Campfire Cooking with Nick & Bella in May Country Living

2014.04.07

 

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

 

Weaners arrive at Walnuts Farm

2014.04.07

 

Bella picked up two Oxford Sandy and Black gilts over the weekend – progeny of The Barnsnap Herd, and they’re already settling into their arc, and tucking in at the trough.

 

Smoking Trout at Walnuts Farm

2014.04.02

 

The opening of the trout season, and a big haul from Bewl Water is always a good excuse to get out the smoker…

We smoked over oak wood chips using a smoker from Outdoor Cook. The fish were all caught ‘low and slow’ on black and green lures, as is typical for this time of year. You can see more of us smoking trout and a recipe for hot smoked trout with beetroot and apple salad in the March 2014 issue of Country Living magazine.

 

Garlic planting at Walnuts Farm

2014.03.17

 

A quick roughen up with my Father’s 1960′s issue wooden handled ‘Wolf’ cultivator – and we’re ready to plant out the garlic that has been growing steadily in modules in the cold frames.

Last of the Brussels Sprouts.

2014.03.17

 

We usually keep our brassicas going as long as possible to help us over ‘the hungry gap’ – that time between the point when the stored vegetables are used up or spoiled, and the new season’s vegetables start to produce. But these Brussels Sprouts are coming out now to make way for the garlic going in. We can’t resist one more picking of the smallest sprouts for tonight’s supper with sausages and mash. Fittingly the remainder will go to the pigs.

Easter at Walnuts Farm with Nick & Bella in April Country Living

2014.03.05

Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

2014.03.04

 

Today we’re flipping pancakes, and everyone ends up smiling…

 

The Bee Garden

2014.02.25

 

It’s always hard to remember the Summer when in the depths of even a mild Winter, but a few days of sunshine has got us planning the Spring sowing of the bee garden. Here’s last year’s in August…

 

A Hint of Spring…

2014.02.19

 

Four days after the traditional Valentines Day start to the egg season – these Buff Orpington cross pullets (seen here last Autumn) have at last started laying, and repaying us for all that Winter feed.

Great Little Trading Company at Walnuts Farm

2014.02.11

Savour Life at Walnuts Farm with Nick and Bella in Country Living magazine – March 2014

2014.02.06

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and Drink Editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

Joules at Walnuts Farm

Category: TEAR SHEETS  Joules
2014.02.04

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Winter Work – A New Larder Cupboard for The Farmhouse Kitchen

Category: PROPS  Ceramics  INTERIOR  Details  INTERIOR  Kitchen
2014.02.04

On a wet weekend we turned a dark kitchen cupboard into a new larder using cream rectangular tiles by Fired Earth, with ‘Smoke’ grey grout from Topps Tiles, together with stone shelves made to measure by Stone Age. It’s the perfect space to store all those Kilner jars…

Winter work at Walnuts Farm: Bella and Nick weave a willow fence

2014.01.29

Winter Work at Walnuts Farm – Feeding the Bees

2014.01.28

On a bright still day Bella opens up her hives to give the bees a sugar fix as there’s not much for them to forage from the wild over Winter…

Winter Work at Walnuts Farm – Log Splitting

2014.01.23

Between downpours we’ve been out splitting ash to feed the fires here at Walnuts Farm.

Winter Work at Walnuts Farm – Woven Willow Fence Making

2014.01.15

Here are a few stills from a little film we’re making, of us constructing a woven willow fence on a sunny Winter’s day at Walnuts Farm…

Homemade Sourdough

2014.01.15

 

In between shovelling roadstone to form the foundation of our new gravel path, Nick made his best crusty sourdough to date. The perfect bread for a well-earned bacon sandwich. You can see the recipe for an easy sourdough loaf in the February issue of Country Living magazine.

Savour Life at Walnuts Farm with Nick and Bella in Country Living magazine – February 2014

2014.01.08

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

Twelfth Night at Walnuts Farm

2014.01.08