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Royal Afternoon Tea at Knockderry House

Have you ever felt that “sinking feeling”; that emptiness that occurs in the late afternoon with dinner still some way off?  The 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th Century came up with a solution that we all enjoy today, a pot of fragrant tea with delicious light cakes, pastries and sandwiches. Today as […]

Posted on: 21 April 2011

Wild Garlic at Knockderry House Hotel

It’s that time again when Chef gets all excited and the pungent smell of wild garlic hangs in the air. I suspect these two things are connected as he spends an inordinate amount of his free time out in the spring sunshine with his kitchen team gathering armfuls of these small leaves. Either that or […]

Posted on: 19 April 2011

The Jerusalem Artichoke

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus Tuberosus), also known as the sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambur, is a species of sunflower native to the eastern United States, from Maine west to North Dakota, and south to northern Florida and Texas. Its tuber is used as a root vegetable and is cultivated widely across the temperate zone. […]

Posted on: 18 January 2011

The Christmas Pudding Tradition

“Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” This short prayer, commonly cited on the last Sunday before advent by many households and still in traditional churches would […]

Posted on: 06 December 2010

Brambles – Best of the Autumn Harvest

Brambles or blackberries are the one connection that most of us have to the wild harvest in Britain.  It is partly due to their accessibility: brambles abound in hedgerows and at the edges of woodland, making them an easy wild snack even for those who don’t like to wander too far from the car.  The […]

Posted on: 08 September 2010

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