and homemade biscuit as a cooking class draws to a close on a summer’s day. Whether you are happy with a brightly...
STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE:  Coconut digestives

STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Coconut digestives

With just three ingredients, these biscuits are simple to make and ideal for dunking.  Which makes them perfect to serve alongside a pot of tea. Or, if you can be persuaded, gently melt a few squares of chocolate to coat these bakes and finally dip them into coconut...
STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Oat slice

STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Oat slice

Whilst not perfectly formed, the balance of sweet cream butter, soft brown sugar bound together with rolled oats, is so very comforting. This recipe will take you less than five minutes to make, and a quarter of an hour for baking. So grab a mixing bowl whilst you are...
STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Spelt soda bread

STORE CUPBOARD RECIPE: Spelt soda bread

It was my very first visit to Dublin that I tasted soda bread.  Thick with Irish butter and a generous spoonful of marmalade.  I will never forget that perfect combination of soft wheaten bread with creamy butter and the perfect balance of sweet and sharp preserve. I...
RECIPE: Savoury Welsh Cakes

RECIPE: Savoury Welsh Cakes

Whether guests have joined us for a personalised AGA cookery class or simply ‘escaped to the pantry’ for some time out in the Dorset countryside, they all seem to fall in love with the flexibility that the AGA simmering plate offers.  Even if you prefer a...
RECIPE: Traditional lemon & sugar pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

RECIPE: Traditional lemon & sugar pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

No matter how much we ‘dress up’ a pancake, the most popular topping always seems to be lemon juice and sugar.  Following closely behind, will be the request for a liberal coating of Nutella straight from the jar or warmed beside the AGA. Memories of...