Light Winter Lunchtime Snack

Baked Sweet Potoato with Feta & Houmous     You will need: Medium size sweet potato Morrocan spiced houmous Feta cheese Corriander Mixed leaf salad Olive oil Salt & Pepper Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and bake the potatoes for 50 minutes.  Split the potatoes and spoon in the houmous.  Sprinkle over the feta […]

November in the Garden

This month’s tip from the Castle gardening team At Fonmon, we re-plant our tulip bulbs every Autumn.  We always leave this job until November as it seems to give us better results.  By using early and late varieties planted with daffodils, this gives us months of spring flowers. Check your bulbs for signs of rot […]

Courgette Risotto

          Serves 4 people Ingredients: 250g arborio rice 2 gourgettes, grated 100g frozen peas 3 mint leaves, chopped 200ml white wine (dry) 1 onion, chopped 1 litre vegetable stock 25g butter Method: Melt butter in large non-stick pan and cook the onion gently for a few minutes until soft Add in […]

From the Kitchen Garden – Stuffed Courgette Flowers

Ingredients 8–12 courgette flowers Sunflower oil, for deep-frying For the filling 100g ricotta 2 good tablespoons grated Parmesan, hard goat’s cheese or other well-flavoured hard cheese A large handful of mixed herbs, such as parsley and chives with a little marjoram or thyme, or parsley and a little mint, finely chopped Sea salt and freshly […]

From The Kitchen Garden

Asparagus with Poached Egg Ingredients: 2 bunches of asparagus, woody ends trimmed 2 teaspoons of vinegar 4 fresh eggs 25g grated or shaved parmesan Salt & pepper to taste Serves 4 as a starter or light lunch Bring a large frying pan of salted water to the boil over a medium-high heat.  Add the asparagus […]

St. David’s Day Welsh Cakes

225g self raising flour 110g Welsh salted butter 1 Welsh egg Handful of sultanas Welsh milk (if needed) 85g caster sugar Extra butter for greasing Rub the fat into the flour to make breadcrumbs, add the sugar, dried fruit and then the egg.  Mix to combine ingredients, forming a ball of dough using a splash […]

Dressing up for the Day!

It’s not every day that you get photographed for a glossy national magazine, so I was a bit nervous when the lovely Sophia Money-Coutts (yes that’s her real name!) of the smart society magazine Tatler got in touch saying that they would like to come and photograph myself, Riaz and baby Aian for an interiors […]

From the Kitchen Garden

Courgette Gratinoise         No need to measure, do this all by eye!!! Use as many courgettes as you need, Top and tail and slice to the depth of a £1 coin Mix with sliced red onion and garlic Place in an oven proof dish to suit the quantity chosen Drizzle with olive […]

From The Kitchen Garden – Asparagus

Pasta with Fresh Asparagus Sauce Serves 4 people.  Cooking time: 30 minutes.       Ingredients: 25g butter 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 tbspns water 500g thin asparagus (end of season), rinsed and trimmed 150ml vegetable/chicken stock Freshly grated parmesan cheese Method: Over a low heat melt the butter and add the chopped onion. […]

From The Kitchen Garden

        Delicious Rhubarb Pavlova Oven temp 120 c For pavlova: 3 egg whites at room temperature A pinch of cream of tartar 6 ozs caster sugar Rhubarb topping: 250 grms rhubarb 4 tbspns brown sugar 1star anise (if you like the liquorice flavour) 1tsp fresh gingers grated 3 or 4 big handfuls […]