Sunday lunch round a big table with people you don't know - how exciting is that? If you want to go to too, you can see the menu and book here - http://walnuttreefarmlunchclub.blogspot.com/p/lunch-dates-and-menus.html
So easy, so delicious, so nutritious, so warming and so cheap. A sweet potato and lentil dhal with naan bread - didn't make the bread but I did use coriander seeds out of the garden.
After football what you really need is a big old plate of roast beef, half a bitter shandy and a chance to read about Arsenal/X Factor in the News of the World - and they serve Sunday lunch here in Tostock until 3pm.
Because he said the piece I wrote about him in last year's Christmas edition of Suffolk magazine was 'sensational'. And he says that if I go to his butchers he will give me a bit of free bacon.
It was only at the end of our lunch that I realised I was actually in Roger Deakin's farmhouse, looking at the moat he swam in. I have just been reading 'Notes from Walnut Tree Farm' - Jasmin tells me she gets lots of visitors 'just wanting to have a look' at where he lived and wrote about. Lunch was good - everything home-made with lots of quince chutney made even better with the really good wine we had brought with us. I had some interesting conversations with John but couldn't work out if we were the only ones who didn't know everyone else? That's the problem with Suffolk isn't it - lunch clubs and pop-up restaurants might be just too London for here - but Jasmin will find out and let us all know.
Ladies and gentlemen and other people , this is about to become a website and so I have been to a training course (www.phoenixinternetconsultancy.co.uk) in Haverhill to learn how to do it. The sandwiches and freshly made mini -quiches were so good I had to find out where they were from. Around the corner is a cafe where they do a dish of the week (madras beef curry when I went) and other lovely home-made food. Italian meatballs, mozarella and tomato sauce - all home-made, for £3.20 anyone?
In the New York Times (yes, I'm that kind of girl...) I have just read an article about restaurants listing their wine lists on i pads and increasing sales by vast amounts. This is because people choose on average more expensive wines than they would from a tatty old book, perhaps because they can see much more information about the wine than usual and can cross reference things like the grape or the area. How long before that comes to Suffolk eh?
Went for a walk around Thornham and popped into the Four Horseshoes - a Greene King pub -mid-afternoon to find their carvery still in full swing. It runs all day and is £10 for a plate enough to keep my teenage son happy. Good choice of nice veg but we are starting to spot the obvious but fatal flaw in a Carvery - how do you keep the meat moist and juicy? We have to keep choosing the fatty Pork Belly (which was quite tasty) as everything else looked a bit dry...