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My favourite herbal infusion of fresh lavender, chamomile, peppermint and lemonbalm (melissa)

Fancy a cuppa?

It’s a hot summer’s evening and the ground is baking.  I’ve just cooled off with a cold outdoor shower and the heat of the earth is warming me from the feet up.  I sit on the swing under the ancient chestnut tree wrapped in a towel and breathe in the Read more…

A time for baking

It’s early.  I’m up before the sun and the air in the cottage is cold after a night below zero.  There is a frost on the ground and through the kitchen window all looks still, bar the occasional blackbird flitting around on the gravel path. The sky still looks grey Read more…

Slow food Friday – beef and fennel slow cooked casserole

Slow food Friday

There’s nothing quite like sitting in front of a roaring woodburner, cosy and protected from the freezing world outside, glass of wine in hand, idly reading a book and watching the dinner cook itself.  It feels somehow decadent yet wholesome at the same time. One of my aims this year has been to cook delicious, wholesome, Read more…