This final e-book of our calendar year is a collection of recipes to celebrate family.
I am delighted to announce the appointment of two fantastic new chefs at The Wild Rabbit: Michelin-star awarded Alyn Williams and Nathan Eades.
As winter approaches, our bodies begin to yearn for hearty dishes that warm the body and comfort the mind. However, hearty needn’t mean unhealthy and now is the time to stock up on vegetables and nutrients, to keep your body strong during the colder months.
Most of the ingredients used at the Daylesford Cookery School come from within yards of the school itself. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in our Market Garden; meat is from our pastures; milk, bread from our Bakery; the list goes on. So naturally, when it comes to cooking with grains, locally grown British spelt is often our first choice.
Autumn is perhaps our busiest season around the farm and Market Garden and for me it is one of the most fulfilling times of the year; full of purpose, as we gather our harvest from a fruitful summer and begin to prepare for the winter ahead. Our latest E book brings together some of my favourite recipes for this special season, including harvest juices, whole baked heritage squash with garlic & sage butter and seared loin of venison with celeriac purée and plums.
In Western cultures we tend to think of iced tea as a very sweet indulgence reserved for the summer months, but a homemade infusion can be a healthful, sugar free tonic year-round. When brewed with filtered, cold water, lighter teas such as green dragon well or white peony make a subtly sweet, golden infusion that can be flavoured gently with a variety of herbs, fruit and perhaps spices such as cardamom.
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.