October 2nd Flowers

Rogue deer, perpetual rain, and frantic talk of a hurricane heading this way. Frosts are up next on the agenda, until then, we shall refuse to give in to the inevitable. Ingredients Dahlias- ‘Henriette’, ‘New Baby’, ‘Jomanda’, ‘Raspberry Valliant’ ‘Claire De Lune’, ‘April Heather’, ‘Otto’s Thrill’, ‘Penhill Watermelon’, ‘Mystery Fox’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Jodie Wilkinson’ Jasmine…

September 25th Flowers

Windowsill Wednesday. A tutti-frutti dip-dye of a week, and the leaves are turning parrot feather in a squawking of Autumn clash. Ingredients Rudbekia ’Sahara’. Zinnia ’Queen Red Lime’. ’Zinderella Lilac’ Dahlias ’Mystery Fox’, ’Brown Sugar’, ’Henriette’. Chinese Aster ’Chamois Apricot’, ’Lady Coral Cahmois’. Phlox ’Creme Brulee’. Gaura ’The Bride’. Beech Branches. Virginia Creeper. Yellow Buddleia….

Honey Cake with Figs and Mascarpone

The figs seem to come all at once, plumping, and bruising into ripeness over night; a perfect excuse to load up a rich, sweet, crumbly honey cake with them. Ingredients 250g clear honey and a couple of teaspoons to drizzle on top 225g unsalted butter 100g dark muscovado sugar 3 large eggs 300g of self-raising…

September 18th Flowers

Windowsill Wednesday. Petal dropping, leaf curling September- those summer days that give way to those autumn nights. Ingredients Roses ‘Scepter’d Isle’, ‘Litchfield Angel’. Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’. Japanese Anemone ‘September Charm’. Ammi Majus ‘Graceland’.

Blackberry and Rose Geranium Sorbet

It’s that time of year when the hedgerows are positively buckling under the weight of the blackberries, when fingers stain pink on a woodland walk for all the picking and gobbling, and the bounty just keeps on ripening. This lovely pink sorbet is a simple to make, and after a couple of iterations involving banana,…

September 11th Flowers

The trees are at their heaviest now and apples drop by the dozen. As the leaves begin to mottle, all pink dimples and yellow dots, the Sun sends gold to stretch out the shadows in the shortening evenings; this is our Autumn knocking at the door. Ingredients Cosmos ’Purity’ ’Candy Stripe’, ’Pied Piper Red’, ’Daydream’…

Courgette and Fennel Salad

September abundance when the days are warm, but the nights are cold, the last courgettes have all come at once, and the fennel, fattening up nicely now, are threatening to bolt to seed. Here’s a crunchy lunch, fresh and crisp to match the bite in the air. Ingredients 5 small courgettes 2 fennel bulbs Small…

September 4th Flowers

And just like that the cool was in the air, nipping at fingers and spinning the first leaves to the ground. Ingredients

Gooseberry and BlackBerry Pavlova

It’s been a slow and steady pick of gooseberries this year, after spending four long hours doing a marathon pick of 19kg last year, my thumbs still haven’t got over the endless puncturing from the beastly thorns. Gooseberries have such an excellent acidity to counter the immense sweetness of meringue, and pavlova being a such…

August 28th Flowers

There’s a sweet sort of melancholia that hangs around in the last week of August; when the crabapples turn rosy, and conkers begin to fall, summer holidays are packed away, and pencils are sharpened. It’s a week of endings and beginnings, a slow unfolding, a bending, warping, crumpling of one season into the next. Ingredients…