Escape for a restoratively creative day in the depths of rolling English countryside within a quintessentially English cottage garden.
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 courgettes2 fennel bulbsSmall bunch of … Continue reading Courgette and Fennel Salad
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 … Continue reading Gooseberry and BlackBerry Pavlova
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 … Continue reading August 28th Flowers
'Chioggia' is by no means the tastiest, or the most succulent of the beetroot varieties, but my goodness it's certainly the prettiest; and what better way to showcase it than in this colourful, crunchy salad celebrating all the beauty of the summer garden- perfect for a meat-free Sunday lunch. Ingredients Serves 6 300 g Red … Continue reading Roasted Roots and Red Rice
A week of slow abundance; in the hedgerow the hazelnuts and honeysuckle are tied up in knots, then there’s dahlias by the armful in the garden, and in the orchards the branches droop low with fruit. The nights are closing in and there’s a chill in the air that wasn’t there last week- so slight, … Continue reading August 21st Flowers
There's no getting around it- most tomatoes from English supermarkets are renowned for being devoid of taste. Packed in plastic, flown for miles, sprayed with all sorts of things, and ripened long after they are picked, does not for a sunshine-filled, mouthwatering, zingy, sweet tomato make. Whilst it can be a mission to track … Continue reading Tomato and Herb Salad
The drizzle didn’t lift all day- the quietest sort of rain, a muting, and a softening, and then bit by bit, everything was embroidered with raindrops. Ingredients Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade', 'Purity' Scabious ‘Fata Morgana’ Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’ Parsley Flowers Apple Mint Honeysuckle Crabapple branches Phlox ‘Cherry Caramel’ Nicotiana Grandiflora Bronze Fennel Sunflowers ‘Italian White’ Zinnia 'Queen … Continue reading August 14th Flowers
It's that time of year again. You turn your back for a second and the courgettes are the size of your arm. When the courgettes start growing thick and fast, and the glut is very much upon us, it's the season of- Must. Think. Up. More. Ways. To. Eat. Them. All. Up. Here is … Continue reading Courgette Ribbons
It's cherry season...