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

Say Cheesecake!

Cheesecake is a family favourite and perfect way to celebrate Summer and showcase the lushious fruits available at this time of year. To make things more difficult but more rewarding; here i will be making my own cream cheese and of course picking my own raspberries...

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A bit of crumpet!

Home made crumpets are easy to make, a little time consuming but lusciously rewarding with melted butter and jam. The origins of the humble crumpet are unknown and they are similar to pikelets, griddle cakes and blinis. Essentially they are leavened, unsweetened cakes...

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Born & Bread

Bread has long been a staple of our Western diet.  Here we are going to celebrate 2 simple campfire breads. Snobrod (stick bread) and Damper. Snobrod (Danish campfire bread) ...or stick bread is a simple and quick bread that can be made easily while Glamping or...

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Rub up the right way!

With Summer well and truly here this months blog focuses on outdoor cooking over the Fire pit and in the pizza oven. Every good BBQ starts with a home made rub to flavour the meat with. Here I shall be making a spiced smokey rub to marinade chicken overnight. Before...

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Pizza the Action

This month i wanted to share with you our homemade pizzas cooked in our wood fired pizza ovens that come with a stay in our shepherd huts. These beautiful fire pits / pizza ovens were hand made by Firepits UK.  They are simple to use and quick to heat up. Simply light...

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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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