• The fruits of your labour

    I’m sure that you, like all good gardeners, have been constantly looking at the weather forecast for your local area, and this week it seems as though it’s getting colder. The trees are losing their leaves which have turned into beautiful hues of yellow, orange, rust and red. This is...
  • Goat's cheese, pear, walnut and lavender honey salad

    Goat's cheese, pear, walnut and lavender honey salad

    Honey where the bees have mainly collected pollen from lavender plants has such a beautiful flavour that we didn't want to spoil it by mixing it with anything. Instead it is drizzled on top of its perfect partner – goat’s cheese, to make a simple, but delicious salad. The perfect way to ease yourself into eating lighter foods as the temperature warms this spring.

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  • Shrove Tuesday Pancakes with Berry Sauce

    It’s Shrove Tuesday on 4th March, the day we all look forward to for our annual pancake feast and afterwards declare that we should eat pancakes more often. We rarely do of course, so this classic recipe is a way to ensure you make the most of your annual treat.

    Berry season is long gone, but this sauce is a great opportunity to use up any frozen gluts from last year.

    Makes about 6 pancakes, depending on the size of your pan

    Pancakes with Berry Sauce
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  • Bramley Apple and Almond Pudding Cake

    This decadent cake is a brilliant way to use up any Bramley apples left over from the season. Serve warm with crème fraiche or even custard if you fancy, it will soak into the rich sponge and balance the tart apples

    Serves 8

    Bramley and Almond Pudding Cake
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  • Recipe: Homemade damson vodka


    Homemade damson vodka

    Looking just as rich and luscious as it tastes, your
    damson vodka could be ready for Christmas

    2013 has been a bumper year for damsons.

    A hot summer, with just enough rain to swell the fruit is best for damsons and results in branches that are groaning under the weight of all that fruit

    And while you can of course make damson jam, damson cheese, damson chutney and damson sauce, there is nothing quite like damson vodka.

    Decanted into decorative bottles this rich, syrupy liquor makes a perfect Christmas gift – and if you hurry, you might just be in time for this year's festivities. Give this a go, and we're sure that your friends and family will be glad you did!

    If you already have your damson harvest, great – if not, hopefully you will find some still on the trees. Failing that, try your local orchard or farm shop! So grab a bag and get picking.
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  • Recipe: Chicken sauté Normande

      As its name suggests, Chicken sauté Normande brings more than a little Gallic kitchen flair! As the sun wanes and the days get shorter, this dish is guaranteed to keep those summer days fresh in your mind (and on your tongue!). And we love it even more because it...
  • Quick and quirky ways to use fresh fruit


    Chicken, strawberry and avocado salad

    Chicken, strawberry and avocado salad

    Fruits are not just for desserts.

    In the pursuit of new and interesting tastes we love pairing fresh fruit with savoury dishes too. The slight tang in many soft fruits works especially well with rich meats – think of apple sauce with pork, or cranberry sauce with turkey.

    But incorporating fresh fruit into the dish itself is a logical extension of this, creating an effect which is subtler and even more delicious!

    Read on for a few of the fruity, savoury partnerships that we really enjoy putting together...
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  • Lavender recipes from Andy Hamilton

    Bristol-based author Andy Hamilton included two lavender recipes in his award-winning book, Booze for Free.Yes, lavender is pretty. And yes, lavender smells nice. But if you are wondering what use all those lavender plants for that you bought from us.... did you know it makes a cracking pint too?

    With a catchy title like that, and with lavender as an ingredient, we could hardly ignore it...
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  • Recipe: An Autumn Fruit and Nut Crumble


    Ultimate fruit and nut crumble Apples, pears, blackberries, hazelnuts,
    pistachios... wow!

    Apples on the tree, nuts on the bush and brambles heaving with blackberries. Yup - Autumn is here.

    So we're going straight down the comfort route and bringing you the ultimate crumble... enjoy!

    It's loaded with fruit – apples, pears, and blackberries. And it's topped with a tasty crumble of oats, hazelnuts and pistachios. And a touch of cinnamon to warm things up.

    Ultimate fruit and nut crumble – a bit of comfort in a cold snap!
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  • Recipe: Mussels with leeks and cider

      Mmmmmmussels...! Step aside, moules marinière, here's a fantastic mussel dish that's got it's heart in the West Country! Far from simply swapping out wine for your favourite cider, this dish brings together mussels, leeks, mustard and smoked pancetta to create a truly inspired seafood main course. Speaking of cider...

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