Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 18th, 2012 -

A day out on a mini train!

Our next door village of St Teath had a family fun day organised through one of the residents in their amazing back garden! In this sleepy Cornish village is a group of train enthusiasts who open their wonderful garden to village events and train rides for the children. We took Clio and her friend along as Farmer Nick has his eye on something similar for Coombe Mill! I am so excited by the prospect it’s not true, it would be amazing to have all this fun for our holiday makers right here at Coombe Mill. The girls had a wonderful time and gave the idea a huge thumbs up. I have further encouraged Nick with photos from Single Married Mum from her lovely experience linked to Coombemill in June.


Enjoying St Teath Train fun day


I thought these track photos lent themselves really well to the old style photo look. The whole fun day was a little like a trip back in time to be fair, but in all the best ways!


Old Style looking train fun


The tables and chairs in the garden with tea coffee and cakes being served completed the scene, the girls enjoyed running around and visiting the pond too!


A fun afternoon all in!

Keep watching the blog for a “Honey I bought a train” post! I would love to be able to do it for next summer, some penny counting to be done and rescheduling of our 5 year plan!

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Autumn Family Farm Holiday Give Away!

Posted on August 17th, 2012 -

Autumn on the Farm

When the leaves are turning, dew glistens in the morning light and mild days give way to chilly evenings, what better than to curl up by the log fire in our cozy cottages and lodges or cook out in our toasty indoor barbecue house and reflect on a fun family day spent out on the farm and exploring Cornwall.


 Scandinavian LodgeWillow CottageIndoor BBQ with seating for 15

Sound Good?

Then a holiday here at Coombe Mill could be just the ticket this autumn. Our famous tractor rides with farmer Nick carry on all year, the children gain so much knowledge and confidence with the animals and are always thrilled by a turn at helping drive! With 30 acres of meadows, woodland, play areas, river and lakes; it is beautiful and peaceful, just perfect for a family get a way.  

Autumn Tractor ridesPlay boat

Win a week at Coombe Mill 

If a week at Coombe Mill sounds like the perfect way to spend some quality time with your family then here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment here to say why this holiday would be right for your family.

2. For another entry retweet this message:

I have entered to WIN an Autumn Farm Holiday for my family with @coombemill. So can you Pls RT 

and follow  on twitter, leaving a message to confirm you have done both with your twitter ID.

3. for a 3rd entry like Coombe Mill on Facebook and share on your time line leaving a separate message here to say you have done so with your facebook ID.

4. For a final entry I would be so chuffed for you to take my Coombe Mill badge from the code here for your site and once again leave me a comment here to say you have done so and the link to your site. 


Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Terms and Conditions

Applicants should be over 18 years old. The holiday is for a family of up to 6 members and must be taken between 08.09.12 and 10.11.12 and begin on a Saturday. Offer excludes week commencing 27th October and is subject to availability on any chosen week. There is no cash alternative. Extra items from our website will be chargable at the normal rate.

Entries must be in by midnight Thursday 6th September and the winner will be announced on Twitter and facebook the following Morning. Good luck to all taking part and we look forward to welcoming someone to Coombe Mill very soon! 

This competition is now closed. The winner was drawn through Random and is . Well done Joanne and we look forward to meeting you and the family shortly!


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Vegetable Curry Feast

Posted on August 13th, 2012 -

3 versatile dishes, simple yet tasty

Vegetarian food to the non vegetarian can be labelled as lacking. I am a firm believer that vegetables can be very bit as filling and tasty as meat dishes. This Curry combination is one such example. Quick, no fuss and maximum taste, it is a winner with my meat loving family and our holiday makers. It has the added benefit of being low fat and very healthy, packed with nutrition yet tasting like a treat meal! 

 A Vegetable Feast

Slow Cooked Vegetable Curry

This is the main dish which cooks on a low heat in a oven or slow cooker to take the raw crispness out of the veg whist retaining texture and flavour. The other 2 dishes are quick to prepare on the hob when this one is in the oven.

