Food is our passion, especially using local produce from our wonderful Shropshire Hills area. Each Tuesday we will provide a recipe, cooking tip or introduce an ingredient which will hopefully fire your enthusiasm for cooking. See below our Shropshire Hills recipes.

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18/01/2022 – Pakoras
Whether you are looking for a vegan meal or just a main using your winter vegetables, this fits the bill.

11/01/2022 – Bulb Fennel and Orange Salad
Bright but simple salad that can cut through the gloom of January

04/01/2022 – Cheddar and Parsnip Soup
Still have some parsnips in the allotment/garden even after your Christmas roast dinner? Here’s a warming soup just in time for the temperature to drop.


28/12/2021 – tamales
The making of them as a family for the Christmas period is as important as having them at the table.

21/12/2021 – Stollen
A delicious Christmas yeasted cake filled with dried fruit and a swirl of marzipan. Warning it is very moreish so it never lasts long.

14/12/2021 – cheese fondue
A very simple dish that can seem quite special. Dip in cubes of bread and all your favourite steamed vegetables.

07/12/2021 – Biscuit Butter
Make it with Lotus biscuits, digestives, gingersnaps, oreos, – any biscuit you want. Use it on porridge, ice cream, fruit salad – again, anything you want. Besides having a jar in your fridge, it also makes a great gift.


30/11/2021 – Butternut squash and seed falafel
Wanting to do something besides just roast your butternut squash, make these falafel and put them into warm pita bread along with tomato, cucumber, thinly sliced onion and tahini sauce. Delicious.

23/11/2021 – Medlar Cheese
We’ve used medlars in Thursday’s ‘Who or What am I?’ but never had a recipe for them, so let’s rectify that now. Fruit cheeses can be turned out in one piece and cut in slices or small pieces.

16/11/2021 – Rose Hip Jelly
As you walk around the orchard by the river you can see plenty of rose hips. If you have never given their tangy taste a try, maybe this is the year.

09/11/2021 – Sloe Syrup
Do you wait until the first frost to pick your sloes from our meadows or do you worry that the birds will get them first and pick them early and pop them in your freezer before cooking with them?  Sloe syrup can flavour ice cream or cakes or added to wine or champagne making a hedgerow Kir.

02/11/2021 – Nachos
While Nachos can be used as an appetiser, in other families at the Centre they are elevated to the main course, add any ingredient you wish and enjoy them.


26/10/2021 – Sweet Pumpkin Pasties
Did you grow a pumpkin, want to buy a small one for cooking? Some will know this recipe from the Hogwarts Express, but whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not – these are delicious.

19/10/2021 – Waldorf Salad
A simple autumnal salad, especially good with the crisp apples just coming off the trees now.

12/10/2021 – Jamie Oliver’s earl grey spiced poached pears
Our pear trees are also groaning, poached pears are a favourite and here is one that doesn’t use wine. It says it’s best left over night, but that is hard to do.

05/10/2021 – Applesauce Muffins
Our trees are full of apples and these muffins make a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack.


28/09/2021 – Plum, hazelnut & chocolate cake
With plums and hazelnuts this is a celebration of what is becoming ripe in the meadows

21/09/2021 – Crab Apple Jelly
While you don’t want to bite into a crab apple, when you make it into jelly you get something sweet and a bit tart. Want to give it a try? Now is the perfect time to come down and pick some from our trees.

14/09/2021 – Apple and plum chutney
Beautifully seasonal and a winner with the cheese course as this year’s Magnalonga which we served.

07/09/2021 – Runner/Green bean samosas
Something a bit different to make use of your runner or green beans.


31/08/2021 – Shropshire Beef Stew
Shropshire Beef Stew- a mainstay of the SW80K, served in a barn high in the hills

24/08/2021 –Meadowsweet Pannacotta
Meadowsweet is still around to be collected, including in our meadows. Follow the forager code when collecting and try and get a nice wobble on your dessert.

17/08/2021 – Bara Brith
Bara Brith – Keeping SW80K runners on course since 2019!

10/08/2021 – whinberry pie recipe
From our Food Fair this last Saturday, recipe from Grant, whinberries from the Stiperstones.

