Coombemill Ducks present ‘Skating on Ice’!

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 -

Farm magic

I do love to down tools and enjoy a wonder around the farm on a lovely sunny day. Today was bitterly cold, clear blue skies and not a soul around. Funnily enough this very cold but dry weather really suits the animals and the rain that makes them really miserable as they find it hard to dry out in winter.

Cheeky Donkeys 

Our donkeys are lacking the brains they were born with and have been gnawing away at their shelter, not a sensible move, since it had got to the point where it was no longer offering much by way of protection for them! I caught up with Farmer Nick taking pity on them repairing their home and leaving some alternative wood in their field for their teeth sharpening antics! I’m not sure that Rolo watching us looks too apologetic!

Donkey field shelter repairsDonkey field shelter repairsRolo the Donkey

It was such a beautiful day I couldn’t resist a few random snaps, it was far too lovely to be indoors. 

Winter Beauty

I love the wintery scenes, it just looks so peaceful on the farm and looking up the valley 

Beginners lake and alpaca fieldCoombe BridgeLog store beyond the river

Just after taking the picture over the lake, the ducks spotted me and took to the water, except the lake has frozen in all but one little patch around duck island. I just had to flip the camera to video mode and capture their comical endeavours at ice skating! I think they are the ones who will be glad to see some warmer temperatures and rain back!

 

Lessons in Ice skating from Coombe Mill ducks 

They made me smile! 


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


Liver & Bacon with a twist!

Posted on January 30th, 2012 -

What’s Cooking?

With half term fast approaching I am working hard to stock the freezer with all the family favourites. Today’s recipe is a real “marmite” one; you either love it or hate it! It is very divisive in my house, but if you are a fan, this is a a real simple recipe which is delicious when using quality ingredients.

Top Tip:

Here on the farm we have the very best of home grown, but appreciating that not everyone has that I can recommend splashing out on the bacon in particular, the supermarket cheap watery packs are just hopeless to cook with!

Liver and Bacon Casserole

Ingredients

Quantities are very forgiving so go with what you think for the number you are feeding

Liver in chunks or slices (most animal liver is fine, lamb and chicken are popular) and any other offal you like: kidney, tongue, heart all work well

Onions finely sliced

Mushrooms finely sliced

Good quality back bacon, dicedFarmer Nick's best Cornish Ale

Garlic cloves finely chopped

Plain white flour

Beef or chicken stock cube(s)

Olive oil

My twist: Good Ale, I like a bottle of Farmer Nick’s best Cornish Bitter!

Lightly boiled and chopped carrots or other veg (optional, can just serve with the meal separately)

Potatoes for mashing.

Method

  1. Saute the onions and Mushrooms in  2 tablespoons of olive oil.
     
  2. Remove with a slotted spoon, add the diced bacon and fry with the chopped garlic until crispy and the juices are running,  then add the sliced liver, heart, tongue, kidney or other offal and quickly fry on a high heat to seal for 5 minutes.
     
  3. Reduce the heat sprinkle in a couple of tablespoons of flour and stir for 1 minute. It will begin to stick to the pan, at this point gradually add the ale, stock cube and season with black pepper and a pinch of salt. Stir to a rich smooth consistency, add the onion, mushroom and any other veg. back in and transfer to a casserole dish. 
     
  4. Peel and boil the potatoes, drain well then mash with a little milk, butter and salt.
     
  5. Spread the mash over the casserole and cook in the oven on a medium heat at about 160degrees – for  approximately an hour.

Tip

You can cook for shorter at a higher temperature or even leave it on the hob and serve the potato separately, but I always think meat is more tender and tasty cooked longer and slower in the oven. I then freeze my 2 and 4 potion dishes ready for our guests to simply refrost and reheat after a busy day on the farm or at the beach. It is an easy one to make in batches, so worth doing one for the freezer and one for dinner.

 

 Diced bacon fryingAll ready to transfer to the casseroleCarrots can be served separately or in the casserole


Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on January 29th, 2012 -

Here on the farm

Caught on Camera in the morning sun: 

 

Mr Muscovy Duck

 

   TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky  Silent Sunday

 

 


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 28th, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


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