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

Let them eat Cake!

The traditional Christmas cake is the merger of two dishes traditionally eaten around the Christmas period, Plum porridge or pottage and the Twelfth Night cake. The plum porridge was first cited in 1573 and was...

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Don’t mince your words

        It just wouldn't be Christmas without Mince Pies! Heralding from the time of the Crusades these seasonal treats were first introduced by troops returning in the 13th Century. Originally containing meat, suet, fruit and spices they were a welcome break from...

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Blackberry Campfire Crumble

It is the time of year again when the Hedgerows are abundant with fruit and none is finer than the humble blackberry, packed with flavour and Vitamin C it is the perfect as a snack on a country walk or used in cooking. This month I shall be celebrating this gorgeous...

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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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