January 9, 2017


Just because I can't eat gluten or dairy products doesn't mean I don't have the odd hankering for a nice sticky cinnamon bun with pecans!! I do!! Especially with this cold foggy weather we've been having over the past few days. So, I decided to work out how to make what I was yearning for and I was quite pleased with the results!😊 I took inspiration from Claire Ptak's book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook, which is full of delicious recipes.

Preheat oven...

December 14, 2016

A simple quick recipe for little cream cheese and onion pastries. Great for lunch or canapes and suitable for vegetarians.

November 14, 2016

I've been having a lovely time lately, discussing wedding ideas for next summer! All I can say is that it is going to be a very busy season! We have all sorts of styles from afternoon tea parties to barn dances, and lots of lovely country weddings! 

These photos were taken at a lovely wedding we did near Marlborough. The couple wanted a relaxed country wedding with an Italian theme to the food.  We put all the food in dishes on the tables for the guests...

October 30, 2016

November is the beginning of the spinach season! Although we are used to getting the pristine baby spinach leaves from the supermarket all year round, it is now that this marvelous vegetable is in it's proper season in the gardens of the UK. 

Spinach is a super food packed with nutrients which are important for skin, hair and bone health. Amazingly, this leafy green superstar also provides protein to our diets, so is valuable to include in vegetarian o...

October 2, 2016

A pop-up food stand at the Hungerford Food Festival

September 7, 2016

Make a Gorgonzola, pear and pecan sandwich with British watercress for lunch. this is one of our favourites with our business lunch customers

July 8, 2016

 We've been involved in some cracking parties this summer! Everything from rather smart understated lunches in the garden, to uber trendy barbecues with sharing platters, creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere.We really enjoy being involved from the 'ideas' stage, right through to the actual day.

Often the ideas for a party will be stem from certain factors such as location which might lend a particular atmosphere, a colour, a time to be remem...

June 16, 2016

Having your own veggies doesn't get much better than bringing a beautiful fresh bunch of beets up to the kitchen to be transformed into a vibrant healthy and delicious salad. 

Simply take the tops off the beets, leaving about 2cm of stalk to stop them bleeding, just cover with water and a good pinch of sea salt. Bring up to the boil and cook for about 4 minutes if they are nice young ones like these, or a bit longer if they are big and old!

When cooked, drai...

May 12, 2016

I was trimming some of our very overgrown hedges the other afternoon (one of the few recently where it hasn't been pouring with rain!) One of the largeish branches that needed lopping was a piece of elder, with quite a few decent heads of elderflower - so I cut them off and went off into the garden to find a few more. Under our large apple tree I have a black elder 'sambuccus nigra', which has pink flowers - I picked about 6 of the heads - and put them in w...

January 5, 2016

We barbequed a delicious butterflied leg of lamb a little while back. There was a reasonable chunk left over, which I put in the fridge - but reusing cooked me

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