Friday, August 10, 2012

Literary Friday: A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse


I have read A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse by Elisabeth Luard several times.  I.  Love. This. BOOK!  I really do love it.  It is part cookbook, part journal, and a treat for the eyes. Clare Richardson's photography is eye candy, I tell ya!




Elisabeth Luard is a food writer who lives in Wales at Brynmerheryn Farm. Her farmhouse is pink!  :D


The book is divided in chapters, one for each month, and each chapter has a seasonal theme. July's theme is Campfire Cooking; March is all about Comfort Food; and September features The Fruits of Autumn.


From May's chapter, Shoots and Leaves:  Elderflower Cordial

I adapted a recipe from August's Chapter, Pack a Picnic.  I hope you try it! Mr. Art @ Home loves cobblers, so I thought I would try the Plum Cobbler with Cinnamon.  Did you know that "to cobble" means to throw something together quickly?  I have learned much from this book, and I must say that Elisabeth Luard is living my dream.


Yummy black plums

Plum Cobbler with Cinnamon

6 - 8 large juicy plums, split and stoned
1 T plain flour
1/2 c caster sugar

For the Topping:
1/2 c self-rising four
1 T caster sugar
3.5 T butter
About 6 T cream

Preheat oven to 425.

Roll plums in a mixture of the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.  Arrange them in a deep pie dish and leave in a cool place while you make the topping.

For the topping, sift the flour into a bowl and mix in the sugar.  Rub in the butter lightly with your fingertips.  Add enough cream to make a soft dough. Lightly flour a board and roll out the dough as you would pastry.  Cut out circles and overlap them on top of the plum filling.  Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until the topping is crisp and brown.

Serve warm with cream.



I used acorn cutouts for the cobbler's crust.  :D  I am ready for autumn!

This is a linky, so please share what you are reading!

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. YOu have me totally intrigued - that book looks like one I would love to read too. And I so agree she is living my dream as well.

  2. I just checked Amazon and they have her book. It sounds delicious--her food and her writing!

  3. HI RJ, This looks to be a delightful read, one I'm sure I would enjoy. The cobbler looks delicious and the black plums look so pretty in your MC bowl. I will have to order this one!

    The French Hutch

  4. I'll be right over and I could I have a cup of tea too, please! Joyous Wishes, Linda

  5. Ricki Jill,
    What a pretty book. Double bonus, recipes and reading! Thanks for sharing this, I'll definitely add it to the list.

  6. What an interesting twist on a recipe book! ...and you're right those photos are amazing!!

  7. Yum to both the book and the recipe :)

  8. Yikes I forgot again, I guess you will not mind if I just link up my last post. Although the badge is not on the post it does now feature on the sidebar.
    What a lovely looking book I think my sister might like this as she lives in Wales.

  9. Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing! This one is totally going on my wishlist- thanks! :D

  10. I know that I would love this book. I'll add it to my list. I also know that I would love that cobbler. Looks awesome, Ricki!

  11. Oh this looks like my kind of book! You cobbled together a delicious treat using plums! Love your acorn cut outs~ I'm ready for fall too :)

  12. And, I thought I was the only one who reads cookbooks from start to finish! This books looks so interesting, I'll definitely have to get it!! Thanks for the recipe too, looks wonderful.

  13. yummy i need to read this one

  14. A pink farmhouse, how fun is that! The cobbler looks delicious, and those plums are perfect in that McK-C bowl.


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