January Recipe: Chicken Casserole with English Ale & Stilton Walnut Dumplings

http://lauraeldret.com/rss I have found a very seasonal recipe with winter vegetables and using up some of the leftover stilton that you may still have from Christmas, which is I am informed is the best time of year to buy Stilton.  I adore dumplings but don’t, I must confess, make them very often.  However, they seem ideal at this dismal, dark time of year – I am not a winter person as you will gather, despite having a January birthday!

http://tomcarter.co.uk/art-documentation/galleries/ben-brown-fine-arts/ I am sure you will enjoy the recipe.  Any English Ale will do of course, preferably a local one! Continue reading “January Recipe: Chicken Casserole with English Ale & Stilton Walnut Dumplings”

6th Ledbury Big Breakfast – 26th, 27th and 28th January 2018

Paul Gurney prepares for the 2017 Big Breakfast

Come along and join us as we celebrate the 6th Ledbury Big Breakfast, our “almost traditional winter event”. We welcome you to try something different for breakfast, to go out and enjoy a delicious meal to start the day, or buy something special to take home.

Food shops, cafes, and hotels in and around Ledbury will again be offering you all kinds of food to celebrate that most important of meals – breakfast, and what we at the Ledbury Food Group consider important – good locally produced food and drink.

This weekend is special for the variety of breakfast treats on offer from the lightest breakfast to the heartiest, many featuring the local produce for which Herefordshire is famous. Each venue is asked to put on their own breakfast specials, as well as their normal fare. Continue reading “6th Ledbury Big Breakfast – 26th, 27th and 28th January 2018”

December Recipe: Tear and Share Stollen Ring

I am going to encourage those of you who have never used yeast, or made bread, to give this recipe a go as Stollen is such a traditional Christmas ingredient, although obviously not originating in the UK.  A tip is to make sure that the milk you add is only lukewarm, too hot and you will kill the yeast and your dough won’t rise.  I put mine to prove in my airing cupboard, but anywhere warm and free of draughts is suitable, so not near a window or open door!  You can of course make your own marzipan too but that might be a step too far, although actually it is quite an easy process. Continue reading “December Recipe: Tear and Share Stollen Ring”

Reasons to Christmas Shop in Ledbury …

We are very proud of our independent shops in Ledbury. Our town’s attractions have been recognised by none other than the Guardian in its feature on 10 great places to go Christmas shopping in Europe! They say, “There may be more obvious places for a festive UK shopping spree – Bath, with its Georgian backdrop and artisan quarter; Brighton for its fun vibe; Manchester and London for the sheer choice – but little Ledbury in Herefordshire is a picturesque, stress-free option. With its stilted 17th-century Market House, timber-framed buildings, great independent shops and arty vibe, the market town has bags of atmosphere. Plus it’s in a particularly lovely part of the country, should a winter walk beckon.” Continue reading “Reasons to Christmas Shop in Ledbury …”

So Harvest is Over …

Cider apple tree shaking by Pat Strauss

So harvest is over ! Our Summer family of pickers are mostly homeward bound after a very busy and lucrative time here. They go home to their communities hoping for good snow as many of them work in the ski business in the winter. They were a good crew and we hope we will see most of them next year. Continue reading “So Harvest is Over …”