The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Devon Edition

Category: Courses

Let’s Talk About Pies & Cakes at River Cottage HQ

12 Mar 2017

Not the big, crusty, creamy winter comfort food pies (as much as I love those); this feels like a good time to tell you about my latest kitchen escapades, having tottered along to River Cottage and enrolled myself on their Cakes & Sweet Pastries course.  Yep, don’t sweat it people, Volume 2 of my best-selling cookery book is coming along nicely (knew you were wondering).

When the good folk of River Cottage invited me to go along to their kitchens at their rather idyllically positioned HQ near Axminster and spend the day brushing up on my baking, I was there like a cat chasing catnip.  

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Alternative, Fromage-Free ideas for Valentines Day

30 Jan 2017

My head hit the table today at speed when I realised that V-day is creeping up on us like a red velvet-caped assassin.  For crying out loud, just as we’ve got Christmas done and dusted, now the pressure is on to roll out a massive show of affection for our loved ones.  I’ll tell you what, this year shall we make a pact not to go too over the top on the roses and dodgy poetry and, instead treat the day as a chance to simply enjoy doing something a bit different to the mundane and ordinary?  

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What’s On: The Muddy Guide (Thurs 26 Jan – Wed 1 Feb)

25 Jan 2017

Healthy Breakfast Weekend at Darts Farm, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Jan

Breakfast, brunch, brinner, brupper, whatever you want to call it, I’m a massive fan, so you might just catch me loitering at this one, taking place at the best farm shop in the UK (that’s not me bragging, it’s true, they’ve got the award!).  It’s a celebration of healthy ways to kick off the day, as loads of the region’s best artisan suppliers will be coming together.

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Want to cook more this year? Check out Ashburton Cookery School

12 Jan 2017

I’m just back from a weekend course at Ashburton Cookery School in south Devon and had to jump straight onto the blogeroo while I’m still on a massive freaking high.  It turns out I can cook!  Actual food! Incr-Edible!

Anyone who knows me well will chuckle at this statement.  I’m the Queen of procrastination; I can usually find a zillion excuses not to spend time in the kitchen at home.  

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