Blackberry and Apple Delight with Cotswold Honey


The hedgerows are loaded down with wild blackberries right now and so are the apple trees. There is no better way to enjoy the Cotswold countryside than picking wild fruit. So pick as many blackberries as you can and if you can scrump some apples the only thing needed then is the Cotswold honey.

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My mother used to make this scrumptious recipe (below) all through blackberry season and my brother and I rushed back from school knowing it would be there for us to heartily enjoy, as soon as we got home. So eating this dish for me is like Proust’s Madelaine Cake and I am transported back to my childhood by its sweetly perfumed delicate
taste.

Honey

Honey is a very important ingredient of this dish. Use organic Acacia if possible. Cotswold Honey is the best choice and Andy Briggs of Fat Cat Antiques Fairs sells local Cotswold organic honey. Here is his link: http://bit.ly/1uoQJjz

Blackberry and Apple Delight with Cotswold Honey 

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

2 1lbs Blackberries or more. They cook down quite a bit.
1 8oz jar of Cotswold Honey
8 apples cored and finely sliced- any kind of apple works fine.
¼ cup of water
1 carton ice cream or whipped double cream to taste (optional)

Method

Carefully wash the blackberries making sure no stems or leaves remain
Wash, core and finely slice the apples leaving their skins on.Blackberry and Apples-2

In a large pot cook gently heat the blackberries until they are just soft
Drain off the excess liquid
In a separate saucepan gently cook the apples, after adding the water, until almost soft
Drain off the excess liquid
Combine the apples and blackberries in a large pot
Add the jar of Cotswold honey (or to taste)
Stir in gently
Cook for a few minutes until the apples have absorbed the colour of the blackberries and the honey is well distributed.
Allow to cool
If desired serve with Vanilla Ice cream or whipped double cream

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Scrumptious Seafood Sauté Recipe with Cotswold Butter

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I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside Seafood Sauté 

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This scrumptious Seafood Sauté is really enhanced by using locally churned Cotswold Butter which is available at many Cotswold farmer’s markets. Below is the link to farmer’s markets in the region. This link and other useful foodie information appear in the Travel Guide of my book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. (Available on Amazon in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book)

www.thecotswoldgateway.co.uk

I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside Seafood Sauté Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients 

1 fresh, live Lobster
10 fresh uncooked peeled Shrimp
10 fresh uncooked unpeeled Shrimp
1 cup Fresh peeled Crayfish Tails (where available)
8 fresh Mussels
8 fresh Clams
12 fresh Scallops

2 whole Lemons cut into segments
4 bulbs finely chopped Garlic
4 table spoons finely chopped Parsley
2 table spoons fresh Oregano
2 table spoons fresh Rosemary
2 tea spoons Tarragon
1 cup Butter (Cotswold butter if possible)
2 table spoons Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

Requirements:

2 Iron skillets with handles that will go from
oven to table. One for each serving
(For the best results this dish should be prepared in 2 x 9” cast iron skillets
although a stainless steel skillet of this size will work almost as well.)

Plunge Lobster into boiling water, cover and cook for 20 minutes
After Lobster is done turn off heat and leave
in the pot while preparing the other ingredients:

Dry Scallops with paper towel
Make sure Butter is very hot but not burning
in a separate pan sauté Scallops in 2 table spoons of Butter
for three to four minutes or until not quite cooked through

Prepare the Clams and Mussels by steaming them until they pop open.
Remove immediately from the steamer, removing the top shell from the Mussels and set aside

Remove Lobster from pot and dry with paper towel
With a very sharp knife cut Lobster in half and crack the claws

Heat both skillets to medium heat
Divide 1 cup Butter between two skillets
Divide Garlic into two and add to both skillets.
Sauté Garlic for a minute or so being careful not to burn
Stir all herbs into the pan reserving 2 table spoons Parsley
Add Shrimp and Mussels (shell up) and cook until almost done
Turn up heat as much as possible without burning butter
Add half Lobster to each skillet with shell facing upwards
Ladle butter from skillet over Lobster
Add Crayfish Tails and Scallops
Stir, making sure all the ingredients are coated in butter and herbs
and cook until all the seafood is thoroughly cooked

Sprinkle with Parsley, add lemon wedges

Serve and eat immediately.

