The Barnsgate Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Sunday 5th November – Barnsgate Christmas Craft Fair

The year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye yet again. People have already started preparing for Christmas which is why we have our Christmas Craft Fair at the end of this week!

It is going to be a golden opportunity to pick up some wonderful, hand-made gifts. Crafters are coming from all over to showcase their creativity and offer you a chance to buy some of their exclusive gifts. Here are some of the crafts you can expect to find:

  • Different types of Jewellery
  • Embroideries
  • Gift Trugs and Sussex Produce
  • Knitted Toys
  • Soaps
  • Candles
  • Scarves
  • Glassware
  • Blacksmithing Products
  • Wooden Toys and Decorations
  • Canvas Prints
  • Spa Products and Home Fragrance
  • Sweets, Cupcakes, Jams, Jellies, Chutneys
  • Stoneware
  • Eco-Friendly Products

That’s to name just a few items! There really is going to be something for everyone. The Craft Fair is free all day long. The doors open from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday 5th November so why not pop down and have a browse? Our Manor House Restaurant will be open for Lunch as usual so you can really make a day of it. Let’s give ourselves a bit of a headstart when it comes to Christmas Pressies!

 

NSPCC Autumn Craft Fair at Barnsgate

NSPCC Craft Fair

If you have been to Barnsgate recently or even passed by, you may have seen some banners advertising the NSPCC Craft Fair coming up on the 4th.

The annual craft fair has become somewhat of a tradition here at Barnsgate and it gets better and better every year. It is an ideal opportunity to pick up some early Christmas Presents and support the fantastic work of the NSPCC.

The NSPCC is the leading Charity that fights to prevent child abuse in the UK. They help children that have been abused and guide them to rebuild their lives. They protect children in the midst of abuse and are constantly searching for ways to put an end to abuse once and for all.

It is very sad to think that abuse still happens today, which is why we need to find ways to support causes such as the NSPCC. Whether it is a simple donation, campaigning or taking part in one of their many events. It all helps to create a brighter future for these children.

The NSPCC Craft Fair

So why not come and join us at the NSPCC Craft Fair on the 4th? Entrance is £2.50 towards the work of the NSPCC. Refreshments are available and there is also the annual raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs! The doors open from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and the craft fair is taking place in our Ashdown Suite and Historic Museum Barn.

If you could, we would appreciate you sharing this post with your friends. Even if you won’t be able to attend, by spreading the word we can hopefully make this the best and most successful craft fair yet! We appreciate your support.

 

#NationalCupcakeWeek – Barnsgate’s Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cupcakes

#NationalCupcakeWeek

Our star-baker this week has put together these vanilla cupcakes for #NationalCupcakeWeek. They are topped with a chocolate buttercream rose sprinkled with edible gold glitter at our very own Barnsgate Bake-off. The recipe is adaptable to have any flavourings or colours that you would like to feature. Here is our recipe:

Makes 24
Preparation: 20 minutes
Baking time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml (5fl oz) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsps Cocoa Powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 °F/ Gas 4).
    Place the first 5 ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Mix together with your fingertips until it resembles
    fine breadcrumbs.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla extract
    together until well blended.
  4. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients,
    whisking all the time.
  5. Whisk gently until smooth, being careful not to over-mix.
    Too much beating toughens cakes.
  6. Pour all the cake batter into a jug to make it easier to
    handle.
  7. Place the cupcake paper cases into the holes in the
    cupcake trays.
  8. Carefully pour the cake mixture into the papers,
    filling each one only half full.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes
    until springy to the touch.
  10. Leave the cupcakes for a few minutes, then
    transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the icing

  1. Combine the icing sugar, vanilla extract, butter
    and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Beat with a whisk until very light and fluffy.
  3. Check the cakes have completely cooled, or they
    will melt the frosting.
  4. Transfer your icing mixture into a piping bag.
  5. Pipe onto the cupcakes by holding the cupcake in
    one hand and squeezing the bag with the other.
  6. Pipe from the centre to the outer edge carefully.
  7. (optional) Sprinkle with edible gold glitter

    The cakes will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.     

