Home Farm Blog: March 2013
Easter fun in North Norfolk
We look forward to Easter at
Cranmer because the signs of spring and the promise of better weather is looming
on the horizon. It’s also the time of year we start to see lots of activities
taking place in the North Norfolk area so our guests have plenty of things to
do when they visit.
Over the Easter break weeks,
there are lots of family led things to do and here’s just a few ideas we wanted
to share with you:
Visit the house where the Queen &
members of the Royal family spend their Christmas holidays. Sandringham House
opens up to the public from the 30th March and is a fantastic day
out. You can take a tour of the house and fantastic grounds plus visit the
museum where there are collections of Royal vehicles, photographs and
memorabilia. Visit Website
Holkham Hall will be running
Easter activities between Good Friday and Easter Monday. The old kitchen will
take you back to Victorian Times as cooks prepare and Easter Feast, where you
can join in too by trying tasty treats, making decorations and helping Branston
the butler lay the grand table.
You will also get the opportunity
to guess the weight of a giant Faberge-style chocolate egg, which has been
especially made by The Chocolate Deli for Holkham’s Easter event.
Other activities include a
treasure hunt plus plenty of games and crafts including the opportunity to make
your own Easter hat.
Holkham will also be opening up a
fantastic new woodland play area for kids on the 25th March so make
sure you visit this whilst you are there! Visit Website
Between the 28th March
– 14th April, Pensthorpe will be running an Easter Eggstravanasa
which consists of a self guided trail that will take you around the reserve so
you can uncover some fascinating facts about nature in the Spring time. There
are lots of games to play and questions to answer, whilst also learning how the
natural world ties in with Easter Traditions. There’s a prize available for
everyone who manages to answer all of the questions. Visit Website
Easter Egg hunts and craft
activities will run from the 28th March – 14th April.
Children will be taken on a magical tour of the abbey ruins, around the shops
and nearby lanes to hunt down an Easter Egg whilst craft activities will
include making a cute wooden spoon bunny or chick, creating hanging springtime
bugs and limited edition Easter pictures to colour in and decorate. Visit Website
GRESSENHALL FARM & WORKHOUSE
There are lots of Easter fun
activities taking place at Gressenhall between 28th March – 14th
April. Take part in a new for in Art Attach! Meet our shepherd to find out more
about our sheep and lambs and also have a go at creating life yourself by
making a newspaper post and planting a runner bean seed which you can take home
to grow. Visit Website
We also have a fantastic coastline and our beaches are great for exploring
at this time of year. There are plenty of little rock pools to hunt around in
to find small crabs, fish and shells. If you are really brave, you can also paddle
your toes into the icy waters of the sea too!
During the run up to Easter we will be updating our Facebook Page on a daily basis with other ideas on what you can do in North Norfolk over the Easter Holidays, so make sure you like our page to keep informed.
The Art Café in Glandford, has kindly shared his popular Rhubarb & Custard
Cheesecake recipe with us.
Early or forced Rhubarb is much pinker and sweeter
than the rhubarb harvested later on in the year, so is best for this recipe.
FACT: Did you know that Rhubarb is
actually a vegetable as it’s a stem of a perennial plant?
Rhubarb & Custard Cheesecake
Serves 8 -
10 people depending on how sweet you are.
FOR THE BASE
either use a good quality shop brought shortbread biscuit or make your own
using the following ingredients:
50g Caster sugar
Pinch of salt
1tsp of ginger powder
together the margarine and sugar, then add the salt and ginger. Mix together and
then add the flour, Knead using your hands and roll out into a rough but even
shape and bake for 15 minutes at 160 degrees c.
are slightly golden take out of the oven and allow to cool completely. Once
cooled, whizz them up in a food processor to turn into crumbs and add a touch of
almond essence. Spread into the desired
final cheesecake tin and flatten as much as possible then bake for 7-8 minutes
again at 160 degrees c.
FOR THE TOPPING
Rhubarb (forced is better as it has more flavour)
300g light soft brown sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Drop of red food colouring (optional)
3 tbsp Agar Agar flakes
450g cream cheese
250ml custard (either home made of shop bought)
150ml double cream
4 tbsp caster sugar
Chop and wash the rhubarb into rough chunks, place in a deep pan with the light brown sugar and a dash of water and heat until "thick and mushy" then add in the agar agar and leave to cool (add the colouring here if desired)
Put the lemon juice, cream cheese, custard, double cream and caster sugar into a blender and mix until completely smooth, and add the mushed rhubarb until "tart" enough for your taste. Blend once more and pour onto of the biscuit base.
Leave in the fridge to set for 4-6 hours (or pop in the freezer if you are pushed for time)
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