31 July 10

Malted Prune Loaf

All the credit for this recipe goes to Dan Lepard. I have to confess that I did make a few changes as we all know cooking and baking are subjective and I have changed the original recipe to accommodate my taste.

I found the original recipe very rich and the treacle was a bit too much for me, especially when the loaf matured after one day, it was very strong. Nevertheless it’s a superb recipe and I love Dans reference to  this recipe being the original British “energy bar”.

We particularly enjoyed it toasted for breakfast with a thin scraping of slightly salted butter and a cup of ‘builders’ tea. It’s the perfect loaf to start my busy and hectic day.

When I first read the recipe I was baffled about malt extract as I had neither heard of  nor used it, so I was slightly unnerved as I did

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27 July 10

Orford-Landed Seabass with Crispy Potatoes, Bacon and Sea Purslane

Orford is a fantastic place, getting to it is slightly tricky as it requires manoeuvring down a  narrow country lane but the “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” is fantastic. A true gem. The village has a lot of character with wonderful’ olde worlde’ seaside village charm. It’s home to some fantastic and well known businesses which makes the visit even more special.

One place I cannot resist visiting is Brinkley’s Shed on the quay and run by local fishermen. It’s here that I found this marvelous local caught seabass and when I faced  the sea, I discovered the wonderful sea purslane growing nearby. I like to visit Brinkley’s as each visit has it’s own mystery finds. They sell what’s in season and fish caught on that particular day. It’s wonderful that there are businesses that focus mainly on the seasons.

Other places I love visiting  in

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23 July 10

Hitting The Ground Running

Phew! What an exhausting week it has been! I can barely keep up with everything that is going on right now!

Well, to begin with, Mr.P and I arrived shell-shocked in the middle of the countryside, proud new owners of our own establishment but a bit dazed by the prospect of how much work there is to do.

There we stood with the keys in our hands and stars in our eyes, and a whole load of boxes to unpack! It wasn’t long, though, before an army of workmen trooped in and brought us back down to earth and onto the job in hand.

Almost immediately, carpets were ripped up, woodwork was being sanded, walls were being painted, and the hectic creation of the British Larder, Suffolk is in full swing – if slightly hard to visualise in the midst of a building site!

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18 July 10

Elderflowers Crème Fraîche Tart with British Strawberries

Finally the elderflowers have shown their face, slightly later than last year as I had all my elderflower goodies made by this time. I’m a firm believer that all good things comes to those who wait. The trees are looking heavy in bloom and a bumper harvest is predicted. In the meantime, whilst waiting for the flowers to mature, prepare to make that all important elderflower cordial. I found it quite difficult this year to find citric acid, an ingredient important in the preserving stage of the cordial. I had to resort to buy it from the internet and my purchase was not as satisfactory as I hoped it to be. The reason for that is that the citric acid I purchased was crystals instead of the powder, not great for cooking. Make sure you select the correct type of citric acid, do not make the same mistake as

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