03/08/2021 – Campfire Calzone
It has been a while since we have made one of these in our Forest School area, may have to do that over the next few weeks…


27/07/2021 – Courgettes and cheese over pasta
A quick and simple meal for a warm and busy summer’s day. AND one that will use your courgettes

20/07/2021 – Himalayan Balsam blossom jam
You’ve all heard the saying ‘If you have lemons, make lemonade’, well if you have himalayan balsam, make jam!

06/07/2021 – Freakeh Brownies
Milly has been experimenting with freakeh. This is a green grain made from young durum wheat which is roasted or smoked then polished to remove the shells. It contains higher levels of dietary fibre and protein than standard wheat. It also makes a delicious brownie.


29/06/2021 – Picnic Pie
With this recipe you will be all set for National Picnic Month which starts Thursday.

22/06/2021 – Elderflower Cordial
Now’s the time to make your cordial, the white flowers are out everywhere you look (including our meadows – we are happy to share).

15/06/2021 – Baked Cod with Crunchy Miso-Butter Breadcrumbs
White miso, a fermented mash of soybeans and rice, is popping up in supermarkets – here is a delicious recipe to use it in.

08/06/2021 – Bagels
Using this recipe you could be making your own bagels for the next weekend – a splendid thought. Give it a try.

01/06/2021 – Coronation Sauce
Classic coronation sauce, use with chicken to serve with jacket potatoes or in sandwiches and salads. Just the think to have on a picnic during this week’s weather.


25/05/2021 – Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins
A bit of sunshine in a paper case, no matter what happens with the weather.

18/05/2021 – Twice baked Ludlow Gold souffles
A soufflé that you can make (partially) in advance and which shows off local cheese – what can be better?

11/05/2021 – Chelsea Buns
As you munch on a warm Chelsea bun, you can inform your guests that they were first baked in the 18th century at the Bun House in Chelsea, an establishment favoured by Hanoverian royalty. That fact is definitely worth a second bun.

04/05/2021 – Spring herb chicken Kievs
A delicious spring dish.


27/04/2021 – Floating Islands with Custard and Caramel
Beautiful and decadent and not hard to make, impress someone soon!

20/04/2021 – Wild Garlic and Cheese Scones
These have been a great hit in the Cafe, we hope they are in your home too.

13/04/2021 – Special Fish Pie
Something warming but still special.

06/04/2021 – Bobotie
A globe trotting recipe from South Africa with the added benefit that if can be made in advance and warmed up if you are on the go this week


30/03/2021 – Olive Oil and Potato Focaccia
Still have some of last year’s potatoes hanging around? Here’s a lovely dish to use with them.

23/03/2021 – Creme Caramel
While not what is normally thought of as an Easter treat – it has eggs and it is sweet – what’s not to like

16/03/2021 – Rough Puff Pastry
With this you can make so many delicious things: sausage rolls, apple turnovers, parmesan twists, etc.

09/03/2021 – Spiced Fish Cakes
Making your own fish cakes is quick and easy – with this recipe to help.

02/03/2021 – Hot Cross Bun
Those who share a hot cross bun on Good Friday with a friend, are said to cement their bond of friendship and insure good luck in the year ahead. So you have a month to perfect your buns.


23/02/2021 – Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine
Something a little zingy to have with your warming stews, pies and roasts.

16/02/2021 – Pancakes with Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce
Just because you have a delicious savoury dish with pancakes doesn’t mean you can’t have them for dessert too.

09/02/21 – Fortune Cookies
Girls Group made these here last year, so families could do this as lunar new year extra credit. Easy to make, fun to write the fortunes, taste good.

02/02/2021 – Chicken Chasseur
A classic dish, complete here with the tips needed to make sure that it is a success.


26/01/2021 – Gluten Free Almond Wafers
A crunchy treat that is gluten free

19/01/2021 – Whole Orange Marmalade
Seville oranges are in the shop which means that it is time to make marmalade  – always a great way to warm up the kitchen and it smells so good!

12/01/2021 – Energy Bars
Part of ‘winter wellness’ is getting outside for walks and bike rides. Here is something to give you the energy to get home.

05/01/2021 – Sunshine soup
Some Milly Rees ‘winter wellness’ for the start of the year.


