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…

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,…

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…

Botanical Pancakes

Our devotion to the snowdrop, as it stoically sees us through the winter, then there’s the daffodils that steal our hearts in March, crescendoing with the mania that happens when the tulips arrive- it’s all a delicious build-up of the spring that we love, and adore. And yet, none of these loves of ours is…

Honey, Pear, Almond Cake

Honey was harvested from our strongest hive last August, it was the first honey we had taken from our bees, and opening a jar now is like delving straight back into Summer. With Christmas indulgence still a recent memory, albeit a haze of clinking glasses, mince pies, and roast potatoes, it’s hard to fathom more…

Spiced Autumn Leaves

The leaves have been blown clean off the boughs in these strong, November winds; the debris left scattered at the foot of woods, in a patchwork of autumnal shapes. The log fires curl sweet smoke from chimney pots, breath catches on the cold air, and the woods are wet and bare. On these days, that…

Elderflower Cordial

|Respect your elder-flowers|
The best flowers are always out of reach, and hiding behind vast walls of nettles…