Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

Great British Bake Off – I had an interview…

I’ll start at the beginning… Last year I enthusiastically baked my way through every episode of the Great British Bake Off, tackling each and every technical challenge with glee. Some bakes were easy and some were not, some I’d heard of while others baffled even the most seasoned cooks. I made Wagon Wheels (the ultimate… Continue reading Great British Bake Off – I had an interview…

Gardening · Norfolk

You can never have too many dahlias…

Bank holidays always seem a good time to garden – a time to catch up on deadheading, pruning, harvesting, sowing and generally ‘getting on top of things’. So, with this in mind I’ve been doing just that. At 3.30pm I stopped for a break and saw that the Norfolk & Suffolk Dahlia Society had their… Continue reading You can never have too many dahlias…

Country life · Countryside · Harvest · Norfolk

The hum of harvest…

The hum of harvest isn’t something that pleases everyone but, for me, the sound of harvest filling the air really does bring me great happiness. I haven’t ever really sat down to think why – maybe it’s because the beautiful drone of the harvesters and the rumble of the tractors scurrying across the fields signifies… Continue reading The hum of harvest…

Gardening · Norfolk

Gardening for the sheer joy of it…

The fact that I love gardening is probably not a shock to many people. So, earlier in the year I decided to join the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society – to gain more gardening knowledge and to take part in their seasonal shows. Being a newbie I hadn’t been to any of the society’s talks or… Continue reading Gardening for the sheer joy of it…

Cattle · Farm life

The cows head outside for summer…

This week felt a long time coming, but it eventually arrived. It was the joyous week when the cows were moved outside for the summer, and this year, it was a little later than usual. Later, because the grass decided it wasn’t too keen on growing. It wasn’t wet enough and there weren’t enough nutrients in… Continue reading The cows head outside for summer…

Beef · Cattle · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Beef Week · Rhubarb

Great British Beef Week – steak and ale pie

To mark this year’s Great British Beef Week I decided to cook a different dish using our own beef each night. As Sunday marked the last day I decided a slow-cooked dish packed full of flavour was needed, so I plumped for steak and ale pie. When I was planning my week of menus last weekend… Continue reading Great British Beef Week – steak and ale pie