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Eating in – Some Local Tips for Weary Cooks

…Homemade Curries in Parwich!…No, we haven’t got an Indian takeaway in Parwich, and don’t suppose we ever shall. However, we have something far better – freshly cooked to order curries by Paul and Evie, whom many of our older (we don’t mean in age, but in the sense of having been Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns [...]

Baking Hot – Catching up with all the news

What a wonderful spell of weather we have been enjoying! As luck would have it I spent much of today in our kitchen churning out Bakewell tarts and also the coconut ‘Lincoln Tarts’ (guests may recognise!) for the Derwent Rural Counselling Service  (DRCS) Shopping Fair tomorrow. The apparently burnt offering at the back does not [...]

Some Dog-Friendly News from Tom’s Barn

…Including information about local dog-friendly pubs…Here is a photo taken this afternoon of a very handsome Smudge who did not want to be hosed down after a boggy walk in the High Peak today. And just for good measure one of Boots our much-loved 14-year old cat inherited from my father Douglas, taken yesterday. We warmly  welcome [...]

Prize-Winning Biscuit Recipe

….from the Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Recipe Collection…My cake may not have been rated by the Parwich Horticultural Show judge (apparently a genuine Home Economics teacher) nor my jam, but I take heart from the fact my biscuits were given FIRST PRIZE! I must admit it is a very good recipe so I can’t take [...]

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 [...]