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Coombe Mill Blog
"Tales from the farmers wife" shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
Another glorious week for weather, cold but so beautiful. All our muddy puddles have turned to ice rinks providing a different form of outdoor fun for the children. Climbing the trees has taken their fancy this week too, I think it was after Felix showed his famous Eden project Trick a couple of weeks back! https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2012/01/22/Silent-Sunday.aspx. So here are the gang enjoying the winter sunshine on the farm and just letting off steam being kids
Thank you for all the lovely outdoor play snaps you linked up in January, a great collection despite the cold and often dreary days. Children generally feel so much better for some fresh air regardless of the weather as do I, so please keep it going, grab the badge and link up here each week. Another Coombe Mill hat to give away at the end of the month.
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.
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!
It was such a beautiful day I couldn’t resist a few random snaps, it was far too lovely to be indoors.
I love the wintery scenes, it just looks so peaceful on the farm and looking up the valley
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!
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.
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!
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, diced
Garlic cloves finely chopped
Plain white flour
Beef or chicken stock cube(s)
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.
Saute the onions and Mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
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.
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.
Peel and boil the potatoes, drain well then mash with a little milk, butter and salt.
Spread the mash over the casserole and cook in the oven on a medium heat at about 160degrees – for approximately an hour.
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.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.