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COTSWOLDS DRY STONE WALLS Keeping Rural Skills Alive

Traditional country crafts keep the Cotswolds beautiful.
Fortunately, recently care is being taken to keep the disappearing art of
Dry Stone Walling and other rural skills alive. See ruralskills.org

Excerpt from Cotswolds Memoir:

Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage.
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During the hike, we came across a farmer repairing a dry stone wall. These walls are characteristic of the Cotswold region and add enormously to the beauty of the landscape. Made from the local honey-coloured stone without any kind of mortar, they are assembled like giant jigsaw puzzles. We watched, fascinated, as the farmer took pieces of jagged, uneven stone and fitted them together perfectly as he talked. I asked how he did it so expertly.

‘Mainly by feel,’ he answered in his broad country accent. He was a great old character and he gave a terrific impromptu talk on dry stone walling.

‘Its limestone, see, and we gather the stones from all around when we rebuild like this. After you do it for a while, you even know where the stones come from by their colour. See this one in my hand? Now that’s from Guiting, and that one – that’s from Oddington. These walls don’t just divide the fields; they provide shelter for small birds, toads, frogs and insects. They have all sorts growing in between the stones too. Wild flowers, herbs, berries – you name it. Why, I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t a few Roman coins in there too.’

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Cotswolds Views 5 of the Best!

Gotta love those Cotswold Views!

Here (below) are my favourite five – all are included in the Travel Guide of my book
COTSWOLDS MEMOIR:
Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage.

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Best COTSWOLD VIEW from a MANOR HOUSE

SNOWSHILL MANOR, 
Broadway, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU nationaltrust.org.uk

Gorgeous views across the Snowshill Lavender fields and surrounding rolling hills.
This National Trust property houses Charles Wade’s eclectic collection of craftsmanship from all over the world. Charming organic garden.

 

Best COTSWOLD VIEW from a COUNTRY INN

EDGEMOOR INN, Near Painswick, Gloucestershire, GL6 6ND edgemoor-inn.com

Breath-taking views from the terrace as inn overlooks entire Painswick valley and is situated on the Cotswold Way. Great food and beer. Close to Haresfield Beacon.

Best COTSWOLD VIEW from a CASTLE

WARWICK CASTLEWarwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4QU warwick-castle.com

Worth the climb up to the roof for unmatched views of  the River Avon, the Castle grounds, the Mill Garden and surrounding countryside.
1,000 years of history. Well constructed tableaux. Great Hall. State Rooms. Jousting. Trebuchet. Great day out with the kids. PeacockGarden. Gives Disney a run for its money.

 

Best COTSWOLD VIEW from a HISTORIC SITE

BROADWAY TOWER, Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LB broadwaytower.co.uk

View from Broadwat Tower

Completed in 1798 this folly was built for Lady Coventry on a beacon hill. Spectacular views of more than a dozen counties. Over 17 metres high. Open to the public.

 

Best COTSWOLD VIEW from a NATIONAL TRUST SITE

HARESFIELD BEACON, 3 miles north west of Stroud (see website for directions) gloucestershire.gov.uk

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National Trust site on the Cotswold escarpment with amazing 360 degree views, some reaching as far as Wales. Site of a Roman-British hill fort.

 

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Cotswolds Ducks and National Trust Properties in the Cotswolds

   These adorable ducklings and their Mama Duck put on quite a show in the lily-bedecked canals of Westbury Court Gardens,  a National Trust property open to the public. I am having a wonderful time this glorious summer touring the Cotswolds, with my husband, via all the National Trust Properties in the Cotswolds.
I was handed a map of all their properties in this lovely region when I visited Chedworth Roman Villa and found it to be joy to visit them one by one – great way to see this area – taking me to parts of the Cotswolds I had never explored.
Westbury Court Garden near Gloucester and the Severn River on the edges of the Cotswolds was a revelation. It is the only 17th Century restored Dutch water garden in Great Britain.  It was originally laid out between 1696 and 1715 and remained untouched for over 300 years.
Hooray, for the National Trust rescuing it in 1967. An engraving from 1707 helped with the first complete garden restoration undertaken by this terrific organization.
Westbury Court Garden is a delight – it has a wealth of unusual plants, the calming trickle of water from the lily-covered canals, the oldest evergreen oak in England, ready for picking English apples,  plums, peaches and cherries espaliered and, in season, ripening against the old red-brick walls. There are Kingfishers, Heron, Sand Martins and of course those darling little ducklings.
We have almost worked our way through all the Cotswolds National Trust Properties making our membership fee a wonderful bargain and worth every penny.
We fairly quickly equaled the cost of our tickets in entrance fees and now it feels like all future visits and return visits are free.

NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES in the COTSWOLDS
So far we have visited Dyrham Park, Snowshill Manor and Garden, Newark Park, Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, Upton House and Gardens, Woodchester Park, Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons, Chedworth Roman Villa, Hidcote and Chasleton House.

More on all these with photos in upcoming blog posts:
Still to visit: Charlecote Park, Coughton Court, Croome Greyfriars’ House and Garden, Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Stowe and Waddesdon Manor.

Downloadable Nation Trust app:
nationaltrust.org.uk/cotswolds
Tel: 0844 800 1895

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WILD about the Cotswolds? 10 WILD Cotswold Ideas to EAT, STAY, ENJOY

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  • The WILD Rabbit Country Pub and Rooms
  • WILD Thyme Inn and rooms
  • The WILD Duck Inn
  • WILD Air Bed and Breakfast
  • WILD Garlic Restaurant and Rooms
  • WILD Camping at the Tunnel House Inn
  • WILD Rock Climbing
  • WILD Swimming
  • WILDLife Trust
  • Cotswold WILDLife Park and Gardens
“Where do you recommend we go when we get there?” is a frequent question and this gave me the idea of putting together ‘I’m just WILD about the Cotswolds list of great places to eat, stay and enjoy in this lovely region together with descriptions and contact info.

WILD about the #Cotswolds? 10 WILD Cotswold Ideas to EAT, STAY, ENJOY

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The WILD Rabbit near Stow-on-the-Wold in the charming and tranquil village of Kingham

The Cotswold stone building that houses The Wild Rabbit dates from 1750. After a thorough and very tastefully done renovation, The Wild Rabbit opened in September of last year.

Typical Sunday lunch menu includes starters such as potted rabbit, pickled vegetable salad and crab and scallop cannelloni and crab bisque.

Mains might include: roast rump of beef, poached tongue, bone marrow, and all the trimmings or skate wing, braised celery with beurre noisette

All the bedrooms are individually decorated and named after woodland animals. There are twelve in all,  four of which are garden rooms and dog-friendly.

theteam@thewildrabbit.co.uk

The Wild Rabbit, Church Street, Kingham, Oxfordshire OX7 6YA

01608 658 389

www.thewildrabbit.co.uk

Wild Thyme

WILD Thyme Inn and Rooms in Chipping Norton

Ideal if you want to indulge in the restaurant and simply stagger up to bed, or if you are looking for a base to explore the Cotswolds – three stylish rooms are located within this charming 400 year old, Grade 2 listed building.
The rooms are double bedded and en-suite with all the usual facilities. Breakfast is a substantial continental, served in the restaurant, or in your room.
Nick and Sally own and personally manage Wild Thyme Restaurant with Rooms and there is space for 35 diners. It is possible to hire the whole restaurant for exclusive use, or The Garden Room, which seats up to 14 people, for a smaller celebration.
Many original features have been retained within the Cotswold stone walls and a wonderful window seat blends perfectly with more contemporary elements to create a stylish decor.
A typical starter might include: Oven baked buckwheat blinis, Upton smoked salmon, lemon prawns and hollandaise.
Pan fried filet of Cornish mackerel, parmesan, parsnip puree, sauté girolles and crispy pancetta.
A main course might include: Barrington Estate partridge; roasted breast, ragout ravioli, savoy cabbage, roasted celeriac, girolles, crispy pancetta, Madera cream, game jus or
Pan roasted Cornish brill, Brixham mussels, truffle mash, baby spinach, parsley root and chives

The WILD Thyme Restaurant and Rooms, 10 New Street, Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire
OX7 5LJ
enquiries@wildthymerestaurant.co.uk
+44 (0) 1608 645060
www.wildthymerestaurant.co.uk

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The WILD Duck Inn   Ewen near Cirencester

This charming twelve bedroom 16th Century Inn is situated near the River Thames in the tranquil Cotswold village of Ewen near Cirencester.

