England · Travels

Axminster: Until next time Old Park Hall!

My last week at Old Park Hall¬†was a busy one! Not only did we have the usual cleaning, turning over rooms, lighting fires, making dinner, and general upkeep, we also had family guests and I had a huge sewing project! I spent three days sewing blackout floor to ceiling curtains for the great windows of… Continue reading Axminster: Until next time Old Park Hall!

Allergy Friendly · Cookies/Biscuits · England · Travels

GF Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Flour

Knowing how to cook and bake is not without it’s problems. This is a perfect example. I wanted chocolate, but there was presumably nothing in the house; I had even used all of the flour! I had coconut flour though, and the little recipe on the back of the package turned out wonderfully! I was… Continue reading GF Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Flour

England · Travels

Lyme Regis: By the Seaside, by the beautiful sea!

  I went for a little adventure away from Old Park Hall, and went to Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast. It’s a little seaside town with tons of little shops, people on holiday, adorable seaside huts, and seaside goodies like ice-cream, fish and chips, and fudge. In April the weather was cold but sunny,… Continue reading Lyme Regis: By the Seaside, by the beautiful sea!

Italy · Travels

Fattoria l’Aurora: Reminiscing about Italy and the farm

I’ve been worrying myself, for quite some time, about the fact that I never posted about my adventures in Italy. I’ve decided the start telling that story. It might be while I’m seated down in the kitchens of an old English manor house, and not on a sunny terrace in Piemonte, but I don’t think… Continue reading Fattoria l’Aurora: Reminiscing about Italy and the farm

England · Pies & Tarts · Travels

Axminster Devon England: Old Park Hall

On the train to Axminster I saw: hundreds of sheep, beef cattle, cows, chickens, a few pigs, fat wood pigeons, 3 deer, 4 swans, domestic geese, llamas, 7 pheasants, otherwise numerous and varied birds, and a rabbit in the blackberry brambles by the train tracks, a ruined castle, gorgeous churches, and an old man burning… Continue reading Axminster Devon England: Old Park Hall

Charcuterie · Fish · Norway · Travels

Ragnar’s Norwegian Fishcakes: Ragnars Fiskekaker

Here’s a recipe for tasty Norwegian fishcakes. These are a specialty of my friend’s father, Ragnar. He makes the forcemeat, and Hilde’s mom Vivi fries them off. I gave Vivi a break, and was fry cook for the day. In this recipe they are fried in butter, but the mousseline forcemeat is very versatile, and… Continue reading Ragnar’s Norwegian Fishcakes: Ragnars Fiskekaker