Don’t be afraid to whack those walnuts
on our walnut tree.
Walnuts are high in protein and omega three fatty acids, which are good for the skin and the heart. So it is worth while standing guard over your tree. Apparently some people swear by them for arthritis, making symptoms disappear!
And there’s something quite satisfying about ‘whacking’ a tree, beating the squirrel to the task, then crunching the green outer shell beneath your feet to then be rewarded with that delicious healthy home grown nut (which doesn’t need any tending to – in fact I didn’t even know it was a walnut tree to be perfectly truthful).
I told the lovely lady I would be divulging my carrot and walnut recipe but she told me she would prefer a coffee and walnut cake. I don’t like coffee, but apparently ‘other people do’ so here is my mother’s coffee and walnut recipe.
For the sponge, mix up one teaspoon of good instant coffee, one teaspoon of baking powder, 175g butter or margarine, 175g selfraising flour, 175g light brown sugar, three eggs, 45g chopped walnuts and a drop of vanilla essence.
Spoon into two lightly greased and lightly floured sandwich tins. Cook in middle of oven for approx 25 minutess at 180 degrees or until firm to touch. Fill and top with a mixture of 150g icing sugar, 100g butter or margarine, one teaspoon instant coffee and 200ml double cream.
According to Charles Campion wet walnuts are best enjoyed with ‘a sweet glass of port, a salty portion of roquefort cheese’.
Walnuts are available at Pinewood Farm Shop, along with turkey order forms and 50,000 poinsettias! Don’t miss our poinsettia evening in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The choir ‘The Stoke Poges Singers’ will be taking centre stage in our sea of poinsettias. Call the farm shop for further details on 01753 662907.
Fourteen-month-old Ellie obviously thinks walnut whacking is great fun as her granddad shows the bagful he’s collected so far