We Recommend this piping bag kit to decorate your cakes with. It contains plenty of different nozzles for you to experiment with and make your creation your own! Available with next day delivery on prime.

Cake Decorating Set, Invool 32 Stainless Steel Piping Icing Nozzles Tips Kit with 2 Reusable Piping Bags,2 Coupler,2 Flower Nails and Storage Case for Cakes Cupcakes Cookies Pastry (38 Piece)

 

Barnsgate Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights have been a tradition here at Barnsgate for many years now. People arrange to join us as family groups or for staff parties for a night of fun, food and festivities.

The Christmas Party nights are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights in the build-up to Christmas. Each night starts at 7 pm and includes a three-course meal, crackers, novelties, magic and a disco as well as a photobooth on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Menu for this year is as follows:

Starters

Cream of Leek & Sweet Potato Soup with Herb Croutons (V)
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Spicy Vegetable Samosas with Mango Chutney (V)
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Smoked Salmon & Tiger Prawn Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise
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Chicken Liver Pâté Wrapped in Parma Ham with Red Onion Chutney & Melba Toast
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Crab Tartlet with Watercress Salad & Lime Dressing
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Melon, Clementine & Pomegranate Cocktail (V)


Main Courses

Traditional Roast Sussex Turkey With Stuffing & Chipolata Wrapped in Bacon
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Slow-Braised Game in Red Wine Topped with Puff Pastry
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Grilled Sea Bass Fillet with Brown Shrimp Butter
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Baked Salmon Steak with a Herb & Lemon Crust with Parsley & Lemon Butter Sauce
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Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tart with Pear Chutney (V)
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Aubergine with Roasted Vegetables & Chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Compote (Vegan)

Desserts

Homemade Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce
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Spiced Winter Fruit Salad with Cranberry Syrup & Clotted Cream
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Lemon Meringue Roulade with Raspberry Coulis
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White, Milk & Dark Chocolate Mousse Gateaux
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Selection of Local Cheeses with Celery, Grapes & Biscuits

Fresh Filter Coffee Or Tea

Booking Your Christmas Party Night

We provide a booking form for guests to fill out their choices so the food is delivered quickly and hassle-free.

Spaces are becoming limited very quickly. If you would like to join us for a Christmas Party Night, visit the Contact Us page to get in touch and reserve your space.

Let’s make it a night to remember!

Wedding Photographs – Shepherd Photography

Wedding

The wedding day included a three-course meal, a “Cheesecake”, a string quartet, floral arrangements and lots more. All fantastically captured by the photographers.

Technology has even taken photography a step further with aerial shots from a drone. I imagine it is pretty nerve-wracking from the photographers perspective to fly hundreds of pounds worth of kit up into the air! However, the images came out brilliantly and we have shared a few shots from the drone above.

Get in Touch for your Wedding

If you would like to get in touch with Shepherd Photography, you can get in touch with them through the links below.

http://www.nshepherdphotography.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NShepherdPhotography

And of course, we wish Jessica and Thomas a lifetime of love and happiness together. Congratulations to you both!

A Sad Farewell to the Barnsgate Llamas

The Llamas have been with us since the very beginning. They were a temperamental bunch to begin with and they ended up at Barnsgate because they were not very well behaved at the llama park. Over the years, however, they had grown to be a charismatic and charming group. Content with their peaceful life and their bowls of llama mix.

We know many of you will be just as sad to see them go as we are. They enjoyed their fair share of fame here at Barnsgate. However, an opportunity arose for the llamas to make a new home at Reading University. There, they will be looked after by experts and are available to donate their blood plasma to give sickly, newborn llamas a better first start in life.

It’s a really good cause they will be contributing to and we have heard that they have settled in just fine in their cosy new field. We will surely miss them, we have been with them through thick and thin but it’s comforting to know they have gone somewhere that they will be looked after, loved and appreciated.

So goodbye to Kronk, Spit, Patrick, Fitch, Tina, Bright Eyes, Ian and Croft and good luck at Uni!

