It’s that wonderful foraging time of the year again. Wild garlic is in abundance (where is a secret!).
If you want some scrummy wild garlic pesto with walnuts, you can get it from The Bakehouse, Broadway or send me a message. A bargain at £3.50 for a 175g jar! You need to get in quickly!
MO at The Dormy House
The Dormy House certainly knows how to do a party! Last night saw the launch of their latest concept ‘Mo’.
It’s so great to see these dining developments on our doorstep. In addition to The Potting Shed, they’ve recently launched The Back Garden and now Mo. The Farncombe Estate have a policy of sustainable, seasonal, local and super quality.
Happy memories on a return visit to Michael’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Chipping Campden.
We first moved to The Cotswolds just over 30 years ago and Michael’s, or Alexiou’s, as it was then known, was one of the first restaurants we got to know around here. In those days they encouraged the Greek tradition of plate smashing and a lot of dancing!
Making the most of the rich and diverse availability of food in The Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds is already known for it’s rich food and drink production much of which is marketed nationally. This production includes rapeseed oil, maize, cheese such as Godsells, beers from larger breweries such as Arkells and craft breweries such as Stroud, Wickwar and Severn Brewing Co, wine from Poulton Hill …
VolunteeringFirstly I have found the time to do some volunteering. Springfield Mind is a charity whose mission is to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. I visit a drop-in in Evesham, set up as a place to socialise and carry out various activities. It really is so good and, of course, they are always looking for support.
As a member of Cotswold Taste, I was invited to lunch at The Painswick Hotel.
I have been familiar with The Painswick since its inception by the renowned hotelier, Somerset Moore. Interestingly, Somerset served his hospitality apprenticeship at The Lygon Arms, Broadway, where I was General Manager until 2003.
I had never visited the hotel until a couple of weeks ago. The Painswick is now part of The Calcot Collection. It’s in the most beautiful of settings …
Well, I have missed you guys and I’m sorry I haven’t kept up to date. There has been a lot (too much!) happening and I wanted to bring you up to date.
Late in 2016 I posted a blog called Food and the Brain. It was a feature on mental health and my ongoing depression.
I have to start with a bit of a rant!
Just recently I’ve noticed a level of abuse against bloggers by some food writers. You see, the thing is we often get freebies and so it is said that any reviews myself and my lovely friends make on restaurants and other establishments have a total bias. This has made me feel a little stormy (not Daniels!) and it’s not true. We all have the same philosophy, if we can’t be …