Now the holiday season has really started for 2018 we will be introducing a what’s on in and around Dimmet for each month! There is a plenty to do no matter the month or the weather here at Dimmet and here are your April offerings!

 


Bluebell Sundays – Hartland Abbey
Every Sunday until 22nd April 2018
Bluebell Sundays are a lovely chance to visit Hartland Abbey and Gardens at a reduced entry fee and to see the beautiful carpets of bluebells which reach from the Walled Gardens almost to the sea, 1 1/2 miles away. 

Hartland Abbey
Hartland
Devon
EX39 6DT

Website: https://www.hartlandabbey.com/


RHS National Rhododendron Show – Rosemoor
21st – 22nd April
Come and marvel at the remarkable variety and colour of these beautiful, spring flowering plants. This National Show has over 60 classes covering all types of Rhododendrons, as well as trade and advice stands.

Rosemoor
Great Torrington
Devon
EX38 8PH
 

The Rivals – The Red Barn
27th April 2018
The Rivals are here to help you find your inner groove, get on the floor and move your feet to the infectious sounds from bands and artists influenced by the Mod movement through the years.

The Red Barn
Barton Road
Woolacombe
Devon
EX34 7DT

Website: http://www.redbarnwoolacombe.co.uk/ 


Swisherama – Sandy Brown – White Moose
Throughout April and into May.
White Moose is celebrating its 5th birthday this year and to mark the occasion we are holding an exhibition of Sandy Brown’s vibrant paintings as well as some of her world-famous ceramics.

White Moose, 
Moose Hall
Trinity Street 
Barnstaple
Devon 
EX33 2LX

Website: https://www.whitemoose.co.uk/ 

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Here at Dimmet, we love everything 70s, and no matter what decade you are in, or what trend you are currently following, the 70s style is here to stay – retro, vintage and classic. Dimmet has been in our family for nearly 40 years now, and with the 2016 total 70s inspired refurbishment, we decided to celebrate this fantastic decade of style, so nearly all of our interior accessories are vintage 1970s pieces, along with a wardrobe full of dressing up clothes so you can immerse yourself in the 70s vibe.

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

However, Dimmet may not be celebrating a blast from the past. The 70s are coming back!  Remember that pair of disco flair trousers you used to own? Or what about the satin slips? Our most loved vintage outfits are making a comeback for 2018, with many celebrities, such as Bella Hadid, already wearing the retro vibe.

Some of the styles that are returning include monochrome outfits, neck scarves, trouser suits and let’s not forget the pieces that seemed to never leave, such as over-the-knee boots and slogan tops! And it isn’t just the styles that are rebounding back into our wardrobes. Patterns and colour crazes are also hitting the market, whether that be the flower prints craze which came from the flower power days of the 60s but stayed with us throughout the 70s, or the famous bold, geometric styles.

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Photo Credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

Miss hanging plant pots, wicker baskets and shaggy rugs, just like the one we have at Dimmet? Don’t panic! These are also making their way back into our homes this year, so you can truly indulge in the 1970s atmosphere once again! If texture was your thing, velvet sofas and Moroccan-style poufs are also weaving their way into stores to spice up your house.

So grab your wicker baskets, put on your pair of super-high platform shoes you have been keeping (just in case) and let’s enter 2018 in glorious retro 70s style!

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Here at Dimmet, we love being able to walk out the door and explore the surrounding areas within such a short distance from us. In Braunton alone, there are over 5 separate treks and trails that you can take when adventuring around. Whether you prefer walking or cycling, woodland walks or beaches, there is a path for everybody to enjoy!

For all those fitness enthuasiasts, or those who want a challenge, the Tarka Trail in Devon is one of the longest, traffic free walking/cycling trails in England, with a total distance of over 30 miles. Starting from Braunton, the Tarka Trail makes an amazing cycling path whilst visiting many villages and landmarks on the way, from the Braunton Museum to the Dartington Crystal Factory at Great Torrington, not to mention the nature reserves you pass along the way.

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Photo Credit: Phil Cheatle/Sustrans

With tarmac pathways, the Barnstaple to Braunton Railway Trail is perfect for those who have wheelchairs or pushchairs if you need a more accessible route that isn’t as steep. Following the railway line from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe, this particular trail is great for those who enjoy a gentle walk. Mid-way, you will also come across The Tarka Inn, which provides refreshments for those walking or cycling.

For a short journey, the Beacon Trail is perfect. Starting at Caen Car Park in Braunton, the trail is approximately 2 miles long, taking around 1 ½ hours to complete. In addition to walking along the River Caen, at the tallest point of the Beacon Trail, you are able to see a panoramic view of Braunton – it truly is a wonderful sight.

If you prefer sand dunes and burrows, the Crow Point Trail is the trail for you. Approximately 2 miles long, the Crow Point Trail allows you to explore one of the largest dune systems in Britain. Being over 100 feet high at some points, the Braunton Burrows make an excellent trail for sight-seeing!

