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Christmas 2013……………

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Jenny Kirwan (me) in Winchester, Christmas Eve, outside my most favourite pub in England, The Wykham Arms
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Steve and his brother Colin holding his little boy Edward, Christmas Eve in Winchester
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Winchester Cathedral…..great views from our hotel window!
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The beautiful church, St Andrews in Fontmell Magna, Dorset

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Finger food of goats cheese and rocket wrapped in prosciutto……back in Compton Abbas, Christmas Day
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Pheasant Wellington….pheasant breast filled with game pate and wrapped in Juniper berries, bacon and short crust pastry……a very different but quite beautiful Christmas lunch back at Compton Abbas in Dorset
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Pheasant Wellingtons, oven ready on Christmas Day
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Basil called in to say hello…….
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Pheasant Wellingtons, just out of the oven…….
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A red wine, game jus was all that was needed to accompany this plate for Christmas day lunch…….
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Basil had a long day………!

 

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Boxing Day….time to walk some of the unwanted calories off……..around Compton Abbas in Dorset
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Boxing Day…..looking down into Melbury Abbas on our chilly, sunny walk

Cooking Without a Kitchen? Yes, You Can!

Who says you can’t make healthy, gorgeous food without a kitchen?  We are still living at the top of The William Walker Inn in Winchester while looking for the ‘right’ job and we have no use of the kitchen as food is served in the pub lunch and dinner, and breakfast is served at weekends.  BUT, we do have a kettle, toaster, small fridge and a bench top cooker.  This little cooker does the job reasonably well.  We use the bathroom sink for washing up and filling up the kettle.  We have been very inventive with our meals.  We even cooked roast pork with crackling last Sunday.  It’s been tricky going though as there is a very sensitive fire/smoke alarm upstairs.  I set it off the other weekend cooking toast and the customers down stairs were deafened by this fire bell ringing.  Sorry about that!!!  We hope this camping lifestyle is coming to an end soon, but we have managed quite well with limited resources.

Cooking on the top floor of the William Walker with Winchester Cathedral in the background!
Cooking on the top floor of the William Walker with Winchester Cathedral in the background!

Cooking without a kitchen can be challenging, but as long as you have good ventilation (open some windows!) and the basics…….. along with some imagination, it’s possible to cook just about anything.

Spicy bean and beef pie, ready for the oven
Spicy bean and beef pie, ready for the oven

Tonight I’ll be cooking a Shepherd’s pie, my favourite! made with lean lamb mince, rosemary, garlic, onion and a little grated carrot, tomato passata and a few other secret ingredients!  Topped with a creamy mash potato top, this will bake beautifully and what a wonderful comforting dish after a cold, sunny day in Autumn.

Winchester, Hampshire

gorgeous shops everywhere in Winchester town centre
gorgeous shops everywhere in Winchester town centre

What a wonderful market town Winchester is.  It has it all…..fabulous shops, farmers market, restaurants, pubs, historic buildings, Winchester Cathedral……the list goes on…..

Historic buildings in Winchester are wonderful
Historic buildings in Winchester are wonderful

It’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining and it’s Farmer’s Market day.  The place is buzzing…..full of eager shoppers and sight seers!

Shopping in Winchester
Shopping in Winchester

I was up early to get fresh bread and a little shopping before the crowds ascend upon this wonderful market town, Winchester

Jenny Kirwan (me) outside The Vine Inn at luchtime in Winchester
Jenny Kirwan (me) outside The Vine Inn at lunchtime in Winchester

 

The Eclipse Inn, Winchester

This wonderful little inn called The Eclipse, is situated in the centre of Winchester, just a few steps from The William Walker where we are staying at the moment.

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The Eclipse Inn Winchester

It is a great place to watch the world go by, situated in The Square in a quiet little lane by Winchester Cathedral.

The Eclipse Inn in Winchester
The Eclipse Inn in Winchester

On a sunny day, it’s hard to find a table outside, but on this late Friday afternoon we timed it well before the crowds started to emerge!

 

Beautiful Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral on a late summers day
Winchester Cathedral on a late summers day

Steve and I are staying at his brother Colin’s pub, The William Walker, opposite the magnificent Winchester Cathedral.  We have fantastic views from the top floor of the stunning Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral in the late afternoon sun
Winchester Cathedral in the late afternoon sun

As I write this post on an early Sunday morning, the Bells of Winchester Cathedral are starting to chime.  It’s a beautiful sound to my ears……I love this place.

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The magnificent red front doors to Winchester Cathedral

The history and architecture of this building is breathtaking and I just love being around this wonderful sight.  During the day you will see many people sitting on the lawns, enjoying the surrounds.

Making our way down the side of Winchester Cathedral
Making our way down the side of Winchester Cathedral

I know and love this place well from many years ago living and working here as a private cook in a street just behind Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral....the history and architecture of this building is breathtaking
Winchester Cathedral….the history and architecture of this building is breathtaking