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  • 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"

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cookery workshops

I love my workshops! I always come away thinking it was time well spent. Thanks to Ludlow Food Festival for their funding of a course of six cookery sessions at Shrppshire Hills Discovery Centre. My own daughter took part this time so if nothing else,...

by Milly on March 29th, 2018
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puddings to please

Here is a random and varied selection of  sweet treats – some for friends, some for family and some for paying customers

by Milly on March 1st, 2018
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May buffet

Buffet Menu for May 2018 20 guests   Main Dishes Cold Dishes £4.00 per head Coronation Chicken Medium rare roast sirloin with horseradish cream and pickles Honey glazed ham with mustard and pickles Traditional long pork pie with mustard and pickles Main Hot Dishes  £4.00...

by Milly on March 1st, 2018
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May Sunday Lunch 2018

Menu for Sunday May 13th    14 guests   1.30 pm   Main Course Boned, rolled and roast free range chicken with pancetta and Spring herb stuffing and chipolatas served with cider gravy Side dishes to include Roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire puddings Puddings Bakewell...

by Milly on March 1st, 2018
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April Menu 2018

Menu for April 2018 Dinner for 14  7.30pm   Starters Double baked goats cheese soufflés with roast apple and leek Warm salad of roast fennel, asparagus and aubergine with cashew cream and  lime and sweet chilli dressing (vegan) Pate of locally smoked trout home-made breads...

by Milly on March 1st, 2018
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March 2018

Sample Menu for March 2018   (special diets incorporated)          Dinner for 20  7.30pm                                               Starters Double baked cheese soufflés...

by Milly on March 1st, 2018
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lamb day

I am becoming aware how little lamb is bought and cooked by anyone under 30. What a shame! At this rate, lamb cooking in the UK will die out so that my grandchildren’s generation will not know the joys of a roast shoulder or how delicious a...

by Milly on August 17th, 2017
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recipes for baking

A mini baking workshop here at Bank Cottage for two delightful youngsters. They both love to bake but wanted some recipes that they could manage to replicate at home with confidence.   Classic Chocolate Cake   275g salted butter, softened 275g light brown sugar 75g...

by Milly on August 17th, 2017
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souffles and mussels

My year of teaching at Telford is coming to an end and I shall miss my students very much. My goodness they have really raised their game and it is so good to see how much they have learned about balancing flavours, using herbs and...

by Milly on May 23rd, 2017
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example of October dinner

Example of October dinner party for 8 guests   Starters Butter-fried scallops with caramelised apple, hazelnuts and pancetta Sticky roast duck salad with fennel and grapes home-made breads   Main Course Local fillet of beef with wild mushroom sauce Rack of Shropshire lamb with honey,...

by Milly on May 23rd, 2017
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