Month: August 2015

10 things………………..

10 things……I would tell my 20 year old self Stop worrying about what people think Eat some vegetables It will all work out in the end He isn’t worth those tears Trust your instincts Call your Mum more, she worries You are not fat Don’t be afraid to ask for help Try saving some money The best is yet to come G ∼♥∼ G

August in the Garden

Sultry late summer The garden still looks like a summer garden. Lots of colour, height and spreading with the plants fighting for their place, things going over, and a few second flushes of flowering. And my dear ‘goose’ is happy in her place! After a dry and warm start to the month, there have been heavy showers during the last week and that has seen an end to nightly watering. I was fortunate on the 12th to sit in the garden, all wrapped up about 11.15pm, and saw the Perseid meteor shower – well I only saw about four meteors but they were exciting to see!! Using lots of pots in my courtyard garden does have benefits. I love to put them in groups of various size pots and I can move them around as often as I like. It takes a lot of effort to get the natural look! Then after I’ve got the perfect effect I can move them all around again, when a plant goes over, not looking its best or I’ve …

The Star Inn Harome

My Michelin star adventure in Yorkshire took on a bright glow recently when a partner in crime and I drove up through the Howardian hills towards Helmsley where we enjoyed a long and relaxing lunch at the The Star Inn in Harome. We both needed a dose of ‘be kind to yourself’ and Andrew Pern and his staff delivered the prescription. The old thatched inn dates back to the fourteenth century and certainly looks the part, with its quaint village setting and vintage interior of low beams, wood panelling and rough plastered walls – in the restaurant there are both ‘old’ and ‘new’ dining rooms, as well as seating outside on the terrace and grass area, plus a huge dining table in the kitchen garden. Chef and owner Andrew Pern roots his seasonally changing menus firmly in North Yorkshire where he grew up, from Scarborough-caught fish with marsh samphire and brown shrimps to estate game and Yorkshire-sourced lamb, pork and beef, all enhanced by homemade pesto, sauces and butters from their own herbs and locally …

The Old Vicarage

PS. I am afraid to say the Old Vicarage no longer has a Michelin Star in 2017. My ‘Michelin Star’ adventure continued recently, as fourth on my list of Yorkshire Michelin stars was an enjoyable lunch at The Old Vicarage, Ridgeway on the outskirts of Sheffield. Sheffield’s suburban sprawl suddenly ends in a serene, green village. Turning into the Old Vicarage’s sweeping tree lined drive and the memory of the concrete chippies and endless betting shops that you have to thread your way through is already old. The building’s appearance does not give a clue to the dishes being prepared within. A smiling, smartly dressed man heaves open the vast gothic door and you are ushered quickly into a comfortable lounge, oils in rococo frames, oak panelling, and slightly fading upholstery. Chef/owner Tessa Bramley has been in residence here since 1988, held a Michelin Star for 16 years, has an unbroken entry in the Good Food Guide for the last 25, and is the author of a number of cookery books. So she should know a …