Afternoon Tea at Barnsgate

Afternoon Tea Selection

History

Afternoon Tea is a famous British tradition known the world over. People stop to enjoy a pot of tea with cakes and sandwiches to tide them over from lunchtime to dinner time. The tradition was actually started in the 19th century when the Duchess of Bedford realised she would always be hungry around 4 in the afternoon. So she would enjoy some bread with a pot of tea and a selection of cakes to see her through to her 8 o’clock meal. Soon after this became a habit, she began to invite guests over to join her for her afternoon selection and word spread across high society… Soon enough it became a habit for many! So it still continues today…

All across the country, different county’s boast their afternoon tea excellence. We’re guilty as charged at Barnsgate! We serve afternoon teas daily to our guests for them to enjoy on the terrace overlooking the South Downs. Everything is freshly homemade and couldn’t possibly leave you wanting for more (it is, however, part of the tradition to leave something from your selection but take that as you will!)

Booking your Afternoon Tea

Pre-booking is essential when it comes to our Afternoon Teas as everything is made to order. Each costs £12.50 per person and consists of mixed fruit and plain mini-scones, jam and clotted cream, a selection of sandwiches and cocktail cakes as well as a pot of tea or coffee.

It is great fun and a wonderful, social tradition to enjoy an afternoon tea. We’re proud to be keeping that alive at Barnsgate. If you would like to book, please contact us at least a couple of days in advance through our contact page. My advice? Try it while the sun is still shining! The view of the South Downs is breathtaking at the moment. It’s best to enjoy it on the terrace before winter comes racing around the corner!

Have you had an afternoon tea with us recently? We would love to hear your feedback!

Sources:

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Afternoon-Tea/

Lemon & Herb Chicken Marinade Recipe

Marinade Recipe

Our Recipe

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  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Purple Shiso (Optional for colour)

Making a marinade is a very simple, but a worthwhile step to take when preparing drumsticks. You can either:

  1. Put the herbs and the garlic into a blender and add your lemon juice before blitzing it together.
  2. Finely chop your ingredients and put them in a bowl. Then add your lemon juice.

We use a small blender that makes light work of chopping our ingredients for ease and time.

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When you have your marinade, put your drumsticks in a large bowl altogether and add your marinade. You want to mix them well so each drumstick is coated in the mix.

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When you are satisfied that everything has been mixed well, cling-film the bowl and refrigerate your drumsticks for the night. Leaving them to sit will allow all the flavours to be absorbed into the drumsticks with time.

It is as simple as that. Take them out, cook them as you usually would and enjoy! Our drumsticks went down a treat with our guests who recently enjoyed a buffet with us. Of course, you can mix and match flavours to whatever your preference would be. We have tried a chilli and ginger mix as well for those who enjoy a bit of heat. What did you think of our recipe? Do you have your own marinade recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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To book your buffet with us, you can reach us on 01825 713366 or send us your details through our contact page.

 

Sweet or Savoury? A Wedding “Cheese”Cake

Wedding

For many people, when it comes to deciding on a wedding cake, “sweet or savoury” never even comes into the equation. It would appear, however, that there is a new trend on the rise for those with less of a sweet-tooth.

“Cheese-cakes” appear to be bursting onto the scene. If you are out for a meal and you choose to skip dessert and head straight for the Cheeseboard, why should your wedding be any different if cheese is what you love?

This particular cheese-cake was made up of Sussex Farmhouse, Sussex Blue, Sussex Brie, Organic Cheddar, Lord London and Mayfield Cheese’s and was garnished with physalis, figs, green and red grapes and some of our very own fresh, organic, grapevine leaves.

Alongside it was a blackboard that read:

“Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Who am I to Dis-a-Brie? I Cheddar the World and the Feta Cheese, Everybody’s looking for Stilton.

Please help yourselves to our cheeseboard!

-Tom & Jess”

It was a lot of fun and an interesting, unique alternative to the traditional wedding cake. It looked excellent! We hope that Tom and Jess had the most wonderful day yesterday. We wish them many happy and exciting years to come!