Paths and trails make a great day out, whether you want to have a fun family day out with a picnic, or enjoy seeing the sights and landmarks. Plus, with so many to choose from, your inner explorer can roam just about anywhere!

 

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On my quest to recreate original 70s recipes, I stumbled across this little beauty from the McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection. Ham, mustard, bananas and hollandaise sauce… together…. in the same dish… baked. Although not in America myself, as I am firmly based in Good Ol’Blighty, I can remember my Mother putting fruit and meat together a lot as I was growing up so this could well have been tried over here too. Oh well, always up for trying new things so here goes!

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Recipe from the card:

“6 medium bananas
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 thin slices boiled ham (about 1/2 lb)
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 envelopes (1 1/4-oz size) hollandaise sauce mix
1/4 cup light cream

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly butter 2-quart, shallow baking dish.

2. Peel bananas; sprinkle each with 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, to prevent darkening.

3. Spread ham slices with mustard. Wrap each banana in slice of ham. Arrange in single layer in casserole. Bake 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, make sauce: In small saucepan, combine sauce mix with 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and cream. Heat, stirring, to boiling; pour over bananas. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until slightly golden. Nice with a green salad for brunch or lunch.”

So off I went to prepare the bananas, mustard ham and hollandaise. Whilst making it, I was telling myself that ‘this really doesn’t go!’ but none the less carried on. I noticed that the photo in the actual recipe card was of the dish, I think, is raw… as nothing looks cooked… which means that when you actually do cook it (and I reduced the baking time too!) this happens…

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Things get a bit…. crispy!

However, what I was most surprised about was the taste. I have to say I have never been so flabbergasted by a taste in all my life I don’t think… it was delicious. In fact it was so good that myself and my family had it for lunch! I am going to put one thing out there… I did slightly cheat with a jar of hollanaise sauce instead of a packet mix 😉

You certainly need the hollandaise sauce as this cuts through the sweetness of the banana, the mustard gives it a little heat and a kick and the ham offers a balanced saltiness to the dish. Don’t take my word for it, give this one a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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If you love movies, you’ll appreciate how important movies from the 1970s are. Think Jaws, China Town, Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Deliverance.

These are all pretty intense films, so let’s not forget that during that time the UK was churning out some comic naughtiness with the Carry On Films, some social commentary with A Clockwork Orange, and a world of darkness with The Wicker Man.

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Photo Credit: IMDb.com

One of our favourite 1970s films at Dimmet has to be Abigail’s Party from 1977, directed by Mike Leigh and starring the wonderful Alison Stedman. Abigail’s Party started as a play for stage and TV.  It’s a suburban situation comedy of manger, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s.

We love the costumes in this iconic British film. In fact, Dimmet’s own style is based on this authentic 70s look. Owner Emma asked interior designer and friend Marina to help her refurbish Dimmet, and since it was built in the late 60s/70s, Emma decided to pay homage to its origins and design the interior in a 60s/70s style. Thus, Dimmet’s funky Abigail’s Party look was born! 

If you visit Dimmet, you’ll spot some genuine 70s clothes in the main bedroom’s wardbrobe. Emma wanted to create an interactive experience, where people felt it was full on 70s, so, from clothes to kitchenware and games, all these extras bring Dimmet to life in this colourful decade.

Back to the movies!

A recent addition to Netflix is a naughty, tragic, and informative film that guests have enjoyed – Respectable: The Mary Millington Story, which is directed by Simon Sheridan and came out just last year. This is a documentary chronicling the extraordinary life and tragic death of Mary Millington, Britain’s most famous pornographic actress of the 1970s. This one is adults only – so make sure the kids are tucked up in bed when you’re reclinging on the 70s orange sofa for this one!

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Photo Credit: IMDb.com

And let’s not forget those Bond films from the 70s. You can dispute forever who the best James Bond is/was, but when you’re snuggled up in our 70s sitting room with Diamonds Are Forever on the telebox, you may well just want to ask for a Martini – shaken, not stirred.

Whatever your genre, the 1970s had it all. The film world was coming alive during this time, and through comedy, horror, crime, thriller, and kitchen sink drama, the 70s is represented in its multi-colour, eclectic eccentricity on screen.

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We hope you enjoyed our series on 70s inspired recipes where made 1970’s recipes with a modern twist! Our new series starts this week and we are recreating original 70s recipes from 1970s cookbooks. And trust me, if you had read some of the horrors in these books, your stomach would curdle 😉

Today we are kicking off this new series with Cheese-Peach Salad with Mustard Mayonnaise from the delightful cookbook: Woman’s Day Collector’s Cook Book

So on with the recipe… taken from the book…

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I have to admit, when reading the title I wasn’t too shocked as peach and blue cheese or peach and goats cheese is a really popular starter dish in many restaurants and I have eaten it myself a few times and thoroughly enjoyed the light and fresh taste of the peach against the saltier, stronger flavour of the cheese. But then I read the recipe… I am not entirely sure why you need the cream in the mayo? And horseradish and mustard together? Isn’t that going to overpower it? All I can say is Dimmet readers, I am doing this for you! 

