Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Food & Drink Day

An excuse for pizza (if any was needed)…

In my latest attempt to cook my way through the food days that are scattered across the year, I took on National Pizza Day – yes, there is such a thing, who’d have thought! I love a pizza – what’s not to love about a crispy thin base, a rich sweet tomato sauce (with a hint… Continue reading An excuse for pizza (if any was needed)…

Country life · Countryside · Dog walks · Nature · Norfolk

A February morning on the farm…

As February gathers momentum we’ve had some wet and windy mornings but we’ve also had some frosty, misty and bright mornings. These are the mornings when going outside isn’t a chore. The air is still, the sky is full of optimism and the ground is crispy and crunchy underfoot. And, it’s not just me that… Continue reading A February morning on the farm…

Beef · Cooking · Food & Drink · Food & Drink Day

British Yorkshire Pudding Day…

I recently started looking into our national and international food and drink days – there are many. It came about in January when friends from South Africa were visiting. On the Sunday of their stay they wanted to eat roast beef and Yorkshire puddings in an English pub. Now, having our own cattle we were… Continue reading British Yorkshire Pudding Day…

Gardening · Kitchen garden · Nature

February, what do you have in store…

On January 1 I always start with good intentions for the year ahead – it always involves being more healthy, more organised and more proactive – but due to a stinking cold and various other factors January has been a bit of a wipe out. It’s for that reason I’m resolving to do all of… Continue reading February, what do you have in store…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

Reviewing the year in food…

For me, the festive period always offers up the opportunity to cook and bake dishes that only seem apt at Christmas. In turn this means there is always too much good food in a relatively short period of time! Too many mince pies, sausage rolls, stollen, lebkuchen, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and ham, to name but a… Continue reading Reviewing the year in food…

Country life · Farm life · Gardening

A year in the making…

For the past few years my most favourite festive activity has been to make a Christmas wreath. I love the beauty of them, their brightness and greenness. They welcome visitors into our home and give a cheeriness to the farm. But what I really love is the task of gathering the ingredients. Traditionally I have made them with… Continue reading A year in the making…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

A Great British challenge…

For the past few months I have been ever-so-slightly glued to watching the institution that is the Great British Bake Off. As this most recent series unfolded I took to recreating each and every technical challenge that the contestants were set – one a week for ten weeks. Now, I love to cook, but I’ve never really been much… Continue reading A Great British challenge…

Country life · Norfolk

Why I will remember this Remembrance Sunday for all the wrong reasons…

I am writing this out of sheer frustration at the shambles of a remembrance event I attended yesterday. I’ve been trying to get over my annoyance but can’t seem to shrug it off. So, if you’ll bear with me, I feel the need to put pen to paper as it were. I make sure that I mark Remembrance… Continue reading Why I will remember this Remembrance Sunday for all the wrong reasons…