The Cunning Man – a weeknight treat

The Cunningman - Burghfield
The Cunning Man – Burghfield

Monday night saw us returning to an old favourite, The Cunning Man in Burghfield. Even though we have been here a few times before and always been pleased, on Monday I have to say every aspect of our visit was outstanding.

Inside its rural and rustic charm immediately makes you feel at home. The menu is extensive and with so many appealing choices it took us at least 40 minutes to decide on starters and mains (we were also having a lovely catch up with Nan currently visiting from Spain). Paul and I decided to share our starters (mainly because I couldn’t decide on just one), opting for the Lamb Koftas and Tear, Share and Dip Cheesy Garlic Bread. Both were divine and left us wanting more more more.

Tear, Share and Dip Cheesy Garlic Bread
Tear, Share and Dip Cheesy Garlic Bread
Lamb Koftas
Lamb Koftas

For mains, Paul opted for the Chicken and Leek Pie and Nan and I had the Chicken Forestiere. Both perhaps looking a little colour bland on the plate (not as exciting to the eye as the Lamb Koftas) but boy did the flavours and quality speaks volumes. I think I have found my all-time favourite chicken dish!

Chicken and Leek Pie
Chicken and Leek Pie
Chicken Forestiere
Chicken Forestiere

And to compliment all this wonderful food, of course a glass of Prosecco! To my great disappointment we simply couldn’t manage desert too, so I think we’ll be popping back for a ‘Pudding Platter for Two’ accompanied by more Prosecco, of course!

Ca Belli Prosecco
Ca Belli Prosecco

Lastly I would like to compliment the staff and service at the Cunning Man, attentive but not intrusive, friendly yet professional, making our visit an absolute pleasure.

P.S Our table is booked for New Year’s Eve, see you then!

The first harvest of tomatoes

Tomato 'Sunbaby' from Chiltern Seeds
Tomato ‘Sunbaby’ from Chiltern Seeds

I acquired my allotment in March this year, handed down to me by my mum as she has a new site much closer to her house. With a lot of work commitments and adverse weather, I disappointingly haven’t been able to use it to it’s full potential this year as I had hoped. Planning and preparation I feel is a key part to harvest success and I have already started making plans for a full to the brim plot next year (I’m sure these plans and ideas will change over the coming months!)

Back in April I chose a few varieties of Tomatoes to sow and try this year. With a lack of time and my green fingers not being oh so green just yet, I settled on just the one for this year (being ambitious next year I will be trying at least 6 different varieties). I chose to grow the ‘Sunbaby’, a vivid yellow cherry Tom perfect for the summer salad!

Finally over the bank holiday weekend in August, my little green globes were starting to turn yellow. I am sure I’m not the only gardener that has found the adverse weather this summer has meant both flowers and veg seem to have taken an eternity to grow and ripen ready for picking.

From plot to plate - rocket, watercress and spinach leaves with cheddar cheese, 'sunbaby' tomatoes and a pesto dressing
From plot to plate – rocket, watercress and spinach leaves with cheddar cheese, ‘sunbaby’ tomatoes and a pesto dressing