I am so happy to unveil our new range of 15 organic teas and herbal infusions. The ritual of drinking tea brings calm, comfort and revival. As our lives become ever busier, I cherish the moments when we can take time out from a busy day to sit quietly and enjoy a restorative cup of tea. Each variety of tea requires a different approach and to honour the care and skill of our producers, I wanted to share some tips on achieving the perfect cup.
All good honey is said to have restorative, even healing properties, but certain batches of Manuka honey from New Zealand have been shown to have special antibacterial qualities – the Maoris traditionally put it on cuts to help fend off infection. Taken from our cookbook A Love For Food, this is admittedly not a cheap cake to make, but apart from being good for you it has a very distinctive, acquired flavour, quite potent and floral, from the Manuka.
At Daylesford we are looking forward to celebrating autumn at our HARVEST FESTIVAL later this month. Our excitement is being fuelled by the hedgerows and verges ripening with the mellow fruitfulness of the season. The early glimpses of the bright, glossy berries peeping out of our hedgerows are a sign of the colourful and delicious bounty to come in the full flush of Harvest.
This autumn also sees the return of Organic September – The Soil Association’s annual campaign dedicated to organic food and farming. It is a fantastic initiative and one that I hope will help encourage people to embrace sustainable principles – not just for the benefit of our own good health, but also for the good of our animals and the environment that surrounds us.
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.
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.
A good risotto has to be one of the best ways to celebrate seasonal ingredients. During July and August, our Market Garden is laden with delicious peas, beans and fresh herbs – all of which lend themselves perfectly to a bright, filling and utterly delicious summer risotto. Always remember, a good risotto is one that is well seasoned and cooked slowly with love.
Eating well has a huge effect not only on how we feel, but also on how our how our brains and bodies function. This August we shall be considering the relationship between good nutrition and wellbeing at our Feed Your Mind day at our Cookery School. Designed in collaboration with our resident nutritionist, Rhaya Jordan, this course will include plenty of expert advice on how to incorporate important nutrients in your home cooking.
This beautiful layered pudding combines tart and effervescent Sparkling de Leoubé Rosé wine and sweet floral elderflower with rich delicious organic cream. We like to decorate it from within with fresh raspberries and pretty edible flowers for a stunning summer treat. If you do not have a narrow terrine mould as we have used here, small dariole moulds or ramekins will work perfectly.
As new fish counters launch throughout Daylesford farmshops, our resident nutritionist Rhaya Jordan explains why sustainable seafood should be a regular part of a varied, balanced and delicious diet. Easily prepared, quick to cook, packed with lean protein and a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids: fish may just be the perfect fast food. Eating fish is associated with longevity; the longest-living populations in the world tend to be cultures that have plenty of seafood in their diets.
This year has been possibly our best ever crop of strawberries in the Market Garden. With temperatures soaring over the previous few weeks, our strawberry varieties have ripened beautifully and are exquisitely sweet. To celebrate the bounty of summer our Cookery School has created three seasonal recipes that make the most of this favourite summer fruit.
There is little more refreshing in the summer months than the cool clinking of ice cubes in a jugful of homemade elderflower cordial. The hedgerows and verges are brimming with their cloud-like heads at the moment and when picked on a sunny afternoon their sweet, floral fragrance is a reminder of quite how idyllic the English summertime can be.