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Many residents will be familiar with the Limestone Way that traverses through Parwich but few will realise that 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of its formal adoption as a long distance walking route. Much of the path has been used for 100s of years but it was only in 1970 that the route gained recognition as a long distance path. The trend to recognise such paths gave rise to the formation of the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) in 1972. To mark the 50th anniversary of the path the LDWA have been looking for ways improve the walker experience and facilities along the route. As you are no doubt aware the recent activity by OpenReach around the area has resulted in upgrades to cabling into the village with fibre optics, FTTC and FTTP technologies and the new GFast making the old telephone exchange obsolete. BT and OpenReach estimate that the exchange will no longer be needed from late 2019. This has presented the LDWA in partnership with the National Park, Derby Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands councils the opportunity to provide a much needed new facility along the Limestone Way without the need for new building work in a conservation area. According to information on display in the National Park office in Bakewell the telephone exchange will be converted into an information centre providing an exhibition of the history of the limestone way, a small franchised coffee shop and ladies/gents toilet facilities. The latter particularly important for the large number of young families and older ramblers passing through the village since the closure of the public facilities on Creamery Lane.
There are also plans to involve villages along the route in celebratory events throughout 2020.

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Eating Out

Whilst the Sycamore kitchen is undergoing a refurb, you may be interested to know that the Bentley Brook has recently launched a Friday night steak night. There is also pie night on a Thursday.

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Michelle’s Seasonal Tipple

IMG_0801It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas which has got me in the mood for my favourite Christmas tipple! Lots of us enjoy a glass (or two) of mulled wine at this time of the year and are familiar with the European Glühwein. My favourite is the Finnish variant which they know as Glögi, a real winter warmer.

 

 

Ingredients

Blackcurrant juice with some sugar in it, 0,5 litre
Cinnamon bar, 2 to 4 pieces
Whole cloves, about 10
Cardamom seeds, about 8
Allspice whole, 4 pieces
Star anise, 1-2 pieces
Sugar, 10 to 12 cubes
Red wine, 0,5 litre
Vodka, 0,5 dl
Some raisin and almonds

Method

1. Heat up the juice with all the spices slowly to boil – give it 30 min or so.
2. Let it cool a little. Add some sugar to your liking and then add the red wine.
3. Reheat quickly. Add vodka just before serving.
4. Pour to glasses through a sieve, add raisins and almonds.

As an alternative try a white Glögi substituting apple juice for the blackcurrant.

This recipe was shared with me by some good friends in Finland. I’m sure many of you have your own favourite Christmas tipple, please share them with us in the comments section (or just leave me a bottle at the Legion 😘)

Season’s Greetings

Michelle
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Fruity Tipples

IMG_0801Here’s a couple of drink ideas using some very readily available local produce – blackberries and our old friend the courgette!

Firstly here’s one for blackberries of which masses can be found by the lanes and paths around the area. This requires nothing but a bottle of vodka, blackberries and sugar.

 

 

Blackberry Vodka

Ingredients
  • 70cl Bottle of vodka
  • 100 gram of sugar
  • Blackberries
Method
  • First remove 1/3 of the bottle of vodka and have a sit down 😂👍
  • Add the sugar to the remaining vodka in the bottle
  • Wash and dry blackberries and add to the bottle till it’s full
  • Put the top on the bottle, give it a good shake and put in a cool dark cupboard
  • Give it a shake one a week
  • After a few weeks have a taste and add a bit more sugar if you think it needs it
  • Should be ready to drink after 3 or 4 months. You’ll need to strain it through muslin or similar and store in a clean bottle

Try other fruit such as damsons and alcoholes such as brandy

And now the answer to that scourge of the vegetable plot – the forgotten courgettes

Courgette martini

Ingredients
  • 1 courgette, coarsely grated
  • juice 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 25ml vermouth
  • 50ml gin
  • ice
  • mint to garnish
Method
  • Mix the courgette with the lemon juice and sugar and leave to steep for 1 hr. In the meantime, place a martini glass in the fridge to chill.
  • Strain the courgette mixture through a sieve into a jug.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add 25ml of the courgette syrup followed by the vermouth and gin.
  • Stir gently a few times then strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve.

Enjoy!

Mich xIMG_0804

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