Book yourself a Zesty Weekend in the Lake District.

Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival

The World’s original Marmalade Awards

March 17 & 18th 2018

In 2005, Jane Hasell-McCosh set up the worlds original  Marmalade Festival and Awards. Held annually near Penrith in the Lake District the event draws crowds well before the usual holiday season.  This March Jane has kindly offered me three demonstration sessions where I will be cooking recipes from  At Home in Cumbria.  Do come and join the fun.  Continue reading

Free Spirit: tips to support your Dry January intentions … and beyond.



Make yourself something beautiful

Picking up on last weeks ideas for New Years resolutions , I thought those of you who have taken the plunge into a Dry January  might be in need of some ideas if not support. It probably seemed like a good idea on January 1st, but a week in, and maybe your resolution to go dry for the month is slipping.  As part of Stirring Stuff’s Recipe for success I have gathered  information , supportive tips, and ideas for drinks to encourage you in your very worthwhile endeavour.

And, you will be gladdened to hear I hope, that going dry has never been easier or tastier. One exciting by product of the new wave artisan distilling boom is an ever increasing choice of  classy non alcoholic spirit mixers.  Try these for size, Thomas and Evans, Seedlipdrinks, both make interesting distilled herbal mixers for adult pallates.

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Turn the temperature up with winter warming soups.

Mulligatawny with Peshwari Naan

Turn the temperature up with this smooth and gorgeous Mulligatawny

When its cold outside is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of warming, nourishing soup?  Here are two very different vegetable based soups, a chunky Carrot and Chickpea soup that couldn’t be more simple to make and a versatile Mulligatawny. Both are meals in themselves and have the added advantage of being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as well as being gluten free and adaptable for lactose intolerance.  Both  soups use herbs and  spices with natural health benefits helping to build defences against winter ‘bugs’. Continue reading