29/12/2020 – A Rich Chocolate Tart
A quick and easy chocolate tart yet elegant enough to take centre stage in any New Year’s celebration.

22/12/2020 – Rocky Road Yule Log
A no bake Yule log, perfect for anyone’s sweet tooth at this time of year.

15/12/2020 – Pickled cucumbers
Whether you are missing one last homemade present or just wanting a counterpoint to a meal this holiday season, this may be the recipe for you.

08/12/2020 – Roast Pepper Dip
Jazz up a meal your planning. Enjoy as a starter with plenty of pitta or think of it as a glorious relish to spice up pretty much anything.

01/12/2020 – Chicken Liver Pate with Sage
This pate is a good starter and can also be frozen to be made ahead of Christmas entertaining.


24/11/2020 – Fennel and pear salad
A refreshing salad which can be made simply or Milly suggests other touches that can make it more complicated too.

17/11/2020 – Sour dough starter waffles or pancakes
Turn the discarded half of your starter into a delicious breakfast.

10/11/2020 – Sloe Gin
Sloe Gin – a foraging gift for someone else? – for yourself? The sloes are in our meadows and there has been a couple of frosts…

03/11/2020 – Pumpkin Rarebit Soup
Something to do with a pumpkin besides carve it. A delicious, warming soup for this rainy, grey autumnal time of year.


27/10/2020 – Baked Apple
To go along with last Sunday’s Autumn Apple day, a dish with elegant simplicity that really celebrates the apple.

20/10/2020 – Spiced kidney beans
A ‘cupboard’ meal to use when you don’t have much time before dinner.

13/10/2020 – Pork with Quince
This recipe includes an ingredient which isn’t often used – quince. The sharpness of the quince really cuts through the pork.

6/10/2020 – Roast vegetable pasta
A wonderful way to celebrate the last of your summer garden veg.


29/09/2020 – Shropshire Apple Chutney
Brilliant with cheeses, meats, or as a dip.

22/09/2020 – Blackberry, bay and honey tart
Looking for a recipe for your booty from the hedgerow? Try this tart, similar to a Bakewell tart with juicy blackberries and aromatic bay.

15/09/2020 – Bean salad with hazelnut and orange
Use up some of your over abundance of beans in this salad just perfect for warm weather.

08/09/2020 – Courgette Pizza Crust
A family pleasing way to use some of your courgettes.

01/09/2020 – Apple and plum chutney
As you look at all the plums and apples on the trees and on the ground Milly feels your pain, this Apple and Plum Chutney recipe from her is one of the thing you can do with them.


25/08/2020 – Kashmiri koftas
One of the delicious things cooked on the barbeque during this Saturdays cycling event. Have it in a bun, in pita bread with salad and tahini sauce, or cooked on the stove with rice and runner beans for dinner this week.

18/08/2020 – Braised and barbequed short ribs
This is a great way of serving these meaty ribs but if the weather turns to rain, don’t worry as the ribs are delicious simply braised.

11/08/2020 – Peach and almond pie
Another of Milly’s no fuss recipes, you won’t be spending hours cutting up these peaches, to make something delicious.

04/08/2020 – Quesadillas and salsa
Food to eat without fuss


28/07/2020 – Chilled Summer Kedgeree
We are encouraged to picnic so here is a family favourite of Milly’s. Frozen fish and prawns work fine so it is a simple dish best served very cold.

21/07/2020 – Beetroot risotto with dill and fennel
This vivid risotto doesn’t take too long to cook and its goats’ cheese adds creaminess.

14/07/2020 – Redcurrant and raspberry pudding
A warm and comforting pud which showcases some of your summer fruits

07/07/2020 – Courgette and Feta Fritters
A lovely, light and simple main course.


30/06/2020 – Fruit Granita
If you have a glut of any fruit this summer, fruit granita is a wonderful thing to do for warm days.

23/06/2020 – Sourdough Crumpets
One of the many who made a sourdough starter? Reluctant to discard half to two-thirds of your sourdough starter during a refresh? Then turn your unfed starter into these delicious crumpets or pikelets.

