We bought a slow-cooker for each barn several months ago. Partly we were being green but really it was because, loving good food ourselves, we thought that to be able to go out all day, and come home to delicious smells and a beautiful meal cooking is almost the height of luxury.
Have a soothing bath; open that bottle of wine, and sit down to a feast that you’d almost forgotten you’d prepared in the morning.
We know that lots of you have already discovered these joys and hope that maybe some of you will be kind enough to share your successful recipes and tips.
To help the process, along with our 2010 guides, we have bought some new recipe books, including ‘Slow Cooking Curries & Spice Dishes’ with some very exciting looking recipes.
Another is called encouragingly ‘Slow Cooking Properly Explained’!
Soups and casseroles one would expect, and curries. Would you have guessed you could do roasts in a slow cooker? (No roast potatoes, though…) My biggest surprise, and delight, is that you can apparently do a foolproof Steak and Kidney Pudding! Imagine coming home to that after a day’s walking in the Peaks!
I know we have many keen cooks who are returning this year. Nobody yet has risen to the challenge of using the rotisserie in Douglas’s Barn but a good bottle of wine goes to the first who tries the Steak and Kidney Pudding recipe and gives us a report and maybe just the tiniest of tastes.
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.