Enjoying Food

Recipes and recommendations…

  • I’ll be sharing some favourite recipes…
  • Ideally maximum impact for minimum effort
  • … And occasionally the odd review of somewhere lovely to eat
Letters from the Front October 13th, 2016 - Nearly 100 years ago, aged just 19, my father’s eldest brother, Lionel Reid Hall – Bobby to his family and friends, Uncle Bobby to my sister, brother and me, Grandpa/Grandpop to the Jacksons, Whitlocks and Constantines – was posted to France on 25th February 1917. Cold, wet, and at first often bored, and missing his … Continue reading Letters from the Front
A Brief Escape to Madrid May 8th, 2016 -
Jack Rabbit’s Ashbourne March 2nd, 2016 - Ashbourne is a very delightful small market town although since it lost its cattle market the actual market side has dwindled somewhat. Its charms are still many… …’The Gateway to the Peak District’, elegant Georgian buildings, Shrovetide Football, a magnificent parish church, lots of top quality independently owned businesses. It also its share of estate … Continue reading Jack Rabbit’s Ashbourne
Bring Back Black Forest Gateaux! January 18th, 2016 - Exposed by a Lifetime’s Recipe Collection… Applying the ‘sparks joy’ criteria has continued overtime throughout the weekend. I am still decluttering, obsessively, focussing for the minute on a lifetime’s worth of ‘favourite’ recipes – see bird’s eye view below of a tiny selection. I am sure even Marie Kondo would be slightly impressed.
Another New Supermarket for Ashbourne November 16th, 2015 - With a flurry of excitement and an enormous fanfare of publicity, a brand new out of town supermarket opened in Ashbourne last week. Apparently according to all the excitement that was being generated, it was to be just what Ashbourne needed, but it seemed hard to see why, in a small town already served by … Continue reading Another New Supermarket for Ashbourne
A Gluten-Free Delight: November 7th, 2015 - Almond and Coconut Flourless Cake At last! This is another very special recipe, from my secret stash of delicious maximum impact/minimum effort trusted favourite recipes. I have been promising to put it up for weeks, ever since it won 1st Prize at the Parwich Bake Off!  (Don’t inquire too hard about how many entrants there were.) I … Continue reading A Gluten-Free Delight:
Parwich Bake-Off Final Results!! October 18th, 2015 - There were many more judges than entrants for the Great Parwich Bake-off, which was disappointing, but a very jolly and satisfying time was had by all that attended, young and old, as we conscientiously tasted… and tasted again… just to be sure. I am relieved to tell you that presentation did not come into the … Continue reading Parwich Bake-Off Final Results!!
Great British Parwich Bake Off! October 17th, 2015 - Not to be outdone by all the media excitement over the latest Great British Bake Off and all the hype about Nadiya the 30-year-old-mum-from-Leeds, The Parwich Memorial Hall committee has decided in its wisdom to run our own village bake-off, in aid of the Parwich Memorial Hall Fund and TearFund’s No Child Taken Campaign. You … Continue reading Great British Parwich Bake Off!
Bridge Dainties October 13th, 2015 - No, these are simply delicious biscuits – in fact Prize-winners as you can see – and not even particularly dainty; in spite of the name you do not need to be a bridge player, or indeed even a bridge-learner, to enjoy them… The recipe for the so-named Bridge Dainties was given to my sister, Ruth Cragg (nee … Continue reading Bridge Dainties
Maximum Effect with Minimum Effort… October 8th, 2015 - The aim to achieve the maximum effect with the minimum of effort has always been a useful mantra for me, at least in the kitchen department. One has to assume, naturally, that it’s a wholly positive, good effect that one is striving for. In my experience a perfect cheese or a fish soufflé is easy … Continue reading Maximum Effect with Minimum Effort…
An Unlikely Top Tip! August 11th, 2015 - Can you imagine positively enjoying a stop at a motorway service station? Even less likely, can you imagine one receiving rave reviews on Tripadvisor? Apart from stopping at Tebay on the M6 going up to Scotland we normally would do all we could to avoid their expensive and unappealing food, questionable coffee and shabby loos…
Steak and Kidney Pudding in a Slow Cooker August 5th, 2015 - I can take no credit for the recipe, only for being lucky enough to have discovered from it that you can indeed, and very successfully with minimum hassle, cook a truly mouthwatering S&KP in a slow cooker.
Mary Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake August 2nd, 2015 - I have been a Mary Berry fan ever since my parents bought Barnford, their house in south Devon, which had a very old Aga complete with a very old Mary Berry Aga Cook Book.
Danforth Tomato Relish July 22nd, 2015 - A very useful – and delicious – multi purpose tomato sauce, dip or spread from Malawi.
Marion’s Fake Bakewell Recipe July 14th, 2015 - I’ve been making our Fake Bakewells for over 40 years, and we haven’t got tired of it yet!
Safe Landings July 9th, 2015 - Sorry for the media silence, and now all you have is a photoless blog post. Can’t blame anything other than indolence, slight travel weariness and a 6″ pile of letters, bills etc waiting hopefully for urgent attention on the kitchen table.