My Blog focuses upon foraging and learning traditional methods of food preparation and preservation, working towards creating a banquet where everything served comes from the Estate.  Rich

Whereas my blog looks at the flora and fauna to be found on the Estate, through the year.  Whichever you are interested in, we hope you enjoy them.  Em

Over egging it

This month I have enlisted some support from younger members of the clan and we have delved into the chocolatier's realm to make our very own Easter egg. This actually couldn't be easier and kept them occupied for half-an-hour and hopefully behaving for longer if they...

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Gotta Lotta Ricotta

This month I have turned my attention to simple homemade dairy products - namely ricotta cheese and yoghurt. It seems only fitting as we both love cheese and the West Country is renown for its production. Indeed you can buy many locally sourced cheeses from...

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Beet about the bush

Beetroot Chutney and Flaxseed Biscuits The humble beetroot has been eaten for centuries and historically used for dyes and medicines to treat ailments ranging from hangovers to constipation. Source - http://www.justbeetit.com/ Arguably nicest simply boiled and served...

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Winter Blues

On January 31st 2018 (This coming Wednesday) there will be a Super Blue Moon. The modern definition of a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. This occurs every few years and quite unusually this year has 2 Blue Moons, in January and March. After this...

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Sloe and steady

Happy New Year - with the beginning of a New Year, the snow drops are out and the daffodils are emerging. Tthere is the promise of good things to come and spring will soon be upon us. The hedgerows maybe sparse and the ground frosty but this remains a good time to...

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Colour of Autumn at Jordans Estate

The days are getting shorter and its getting harder to awake in the murky mornings. The leaves are changing colour on the trees and with Storm Brian on the horizon, many are blowing around across the park.  There is a great variety of colours from green and brown...

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Damson in Distress

                    Autumn is the time of year when the hedgerows are bountiful with an array of fruits, nuts and berries. You will be spoilt for choice if you come glamping with us. Apples, blackberries, sloes, elderberry and wild damsons are just a few of crops...

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Apples and the Story of the Spekes Express

What else could I write about this month, apart from apples?  It is autumn on a farm in Somerset.  It is that time of year when there is so much fruit in season, every walk involves a bite or a nibble.  Both man and beast, we are all well fed. We have many varieties...

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Harvest time on Jordans Estate

The harvest is finally underway and the barley, oats and oil seed rape are safely in the barn.  It is a busy time on the farm getting the crops in while the weather is fine.  Then the fields need preparing and planting with next years crops.  The summer so far has...

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Berrylicious Trio of Desserts

                         Summer is upon us and our fruit cage is burgeoning with gooseberries, black & redcurrants, loganberries, raspberries and strawberries. I thought it appropriate to celebrate this natural feast by presenting a trio of desserts this month....

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