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Bumble Bee Conservation and Identification Course at Maddocks Farm Organics.

The now annual Bumble Bee Conservation and Identification Course at Maddocks Farm Organics is run by the fabulous Dr Richard Comont from The Bumble Bee Conservation Trust .   It is without shadow of a doubt my favourite day of the …

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How to make Edible Flower Ice Cubes

Making perfect flower ice cubes. Strangely making perfectly clear floral ice cubes is actually not as easy as it sounds but hopefully these tips will help a wee bit. And if any of you know any more then please do share… Firstly …

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Bumblebee Day at Maddocks Farm Organics!

                          Anybody who knows me knows that I am pretty obsessed with bees (and gin but that’s a whole different post!) . All bees but bumbles in particular. …

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G&T – (Pink Lavender Cocktail)

This is number 2 in a series of West Country Wedding Cocktails from a wonderful collaboration between Maddocks Farm Organics; the genius that is Catherine Cheek from Christopher Piper Wines; and the stunningly romantic wedding venue of Lower Grenofen – Ever After A Dartmoor Wedding where …

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VIOLETTE – (Viola cocktail)

This is number 1 in a series of West Country Wedding Cocktails from a wonderful collaboration between Maddocks Farm Organics; the genius that is Catherine Cheek from Christopher Piper Wines; and the stunningly romantic wedding venue of Lower Grenofen – Ever After …

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Primrose and Passion Fruit Pavlova

The primrose season is nearly upon us. Well actually in Devon it already is but the over enthusiastic early offerings are small and battered and not a patch on their March/April successors. I always maintain that I am first and …

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Edible flowers at Spectre Premiere from Maddocks Farm Organics

Edible flowers for new Bond premiere. Bond’s traditional cocktail gets a floral twist for the after party of the premiere of Spectre in London. Bond’s traditional martini was both ‘shaken’ and ‘stirred’ up and garnished with edible flowers for the premiere of Spectre …

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Rose Petal Chocolate Brownies

It worries me for a couple of reasons when we approach Valentine’s Day and I see food scattered with beautiful red rose petals. Whilst I am not a Cupid killjoy, I am concerned about the provenance of these rosy garnishes. According to recent …

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Tulip Recipes. Stuffed tulip petals.

Stuffed Tulip Petals The tulip leaves are clearly though the ground now in Devon and herald the fact that Spring is on the way. Trust me…. it is….I promise. So my thoughts turn to tulip recipes. Tulips don’t taste as you image… …

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Edible Flowers for Winter Weddings

I love it when prospective brides phone up and say “I’ve been looking at your wonderful website (and it is!) and I’d like some edible flowers and floral salad for my wedding”. My immediate response is usually something along the lines …

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Cocktails with Edible Flowers

Dark and Stormy Cocktail with Tagetes Flowers. Cocktails with edible flowers are stunning and a ‘Dark and Stormy’ is perfect for a late summer wedding when there is just a hint of autumn in the air. Or for almost any other …

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Edible Roses

Roses are fast becoming our favourite edible flower at Maddocks Farm Organics and the one we are most commonly associated with. Roses are a quintessentially British favourite with gardeners and florists alike and are having a resurgence in popularity in …

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Edible Flower Croquembouche

My wee baby has just turned 15. Not sure how that happened but she now towers over me and ‘borrows’ my rarely used makeup. She was away with a friend’s family for her actual birthday but came back insisting upon a birthday …

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Using fresh flowers on wedding cakes.

A Guide to Using Real Flowers on Wedding Cakes. There is a lot of confusion regarding using fresh flowers on Wedding Cakes so I thought I’d clarify a few points. First the negatives of using fresh flowers on wedding or other celebration …

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Fennel, Pancetta and Parmesan Muffins.

This recipe is directly taken, with permission, from Frances Bissell’s new book The Floral Baker which is for sale on our website here. The perfect present for a gardener or baker  or gardening baker! By way of a review I …

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Lavender Honey Ice Cream

I know, I know….. it’s nearly December and the wrong time of year for ice cream but as I perused the garden yesterday there were still a couple of dozen lavender heads resiliently hanging on and I thought that this would …

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Floral Sugar

Floral sugar is one of the key ingredients in many edible flower recipes. The sugar absorbs the flavour and fragrance of the flowers and allows you to both extend the season and enjoy wonderful flowery summer flavours year round, plus it also …

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Dahlia Tarté Tartin

Dahlia & Fig Tarté Tartin Back in the day, when I was just a wee slip of a girl & between what my dad would describe as ‘proper’ jobs I worked for few months cooking in a small bistro behind …

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Pimms Jelly

I realised that despite having made this jelly for years – and having Chris’ lovely pictures on my website – that I’d never popped up the recipe on the blog so here it is. Chris Archambault and I first developed …

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Spoonfuls of Honey by Hattie Ellis recommends

Spoonfuls of Honey by Hattie Ellis recommends Maddocks Farm Organics.

Hattie Ellis’ new book Spoonfuls of Honey has arrived at Maddocks Farm Organics and it is stunning.  As well as some fabulous honey and bee facts and a plethora of delicious recipes it also includes some lovely pictures of edible …

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