Delighted that The Wild Rabbit in Kingham has, deservedly, been recently awarded a Michelin Star. Congrats to Executive Chef, Tim Allen and the team at ‘The Rabbit’
Masterchef finalist, Andrew Kojima has opened a pop-up Japanese restaurant in Regent Street, Cheltenham. I’m going tonight and greatly looking forward to the experience. Specifically, no sushi on offer, as Koj wishes to broaden the appreciation of Japanese food. Get there soon as it is only open until Christmas. I’ll report back!
Other than the wonderful Broadway Deli, I have only one recommendation in Broadway, Barringtons at The Lygon Arms. Don’t judge it on its past reputation. Go try it! To be frank, Broadway is a bit of a food wilderness at present.
I am very proud of my 3 kids. Latest bit of news on them is that Clementine has set up a blog post and website called Squeak Daily. Now, Squeak is going from strength to strength and is focused on Mums and kids about what to buy, what to cook and where to go and much more. Recently, Clem asked me to produce a recipe for homemade baked beans. This is something I had never done before but I have to say the dish was delish. It’s adaptable for kids and/or grown ups with some spice added. So here is the recipe
400g tin haricot beans
2 tbsps olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 stick celery finely chopped
1 small carrot finely chopped
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2.5 tbsps tomato ketchup
1.5 tsp cornflour
Prepare the beans as above or drain the can before cooking
Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the garlic briefly, before adding the celery and carrot. (chop in a blender if its easier)
Cook slowly for about 20 minutes until tender
Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato ketchup, season to taste (it doesn’t need salt, unless you really want it) and simmer for about 10 minutes
Puree the mix using a hand blender or food processer and return to the pan
Mix the cornflour with a little water and whisk into the mix
Whisk in another 300ml water to the mixture, and add the beans
Simmer for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally
You can add smoked paprika, chilli, coriander or whatever spices and herbs you choose.
Serve with your favourite accompaniments
As many of you know, I work at Daylesford. I still find it quite startling at the lack of awareness of this amazing place and surprised at the many misconceptions. I urge you all to go there.
It is the most remarkable place to work. It’s incredibly sociable and there is so much to see and do. There are two restaurants, The Cafe and The Old Spot offering a great variety of fresh and organic food, wine, beers and botanical cocktails. There is a farm shop selling a huge variety of foods including house butchered meat, the freshest of fish, house produced ready meals, a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, much of which is produced in Daylesford market garden and a brilliant deli. This is not all with some beautiful homewares and a brand spanking new Christmas and homeware shop. You should also take a look at The Bamford Haybarn Spa and The Bamford Barn for clothes, accessories and own branded toiletries.
…… and not to forget the wonderful cookery school.
On 7th, 8th and 9th November The Wellchild Christmas Fair takes place on a specially constructed site in the grounds of Daylesford. With over 180 stalls it’s going to be a must do event for the season.
See you all there!