Get in Touch

If you would be interested in discussing your wedding ideas at our venue, please do feel free to get in touch with us through our contact page

 

 

Strawberry Rose Meltaways and Rosewater Meringue Kisses – Two Great Recipes as a Gift Idea

Recipes

Recently, I have very much enjoyed reading and sharing Country Hill Cottage’s (@CHCottage) tweets. They share beautifully creative recipes along with tips and tricks to become better at cooking, baking, cake decorating, flower arranging, crafting and more. I recently caught wind of their summer collaboration with Meadow Brown Bakery (@meadowbrownbake) for a Raspberry Rose inspired theme. The product of which were these two recipes I wanted to share with you. They make a great gift idea and they come with their very own free printable gift box! The link to which can be found here: http://chcotta.ge/bl0148

Strawberry Rose Meltaways

“Just as the name suggests, our strawberry rose meltaways have a delicate, melt-in-your mouth texture. These biscuits are made with dried rose petals, and filled with an airy strawberry and rosewater buttercream making them irresistible and full of flavour!” 

Ingredients

For the biscuits
230 g (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp rose water
125 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour plus some extra
110 g (1 cup) cornflour (cornstarch)
60 g (1/2 cup) powdered (icing/confectioner’s) sugar

For the buttercream
10 g freezed-dried strawberries
80 g unsalted butter, softened
120 g powdered sugar
1 – 2 tbsp rose water

For the decoration
60 g (2 oz) milk chocolate, melted
dried rose petals

Tools

kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
blender or food processor
handheld mixer with whisk attachments
large mixing bowls
large metal spoon
sieve
rubber spatula
clingfilm (plastic/saran wrap)
rolling pin
round cookie cutter (4 cm/ 1.5 in)
silicone or non-stick baking mat
baking tray (sheet)

Rosewater Meringue Kisses

“This is a collaboration video with the lovely ladies at Country Hill Cottage for their raspberry rose inspired theme. 

I will show you how to bake these pretty beautiful rosewater flavoured meringue cookies called meringue kisses. I sandwiched the Rosewater flavoured meringue kisses with rosewater flavoured Swiss meringue buttercream.”

Ingredients

  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons rosewater
  • pinch of salt
  • culinary rose petals (optional)
  • rose pink food colouring (optional)

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 95 Celsius and prepare 3 baking trays with baking paper and put them to one side
    Add you egg whites in a large bowl and start whisking them with a a hand whisk or electric whisk until soft peaks start to appear
  • Then add your sugar a tablespoon at a time and whisk well until sugar is well mixed and the meringue is nice and glossy
  • Finally add in your rosewater and salt and whisk
  • If you are using rose petals you can fold them in or reserve them to sprinkle on top of the meringues when piped.
  • Get a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle and use a paint brush to paint inside and then spoon your meringue mixture inside.
  • Start piping your meringues onto the prepared baking trays and then you will notice they have two colours. You can sprinkle some rose petals on top too if you wish.
  • Put them in the oven and bake for 1hour 30 minutes and then turn of the oven and leave them in there to cool completely.
  • When they are cooled, remove them from the oven and remove them from the baking paper and sandwich them with this Swiss meringue buttercream or leave them like that.
  • Only sandwich them when you want to eat them because they will go soft and chewy but they can stay hard for a few days without being sandwiched.
  • Serve sprinkled with rose petals (optional)

I highly recommend following both Country Hill Cottage and Meadow Brown Bakery on Twitter. They share great content every day and some stunning recipes. Let us know if you do have a go at either of these fantastic recipes!

 

Cajun Blackened Salmon – Tasty

Tasty

Here is what you’ll need!

Cajun Blackened Salmon with Avocado and Mango Salsa
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

Cajun Spice Rub
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

4 salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil

Avocado and Mango Salsa
1 mango, diced
2 avocados, diced
1 red onion, finely diced
25 grams, parsley
1 red chilli, finely diced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice

PREPARATION

1. In a small bowl, combine all the Cajun spice rub ingredients and stir.
2. Place the salmon fillets on a cutting board and rub the olive oil over all sides of the salmon filets.
3. Sprinkle the spice rub over the salmon, using your hands to ensure all sides are covered.
4. Cook on a BBQ over a medium to high heat for 2 minutes per side. The outside should start to blacken and crisp, leaving the salmon juicy inside.
5. Once the salmon is cooked set aside.
6. To a large bowl, add all of the salsa ingredients and stir well.
7. Serve the salmon with an extra sprinkling of parsley alongside the salsa, and enjoy!
Credits: https://www.buzzfeed.com/bfmp/videos/…

For more brilliant recipes, the Proper Tasty Cookbook is available on amazon. With 144 pages of great tasting recipes, you are sure to find some inspiration for brilliant meals.

