Bread Baking and Memories from the Past

Bread Baking and Memories from the Past

Thursday was Thanksgiving, which is an American celebration that is a bit of a cross between Harvest Festival and our Christmas celebrations. In recognition of this, Jan found an American recipe for Green Tomato Quick Bread. The measurements are in cups and Jacqui substituted the raisins in the recipe for apricots. She really wasn’t confident it would work but in fact, everyone who tried it thought it was extremely moist and tasty. We tried it by itself and it was nice, but adding a bit Lincolnshire Poacher cheese to go with it was absolutely spot on! If you want to try baking the bread yourself, the recipe is below:

Freshly smelled bread always
makes everyone hungry!

We could not wait to try
the bread Jacqui baked

Green Tomato Quick Bread Recipe 


  • 1 cup grated green tomatoes
  • ½ cup raisins (we used chopped dried apricots)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil (rapeseed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (we served it with Lincolnshire Poacher cheese instead)


  • Heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit (Gas Mark 4, 180 Celsius) and lightly coat an 8×4 inch loaf tin with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl combine tomatoes, raisins, walnuts, sugar oil and beaten eggs
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon- add this to the tomato mixture and combine
  • Transfer to the loaf tin and bake for 55 mins

The Stakeholder Workshop was
a very productive meeting

Volunteer Jacqui Scott Combes meets
our former housemaid, Kathleen

We had several Stakeholder Workshops at the Hall last week involving our architects and project leaders, as well as people from Natural England, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Greater Lincolnshire Countryside Partnership, and other ecology and conservation groups who all seemed to enjoy the sessions.

On Friday, our Housekeeper, Jacqui Rhodes and our Heritage Interpreter, Caron Ementon went over to Lincoln to introduce Layers of History Volunteer, Jacqui Scott Combes to our former 103-year-old housemaid, Kathleen Brown. Jacqui SC had enjoyed the recording oral history course run by Heritage Lincolnshire and had volunteered her services to help record Kathleen’s numerous and often amusing stories of her time here at the Hall from 1932-1942. Kathleen had previously revealed to Caron and Jacqui R an insight into how the Hall used to be run and rather than it being a sad tale of skivvying from dawn until dusk, it was, in fact, a picture of how well the servants were looked after. Kathleen, who is still bright as a button, loves receiving visitors and was keen to share her stories with Jacqui SC. Jacqui SC had got to grips with the new recording equipment that the Heritage Lincolnshire and the Layers of History project had acquired and plans to visit Kathleen a few times to get these stories put together. Kathleen enjoyed telling her stories to Jacqui SC and absolutely loved entertaining her new acquaintance.

Caron and Jacqui getting their groove on
with Damien and Ross from Purple Robot

Our Lincoln Red herd arriving at
their home for the winter

Following the introduction, Jacqui R and Caron paid a visit to show support to Purple Robot, a Marketing and Design agency who help the Estate, who were taking part in a 12-hour 80s Danceathon to raise money and awareness for NOFAS-UK. The charity provides fantastic support to carers, children, and adults affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). To date, the Danceathon has raised over £1,500.

Several days were allocated this week to move the cattle over to the crews. John Crutchley, our Herd Manager and his team walked the cattle from the parkland to the yards at Manor Farm and Keal Farm. The cattle are now warm and dry and tucked up ready for the winter.