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New Year Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

New Year Resolutions

The new year brings a lot of excitement to us here at Tŷ Paned. Christmas held plenty of baking projects, buzz about some new courses for 2014 and most importantly time spent with loved ones. Sharing a gingerbread ski chalet with my family was certainly one of the highlights of the Christmas break. Making time to spend a day in the kitchen with my wonderful wife with no other agenda other than creating a gingerbread masterpiece was a very special way to enjoy time together with a result that was going to make us very happy indeed! Check out some pics:- Now we look forward to what’s in...

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Half the hedgerow jam

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in News | 2 comments

Half the hedgerow jam

There’s so much wild food around at the moment, it’s impossible to collect it all and find time to do something with it all! Over the weekend the Tŷ Paned kitchen was turned into a production factory for jams, jellies, fruit leather and more jam! As you can see from the picture there’s plenty available if you know what you’re looking for. In the picture there’s blackberries and elderberries in the bowl at the top left, rowan berries at the top right, crab apples from two different trees, sloes (the purple berries), two different types of rose-hips, and haws (the...

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Port eirin ysgaw a meddyliau hydref

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Port eirin ysgaw a meddyliau hydref

Wel, mae’r haf wedi dod a mynd. Mae dal ychydig o gordial blodysgaw ar ôl sydd yn gallu f’atgoffa am yr haf gwych a fu ond Medi’r cyntaf yw’r diwrnod lle dyn ni’n ffarwelio â’r hâf ac yn croesawi’r hydref. Mae gan greadigaeth digon i’w gynnig i’r chwilotwr llygaid barcud.   Treuliais yr haf yn chwilota, pobi a gorffen y cwb ffowls heb anghofio pythefnos yng Ngroeg! Oeddwn i wrth fy modd gyda fy mara gwymon, gwnaed â gwymon o’r traeth yn Nhrefin. Dwi ‘di taro’r hoelen ar ei phen gyda choffi dant y llew (y gyfrinach yw rhostio darnau yr un maint neu byddwch yn llosgi peth tra bod darnau...

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Elderberry port and autumn thoughts

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in News | 2 comments

Elderberry port and autumn thoughts

So the summer has come and gone. There’s still a little bit of elderflower cordial left so in my mind I can extend it a bit but September the first is always the day I associate with the end of the summer. It means that school’s just round the corner. The summer berries and peas are finished. It’s time to start thinking about what plentiful bounties creation has to offer during the next season of life.   I spent the summer foraging, baking and finishing my chicken coop and threw in a trip to Greece for good measure! I was delighted with my seaweed bread with seaweed picked from the...

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Elderflower delight

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Elderflower delight

The month of June brings almost unparalleled joy to the forager. As far as flowers go, the elderflower is the absolute king. It is so delicious and so versatile. It is one of the few wild foodstuffs that is collected for commercial use, and for good reason. It produces a beautifully refreshing, summer cordial, one of the finest hedgerow champagnes, and an increasingly popular, sweet treat called elderflower delight. Thank you John Wright in the River Cottage Hedgerow Handbook for that. I won’t give away that recipe, you’ll have to buy the book for that but I will pass on my...

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Booze for free

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Booze for free

One of the delights of foraging is producing 9 litres of wine for the cost of a kilo of sugar and a couple of lemons (ok so it’s not quite free!) I spent a lovely half hour in the sun on the way home from work one day last week, picking dandilions and then spent not quite such a lovely half hour picking the green bits off! It’s a bit of an experiment at this stage but I’m certainly looking forward to sampling and a bit more experimenting. Where did I put that corkscrew?

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