16/06/2020 – Iced Rosemary Cake
Lockdown baking with a flavour twist

09/06/2020 – Breakfast granola
The recipe is from one of Milly’s Wellbeing workshops. Breakfast of champions! – though the recipe make lead you on a bit of a scavenger hunt.

02/06/2020 – Elderflower Cordial
On your walks keep an eye out for these white flowers, what could be better than to make some homemade elderflower cordial?


26/05/2020 – How to make plant based milks
If you do want to dabble in alternative milk-making at home, this will show you how. They’re all pretty much made the same way, and don’t require any fancy equipment.

19/05/2020 – Peanut and green noodle salad
Just the salad for the warm weather we are promised by the middle of this week, dare I even use the word – picnic…?

12/05/2020 – Spinach and Walnut Pasties
For gardens and allotments still with chard and spinach this is a perfect way to use it, if not, it is worth getting some for this dish.

05/05/2020 – Lebanese lentil Soup
A delicious and warming store cupboard dish – with pickled lemons, if you have them, to give a punchy flavour and a totally new dimension to the dish.


28/04/2020 – Rhubarb Ketchup
Many gardens have enough rhubarb to not only have it for dessert but to make into other things (and if not, greengrocers will be happy to help).

21/04/2020 – Nettle soup with spring herbs
Most gardens have nettles – so a soup for everyone! Since you need to leave some of your nettles for the butterflies, Milly Rees says that you can throw in some sorrel, chard, watercress, spinach or the outside leaves from a lettuce if you have any of these.

14/04/2020 – wild garlic pesto recipe
For those of you fortunate enough to be taking an exercise walk where there is wild garlic growing here is our Manager Grant Wilson’s pesto recipe

7/04/2020 – lockdown Aubergine casserole
Here is a quick and wholesome supper recipe using storecupboard ingredients. Aubergines are not too scarce but you could always use frozen. As ever, if you don’t have exactly everything, then just leave it out!


31/03/2020 – Spicy bean burgers (vegan)
Leaning towards store-cupboard recipes for those who are trying to avoid the shops, this is a good example of how to use dried packets of beans and pulses which have been soaked and simmered, but tinned is fine.  You can always freeze what you don’t need immediately. Milly make this in a food processor.

24/03/2020 – Chicken in sweet pepper sauce
A store cupboard dish which can be made with chicken pieces, fish or vegetables. A good way to use defrosted chicken or fish steaks. Double or triple to make a big batch to share with friends, neighbours or freeze for another time.

17/03/2020 – Chicken, chorizo and vegetable casserole
Batch cooking seems a sensible idea at the moment – for yourselves and anyone else who might appreciate a meal delivered. Here is a chicken dish which will keep in the fridge for a few days or put it in the freezer for lean times.

10/03/2020 – Green Soup
If you have chard and kale in your garden here is the soup for you.

03/03/2020 – Yogurt and Lebneh
With whole milk you can make your own yogurt and Lebneh, which is like yogurt cream cheese.


25/02/2020 – Golden pancakes
Happy pancake day! Have these savory pancakes for your main course instead of or as well as having pancakes for dessert.

18/02/2020 – Vegan Chocolate Tart
A chocolate treat – not eating vegan, make it with the milk and butter you use.

11/02/2020 – Ginger Chicken with Noodles
A slightly zingy dish to help you through the winter cold and flu season.

04/02/2020 – Broccoli Bites
Something different to do with broccoli.


28/01/2020 – Whole Orange Marmalade
Milly has all sorts of wonderful hints to make your marmalade a success

21/01/2020 – Vegan chocolate pots
Something wonderful and chocolatey whether you are purposefully eating vegan or just want a treat

07/01/2020 – Lemon Possett
Let’s start the new year with a simple but delicious dessert


17/12/2019 – Gingerbread Cheesecake
A Christmasy dessert in the form of a cheesecake!

10/12/2019 – Mattar Paneer
A quick vegetarian mid-week dinner with plenty of flavour.

02/12/2019 – French Onion Soup
A wonderfully warming and hearty soup for this time of year.


26/11/2019 – Sloe Gin
A foraging gift for someone else? – for yourself?

19/11/2019 – Pastilla
A very special pie, whether you use pigeon, pheasant or chicken.