 

The Substitutes for Your Dietary Requirements You Might Not Know About

dietary requirements

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is caused when your immune system reacts to gluten and leads to damage to the lining of your gut. According to coeliac.org.uk, the only cure for Coeliac Disease is to remove gluten from your diet completely to allow the lining in your gut time to heal.

Gluten can be found in wheat, rye and barley… Which is not easy news to swallow! Suddenly you remember that gluten is in your sandwich, your cakes, beer and a whole host of other food and drink items that you used to enjoy.

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However! Light is just around the corner. There are a few products that substitute gluten products rather well. Four common flours can be used to replace wheat and gluten:

  • Rice flour.
  • Potato flour.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Tapioca starch.

Each have their different associated benefits but that quickly relieves the stress of “How am I going to bake my cakes now?”

With these substitutes known, supermarkets have quickly capitalised on the growing number of people who are following the gluten-free diet and you can find a number of your old favourites in the “free from” aisle. Including gluten-free bread!

Even some beers have replaced the gluten in their brews with different cereals such as millet, rice, sorghum, buckwheat and corn. Check out the 10 best gluten-free beers as published by the Independent.

Dairy- Free

You may or may not have chosen to become dairy free. For some people, the proteins in dairy can cause bloating or eczema which would mean you have an allergy to dairy products. Others might choose to go dairy-free for a cause. Vegans choose to not eat dairy because of the cruel ways the vast majority of manufacturers of dairy products treat their animals.

So to be dairy free would mean to cut out cheese, milk, butter, ice-cream and chocolate surely…

Not necessarily…Substitute-Chocolate-feature-351x185

The first item that comes to mind when people mention a dairy-free lifestyle is milk. Thankfully, you can also buy coconut, almond, soya and rice milk to replace your dairy milk. However, these options may not be to everyone’s tastes. Muufri is a company working on producing a synthetic milk from bio-engineered yeast that will taste exactly the same. You can find out more about their work from this article:

http://labiotech.eu/muufri-vegan-milk-synbio-startup/

(and to all those who want to see an end to animals as food, there is also work underway for synthetic meats also! Who could argue with that! See this FAQ from new-harvest.org)

Of course, with these alternatives, it is possible to re-create an array of dairy-free foods. Check out www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes to find all your alternatives to dairy products.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong health condition that occurs when there isn’t enough insulin, or if the insulin in your body isn’t working properly to break down any glucose products you may have consumed (Type-2 diabetes). In some people, there is no insulin at all to help break down glucose (Type-1 diabetes). This can, in turn, lead to very serious health problems due to the high blood-glucose levels.

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Glucose is a sugar that is found in many different food products including carbohydrates. You may know that sugar is a particularly (if not “most”) difficult product to remove from your diet. It’s also something that shouldn’t be removed from your diet. The key is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This article from Diabetes UK will help you decipher what and how to eat properly

That said, sweeteners are playing a big role in helping to keep blood sugar levels in check and can be substituted in the place of sugar in many of your recipes. There have been health concerns about sweeteners in relation to the stimulating effect on appetite which can be tied to weight-gain and obesity. But they have been approved as safe by the NHS and as an added benefit; xylitol, sorbitol and sucralose have health claims that are beneficial to oral health as opposed to sugar. You can find more information on the NHS Standpoint on Sweeteners here

Barnsgate Manor and Dietary Requirements

With prior warning of your dietary requirements and concerns, we take every measure to make sure we can find an appropriate substitute for your meal. We have gDSC_01luten-free rolls and scones, dairy-free cream and even a gluten and dairy free chocolate cake that has been receiving rave reviews recently! Having a dietary requirement doesn’t mean you have to cut out your favourite foods from your diet. It just means with careful planning and the right substitutes, you can enjoy them in a different and healthier way. Contact us to see how we can cater for your requirements.Contact us to see how we can cater for your requirements.

