Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: October 2013

The Grenfell Arms Maidenhead

The Grenfell Arms on Oldfield Rd in Maidenhead is tucked away just off the bustle of Bath Rd. While it doesn’t beckon you with olde-world charm, once you step inside you know it’s the real deal. I felt instantly at home in this family-run pub and could have spent all night there sampling their ales and stuffing my face with their home-made food. I can’t put my finger on what makes this place officially my favourite pub in the area. They had me at ‘Family Trivia Night’ I suppose.┬áThe decor is fairly traditional, but not formal, the location is …

Jack o’ lanterns and gunpowder plots

Jack o’ lanterns and gunpowder plots

With November 2nd falling snuggly between Halloween and Bonfire night this year, it’s likely next Saturday will be a big night for most Brits. The boys are I are heading down to join the rest of the family at the Rye HQ for an evening of traditional All Hallow’s Eve and Harvest treats including caramel corn, parkin, treacle toffee and jacket potatoes not to mention shed-loads of fireworks, bonfire and a Guy Fawkes effigy. We picked up our fireworks this year from a local pyrotechnic veteran in Maidenhead. Called Supreme Fireworks, these guys have been in the business for …

Working the turkey at Copas

Working the turkey at Copas

I visited the Copas Turkey farm in Cookham last week for a press jaunt. We were invited for a sneak preview of their turkey-carving masterclass. After getting mildly lost down the back lanes of Cookham Dean I eventually found a kindly dog-walker who pointed me in the right direction. Turkeys, turkeys everywhere. Funny creatures they are, awkward and inelegant and surprisingly curious. These fabulous fowl known as the Bronze turkey, for the way their dark feathers glint like copper in the sun, are almost dog-like the way they gravitate to visitors, responding to our turkey mimics with a hearty group …

Apple Day at Hughenden Manor

On a drizzly weekend in September the boys and I headed out to make the most of our National Trust membership. We’ve been exploring the immediate area and have visited Grey’s Court, Cliveden, Runnymede and most recently Benjamin Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor. It was one of those days, the kids didn’t really want to be there and the weather was not great, so we didn’t actually end up going inside Queen Victoria’s favourite minister’s house and decided instead to stick to the grounds. We almost missed the walled garden that has been rejuvenated by volunteers and would have …