Country life · Food & Drink · Harvest · Sugar

Sugar: From British beet to bake…

This morning I awoke to a tweet on my phone’s screen which simply said, £27/t. It meant nothing to me, but a little digging revealed the news that NFU Sugar and British Sugar have announced a one-year sugar beet contract for 2022. It means that beet farmers will receive a fixed sum of £27 a… Continue reading Sugar: From British beet to bake…

Cooking · Country life · Food & Drink · Foraging

Homemade horseradish sauce…

Now, I like foraging and for a few years I’ve had ambitions of hunting for horseradish. I was inspired by a cracking horseradish sauce I had with a roast at a pub in north Norfolk. It was at once hot, peppery and creamy and perfect with beef. Come November each year I’ve set about searching… Continue reading Homemade horseradish sauce…

Cooking · Country life · Food & Drink · Foraging · Recipe

Damson ketchup is a winner…

Deep down I secretly enjoy the slow turn of seasons as summer melds into autumn. Yes, I miss wearing a bikini in the garden, slopping around in flip flops, sipping rosé in the sun, sitting outside late into the night, flinging on a pair of towering sandals, lighting barbecues, wrapping myself in floaty dresses and helping… Continue reading Damson ketchup is a winner…

Cooking · Country life · Isolation

Isolation forces freezer adventures to continue…

…you know you’ve got too much time on your hands when you make an inventory of your freezer – yes that’s actually happened, I did that – and guess what, I rather enjoyed it! We all know that most of us have no idea what’s in there and it’s true to say I didn’t. Who… Continue reading Isolation forces freezer adventures to continue…

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…

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…

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…