Helping Hands

The four things that really make a difference to new parents…. We have been overwhelmed by all the kindness and generosity we have received since having the twins. Family and friends have rallied round us with touching regularity and sensitivity, and the difference they have made to our day-to-day existence has been immeasurable. There are…

Flippin’ Perfect…

Pancake Day…gorgeous recipes, ingenious ingredients, perfect frying pans, and more! There’s nothing like Pancake Day to jazz up the long slow end of winter before Spring arrives. Even the worst cooks can manage to throw a pancake mix together and drizzle it in a frying pan. The most traditional recipe is of course something like…

Great Granola

Simple to make granola, perfect for using up leftovers… I love learning to make something like granola, something that seems really complicated but is, in actual fact, really easy. There are all sorts of different recipes for granola, some healthier than others, but once you’ve mastered the basics, you can improvise a bit – adding…

The Five Year Trees

Planting trees to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary… It was our fifth wedding anniversary just before Christmas. The fifth is ‘wood’ – and we decided to buy each other fruit trees, which we can plant here, and take with us when we move. Hopefully our simple apple and plum trees will be the start of slowly…

Duck & Pheasant

The shooting season is coming to an end, but that didn’t stop R heading out with friends for an early New Year’s shoot last weekend. He’s been shooting several times before, but only with my father and never on his own, so this felt like one of the many necessary country initiations since we moved…

Stir It Up

The Ultimate Christmas Pudding…. We missed Stir Up Sunday this year – not because we forgot but because, once I’d read through all the recipes and decided on the best, we realised that the fruit needed to soak for at least 24 hours before mixing with the flour, suet and sugar – so Stir Up…

Foraging in the Woods

We are obviously getting more and more into our local and home-grown produce, and I love the point in every year as we plan what we will grow in our garden. Providing, growing and picking your own food feels like such an important thing in this age of mass consumerism and the amount of waste we’re…

Country Pursuits

There is perhaps one annual event in our limited social calendar that feels more ‘country’ and more ‘Gloucestershire’ than any other: the Siddington Point to Point. A positive hymn to tweed, and a demonstration of the extraordinary British capacity to picnic in any weather, it’s a windy, muddy, messy, glorious way to spend an afternoon – if…

Spicy Eastern Eggs…

Shakshuka…or ‘spicy eggs with tomatoes’…. This has to be one of my favourite comfort dishes, and one of those things I always seem to have ingredients for, being as it’s mostly eggs, tomtoes, onions and spices. It’s easy to make, and even easier if you make extra sauce and keep it for next time. This…