English Wine Week at Somerset Wine Company

English Wine Week at Somerset Wine Company

We have a lot to thank the Romans for – sewage systems, aqueducts, cement and yes, grape vines! It is long believed that the Romans planted vines around Somerset and made wine. Roman billhooks used for vineyard work were discovered near Glastonbury and amphorae,...
An Insight into Tree Care

An Insight into Tree Care

An insight into tree care by Oliver Dowding With the UK frozen and snowed under, I’ve been using the opportunity while the apple trees are “dormant” to prune them and more. The “new” trees are now heading into their third year. Many have grown strongly, but these...
La Primavera

La Primavera

La Primavera by Rob Davies, Vida Comida at The Swan So, despite the worst snow storm in 10 years, spring is well and truly on the way.  In the kitchen this means a world of new, fresh and tasty products that we can source locally and prepare daily.  One of the most...
Dowdings Apple Juice and Cider

Dowdings Apple Juice and Cider

Welcome, from Shepton Montague! If you have never been here, you’ll find us betwixt Castle Cary, Wincanton and Bruton. For 26 years I have farmed organically, and longer overall. A century ago there were two orchards here. One faded to nothing, the other still has...
Vida Comida: Papas a lo Pobre

Vida Comida: Papas a lo Pobre

I want to open my account here with you lovely people by talking about a Spanish dish which encapsulates everything I love about Spanish food and the approach we take to our tapas here at Vida Comida. My “amorio” with Spanish food started in the mid1990s when I moved...