12/11/2019 – Aubergine casserole
A quick vegetarian meal which can be brought to table in no time.

5/11/2019 – Top Notch Cauliflower Cheese
As the name suggests, a superior cauliflower cheese to put on your table. Needing some vegetarian foods worthy of a special meal, check out Milly Rees’ upcoming Vegetarian Christmas Cookery course.


29/10/2019 – Autumn Nut Tart
Some warm nut tarts that go along with hazelnut foraging and having something warm as the weather cools.

22/10/2019 – Fidget Pie
Milly is a brave woman with this, everyone in Shropshire has their favorite Fidget Pie, hopefully this will taste like yours.

15/10/2019 – Shropshire Apple Chutney
A local apple chutney recipe from Milly to cook while you wait for Apple Day on the 20th.

08/10/2019 – Apple Pie with a Soft Crust
Less than two weeks until Apple Day here on the 20th and a recipe from Milly to get you in the mood.

01/10/2019 – Plum Sauce
Here is one for anyone with fruit still on the tree or in the freezer. I am sure you could use damsons so long as you strain out the pips before bottling. A Nigella recipe from her lovely domestic goddess book


24/09/2019 – Raspberry ripple tart
This is a rich and delicious way to use Autumn raspberries and makes a great celebration dessert for September birthdays.

17/09/2019 – Chicken flats
A delicious way to have some chicken thighs

10/09/2019 – Mussels in minutes
A special meal that can be created in a very short time.

03/09/2019 – Panzanella
One of my favourite salads to do with a glut of tomatoes.


27/08/2019 – Apricot and pistachio tart
I love pistachios and am always looking for more ways to use them, like this.

20/08/2019 – sunblushed tomatoes
Make your own ‘sunblushed’ tomatoes, a delicious treat

13/08/2018 – Turkey and lemongrass meatballs
A healthy and fresh meal for the season.

06/08/2019 – .Coriander Falafels
Another wonderful summer meal from Milly Rees


30/07/2019 – Beetroot Patties with tahini and sweet chilli sauce
My beetroot are now of a size to pick, here is something different to do with them instead of just pickling them.

23/07/2019 – Aubergine and green bean curry
A great curry to tempt your taste buds even in hot weather.

16/07/2019 – Stuffed courgette flowers
These are a delicious treat and make good use of the flowers.

09/07/2019 – Chilled Summer Kedgeree
As we stay on our summer theme, a cooling meal to have on a warm day.

2/07/2019 – Pickled Redcurrants
The pickle itself is quite sweet and spicy but the currants remain sour – ideal for mixing into a salad or jazzing cold cuts.


25/06/2019 – Summer fruit meringue roulade
This can be made with any seasonal fruit.

18/06/2019 – Pan fried trout
A most delicious starter for your next dining occasion.

11/06/2019 – Elderflower panna cotta
Move over cordial, champagne and fritters – make room for something a little different made with elderflower.

04/06/2019 – Easy Lemon Curd
Just in case you have a fete to bake for or a cricket tea coming up. Milly Rees has just done a layer cake for an anniversary.  Or maybe you just love lemon curd….


28/05/2019 – Chicken and chorizo casserole
Something simple for a busy half-term.

21/05/2019 – Rich Chocolate Fudge cake
Another Bank Holiday on the way – Here is a great cake for a gathering of friends or family – I’ve doubled the recipe in this picture in case anyone wonders about the sheer hugeness of it!

14/05/2019 – Iron Age Flatbread
In great demand to make at our stall at the Spring Ludlow Food Festival this weekend. Now you can also make it at home.

07/05/2019 – Asparagus and prawn stir fry
Something else to do with asparagus besides dip it in hollandaise sauce.

01/05/2019 – Ground elder pesto
From ‘Who or What am I?’ If you can’t beat it eat it! Ground elder in salads, soups – and pesto! PICK THE LEAVES BEFORE THE PLANT FLOWERS.


30/04/2019 – Parsley Falafels
Here is a wonderful recipe for the weather to hope to have.

23/04/2019 – Roman Libum
One of the recipes from last week’s Roman family cookery that was well received was Libum was a cheesecake sometimes offered to household spirits and sometimes to the household.

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