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Eating Well with Minimum Effort in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…A Fresh Look at Forward Panning for Effortless Catering…Revamping our ‘green’ papers for the GTBS inspection on Friday I see that it is over two years since I first published this post. It has needed updating and correcting so I thought it would be useful to post the updated version for any of you planning [...]

Eating In Without Lifting a Finger…

…Curries to Die For…It doesn’t take long for the subject to return to food, not that I should perhaps apologise. One can’t turn on the telly for a minute without finding a cookery programme and goodness knows how many cookery books are produced each year and fancy kitchens full of even fancier gadgets advertised. And [...]

Orchard Farm Marmalade Production

…the 2012 vintage first batch…The lengths one goes to to avoid doing the tax, but the organic marmalade oranges and lemons have been sitting in the kitchen since Riverford delivered them on Friday, and we have at least six batches to tackle, so needs must. Perhaps I don’t need to write a blog post as [...]

The Peak District Seen Through Chocolate

…More Delicious Food Tips for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Guests and Friends…If ever you are planning your stay here and look at the advance weather forecast and wonder if those grey clouds and downward droplets necessarily mean there may not be non-stop sun, we have another wet-weather tip. How about a 3-hour ‘award winning chocolate experience‘? [...]

10 out of 10 for Cottage on the Green Curries!

Freshly Cooked Curries Available in Parwich Thursday to Saturday The news broke last week about this wonderful new facility available in Parwich and we couldn’t wait to try it out. We knew the curries would be good but we strongly feel it’s always better to recommend from personal experience rather than hearsay (even when it’s [...]

Some More Foodie Tips and Updates

…For Guests as well as Parwich Locals…The photos look miles better if you click on them to enlarge so please do. We seem to be on a foodie roll, rather greedily, but following on from take-curries to eat in the cosy shelter of home I thought to start with a pub update for those that [...]

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 [...]