Hemsley and Hemsley released their second book this week “Good + Simple” and I was particularly excited about it. I’ve been using their first book a lot recently so I was pretty interested to see what delights might be in their second book. I haven’t made anything yet but there is plenty there to inspire me. I’ve a slight cookbook obsession so I’m happy to have another book this week to add to my ever increasing collection.
I had a little gift from Black Tor Brewery this week.. 18 pints of their finest Porter. They asked me to create some recipes using the beer for a magazine article that’s being written about them. I was really thrilled to be asked. What an honour! Obviously, Steve is now on cloud 9 as he loves their ales and now he has it on tap in his very own kitchen!
The recipes that I have created using the porter ale are Spiced Porter Ice Cream, Mushroom Rarebit, Onion Soup with Porter and a rich Porter and Chocolate Cake. These will filter out on the blog over the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled!
I hosted my second Tara’s Busy Kitchen presents Afternoon Tea on Sunday. I was so excited to finally get to meet everybody who had purchased a ticket. I had prepared a selection of sweet and savoury treats all served up on stunning vintage crockery in a beautifully styled “pop up” tea room at my house. Quirky and different but really well received and I can’t wait to start planning the next date. I’ve recently posted a full account of my event so have a look. So many beautiful photos to capture the afternoon courtesy of Steve Kitch.
On Thursday I met my chum Amber at Quickes Farm just outside Exeter in Newton St Cyres. I caught the bus out there as it’s on an easy bus route from Exeter. I hopped off just outside the farm. We had both been excited about visiting ever since we planned it a few weeks ago when we visited Riverford Field Kitchen. We plan to visit somewhere once a month. This month’s turn happened to be Quickes. Neither of us had been before so it was new for us both. We had such a lovely afternoon having lunch in the farm kitchen and then a guided tour with Tom. A really lovely chap who took time out of his busy day to show us how the farm works and the process of making cheese. It was so informative and makes you really appreciate all the local artisans making and producing such fabulous devon treasures. I have a full account of our afternoon at Quickes Farm in the pipeline but in the meantime here are a few pictures of lunch and our tour. Such a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
I was excited to try the cheeses I purchased at Quickes alongside my farmers market bits. I had visited both Shillingford Organics for apples and The almond Thief Bakery for their wonderful sourdough. I pulled out some of my homemade chutney out of the fridge alongside some Blueberry Brothers chutney. Put all of this together and you get a simple but wonderful lunch. So tasty. Exactly what I like from a meal.
It’s been another busy week. I have put plans in motion for my next Tara’s Busy Kitchen event on the 17th April 2016. It’s exciting stuff. I love organising things so having another event to plan is perfect for me. I’ve also put some wheels in motion for the blog’s first anniversary at the beginning of May. I can’t believe the blog will soon be a year old! It’s flown by, and I hope there will be many more years to come. I think a big birthday party is in order don’t you?
I’ve also started my very own Tara’s Busy Kitchen Facebook page so take a look and give it a like if you enjoy what you see!
See you all next week!