Should be more a general update really but marmalade features heavily so I’ll start with that. We have just made a batch of grapefruit, lime and lemon marmalade, not having thought ahead enough to lay in stocks of Seville oranges in the freezer. Nor – in our defense – had we realised when we started tentatively popping little jars of homemade marmalade into the barns just what we had started.
How wrong! Our guests seem to love marmalade quite as much as we do, which of course is lovely.
We thought of it as a little experiment, something we could try out discreetly, and discontinue equally discreetly…
So now I am on the lookout for interesting recipes for really good, bitter marmalade but which doesn’t rely on Sevilles. We used wonderfully fresh, organic Sevilles this Jan, from Riverford, but the grapefruit, lemon and lime is almost as good although I say it myself.
Any offers of favourite marmalade recipes that fit the bill, will be very gratefully received (and acknowledged!). Please/thank you!
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.