Fully embracing our country bumpkin roots, a group of friends and I headed off down to Gatton Bottom, Surrey yesterday to see what the famed Fanny’s Farmhouse had to offer! We heard about the farm shop and tea rooms from one of the girls’ sister, who had been to the Tree House there – Fanny has a Tree House and a Pudding Room you can book for up to twelve people, or there’s the tables in the tea room and outside for us regular folk who just turn up.
Next time we’re thinking of trying to book the Tree House as it apparently comes with a few more varieties of cake!
We managed to get a little sunshine on our side yesterday so we sat in the garden with mini quiches and scones – the food wasn’t amazing, but it was definitely tasty and it’s worth going just to see the place. Fanny has turned hoarding into an art form with curiosities ranging from your standard farm paraphernalia to mannequins and disco balls dotted around the gardens, as well as an assortment of animals.
Fanny herself is a bit of a dragon – I overheard her telling off a waitress, and she’s not the friendliest of hosts – but she’s an entertaining eccentric, quite mad, and although her scones did not live up to Devonshire standards, she makes the damn best marmalade and jam I’ve ever tasted.
I said I wouldn’t buy anything yesterday due to lack-of-funds, but now that it’s 10am aka marmalade and toast o’clock, I am kicking myself for sticking to budget. When I have a few more pennies on my side I am marching back to Fanny’s, munching cake in her Tree House and bringing back jars and jars of marmalade. Hurrah!
Stone was dry! We were shocked.
I’m home for the weekend so I’ve been baking…3 batches later I have finally perfected stem ginger cookies with a lemon glaze MMM! Yes, home will make me fat.
A couple of people who play with their food slightly more artistically than me are Japanese Akiko Ida and French Pierre Javelle who combine their sculpting and photography skills to produce these witty little tableaus.
Just a bit of fun for a rainy Sunday…
Sunbathing in toffee sauce?
Icky sticky heaven.
Voila! Right time to run off the ginger cookies, I’m doing Race For Life this year so if anyone is feeling charitable, or has ever been entertained by my ramblings, then please help me to help Cancer Research beat cancer once and for all!
I’m running in the RAIN. Come on.
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Yesterday was a rubbish day – there were bad tutorials, there were tears, it was generally just. not. good. However what better to save the day than a batch of pancakes with the girls!?
After our fourths we decided to get a bit ‘creative’, however this only resulted in a few failed attempts at erm some body parts (girls will be girls) and my ‘man holding balloon’ who dribbled until he was ‘cross-dressing man on fire’. We may have had every condiment under the sun and we may have made a total of about seventy pancakes, however were still not a patch on the genius Jim Belosic - who I WISH I had discovered yesterday rather than today – this five Michelin starred pancake chef come artiste builds 3D pancakes in all shapes and sizes!
It’s incredible. There are ‘how to’s and recipes and all sorts on his website, and he has a book. Ahmazing.
I think it might have to be Shrove Wednesday today, Belsoic-style.