Thursday, 17 April 2008

Day Seventeen-Haven Cottage B&B,Ambleside-Lake District

Haven Cottage in Ambleside was recommended to us when we first came up with the idea to organise this crazy food trip. We stayed for 2 nights to have a bit of a rest from the quirky but decidedly cosy life we lead in Ruby.

When we arrived we were treated to locally made hot crumpets and locally blended fresh coffee. Oskar surprised us by eating 3 crumpets and Tim generously offered to toast us some more.

We came down each morning to breakfast to find Christmas cracker puzzles left to amuse us while our freshly cooked Cumbrian breakfast was being readied.

Here's the astonishing list that shows Haven cottage's dedication to local food. I wish all B&Bs had a list like this:

The cottage is decorated in old hunting prints and interesting knickknacks. The most intriguing is an old RAF jacket worn displayed in the living room. Tim’s fathers who was instrumental in 'The Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III. He drew up the escape tunnel maps for the escape parties. An experience that apparent ally changed him for the rest of his life into a very focused extraordinary individual.

Tim sometimes serves homemade local Lakeland Tatie Scones with breakfast. Here's the recipe:

250g(8oz)self raising flour
125g(4oz) boiled mashed potatoes
60g(2oz)strong cheese -grated
Pinch of salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Black pepper
Splash of milk

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c(Gas mark 6). Rub the flour and lard together to make breadcrumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Add enough milk to make a stiff dough. Roll out on a floured board to a thickness of about 2 cm. Place on a greased baking paper in the oven and brown for 10 minutes on either side. Serve hot with butter. Great with a full breakfast.

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