Sunday, 28 May 2017

Apple Cider Cake Recipe using a Bramley Apple



Our Grandmother's always used to bake on a Sunday, cakes, pies, jam tarts they'd all go in the oven while the roast was cooking, enough to last the whole week through. Of course here at the tea room we bake everyday but if you'd like to continue the tradition of Sunday baking we'd like to share a recipe with you, an apple one of course:

 Apple Cider Cake

Ingredients: 

130g butter
130g golden caster sugar
2 medium size eggs beaten
230g self raising flour sieved together with  
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
200ml cider
1 peeled, sliced Bramley apple

Greased / lined cake tin 20cm x 13cm

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 170C / Gas mark 3

1. Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of the sieved flour & cinnamon and beat in the eggs. 

3. when the eggs have been beaten fold in 1/2 of the remaining flour.

4. Next add 200ml of cider whilst continuing to stir.

5. Now fold in the remaining flour.

6. Put the slices of Bramley apple in the greased / lined cake tin.

7. Pour the cake mixture evenly over the apples.

8. Bake in the centre of  the pre-heated oven for approx 40 minutes until fully cooked.

9. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire tray, leave to cool completely.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Bank Holiday Weekend at The Orchard Wisbech

We have a fab Bank Holiday Weekend lined up here at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop of course there are locally grown strawberries ~ it's that time of year!


Strawberries nomnomnom perfect with some chilled apple juice



pressed locally of course.

We're delighted to say that local artist Gill Repper is back with a fabulous exhibition in our tea room 


open daily 10-4 and it's free.

We've a Bank Holiday Book Sale

brand new books, 2ndhand books and vintage books, really there's something for every book lover here and with prices starting at 50p it's not to be missed.

Sunday afternoon there's an informal talk on herbalism from Norfolk's Ancient Pathway's Nathalie. just pop in, grab a cuppa, pull up a chair and join our regular ladies for a natter about medicinal herbs.


And on Monday 29th May we have a Shaman's Legacy Fun Dog Show, always a fantastic day out whether or not you have a dog to show.


So come along and support a local dog rescue that's busy working to save dog's lives every day of the year.

And if that's not enough amazingly we still have some apple blossom clinging to the Bramley's. 


Monday, 17 April 2017

Art at The Orchard interview with Esther Marshall

We're delighted that artist Esther Marshall  has agreed to do a little interview for the blog, she's exhibiting a selection of her original paintings here at The Orchard during April.



Esther please tell us about your work? What are you currently working on?

I try to paint a diverse range of subjects and am currently working in oils. They blend much better than acrylics and are great for skies, clouds, sea and sand so I am working on a number of seascapes at the moment.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I have always been interested in art and worked closely with many artists when running my greeting card publishing business.  When I retired I needed something to do and I always wanted to paint so it seemed the natural thing to do.

What's the best advise you've been given as an artist?

The best advice I have been given is "paint, paint, paint".  Like all things you get better with  practice.

What do you do when you are not creating?

When I am not creating I love to spend time with my family and grandchildren. I also like 
to spend time drawing and studying nature, trees throughout the seasons, clouds, skies, sea, etc. We live in an amazing world and a beautiful country.


What are your life and work goals for the future?

Having retired, I want to see as much of the world as I can, want to become more accomplished as an artist and to sell my work. It is such a great feeling when someone has actually paid their hard earnt money to buy one of your paintings.

Esther you're currently exhibiting some of your original artwork here at The Orchard where else can we find your work?

Currently in April I am also exhibiting at The Arts Lounge, Market Place, Swaffham, PE37 7AB      and from 20 April - 2 May I will also have a few paintings on display at St Leonard's Church,      Leverington, Wisbech.

I am a member of SAA (Society for All Artists) and WNAA (West Norfolk Artists Association) and hope to exhibit with the latter at their summer exhibition in July in St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn.

I will also be back at The Orchard Tea Room again in August.

I have a website:

www.monetlovesesther.com

I also post my latest paintings on my Facebook Page - Esther Marshall and Instagram (when I remember) - Esther Marshall Dackombe.
     

Many thanks to Esther Marshall for agreeing to be interviewed for The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Blog. You can view Esther's art daily 10am -4pm until the end of April 2017 at

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN


Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Apple Blossom at The Orchard Wisbech

Amazingly Easter has coincided with our apple orchard being in full blossom. The last few days of warm weather has brought everything forward giving us the perfect Easter backdrop of pink and white blossom everywhere you look.


 Bramleys


Worcester


Gala


Ida


Spartan

Glorious blossom everywhere


And if the blossom isn't enough of a feast for the eye Esther's art is still being exhibited in the tea room.

Plus

Monday 17th April we're hosting a Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue Fun Dog Show complete with Scamps heat details of which can be found here

Opening Hours 10am-4pm daily
The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Begdale 
Elm
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN
Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Customers walking in the orchard do so at their own risk. Except for cases of negligence or other breach of duty by the event organizer participants will be responsible and neither the event organizer nor its servants or its agents will be responsible for any loss, theft, injury or damage which results from attendance at and participation in any The Orchard event. This includes, but is not limited to; personal injury, mental or physical or death, loss, theft, injury or damage to vehicles their contents, fittings accessories, items of personal property. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for  loss, theft, injury or damage to anypersonal injury or death caused either by the negligence of the event organizer or its servants or agents or by any act of omission of the event organizer or its servants or agents. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for any loss, theft, injury or damage to personal property caused by the negligence of   the event organizer or its servants or agents.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Blossom time at The Orchard Wisbech Spring 2017


Glorious April sunshine has brought forth blossom in our Wisbech orchard,
 the plum trees are in full blossom, 


 as are the cherry trees.


Apple blossom buds are beginning to open. 

Blossom can be seen from the tea room and customers of both the tea room and farm shop are welcome to walk and see the blossom close up. Bring your camera or easel and paints!

Opening Hours 10am-4pm daily
The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Begdale 
Elm
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN
Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Customers walking in the orchard do so at their own risk. Except for cases of negligence or other breach of duty by the event organizer participants will be responsible and neither the event organizer nor its servants or its agents will be responsible for any loss, theft, injury or damage which results from attendance at and participation in any The Orchard event. This includes, but is not limited to; personal injury, mental or physical or death, loss, theft, injury or damage to vehicles their contents, fittings accessories, items of personal property. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for  loss, theft, injury or damage to anypersonal injury or death caused either by the negligence of the event organizer or its servants or agents or by any act of omission of the event organizer or its servants or agents. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for any loss, theft, injury or damage to personal property caused by the negligence of   the event organizer or its servants or agents.

Friday, 31 March 2017

April Art at The Orchard ~ Esther Marshall


We're delighted to be hosting an exhibition of original artwork by local artist Esther Marshall at The Orchard this April, pop along and take a look. 
Opening Hours 10am-4pm daily
The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Begdale 
Elm
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN
Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mothering Sunday at The Orchard Tea Room Wisbech

We've got a fab Mother's Day lined up for you this year:



Afternoon Tea's served all day 10am-4pm.



If you prefer to cook a meal for Mother yourself we have locally sourced fresh veg for sale including the first of this seasons ASPARAGUS! A very special spring time treat.



Also in the farm shop a selection of flowers & flowering pot plants in the tea room you'll find gifts, cards & original art by Moira Johnson for sale all at very reasonable prices.



And for all you dog lovers we're hosting a Shaman's Legacy Fun Dog Show, enter your dog or just watch the fun.

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room