For those of you thinking of taking one of our cooking courses, we’d like to introduce you to your cookery trainer, Milly Rees. Milly moved to Shropshire in 1997 and runs workshops and demonstrations incorporating inspirational Shropshire Hills recipes. Each Tuesday she will provide a recipe, cooking tip or introduce an ingredient which will hopefully fire your enthusiasm for cooking. See below our Shropshire Hills recipes.

Check out our events page for courses that you can take with her.

May

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.

April

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!

March

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.

February

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.

January

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

December

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.

November

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.

October

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

September

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.

August

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

July

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.

June

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….

May

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.

April

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.

Upcoming Events

Sign-up & Get Updated