As I was making it, I was just shocked at how much horseradish was going in. I tried to present it beautifully but after tasting the dish on a separate plate I just rushed to get it on the plate and get the photo over and done with, yes, it tastes that bad!

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And of course the obligatory close up….

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I honestly can say this mixture of tastes is not for me and although I am indeed a child of the Seventies, I am glad my mother never made this!

Roll on next week when we recreate another original 70s recipe! 😉

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We are thrilled to be featured in The Telegraph, in print on Saturday and online on Wednesday in an article about glamours interior design featuring interiors based on a 70’s theme. The article, written by Emily Brooks, talks about how the clash of patterns, prints and colours are making a comeback throughout the latest interiors and Dimmet was mentioned as a recommendation to see this in action. We are proud of what we have achieved with our 70s styling here at Dimmet and we know our guests love it too! We would like to thank The Telegraph for the wonderful feature which you can read online on Wednesday 25th October here.

The screenshot of the article below has been given to us to share with you all with kind permission from Lauren Davidson at The Telegraph.

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Ratatouille is a renowned French dish that has been around since the 18th Century, but here in the UK it made a real impact in the 1970s and was often served as a dinner party dish. But this vegetable stew/casserole is not only very tasty but also full of goodness.

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Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines, sliced
  • 4 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, chopped or sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil (and a little extra for drizzling)
  • 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 8 basil leaves chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

 

Method

  1. Slice off both the top and tail of the aubergines and courgettes and discard. Slice the aubergines into 0.5cm thick slices and dice the courgettes.
  2. Next take off any stalks you may have on the tomatoes, then score a small cross on the bottom and place in a bowl. Pour boiling water over the top of them and leave for about 20 seconds. Take the tomatoes out and then repeat but this time with cold water. Once the tomatoes are cooled you can peel them, quarter them, deseed them and then chop into chunks.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large frying and place on a medium heat. When the oil is hot brown the aubergines until soft and then remove them. Add another tablespoon of oil and fry the courgettes until soft and golden. Remove when cooked and repeat the same process with the chopped, sliced and deseeded peppers.
  4. In the same pan but without adding any more oil, fry the onions and garlic. Once both are softened and starting to brown add the tin tomatoes, the vinegar, sugar and all of the cooked veggies, the basil, the sprigs of thyme and the salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour into a dish to serve and drizzle with a little extra olive oil. Enjoy!
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Who would have thought that the still very trendy carrot cake has been around for over 40 years! This 1970s favourite is still very much a part of our cake life now and is served in most coffee shops in one form or another.

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Ingredients

For The Cake

  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 140g grated carrot
  • 100g raisins
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • A little butter for greasing

 

For The Frosting

  • 110g softened butter
  • 300g cream cheese, cold
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g icing sugar

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4
  2. Grease and line a 18cm square tin with baking parchment.
  3. Into a bowl add the sugar, oil, eggs, grated carrot, orange zest and the raisins. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Once mixed, sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. The mix will look lumpy but softer and slightly runnier than normal cake mix.
  5. Pour the mix into the cake tin and bake for up to 40-50 minutes (keep checking it!) until the cake is spingy and firm in the middle. Leave cake to one side to cool enough to handle and then remove from tin, peel off baking powder and leave on a wire cooling rack to cool further.
  6. To a clean bowl, add the butter and beat until fluffy, add the cream cheese (this must be cold and straight from the fridge) and the vanilla extract and mix. Sift in the icing sugar and mix gently until fluffy. Spread over the top of the cake.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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Imagine you are in the 1970’s, in the Swiss Alps, you have just come back from skiing and you are all warm and cosy in your ski lodge… what 70s inspired recipe comes straight to mind? Cheese fondue of course! A retro party classic but still a great crowd pleaser today.

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Ingredients

  • 300g chopped or grated gruyere cheese
  • 300g chopped camembert (without rind)
  • 300ml white wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • small pinch of nutmeg
  • Crusty bread chopped into chunks
  • Fresh raw vegetables (optional)

 

Method

  1. Add the cheese, lemon juice and wine into a saucepan and gently heat until cheese as melted and mixed with the wine. Turn the heat down and then mix the cornflour and water together in a cup or mug thoroughly and then add to simmering pan to thicken the sauce mix, gently heat and stir.
  2. Carefully pour into a fondue pan which has a tealight or flame underneath to keep it simmering and warm.
  3. Add the peeled garlic (whole) into the cheesy mix and allow the heat to gently and permeate the garlic through the cheese sauce. Add the nutmeg and pepper and stir.
  4. Serve with crusty bread chunks or fresh raw veggies. Dip your chosen bread or veggies into the cheese fondue and enjoy!
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