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Keep Calm and Carry on Eating Cake

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Cherry Bakewell Special…In spite of the fact we get very few people actually commenting on the blog friends, guests and often complete strangers will email us, or tell me on Facebook or at parties how much they actually enjoy reading our blog. They do say they enjoy John’s photos too which [...]

It’s the Diamond Jubilee!

…The Royal Jubilee and the Olympics – what a year…! I should have added the recession as well, but did not want to let that cloud the atmosphere; however, in fact it almost helps us appreciate all the more what we do have to celebrate. As I post this we are watching the pageant on [...]

Derbyshire Open Arts weekend

Until Monday night when we have the lighting of the flares on Parwich Hill the weekend is a fairly normal one except that it is also the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. There will be artists opening their studios all over Derbyshire but this year we only have two open here; however, there will be lots [...]

‘The Magnificent Charity Walk’

— Friends of the Peak District— Their description, not mine (and the sheep don’t seem that impressed) although it does feel rather good to have completed a ‘magnificent walk’; we’ll gloss quickly over the fact it was only 7 miles long. Let’s face it, the 67 year old man who did 21 miles in just [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Recipes: Pecan and Molasses Cake

…And dates – Another ‘Welcome Tray’ cake that has gone down well…This week was the first time I had made this tray bake recipe, saved (and considerably adapted) from a Sainsbury’s 2006 magazine. It has taken me six years to try it and I wish I had sooner. Both lots of guest have asked for [...]

Tissington Tea Rooms Re-Opening

Tissington is one of our nearest neighbours, an estate village which has been owned and run by the FitzHerbert family for four centuries – 403 to be precise! According to them it is where heaven and earth meet in the Peaks – I thought that was Parwich but we’re not far away so they may [...]

How Did You Enjoy Your Time in Douglas’s Barn?

…Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 2…It had been such a long time since I last collected some comments that they have had to come in two instalments. This is the second Douglas’s barn one and Tom’s Barn’s will follow in due time. “Lovely stay! You have thought of everything to meet our [...]

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 [...]

Your Stay in Douglas’s Barn – What is Your Verdict?

Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 1In a strange way, we always feel a bit awkward quoting extracts from the Visitors’ Books. Sometimes the comments are quite personal and I am sure guests don’t think of them as likely to be hitting the airwaves but on the other hand we all love to [...]

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 [...]