Cooking · Gardening · Isolation

Isolation on the farm…

…isn’t, in reality, much different to normal life here. There’s one big exception though and that is the fact that I currently have no work. Being self-employed, and working mostly with events, means that I no longer have an income stream whilst the Covid-19 pandemic unveils itself. Of course I’m nervous about what the future… Continue reading Isolation on the farm…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

My adventures into the world of sourdough…

A few months ago I met a wonderful woman who, in an instant, I felt I’d known a lifetime. There were many memorable things about her but most notably it was the fact that she was carrying her sourdough starter with her in her handbag (…it’s a long story). She immediately inspired me to start… Continue reading My adventures into the world of sourdough…

Country life · Countryside · Dog walks · Norfolk

I have a new love and I don’t mind shouting about it…

…footpaths. Yep, I’ve officially hit middle age and I’ve a new love for footpaths. Having spent my formative years in the Sea Scouts I’d forgotten how satisfying it is to open a paper Ordnance Survey map and trundle across the countryside. It offers up a whole new world to anyone wishing to dive right in. It… Continue reading I have a new love and I don’t mind shouting about it…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

Would my souffles rise to the occasion…

The day I thought would never arrive was here – it was the grand finale of The Great British Bake Off. For the past ten weeks I have baked (and occasionally cooked) my way through nine technical challenges – I’ll not lie it has felt like a lifetime. At times it has been emotional, at… Continue reading Would my souffles rise to the occasion…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

It took five hours to make and five minutes to demolish, but was it worth it?

It was the semi final – things were getting serious. Surely this week’s technical challenge would be a stinker. And, true to form, Prue threw in a smoking grenade – a gâteau Saint Honoré. Her words of wisdom? “This is very difficult to make look good, good luck.” WHAT?! Naturally, Saint Honoré is the French… Continue reading It took five hours to make and five minutes to demolish, but was it worth it?

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

This was more cooking than baking…

Sometimes the stars are set to do anything but align. And so it was as I attempted to make this week’s Great British Bake Off technical challenge. As week eight of the competition rolled into town we were down to five contestants. It was pastry week, the doyenne of the show. Paul Hollywood set the… Continue reading This was more cooking than baking…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

Chocolate and cheese – together? In pastry?

When the dough of a bake has Marsala wine in it you know you’re onto a winner. And so it was with this week’s Great British Bake Off technical challenge. It was festival week. As predicted last week, Paul Hollywood revealed the challenge – Cassatelles – delicate little cornish-pasty-esque pastries, traditional to Sicily, filled with… Continue reading Chocolate and cheese – together? In pastry?

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Great British Bake Off

The key to success? Chill…

It was announced as one of the most difficult technical challenges ever set on The Great British Bake Off. Prue gave us her words of wisdom: “This is all about the detail and precise measurements.” Noel said what we were all thinking: “…so helpful.” It was dessert week and the challenge was set – six… Continue reading The key to success? Chill…