My perfect day at The Ethicurean restaurant and Barley Wood walled garden

View from The Ethicurean Restaurant in spring - Decorator's Notebook blog

As a lover of all things seasonal, homegrown and foraged, The Ethicurean restaurant and Barley Wood walled garden has been on my ‘must visit list’ for a while, so I couldn’t believe my luck when a card popped into my letterbox last week from my gorgeous friend Emma and her husband Mike, inviting me to… 

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Recipe: nettle and wild garlic soup

Nettle and wild garlic soup recipe Decorator's Notebook blog

Many people aren’t that keen on the idea of eating stinging nettles. If you’re one of them, I urge you to try this delicious recipe for Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup so I can change your mind! Nettles are young and plentiful in spring and they’re packed with health benefits too – the leaves are… 

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Food Week II: Manger

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I really enjoyed dedicating a whole week of posts to my passion for food blogs last year so have decided to bring it back with my favourite five discoveries over the past 12 months. Welcome to Food Week II! You know a food blogger is good when you don’t just want their cooking, you want… 

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NEW: photographic deliciousness from Good Company magazine

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This such an interesting time to be working in magazines, as print and digital publications rise, fall and battle for supremacy. I think it’s too early to say how it’s going to end, but there’s no doubt that there have been some online launches recently that are every bit as inspirational as print mags. Good… 

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15-minute make: mulled wine syrup

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Here’s an odd quirk of mine – I really dislike wine (red, white, rose, sparkling – everything) but I love mulled wine. I’m not sure what that says about my taste buds, but it makes perfect sense to me! So, today’s 15-minute make is a gently-spiced mulled wine recipe that just tastes like Christmas… and… 

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Food Week: Fig & Fauna

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A little-known fact for you… My very first career ambition was to be a farmer’s wife. My four year old self based this decision on one thing and one thing only: that this would give me the chance to hand-milk a cow. At 28, I’ve still never had the chance to milk a cow but… 

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Food Week: Sprinkle Bakes

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I discovered Sprinkle Bakes via Tori of Wellies & Vogue. Or rather, her Mum who made this show-stopping jewel cake. Today’s food blog could hardly be more different from yesterday’s… while What Katie Ate is all about good, honest recipes photographed in a sophisticated way, at Sprinkle Bakes novelty, experimentation and food colouring is king…. 

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