October 30th Flowers

There’s a sharpness in the air, an unsympathetic bite that has cut through the last plants standing; brave dahlia here, a solitary straw flower there cling on against the darkening sky of winter. Now’s the time of candlelight and fire, a flickering respite against the cold. Ingredients Purple leaf cherry branches. Apple tree branches. Nicotiana … Continue reading October 30th Flowers

October 16th Flowers

The last few still standing in amber, fuchsia, and gold. Going, going, gone all too soon. Ingredients Pear tree branches.Florence fennel flowers.Sunflower ‘Italian White’.Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Red’, ‘Zinderella Lilac’.Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’.Jasmine tendrils.Dahlias. Jug by Francesca Anfossi.

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 … Continue reading October 2nd Flowers

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.Crapapple branches.Crocosmia.

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 top225g unsalted butter100g dark muscovado sugar3 large eggs300g of self-raising flour*4 medium figs200 ml … Continue reading Honey Cake with Figs and Mascarpone

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. Styled with silk hand dyed with the leftover blackberry pulp from the recipe... But that’s another blog … Continue reading Blackberry and Rose Geranium Sorbet

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 courgettes2 fennel bulbsSmall bunch of … Continue reading Courgette and Fennel Salad

Roasted Roots and Red Rice

'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

Tomato and Herb Salad

  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

August 7th Flowers

Ingredients Ammi Majus ’Graceland’ Cosmos ’Purity’ Roses ‘Desdemona’, ‘Felicia’, ‘White Cecile Brunner’. Flowering Mint. Alchemilla Mollis. Bells or Ireland. Yarrow. Phlox ‘Whipped Cream’. Amaranthus ‘Green Tails’. Linaria seedheads. Ravenswing. Larkspur ‘Giant White’. Jasmine 'Clotted Cream'.