Posted by: hencorner | March 23, 2015

Didn’t we have a lovely time….

Bees from the gallery‘Eggs Benedict is genius. It’s eggs covered in eggs. I mean, come on, that person should be the president.’*

*Wylie Dufresne

We were so pleased to have been invited, again, to the Country Living Spring Fair last week…
Sara was up at the Business Design Centre in Angel, Islington, for all five days of the show giving talks on Bee Keeping, Looking after Chickens in London and giving food demonstrations showing how to prepare your Garden Gathered Harvests. She also enjoyed a couple of ‘chat show’ style sessions in the Country Living Theatre as a special guest, along with Telegraph columnist and author Francine Raymond, being interviewed by the magazine’s features editor, Ruth Chandler.
The show was definitely a celebration of Spring; the huge glass ceiling of the venue allowing fresh streams of sunlight to highlight all the beautiful offering of the stalls and displays and we were privileged to have been based in the wonderful Lucy Summers Spring Garden at the very entrance to the fair. We had seen the illustration of the garden, see previous post, months ago, but to stand amidst the flowers, veg beds and blossoming trees was the most inspiring scene for our series of talks. As for the VW Camper, which was the talk of the show, she had more visitors, questions and opportunities for a new home than I could count! Lucy reassured everyone that she was definitely not for sale as she belonged to a friend who had lovingly restored her for his own use.

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Don’t be scared of the Hollandaise…

Our food demonstration was cooking one of our favourite meals of griddled asparagus, poached egg and hollandaise sauce, most of the ingredients can be foraged from our garden at springtime and, whilst delicious, is a very simple lunch, starter or supper dish.

Most of our audience loved the taste of hollandaise sauce but were too scared to try to make it themselves due to complicated recipes that involved vinegar reductions, skimmed melted butter and the fear of it curdling into a mess. Sara showed a simple method, shared with you below, that saved on time, utensils and washing up – easy on every front except the waistline!

Ingredients:

1 Egg yolk

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Freshly ground black pepper

200g butter (room temperature)

Lemon juice (good squeeze from half a lemon)

Salt & pepper to season

Method:

  1. In a heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolk with the vinegar and a few twists of black pepper – this forms the basic emulsion.
  2. Place the bowl over a simmering pan of water, make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water and continue to whisk the contents.
  3. Add the butter, a teaspoon at a time, whisking until it dissolves, then adding another until all is incorporated.
  4. Finish with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and season with the salt and pepper.
  5. Delicious served with asparagus and poached egg, fish, eggs benedict, stir in tarragon and serve with steak… the list goes on!

Bread sweet and savouryComing up at the Corner – 20% off all courses booked by end April

If you’d like to visit us here in London, we have courses running right throughout the year. Families, Feathers and Fun is the next session coming up with a Spring Discount of £15 off each place. Closely followed by Intro to Bee Keeping and Bread: Sweet and Savoury We have many more courses available, both in the garden and the kitchen, the promotional code SPRING15 will give you 20% off all bookings before the end of April – Pass it on!

Other News:

  • Our old kitchen, including the ceiling and floor, has well and truly gone
  • Local schools are inviting us to support them as their children explore chickens and bees
  • Bookings are coming in for our new courses

Jobs for this week:

  • Get packing for our family holiday with Classic Glamping
  • Gather the chickens and head off to the Horniman Museum for their Chirpy Chickens event
  • Decorate some of our pretty eggs as Easter place settings

Have a good week yourself…Hen logo good

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Posted by: hencorner | March 16, 2015

We’re off to the Fair!

‘Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’*showlogo

*Robin Williams
We are so pleased to have been invited, again, to the Country Living Spring Fair this week…
 
Sara will be at the event every day from Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd March, giving talks, food demonstrations and joining a panel of experts on Saturday to answer your questions on chicken and beekeeping.
Spring Garden
Talks will include:
  • Honey Bees, Yes Please

Sara will be addressing questions such as Who is in the hive? What do they do throughout the year? How about the honey?

  • Lay a Little Egg for Me

We will be looking at the rewards and responsibilities of urban hens and how to keep them safe and secure whilst living in the city.

  • Simple Spring Supper Gathered from the Garden

Sara will be demonstrating how to cook her favourite meal of griddled asparagus, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce with ingredients foraged solely from the garden!

 The full programme of talks in the Spring Garden can be found here and the Country Living Theatre timetable is here.

Scones and jam

Coming up at the Corner – 20% off all courses booked by end April

If you’d like to visit us here in London, we have courses running right throughout the year.  Families, Feathers and Fun is the next session coming up with a Spring Discount of £15 off each place, kindly promoted by Country Living Magazine. We have many more courses available, both in the garden and the kitchen, our promotional code SPRING15 will give you 20% off all bookings before the end of April – so get in quick and pass it on!

Other News:

  • We have a fantastic new postcard ready to hand out at the fair
  • Bookings are coming in for our new courses
  • The builders have started work on our new kitchen

Jobs for this week:

  • Top up my Oyster card for daily visits to the Country Living Spring Fair in Islington
  • Celebrate 17 wonderful years being married to Andy
  • Choose a new kitchen tap – I think that’s the only thing left to order!

Have a good week yourself…Hen logo good

Join us on the Journey!

Posted by: hencorner | March 9, 2015

Do our children know all about the birds and the bees?

‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’*
Stroking Madge cropped*Maimonides
What with our wonderful morning in The Holmewood School, a Teacher Training session with the Heathland Learning Trust, and a nursery class visiting last week we have had a great start to the year encouraging staff and students to explore a taste of country life and discover where their food comes from. The new National Curriculum for Primary Schools requires children to understand the life cycle of both birds and insects, and as we are able to bring engaging sessions on both chickens and bees we are finding more and more schools are interested in our support. We have therefore decided to formalise our schools programme and have introduced ourselves to all the local primary schools with a special offer for Easter.
‘Sara uses her extensive experience and immediate, engaging delivery to offer sessions that inspire and delight. Children see the new National Curriculum brought to life as they discover first hand where their food comes from, explore lifecycles, discover the secret lives of birds and insects, learn about habitats and much more.‘*
There are so many ways that we can support schools, be it for Science, Special Topics, working with children who have Special Needs or generally enriching the school day. We can plan a personal programme that complements the curriculum for each key stage.
‘Sara’s sparkling and memorable workshops will enrich your curriculum and open the minds of pupils and teachers alike.’*
*Chris Spruce, Executive Headteacher, Heathland Whitefriars Federation

FFF Skylar

Coming up at the Corner

If you’d like to visit us here in London, we have courses running right throughout the year.  Families, Feathers and Fun is the next session coming up with a Spring Discount of £15 off each place, kindly promoted by Country Living Magazine, and we are planning sausage making, family pizza, pasta courses and many more over coming months. Would you like to be amongst the first to bake in our new kitchen?

Other News:

  • We have made the most of some sunny days and have taken to the garden; the raised beds have compost, trees are pruned and the lawn is mowed
  • Our final course before the building works was a delight last weekend ending up with four families talking chickens over tea and cake
  • Lots of our new courses are open for bookings here

Jobs for this week:

  • Roll up my sleeves and get baking for the local Tangent Club afternoon tea
  • Pack up the old kitchen and set up a temporary one in the back room; microwave, kettle and toaster…
  • Jet wash the patio until it sparkles

Have a good week yourself…Hen logo good

Join us on the Journey!

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