What do you substitute into your diet? Have any recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Grilled Corn 4 Ways – Tasty Channel

Source: Tasty Channel

Tired of the same old corn on the cob? well, try one of our four favourite flavours this summer on the grill for your next BBQ!

Here is what you’ll need!

Grilled Corn 4 Ways
GARLIC PARMESAN GRILLED CORN

INGREDIENTS

4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup grated Parmesan

PREPARATION

1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Place the garlic and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, or until melted.
6. Brush the garlic butter on the corn.
7. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Cotija Chili Lime Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup Cotija cheese

PREPARATION

1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the lime juice and mayo together in a bowl, and spread or drizzle on the ears of corn.
6. Mix the chili powder and cayenne together, and sprinkle over the corn.
7. Top the corn with Cotija cheese.
8. Enjoy!

Sriracha Sesame Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
¼ cup scallions, sliced
1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

PREPARATION

1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha together, and then spread or drizzle onto the corn.
6. Sprinkle the corn with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
7. Enjoy!

Honey Herb Grilled Corn
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

4 ears of corn
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chives, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
2 tablespoons thyme, minced

PREPARATION

1. Preheat a grill or grill plate to medium heat.
2. Drizzle the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix to ensure all the ears are evenly coated.
3. Place the corn on the grill. Close the lid to keep the temperature high, and let the corn cook for about 15 minutes per side, or until slightly charred on all sides.
4. Remove the corn from the heat and set aside.
5. Brush melted butter on the corn.
6. Drizzle the corn with honey.
7. Sprinkle the corn with a mixture of the chives, parsley, and thyme.
8. Enjoy!

#NationalCreamTeaDay at Barnsgate Manor

Cream Tea

Our outside terrace and views of the South Downs make for an excellent spot to have a cream tea. Not only that but our cream teas are talked about just as much as our views! They have developed quite the reputation. However, when it comes to cream or jam first, that’s not something we like to get involved in!

There has been a very heated discussion on Twitter today with regards to the proper order. You may be interested to know, there isn’t actually a proven, definitive method to preparing your scones (although there are those who would argue the case until the very end!).

As I say, we don’t like to interfere with how you prepare your scones. What we do, however, is offer you a choice of fruit, cheese, plain or gluten free scones with lashings of Rodda’s Clotted cream and Tiptree Jam on the side so you can prepare your perfect scone  just how you want.

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For your consideration, here is our Tea Room Menu:

All prices quoted are per person

Coffee & Selection Of Biscuits £3.00

Cream Tea (One Scone, Jam & Clotted Cream, Pot Of Tea) £4.50

Cream Tea (Two Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream, Pot Of Tea) £5.95

Cream Tea & Cake (Scones, Jam & Cream, Slice of cake, Tea) £8.35

Cream Tea & Sandwiches (Scones, Jam & Cream, Sandwiches, Tea) £9.50

Afternoon Tea (Mini Scones, Jam & Clotted Cream, Sandwiches, Cocktail Cakes, Pot Of Tea) £12.50

If you would like to book for a cream tea, you can do so through our online form.

As it stands on Twitter, 59% of people choose jam first and 41% believe cream should be first. What’s your standpoint on this highly controversial matter?

 

Barnsgate’s Famous Steak & Kidney Pie

Restaurant

It has been our number 1 best seller at the Barnsgate Manor House Restaurant and takes pride of place at the top of our main course menu each month. With each steak and kidney pie, you are offered a choice of mash, new potatoes, our (also famous and back by popular demand) chunky chips or sauté potatoes served with a selection of fresh market vegetables.

If you haven’t tried it before, I personally, highly recommend it. It tastes fantastic and there is no fear of an empty belly afterwards! Of course, steak and kidney pie is not to everyone’s tastes. Other meals that we prepared a lot of today were grilled seabass and turkey mince lasagne. All of which also received wonderful feedback.

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We strive for excellent tasting food each and every day, which we believe our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence demonstrates perfectly. Why not book a table with us this weekend and try one of our meals? We have a booking form online to make life that little bit easier. See what you think and we would love to hear your reviews!

