Launch Day -At Home in Cumbria – A Recipe Book

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‘At Home in Cumbria, A Recipe Book’, is written as a fundraiser for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland who this year celebrate twenty years of caring for people with life limiting illnesses in their own homes.  Over 125 delicious recipes each inspired by the flavours of Cumbria and often using traditional ideas with a modern twist, ‘At Home in Cumbria’, celebrates Cumbrian food at its best.  In between the recipes are food stories from twenty Seven artisan and award wining Cumbrian food producers from the region.    Continue reading

Love at First Bite: memories of an inspiring trip to Myanmar

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I arrived in Yangon, Myanmar for the second time in over a week, in late February, just as the weather was shifting from bearable to intolerably hot. I was there to accompany the team from Addenbrooke’s Abroad who work with local health care providers to support and improve care in Trauma care in Yangon General Hospital. I had won the week at an auction at The Addenbrooke’s Centenary Dinner in September last year, and as an Addenbrooke’s trained Nurse in a past life I was tremendously excited about the week ahead. The previous I had spent traveling on the usual tourist trails in the South of the – country – it truly is a beautiful and interesting place and I feel hugely saddened by current events. Continue reading

The Best Handmade Ice Cream in Cumbria!


The Handmade Ice Cream Company

I first met Steve at Cranstons, Orton Grange Charity Christmas Fair where he was quietly offering tasters of some of his delicious handmade ice-cream. I know from experience how difficult ice cream is to make especially for commercial sale so I was immediately impressed by the quality of his product. It has a warm velvety mouth feel and excellent flavour.  He was one of the first Cumbrian food producers that I contacted, and subsequently met, when setting out to do the research for my new book, At Home in Cumbria, A Recipe Book; written to celebrate 20 years of care in the community from Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.  After visiting Steve at his business  The Handmade Ice Cream Company (article below), I was inspired to develop a dessert using his gingerbread ice cream.  Mini Baked Blencatharas  – a twist on a classic, epitomising the flavours of Cumbria.  Continue reading

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