Friday, 30 May 2014

Rapeseed Oil

We have Mrs Middleton's Rapeseed Oil at Hexton Country Matters.  The rapeseed used in the oil is grown at Barton Hill Farm, Bedfordshire - so only a few miles down the road.  Reduce your carbon footprint by buying locally.

It is very versatile and has a slight nutty flavour and high burn point.

There is lots of information on their website, including some recipes.

The oil is perfect as a salad dressing, and can be used in most of the ways that you would use other oils.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Rapeseed oil has a favourable balance of 'good' and 'bad' fats:
  • Less unhealthy saturated fat than all other cooking fats and oils - e.g. 50% less than olive oil
  • High in the healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats omega 3, 6 and 9
  • It is also a rich source of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant
  • And contains plant sterols - which may contribute to the cholesterol lowering properties of rapeseed oil.
And brand new from Mrs Middleton is stoneground flour, again locally grown and milled at Stotfold mill.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Feeding time

So I stepped out of the house this morning with the dogs to go off and feed everyone, by the time I reached the bottom of the garden the lambs had gotten whiff off potential feeding action.  I fed the hens, ducks and turkeys to the sound of them bleating in the background and then made my way over to their pen.  They were so eager to get at their milk that both lambs, the hut and me got covered in lamb milk so now the lambs think that the milk bucket bites and they are frightened of it! Fed them nuts instead and they thought that I was trying to poison them.  Just another day at the ranch!

The above picture was before the 'incident'.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Hi from Hexton

Hexton is a small (blink and you miss it!) village on the North Herts/South Beds border.  We have talked in the past about declaring our independence but had second thoughts when we discovered how complicated it would be.   We've got a pub, a school, a church, two shops and a tearoom and the walking around here is superb.  There's a large car park at the school which walkers have permission to park in at weekends.  The estate which owns most of the property in the village is privately owned and most days we have farm traffic up and down the main (only!) street in the village.