Heat grill to medium and line the grill pan with foil.
Beat the egg white on a plate with a little salt and pepper.
Tip the Parmesan onto another plate. Dip the chicken first in egg white, then the cheese.
Grill the coated chicken for 10-12 mins, turning once until browned and crisp.
Lightly cook asparagus and drain.
Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 10 mins, adding the peas for the final 3 mins, then drain.
Toss the vegetables with the spinach leaves, dressing seasoning to taste.
Divide between four warm plates, then serve with the chicken.
A couple of weeks ago I was near Dunster with a friend, she had never visited Snowdrop Valley. We were aware that the road through would be closed to the general public the following day so braved the wind and rain. The carpets of white flowers looked as good as I could remember, many still in bud, possibly due to the weather. Keen ramblers, we were dressed accordingly and spent the time to walk both sides of the water up and down the valley. At the time of leaving, we saw no other visitors, however, Snowdrop Valley is a favourite place of interest on Exmoor at this time with a Park and Ride facility from Wheddon Cross. See my previous blog for details.
Our plan was then to walk up Horner Woods, another first for Francoise. The stepped woods are criss-crossed by a maze of tracks making it possible to create your own circular hike. My friend, a Ramblers Association member and leader, plans to lead a group around the area later this year. We will return in better weather to plan their route when hopefully the woodland birdlife won’t be forced to seek shelter. The rain made the prospect of walking too uncomfortable to enjoy so we toured around in the car instead. Coming up the hill from Webbers Post towards Dunkery Beacon rain turned to sleet and then snow. We stopped to watch it drifting across the landscape below in the safe knowledge that it would soon melt away. It was fascinating to see.
Badly in need of drying out and warming up we headed through Dunkery Gate and on to Exford then after homemade soup at the White Horse Inn and warmed by the main bar’s woodburner we took the Porlock road out of the village. A break in the weather we headed for Cloutsham. The then showers stopped long enough for us to enjoy a walk down the valley below Dunkery Beacon. With one eye looking for deer and the other on the sky, we were not disappointed. We came upon a couple of deer in the valley ahead of us and just made it back to the car ahead of the next rain.
In the most extreme or best of weather, Exmoor never fails to impress me. My friend nowso……..job done!
Sherryl Woods……………………….13 February 2014
We all know the tell-tale signs that Spring is arriving, when the temperature starts to rise, the days start drawing out and we awake to the sound of the dawn chorus. When we’re out and about we witness the perfusion of colour as the Daffodil’s, Bluebells and Wild Garlic transform our woodland floors, and look up and the canopies start to take shape in a sea of green.
Up on the open moorland, the first steps of the Exmoor Pony foals can be witnessed, along with the welcoming sound of the Cuckoo, and if you are sharp enough you might even see or here the Skylark. Strolling along the rivers banks there is a good chance that you might glimpse a Dipper feeding its young, or witness a blue flash as a Kingfisher darts by, or see a wild Brook Trout rising to take a newly hatched Mayfly, such is the power of nature that all around us is transformed into a new lease of life.
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Just 10 minutes drive from The Exmoor White Horse Inn, the early signs of Spring are blooming in readiness for over 10,000 to visit during the first few weeks of Feburary.
There are several picturesque routes to the steep-wooded coombe. Park-and-ride buses go to the valley from Dunster and Wheddon Cross as the road is closed proving public transport instead. In parts there is disabled access and a circular walk can take half an hour but much longer is you linger to take in the scent and other woodland plants. As well as the thousands of Snowdrops spread across the banks under oak and ash, the shady damp offers moss, lichens and ferns along the pathways.
An Information Point is on hand at Wheddon Cross at this time with refreshments provided by the local WI and other Exmoor groups.
The Snowdrop Valley Park-and-Ride runs 1-23 February 10.30am – 3.50pm (last bus back returns 4.35pm) £5 adults, £3 senior citizens and £1 children.
Visit www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley for more.
Wishing my blogfollowers a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Sherryl Woods……………………..6 January 2014