Lola the VW Campervan

Wedding Ideas

Struggling for wedding ideas and inspiration? You may remember I mentioned in my Top Ten Ways to Arrive In Style On Your Wedding Day post that I suggested a campervan would be a very stylish and impressive way to arrive.

Roll on Lola the VW Campervan…

I saw Lola park up yesterday at Barnsgate through my office window carrying the bride and groom. Not only is Lola a means of getting to and from the venue.  She also doubles up as a photo booth for everyone throughout the event. It’s such a great touch to add to a wedding day. It is one of the most memorable days in every couple’s lives. It is these little touches that make all the difference. I’m sure the bride, groom and all the guests had great fun seeing Lola arrive yesterday. I know it brought a smile to my face!

Get in Touch

You can get in touch with Mike (Lola’s owner/business partner) through his website or Facebook page if you would like to consider them for your wedding day. You will be able to find most of the details you would need on their website:

http://www.lolathevwcampervan.co.uk/

If you would like more information regarding Barnsgate Manor as a wedding venue, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence

Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

We are truly thrilled to have received this award. It is thanks to our customers that we have come to bear this mark of recognition.  We want to thank you very much for your business and for your kind words.

If you haven’t yet left a TripAdvisor review. We would really appreciate your help. As a local, independent business, every review counts to help us be the best that we can be. You can follow this link to reach our TripAdvisor page:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190766-d3929348-Reviews-Barnsgate_Manor-Uckfield_East_Sussex_England.html

Book a Table with Us

If you haven’t yet joined us for a meal, why not book a table? The process is easy through our website so why not come and see what makes us so special? We would love to hear your thoughts too!

CameraOn Wedding Videography

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Wedding photos are a necessity on every wedding day. The special moments need to be captured to look back at throughout the rest of your lives together but what about a wedding video?

Having a video made of your wedding day brings it all back so vividly. Truly allowing you to relive the whole experience time and time again. That is what Cameron at CameraOn Weddings specialises in.

Cameron will spend the day with you, documenting every heart-warming moment before heading to the lab and carefully putting the video together piece by piece. Although the video above is but just a snippet, he does provide full-length videos also.

Emma and Aaron’s wedding day was truly a day to remember. But having this video will take them back in time and they will, without a doubt, treasure this footage forever.

Get in Touch

You can get in touch with CameraOn Weddings either through their website www.cameraonstudios.com or through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CameraOnWeddings/ to book him for your Wedding day.

Did you like the look of the venue in the video? Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our weddings. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements and send you some of our brochures.

How to Make The Perfect Pimms

Essentially, you are looking for a ratio of one part Pimms to three parts lemonade. From there you are looking to add a mixture of the fruit of your choice with some fresh mint leaves and chopped cucumber. Make sure to chop your fruit as this will help to release the flavours into the Pimms and Lemonade.

Whether you are filling a glass or a pitcher, fill it with ice first and foremost. Then add your fruit, cucumber and mint, followed by your measurement of Pimms and top with lemonade and that will give you your standard brew! Simple really, here is one of Barnsgates examples:

  • Measurement of Pimms
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Mint

There is plenty more to experiment with however. A famous example is to replace the lemonade with champagne. Known as a “Pimms Royale”. You could also replace lemonade with any other fizzy drink you might like to try.

You could try substituting mint for other herbs such as basil or thyme

Or you could even try freezing it to make Ice Lollies!

Share your Thoughts

Half of the enjoyment of this zesty drink is being creative and coming up with the perfect concoction to “Wow” your guests. We would love for you to share your experiments. What fruits did you use? Was there an interesting twist to your recipe? Share your thoughts with us below!

