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Thumbs Up for the Druid

…A New Food Report on the Druid Inn, Birchover…Enticed by a post in the Parwich Blog and encouraged by the fact that we had had a busy day and there didn’t seem much prospect of a decent home-cooked meal tonight from the chefs at Orchard Farm  we eagerly set off for the Druid this evening [...]

How to Make a Prizewinning Cake

…by someone who didn’t know the secret…I have been baking cakes, pretty successfully, for many many years. I have never ever entered into  competition but for the Parwich Horticultural Show yesterday I was persuaded to do so, and some plum jam and some biscuits… Pride comes before the proverbial fall, not that I expected to [...]

Gluts in the Veg Patch: Chocolate Courgette Cake

The ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ creeps upon us. Blackberries are ripening, courgettes are turning into marrows while one’s back is momentarily turned, the plums on our old tree are turning a beauiful golden red and are already as sweet as honey, the apple tree can hardly cope with all the apples and the [...]

Jubilee Chicken Recipe

—-A lighter, zestier version of Coronation Chicken—-Well over a month ago now, the Friends of DRCS Fundraising committee hosted a charity lunch for 120, and the dish we prepared was this. Fairly labour intensive for 120, as you can imagine, it should be a doddle for 4 or 8 or even 12. It really is [...]

Another Food Update from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…And a Puff for the Peak District Premier Cottages Privileges Scheme…You must excuse the present stress on food but we do have a good tip to pass on after a doubly positive experience re the Peak District Pemier Cottages Privileges project, and Rowley’s Restaurant, in Baslow, which is one of the founder members of the [...]

More Recipes & Recommendations from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…including some delicious French CroquantsI am almost too embarrassed to show my head again, having written nothing for about a week apart from last night’s poppy seed cake post. The ‘busy’ excuse is wearing a bit thin, although it remains true – more about what we’ve been doing later but meanwhile, down to some food [...]

Lemon, Lime & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake

…Lemon, Lime and Poppy Seeds… This post was first published on our blog in July 2011. I wrote then, ‘As many of you know, I enjoy making – as well as eating – cakes; the regular Friday cake-baking session for our guests is never a chore. A couple of weekends ago I found myself offering [...]

More Good Food News and Reviews

…Catering4Parwich and the Peacock in Rowsley (near Bakewell)…The first thing to tell you is that Val Kirkham, our next door neighbour and she of TopNosh fame, has sold TopNosh so that will still exist but is nothing now to do with her. However, she is still going to carry on cooking, under the name of [...]

Chuy’s Oat and Raisin Cookies

I did warn that publishing the Fake Bakewell recipe had started something… It probably isn’t surprising because so many of our guests love good food, and many love cooking, and for many the opportunity to cook meals or bake treats in a well-equipped kitchen with no other pressure on the time is a real, relaxing [...]

Steak and Kidney Pudding Cooked in the Slow Cooker

Don’t worry, our Tom’s Barn blog has not suddenly transformed itself into a Cookery Corner but last night’s recipe has started something… However, before I embark on any more, including already one from a guest (and hopefully in time perhaps some/many more!) allow me  to write out the recipe for the Steak and Kidney Pudding [...]