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FOOD & DRINK

If you are lucky enough to be able to keep goats you may want to know about cheese making so that you and your family can enjoy this delicious by product of milk. Cheese is made from curds which are formed when milk coagulates, as with soured milk.  However it is more usual for fresh milk to be coagulated; perhaps by the addition of rennet – a substance obtained from the stomachs of unweaned calves – or with an acid substance such a lemon juice, or by adding a bacterial read more > >

We are completely addicted to the fabulous rich yellow yoke free range eggs from the Clarence Court chickens down in deepest Cornwall and in other parts of England. Not only are their eggs probably the tastiest you will have ever eaten, they all come from well cared for British heritage breeds that have plenty of space to run around and scratch for worms and insects, exactly as any happy hen should. Clarence Court produce a fantastic and unusual range of rare breed hen’s eggs as well as duck, quail goose, read more > >

Remember those halcyon days before the kids came along when you could have a romantic dinner for two in a posh restaurant, with no temper tantrums about food that isn’t chips or pizza, spilt orange juice on the tablecloth or rushing to the loo to change a filled nappy. Sooner or later though it will be time to take the bull by the horns and attempt to introduce your unruly brood to the art of fine dining. We have listed  a few useful tips that may help; no firm guarantees read more > >

These videos of country cooking will inspire you to try out different recipes including pan fried pigeon, a delicious watercress soup, roast venison, rhubarb crumble, steak and kidney pudding, wild mushroom soup from River Cottage, Nigella’s chocolate cheese cake and a summer pudding using fruits in season.  

If you are holding a cocktail party, which is a great way of bringing together lots of people together especially in a country house atmosphere, you will need to decide which type of drinks you want to serve. Bear in mind that as well as alcoholic cocktails you should have also soft drinks and mineral water readily available. To give you some cocktail ideas listed below are a selection of recipes for some of the better known cocktail drinks and as well as recipes for more unusual cocktails.   BRANDY BASED COCKTAILS BRANDY read more > >

Canapés are a great way of offering delicious food at a cocktail party or informal gathering. Canapés are meant to be no more than a mouthful and are generally served from silver or decorated trays. The trick to success is to keep the canapés coming and provide plenty of napkins for sticky fingers, and forks where necessary. Usually cold canapés are served first and then followed by hot canapés. If you allow between 8 and 12 canapés per person you won’t go far wrong. Listed below are some classic and read more > >

Too many people put up with poor food and bad service because they are not sure of how to effectively complain in a restaurant. It is a sobering fact that in this country we have never really mastered the art of complaining. Our natural British reserve means that we are reticent about complaining, especially in a very public place like a restaurant. The problem now though is that it’s almost impossible to eat cheaply in any sort of half decent restaurant, so when we do push the boat out and dine out in style it read more > >

There can be few portable pleasures as well-loved as the traditional English picnic. It is a symbol of languid freedom and yet extreme order. What could be more shipshape than the tightly packed wicker picnic hamper covered with a gingham tablecloth, ready to spread on flower-strewn grass. The English have always adored to picnic, especially since the turn of the century, when men sported blazers, while the ladies wore pretty floral hats. Almost any excuse will do – Ascot, Glyndebourne, a polo match, Henley, a local point-to-point, a day on read more > >

You may have heard of the ancient custom of wassailing, it goes on a lot in Devon and other parts of the West Country where the growing of hard orchard fruit is most concentrated. The wassailing ceremony frequently begins just before dark when the wassailing cup is prepared. Many families who still uphold this time honoured tradition keep a wassailing bowl to serve while singing the old country verse. Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wand’ring So fair to be seen. Love and joy come to you, And read more > >

Did you know that you can buy amazing fresh ingredients at your local farmers market? These highly popular events are normally held out-of-doors, in public spaces, and offer wonderful local produce, direct from the surrounding farms and smallholdings. An idea that has really worked for all concerned, the clever farmers market formula is renowned countrywide. Reliable for selling food that is fresh, often organic and usually at the peak of its flavour these colourful rural gatherings always have a good range of home-produced delicious food available from the multitude of read more > >

We have tried to cover everything you wanted to know about cheese – so here goes. There is evidence to prove that cheese dates back almost 4000 years when people started to breed animals and process their milk. They noticed that if milk was left in warm conditions it curdled and coagulated to form a ‘cheese’. The most common varieties of cheese, particularly in the UK, are made from cows milk; but the milk from sheep, goats, buffalo and even yaks, camels and reindeer is also used for cheese-making around read more > >

One of life’s top indulgences must surely be the smooth unique flavour of chocolate and chocolate recipes are certainly a top favourite with all chocoholics. Chocolate is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao which was named by the 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. The Greek term theobroma means literally “food of the gods”. Cacao beans were used by the Aztecs to prepare a hot, frothy beverage with stimulant and restorative properties, chocolate itself was reserved for warriors, nobility and priests. A recent study showed that read more > >

Even though the financial climate is not ideal if you are prepared to look at the possiblity of opening your own restaurant as a long-term prospect now could be the right time, especially if you have a deep love of good food and wine and enjoy entertaining people. Perhaps the thought of opening a restaurant may have often occured to you, especially if your social peers encourage you to take the plunge. On the other hand it may have always been a secret ambition since childhood. If the dream of read more > >