Meanwhile at Hillhead Farm: May 2015

May 28, 2015

April and May are the best months of the year for me, full of optimism and promise. The world re-generates in beautiful colours, and produces in abundance for the future. In Devon, that has meant a profusion of wild flowers and blossom, unspoiled by mowing or spraying; myriad shades of green in delicate early-day fronds adorn the hedgerows and hillsides. The lanes are lined in the red, white and blue of campion, stichwort and bluebells, while the hawthorn, wild pear and apple explode in balloons of cotton-wool.    Gussie, our broodmare, travelled to Newmarket, where she duly produced a lovely filly foal.The foal’s sister ran at Epsom on Derby Day, sadly unplaced. Unfortunately Gussie suffered a twisted gut post foaling,...

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Recipe: Lizzie’s Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken Thighs with Tenderstem Broccoli, Asparagus and New Potatoes

May 27, 2015

A light and easy weekday recipe which will leave you time to read the paper or walk the dog! We had this the day after Easter and it was a big hit with all the family. The Cornish Sea salt blend and chicken thighs (from The Ark Deli) used are available from our farmshop at Borough Market. This recipe will serve 4 people. Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, preferably skin on 300g Tenderstem Broccoli 300g Asparagus 300g New Potatoes 1 garlic bulb Cornish Sea Salt Lemon and Thyme blend 1 Lemon 2 tbs oil Black pepper Baking tray Foil Method: Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 Wash the broccoli, asparagus and new potatoes. Remove the ends from the asparagus and...

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Stardust; the Hemsley sisters visit Wild Beef

February 18, 2015

Our farming philosophy means we have had the honour of welcoming quite a few special guests over the last few years. In August 2013 we were championed by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, who spent two days with us at Hillhead Farm. The sisters kicked off their Thoughtful Eating tour with Samsung GALAXY S4 and drove down to Devon to learn about our wild farming technique and grass reared beef and cook a wonderful beef stew. They and their crew were totally engaging with boundless energy and charm. Their cook book ‘The Art of Eating Well’ is already onto its third reprint and is great for everyone who wants a healthy lifestyle. The Beef Stew and Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Tabouleh...

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Chagword 2015 - 'The Perfect Meal'

February 11, 2015

Chagword is Dartmoor’s Literary Festival in Chagford and takes place from 13th to 15th March 2015. During the festival you can meet 10 authors & poets, 2 journalists & broadcasters, 2 author/illustrators, 1 more illustrator, an editor, a publisher and…a chef. That’s where we come in. We are a proud sponsor of 'The Perfect Meal' the event where 2-Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE and Oxford University based experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence will explore what makes for the perfect dining experience.    More information about the festival can be found at 

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