Farm Diary January 2021

Happy New Year.

We know many guests care about where their food comes from and how it is produced, that’s why we’re inviting you to make a new year’s resolution that matters by backing British farming in 2021.

Here are a couple of suggestions

Back British Farming have 31 ideas to help you eat a balanced diet and stay healthy in these challenging times.


Over the next few months we will be sharing our favourite Bampfield recipes using very local produce.

Bampfield Hunters Chicken.

This is a dish to cook for farmer Neil’s lunch after a busy morning working in the countryside.

Free range chicken, jointed, or use 4 chicken pieces.

Salt and pepper, 8 bay leaves, rosemary sprigs, 2 cloves sliced garlic, 1 crushed.

Half a bottle Chianti, flour, olive oil, 2x 400g chopped tomatoes.

(optional 6 anchovy fillets & olives)

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, place in a bowl, add bay leaves, rosemary and crushed garlic and cover with wine. Cover bowl and marinade for 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.

Preheat oven 180 C/340 F. Drain chicken and reserve the marinade. Dry chicken with kitchen paper then dust with flour. Heat a pan add splash of oil, fry the chicken until

lightly brown, put to one side.

In pan fry sliced garlic until brown, add anchovies, olives, tomatoes and chicken with marinade. Bring to the boil, cover and place in oven for 1 ½ hours.

Skim off excess oil which collects on top of the sauce, then stir, taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with salad, mashed or baked potatoes or cannellini beans.

The remaining Chianti can be enjoyed in the evening after the milking has been done.

Farm animals at Bampfield Farm Self Catering holiday cottages.

Here is a sample of Bampfield Halloumi cheese.                                  Fizz the kitten loves finding new hiding places.