Category Archives: Food and booze

Mead fit for a king

‘Turbulent old time, the 17th century. It was the age of characters like Cardinal Richelieu and the Duke of Buckingham; of Oliver Cromwell, Galileo and Guy Fawkes; of civil war, regicide and plague; where a volcanic compound of science, magic, … Continue reading

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Upcoming articles in Ernest journal

It’s been a quiet time on the blog recently. Partly it’s because work has picked up a bit, so some of the stuff I might have blogged about has found its way into print articles. Outdoorsy sorts might have spotted … Continue reading

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A brace of birds

Pheasant shooting finished at the beginning of February, and with the closing weeks of the season came a frenzy of activity across North Yorkshire, as fieldsports enthusiasts took every opportunity to blast as many of the buggers out of the … Continue reading

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Brewing wild hop beer

I’ve written before about the annual Glebe Cottage hop harvest, and I thought it might be fun to post my latest method for dealing with such a glut of pungent little flowers. I speak, of course, of making wild hop … Continue reading

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Five comfort drinks

It’s a shame that a lot of people only ever tip back cocktails in specialist bars, because some mixed drinks are at their best in your own home, sipped sunk into an armchair by the fire after a long day. … Continue reading

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A birthday brew

The other week, my brother turned thirty, and he celebrated with a street party outside his end-of-terrace house in Hebden Bridge. It was a grand old occasion, with family and friends travelling from far and wide, and a warm crowd … Continue reading

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Four things to do with wild garlic

Wild garlic season is knocking on, but there’s still plenty of it about, and it must rank among the most easy to distinguish of all wild plants. The swathes of wide green leaves and white flowers that cover woodland banks … Continue reading

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Not-so-noble experiments

Apologies for my extended radio silence. The past month, for some reason, has been one of the busiest of my freelance career, with some fairly exciting jobs falling into my lap. Once again I have discovered that hard work is … Continue reading

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Five ways to drink gin

Gin is such a gloriously versatile poison that it’s difficult whittling my top choices down to five. I’ve even had to bump two of my favourites (the gin & mixed and the journalist) to another upcoming post. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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Hot buttered rum

That uncommonly balmy December has given way to a frosty new year. In our little cottage by the sea, E and I have had the fire roaring from 4pm pretty much every day lately, and my pet tortoise, Stanley, is … Continue reading

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