Friday, October 16, 2015

From the Recipe File--Warm Pear & Apple Compote


From the Recipe File--Warm Pear & Apple Compote



We haven't shared a recipe with you in a little while and thought that this one was perfect, as it really captures the essence of Autumn...apple picking, warm spices baking in the kitchen, crisp Fall air...our Warm Pear & Apple Compote has long been a Fall favorite of our guests.

At Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, we serve it with a slice of warm cinnamon bread on the side, but you could substitute a croissant or a muffin.

Get ready to have a kitchen full of the aromas that will usher in the Fall season in a most delicious way.  Enjoy!


ps: this recipe will be included in our upcoming cookbook... A Taste of Abbington Green.  Details to follow!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nick's Notes 10.2.2015--I Love My New Greenhouse!


I Love My New Greenhouse!

I was spoiled all summer long with my herb garden on the Kitchen Porch.  I love using fresh herbs in our breakfasts, as you've most likely seen in the many pictures we post of them on our Facebook page. My favorite post from this summer was the one about the "4 Herbs." 


With Fall fast approaching I wanted to make sure I would be able to continue to grow fresh herbs all winter long.  

Some of you may remember David, from the porch restorations we did recently here at Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn. I showed David the old greenhouse and asked him to work his magic--to build a real greenhouse with temperature control and something I could actually stand up inside. These are the greenhouse before pictures:



I always thought that at one time this was the cellar door to the basement, like the one in the Wizard of Oz, and someone just built a greenhouse glass cover over it. 

It was time for a much needed update and David did an amazing job. Here are a few pictures from during the construction:




The new greenhouse is much larger, and it vents in fresh air from outside with a temperature controlled fan that can also blow out the air if it gets too warm inside. In addition, we've installed a heater to keep it warm inside on cold nights, to protect the tender plants.


We still have another month or so here in the Southeast where I can enjoy our herb garden outdoors, but we will be ready when winter comes to move it inside. What is great about having the Greenhouse is that we can just bring the herbs in, right in their pots, without disturbing them. Here are some pictures of the finished greenhouse:



And, I can stand up in it!
It's important to me that we provide our guests with as much local and organic North Carolina food as possible during breakfast, and having our own herb garden is a huge part of achieving that goal, giving us the ability to season our breakfasts just right...during any season, right from our greenhouse garden!

All the Best, Nick