We are here! May has arrived… …and with it the realisation that our months of planning, shifting, pleading, (bribing builders with bacon sandwiches) sawing and banging will finally stop. The showroom is almost ready! We will soon be able to boast a Rayburn Heat Centre, with fully operational Rayburn in a beautiful kitchen setting so you can see and taste all … Continue reading

Simnel Cake … for Easter!

Simnel Cake   I’m a keen baker of Simnel Cake. Truthfully the kids are not that bothered with fruit cake but for me this signals the start of Spring. I know other people look at the bulbs pushing through, lambs pushing out etc, etc . I do too but my internal calendar is punctuated with recipes. Simnel cake is a … Continue reading

Before March warms up…. get this made!

So… we have battled our way through wind, rain and grey skies for what seems like forever, and we find ourselves unceremoniously tipped into the middle of March. This looks like Spring. Is it feeling like Spring to you?  I’m willing to believe that it is entirely possible that the weather has improved and will stay improved and that we are all going to enjoy … Continue reading

Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie

Ingredients for the short crust pastry I made a large quantity because I wanted to make a deep pie in a square fruit cake tin. I lined the tin in bake o glide which is a silicone baking sheet, which I cut to fit. 1lbs 8oz/700g plain flour 12oz/350g butter Tsp mixed dried herbs Pinch of salt and pepper Ingredients … Continue reading