Peter prepares lunch using his trusty, steel bread knife.
Unlike the more common stainless/serrated variety- which are shiny and require less frequent sharpening- Peter’s knife of choice- with its wooden, riveted handle, flat blade and patina of age- can be sharpened like a razor!
Peter has a love of good food and over the course of my stay he cooked some wonderful meals including tuna mornay, roast lamb with all the trimmings and of course his famous pea and ham soup! The vintage Rayburn wood stove (pictured behind Peter) is quite honestly the best cooking device ever invented. There is something magical about a meal cooked on this stove- it seems to bring out flavours in the food that more conventional cooking appliances fail to impart.
Not only did the Rayburn turn out amazing meals but it provided constant warmth, which meant that the kitchen was always welcoming and warm and the kettle was always just a minute or so off the boil.