As we approach Autumn, now is a great time to get out in to the countryside and forage for berries to put in to crumbles, pies and smoothies. This vitamin C rich smoothie is made with blackberry, mint and honey and equipped with all of the soothing and nourishing benefits of our organic milk kefir, which we make fresh on the farm from the milk of our pedigree British Friesians.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery is somewhere that I love to go to discover inspiring works by contemporary artists and makers. In today’s world of high technology, it’s reassuring that craft still has a distinct and powerful role to play in art culture and I have always felt that it is important to support these handcrafted skills. This autumn we shall be welcoming Sarah Myerscough to our Bamford stores for a specially curated exhibition of works by international artists and designers.
In November 2015 we launched Agricology – an online and in-field platform offering practical information and advice for farmers about sustainable British agriculture. It is a fantastic, much needed initiative and I am very proud to be a founding trustee. Over the past two years the website has grown into an interactive, online resource centre, brought to life by a regular stream of industry news, educational resources and blog posts and a monthly video diary of agriculture at Daylesford provided by Richard Smith, our farm manager.
Tom Kitchin is a chef who I truly admire and a trip to his Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin, is something that I always look forward to. The youngest Scottish chef to ever win a Michelin star, Tom’s cooking brings together everything that I love about food: quality seasonal produce, sourced from local suppliers and served simply, in a beautiful and relaxed environment.
Autumn is traditionally a time to give thanks for our food and I always try and spend as much time outside as possible, reconnecting with the source of where so much of our food comes from. With an abundance of colourful, fragrant fruits and vegetables in season – such as plums, squashes, pumpkins, cobnuts, hedgerow berries, tomatoes, beetroot, not to mention wild game like venison, grouse and partridge and more – the traditional Harvest months of September and October bring a final glorious display of nature’s bounty before the first frosts of winter arrive.
The combination of richly yolked organic hen’s eggs, crispy, salty pancetta and our new-season broad beans ensures that this protein-rich take on a Caesar salad is not only filling but wonderfully satisfying too. I love this as a quick mid-week supper dish, or piled onto big platters as part of a leisurely lunch with friends on summer weekends.
Amber Locke is an artist whose stunning, colourful images I have always loved. Her geometric works are created with artfully placed fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and foliage and celebrate the beauty and colours of nature in its prime.