Featuring old beams and portraits, the warm dining room at The Wild Duck serves a modern European and British menu. The chefs use local, organic produce, including some meats from the Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate. The Post Horn Bar serves traditional ales and wine.

Surrounded by the Cotswold Water Park, The Wild Duck Inn is close to 80 different lakes. Local activities include fishing, jet-skiing and sailing, and Cirencester is just 3 miles away

Some of the individually designed rooms have a stylish 4-poster bed, and all have tea/coffee facilities. The Grouse Room lounge has a cozy fireplace, and there is free Wi-Fi in the public areas. The Wild Duck Inn offers elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs and DVD players. There is a garden terrace for open air dining.

Click here for booking with Trip Advisor

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WILD Air Bed and Breakfast

This delightful but affordable high-end Bed and Breakfast, more like a luxurious hotel actually, is close to Minchinhampton and Nailsworth. There is also accommodation available in a separate apartment. There are all the mod cons, fluffy towels and so on and a full English breakfast, locally sourced, is served either in the garden room or on the terrace.

Brendan and Kay Clements
Wild Air
Church End, Hampton Green, Nr Box, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9AD
01453 887376
07966 031580
stay@wildaircotswolds.co.uk

www.wildaircotswolds.co.uk

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The WILD Garlic Restaurant and Rooms

All the food is made on the premises from fresh pasta and ice cream to the daily baked organic bread. Situated above the restaurant are three Four Star AA awarded spacious rooms available for Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Wild Garlic Restaurant and Rooms 3 Cossacks Square, Nailsworth, Glos GL6 0DB

Tel: 01453 832 615

www.wild-garlic.co.uk

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WILD Camping in the grounds of Tunnel House Inn

Near Cirencester Gloucestershire

Wild camping available all year round for tents in the stunningly beautiful grounds of the Tunnel House Inn which are on the edge of Hailey Wood.

The unique 17th Century Tunnel House Inn is set in an idyllic rural location nestled between the Cotswold villages of Coates and Tarlton It is close to the River Thames and sits between the Thames and the Severn Canal. The relaxed and welcoming bar has a unique character as it is furnished with a vast collection of memorabilia.

Good food served all day

01285 770280 info@tunnelhouse.com

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WILD Rock Climbing in the Cotswolds

Email: info@farpeak.co.uk

Telephone: 01285 721090

The facility at Far Peak has ample free parking and camping facilities. Great for families. No shop or playground but plenty of free space for ball games and for children to explore.

There is a public house within walking distance across the fields and local amenities are available in the nearby Cotswold town of Northleach.

There are miles of wonderful walks to be enjoyed in the area and lots of villages and lanes to be explored by walkers and cyclists.

Farpeak Climbing Centre (formally Wildrock)

Far Peak, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3JL

Email: info@farpeak.co.uk

farpeakclimbing.co.uk

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WILD Swimming in the Cotswolds

Discover the best wild swim locations in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, whether a river swim, a lake or even a waterfall.

Find local news and events in your area, water campaigns that might interest you or join a group or a meeting of like-minded people.

Includes Cotswold wild swimming locations in the Windrush River, Near Lechlade etc.,

www.wildswimming.co.uk

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Wildlife Trust

Their web site has a ‘Great places to see’ section to plan a wonderful day out in the Cotswolds.

Find out about nature reserves, webcams, local wildlife sites, family Welly walks, nest box making, how to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and lots more.

www.Wildlifetrust.org

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Cotswold WILDLife Park and Gardens

A great day out with or without kids. A lovely restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating means you can take a break while spending all day with the animals. Scenic, gardens with so much of interest. See their website for all kinds of ideas for adults and kids  – like being a keeper for a day. Information about conservation, education and so much more. There’s a gift shop and a train – the list goes on.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is located 2 miles south of the medieval town of Burford, Oxfordshire, on the A361

SatNav Postcode for Cotswolds Wildlife Park OX18 4JP Look out for Bradwell Grove

www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

by Diz White author of

COTSWOLDS MEMOIR:

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