Archive for April, 2012

  • My name is Melissa Rees. Originally from Suffolk, I met my husband Jeremy while living in Brixton. We moved to Shropshire in 1997 and have 3 daughters and a young son. Of course I love to cook but I wouldn’t be happy to be without writing, planting and reading.
  • "Hi Melissa, My friends and I want to thank you so much for your wonderful meal. We all thoroughly enjoyed your splendid food and were so impressed by how you managed it all so wonderfully and unobtrusively. It was also so kind of you to help our stranded friend while cooking for 25 simultaneously!! We couldn’t recommend you highly enough; a business like yours deserves to succeed. We had high expectations and you didn’t disappoint. Warm regards June"



Had such a rewarding day teaching at Brompton on Saturday: 14 novice bakers went away with masses of loaves, buns and soda bread and not a failure among them. I managed to cook a plastic tray quite dramatically but it all added to the theatre...

by Milly on April 23rd, 2012
1 Comment  baking


April – rhubarb-rhubarb

April Food Memories – ‘Rhubarb, Rhubarb’ Yes I know it can be perishing cold but to my mind April is the start of a new phase at least in the cooking year. It is now that I move away from the darker store-cupboard meals so...

by Milly on April 18th, 2012
No Comments  rhubarb and nettles



I love tulips. When I look out of my bedroom window it’s as if a giant has dumped handfuls of tutti fruttis onto my flower beds.

by Milly on April 17th, 2012
No Comments  Uncategorized


Memories by mouth

  When there is a change of season in the air there are fleeting moments of memories. I think it is a magical cocktail of smells, temperatures, breezes, and other sensual contact that brings memories of past seasons rushing back – and then they are...

by Milly on April 17th, 2012
No Comments  Foody Memories



Here we all are perched on the steps in our garden at Bank Cottage.

by Milly on April 10th, 2012
1 Comment  Uncategorized


Roses are red violets are blue…

You love your tummy and I do too. Of all the months in the year February struggles to offer much more than depressing bank statements and dreary weather. No wonder they made it as short as possible so we should be thankful for St Valentine...

by Milly on April 4th, 2012
No Comments  Valentine