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Nothing can beat a piece ( or two.. ) of home-made cake…

Shown in the picture are two of our favourites a fruit cake, which we serve with cheese and a lemon cake with lemon sugar topping.

The fruit cake is made the way Tricia’s Grandmother made them.   The dried fruit is added to a pan with the butter, sugar and a little water and simmered gently for about ten minutes then left to cool before adding the flour and eggs.  Tricia’s take on this old recipe is to add spice to the butter and sugar mix.  Simmering the fruit this way before baking the cake makes for a lovely moist fruit cake.

Many years ago ( about twenty, if Tricia’s been honest..! )when Thomas and Luke attended the local playgroup a cake bake was arranged as a way to raise funds.  Several lemon cakes with the lemon sugar topping were Tricia’s contribution to the event.   They have been popular every since…

Capital of Cake logo part of it

 

 

 

Read what Visit England have to say about the Capital of Cake here…

Visit England have used our photo to promote the event… :)

Read what ITV news are saying about the Capital of Cake here…

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Manx Shearwater (640x427)An amazing day at sea today (Sunday 22nd June) first up spotted a very large male Bottle Nosed Dolphin traveling at speed.

We saw lots of Manx Shearwaters the most so far this year.

Finally, a lone Storm Petrel, unfortunately it was being badly harassed by both Herring and Black Back Gulls, let’s hope it managed to evade them… you can read more about storm Petrels here.

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Home made soup…

June 10, 2014

Mint, cucumber and fresh peas make a wonderful summer soup that can be served either hot or cold.  It could be served with fresh crusty bread and sea lettuce butter as a light lunch or supper dish but we will be serving it this Sunday 15th June 2014 as part of our three course lunch […]

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Sea Cabbage or Silverwhips…

May 28, 2014

Sea Cabbage or Silverwhips as they are know as here in Staithes or more commonly known else where as Wild Cabbage ‘brassica oleracea’. This plant transforms Staithes into a riot of yellows… greens… with a hint of purple during May. Even when the sea fret is present, which can be often at this time of […]

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Kittiwakes

May 22, 2014

The last couple of days have been spent watching kittiwakes collecting nesting materials from the foreshore here in Staithes.  At one point the kittiwakes were even taking material from a herring gull’s nest,  while the herring gull put up a fight the kittiwakes continued to pinch it’s nest.   A quick count of  nests on the […]

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Staithes in bloom… Bluebells….

May 11, 2014
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Staithes in bloom…

April 23, 2014
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Goldcrest

April 4, 2014

It’s not just us humans who get disorientated in this foggy weather we are experiencing here on the coastal edge of the North York Moors National Park, it’s the wild life too.  Sean’s just phoned from sea, he’s got lots of  goldcrests taking a rest on board his boat ‘All My Sons‘.  One of them […]

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Lots of layers of clothing…

April 3, 2014

If you are joining us for a day on the foreshore lots of layers of clothing are best, as this is the north east coast of England after all. I did start off  with mittens as well, you can just see them peeping out of my pocket, but got to warm…:) Both coat and jumper […]

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Home made soup

March 28, 2014

After a morning spent on the foreshore on one of our Coastal Craft or Ancient Paint Palette Day Courses look forward to a mug of home made vegetable soup with fresh crusty bread and Tricia’s special lobster and seaweed butters. Carrot and Coriander will be next on the menu, in the style of Elizabeth David, […]

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