Smacked Cucumber With A Sweet Sour Sauce — cookingwithauntjuju.com

 

Do you ever “smack” your food? You can tenderize meat or massage greens but I never imagined myself “smacking” a cucumber. Yes, in this recipe you use a blade of a cleaver or a rolling pin and smack a whole cucumber hard a few times. This encourages the cucumber to loosen its flesh and absorb the flavors of […]

via Smacked Cucumber With A Sweet Sour Sauce — cookingwithauntjuju.com

Healthified Carrot Cake {Gluten Free, Refined-Sugar Free} — The Granola Diaries

 

You don’t need to carrot all about eating half this cake – its made with all real, whole ingredients, refined-sugar free (and low sugar), ans has a ton of healthy nutrients from superfoods like oats, Greek yogurt, and CARROTS, of course! I did not expect the outpouring of messages I got when I posted a […]

via Healthified Carrot Cake {Gluten Free, Refined-Sugar Free} — The Granola Diaries

Good Food: Teatime Treats: Triple-tested Recipes: 101 Teatime Treats – £4.99

For more great tea-time recipes, why not try the BBC GoodFood Recipe book? Available as paperback or Kindle Edition

How To Make Chicken Peri Peri – The Bombay Chef – Varun Inamdar

“Chicken Peri Peri (or Piri Piri) is an African barbeque chicken recipe introduced in Africa by the Portuguese. It derives its name from the Peri Peri sauce.

Ingredients:-

1 kg Chicken 
100 ml Extra Virgin olive oil
10 – 13 garlic cloves
5 ripe serrano chillies
10- 12 African devil red chillies
3 Bay leaves 
1 tsp smoked paprika 
Sea salt as required
1 lemon juice
Parsley
3-4 charcoal chunks
1 tbsp oil

Method:-

The Sauce:-
Take the devil red chillies, serrano chillies, bay leaves, garlic cloves, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, smoked paprika and lemon juice in a grinder and make a fine paste.

The Marination:-
Cut the chicken into 8 pieces after removing the fat. Add the peri peri sauce to the chicken pieces and mix it properly.

Smoke Infusion:-
Take a few pieces of wood charcoal and place them on the gas burner and heat them till they are red. Take the burning charcoal pieces in a small bowl aand keep the bowl in the bowl of marinated chicken pieces. Pour some olive oil on the charcoals and as soon as they start emitting smoke cover the marination bowl with a lid. Let it smoke for 30 minutes.

The Barbeque:-
Heat a pan on moderate flame. Place the pieces of the marinated chicken in the pan and heat till brown.
Take some fresh parsley leaves and dab them in the marinade. Baste the pieces of chicken with the marinade. Keep turning the pieces of the chicken and make sure they are brown on all sides.

Turn off the flame and Chicken Peri Peri is ready to serve.”

Source: Get Curried

Sausage and Sweet Potato Shakshouka — Wish to Dish

 

A recipe for munching and brunching today… Shakshouka is a dish that has recently found fame on instagram – it is posted almost as frequently as the perennial avocado toast and you are unlikely to scroll down your feed on a Sunday (brunching day) without it popping up. The recipe originates from the middle east […]

via Sausage and Sweet Potato Shakshouka — Wish to Dish

“Shazam for Food” – Pinterest’s New Lens Feature

It truly is a golden age we live in. I noticed an article shared by @TheFoodigans on Twitter about a new “Shazam for Food” feature. Of course, by this point, my interest had been piqued. This “Shazam for Food” is referencing Pinterest’s new “Lens” feature.

Lens has been previously used to identify different objects. You take a picture through the Pinterest app and it will try to identify this object and link to relevant information. One of the most popular searches/categories on Pinterest is “Food” With thousands of food bloggers sharing their recipes and showcasing their culinary works. So, of course, Lens had to be adapted to accommodate this huge group of people.

Say you have a plate of food in front of you. Simply snap a picture of it and Pinterest will again, try to identify this dish and also provide you with relevant recipes to reproduce it. Say you have no dish in front of you but a mish-mash of ingredients that you simply don’t know how to put together. Take a picture of it and you will be hit with creative ideas of how to combine these ingredients to make something awesome! In theory…

The app feature is still in its beta phase. Sometimes it gets confused. You may be hit with a message telling you that the app is still learning and it needs help to identify what is in the image. Once this recognition software starts to get the idea, I really believe this is going to take off. Pinterest is the one-stop shop for the most creative and brilliant ideas. This feature will allow people to discover new dishes and get creative with their cooking.

Have you tried the new Lens feature on Pinterest? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you haven’t tried it. Why not come down to Barnsgate and give it a go? I’d be quite interested to see what it makes of our locally famous steak and kidney pie!

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