I have a new friend in the kitchen.  My chums Michelle and Tony are moving to Hastings soon and I won’t half miss them.  Luckily I have inherited a whopping great cactus from them to look after.  It now resides by the kitchen window and will no doubt feature in lots of forthcoming food pics, like this one of the two loaves of Jane Wyatt Beer Bread that I made for the Hammerton family gathering yesterday.


Closest to the camera is a loaf made with Hammerton Islington Lager and to the back with ye olde Hammerton favourite – Pentonville Oyster Stout – yum yum. 

pentonville and islington hammerton beer

Here is the whole clan – only 3 family members missing – Thomas, Luke and Andy who arrived later.  Pretty good going.  We had all drunk a fair amount of Hammerton Beer by the time this was taken (apart from the children of course!)  It was a lovely, lovely day.

hammerton clan

My second batch of mustard made with the Pentonville was a FAIL.  Not sure why, it turned out very runny so I must have got my beer / vinegar / honey / mustard seed ratios wrong.  I might cook a bunny rabbit in the resulting runny mustard though.  Will report back.

Anyhow, this is rather a rambling introduction to the Recipe of the Month this month which is Jimmy Stewart’s Fried Chicken Imperial, which you’ll find on the Recipe of the Month page if you click on the link in September 2014. 

Not very photogenic, but very tasty…


If you click at any time in the future, you’ll get a suprise Recipe of the Month…

James Stewart


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