IngredientsFresh Ingredients for Vegetable Curry

Mixed vegetables, chopped into large chunks (I use Onions, sweet potato, mushrooms, coloured peppers, garlic,)

Tin of chopped tomatoes

Approximately 1/2 tin of evaporated milk (creme fresh, Greek yogurt or cream also work if you have some open)

Olive oil

Mild curry spice, paprika, cumin

Corn flour



1. Place a little oil in a deep frying pan

2. Add onion and spices to taste and fry on a medium heat for 2 minutes reducing to a low heat to simmer for a further 5 minutes until onions are turning soft.

Onions and SpicesCooking in the olive oil

3. Transfer to a large casserole dish. 

4. Add the other roughly chopped veg and toss in the spices for 1 minute.

5. Add the tin (or more) of chopped tomatoes to make a thick sauce.

6. Gradually add the evaporated milk to taste to give a rich flavour.


Chopped Vegetables are addedChopped Tomatoes create the Saucemilk or cream add richness

7. Remove a little liquid from the pan in a cup and stir in a spoonful of corn flour. Return to the pan when smooth.

8. Place in the center of a low oven at about 120 degrees for approximately 1 hour


Placed in a low ovenCurry out of the oven


Tarka Dhal

I love the total simplicity of the way I make this dish. I am quite sure it is not authentic, but it tastes it! My recipe is healthy in the extreme but so doesn’t feel like diet food! 

IngredientsIngredients for Tarka Dhal

Red lentils

Mild curry spice


Mixed sweet spice (added about 1:5 vs the other curry spices together)

A few whole cloves



1. Simply place the required quantity of dried lentils in a sauce panTarka Dhal

2. Add the spices to taste

3. Pour over boiling water

4. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 1/2 hour topping up with hot water if needed till the lentils have absorbed the water and spices and are soft.


This dish can be made in advance and warmed through when needed


Bombay Potato

I have been wanting to do some curry meals in our reception freezer for a long time, but have always steered clear as rice can be so tricky to freeze, defrost and reheat safely. When experimenting over a family evening meal I hit upon the idea of Bombay potato. The perfect solution to freezing my curries! I have tried various different methods but found the simple one the best, the healthiest, the quickest and the tastiest, so here it is: 


Good boiling potatoes like Whites

Turmeric, Mild Curry Spice



1. Peal and cube the potatoes.

2. Toss in the Spices and crushed garlic.

3. Add just enough boiling water to cook the potatoes.

4. Bring to the boil then simmer till just cooked but still in shape.

5. Drain any remaining surplus liquid (this can be added to the curry if needed as the starch will help thicken the sauce). 


cubed potatoesSpices are addedSimmered until just soft

Serving and Freezing

The three dishes compliment each other very well and can all be frozen. For my Coombe Cuisine range I layer the tarka dhal, then the curry and top with the bombay potato. A perfect ready to go healthy meal after a hard day on the farm!


3 pots for 3 curries3 dishes served upReady to freeze for Coombemill guests


I am linking up with August Funky Foodies over with  and for the Slow Cook Curry with Slow Cooker Sunday hosting this week by  Why not pop over to their sites for more creative recipes.

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Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on August 12th, 2012 -

Sunday photo of the week


Fun Feeding the Donkeys with Farner Nick's Little Helpers Club

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 11th, 2012 -

Country Kids Go Urban!

We are just back from a few days with Yia Yia, the children’s Greek Grandmother in Lewes, East Sussex. I am amazed and delighted that in her mid seventies she still delights in us descending, creating mayhem in the house, Playing football and more in her beautiful garden, eating her out of house and home then leaving again! I hope I am as capable and willing to entertain my own grandchildren when the time comes! A day with a BBQ at a friends pool, much scooting at the town skate park and garden play filled our three days.

Urban Kids still finding outdoor fun


Olympic Stadium Treat

As a final treat Yia Yia had managed Olympic tickets for the older children and us for the Thursday! From the train up to watching the stadium erupt during the men’s 400m relay with Team GB, it was an experience of a life time and one the children will remember for ever. Speaking of which I think some thank you letters will be in order now kids!


Olympic Stadium for the Day


Joining In

Please come and join me with your outdoor adventures with the kids, a day out or simple garden play, I would love you to share here. Simply grab the badge and link up. Take a peep at some of the other entries too and be inspired with more summer fun!


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