The World Cheese Awards were announced yesterday and I wanted to wish our wonderful Creamery team my warmest congratulations and share the news of their success.
Over the course of this year, as the spotlight has been shone on plastics and reducing global waste, the fashion and clothing industry has in turn also come under increased scrutiny. As consumers we are finally beginning to ask more questions about the way our clothes are produced, the waste the fashion industry generates and the impact this has on our planet.
I wonder whether like me you’ve ever enjoyed a meal at a restaurant and been tempted to slip through the door to the kitchen and talk to the creator of the wonderful things on your plates?
Since I started out along the path towards farming organically, I have been passionate about protecting our bees. Bees are life’s essential pollinators and without them we would no longer be able to grow and produce our food.
Every day we each make small choices that can have an impact on our environment. Of course, choosing to buy and eat organic produce, or grow our own food, is one choice I believe can have a far-reaching effect on our planet and its future, but another that is closely related are the products we use to clean our houses. It’s something I’m very passionate about.
Towards the end of September or early October, the daylight fades and the autumn equinox, heralds the transition to the new season, a time which has also traditionally been marked by celebration.
This season, the collection is focused around rich, natural tones, which have been inspired by the plumage of British birds, from dark raven blacks and tawny browns through to lighter snowy whites.
To many people, particularly in this country, the simple act of putting the kettle on to make a cup of tea is a ritual that instantly soothes, comforts and calms. And I confess I am very much of that belief.
One of our core and founding principles at Daylesford is the belief that we need to farm for the future, to protect the land that we work and the soil that nourishes our produce so that we are not the last to feed our families and enjoy its bounties.
In the weather we’ve been having recently, I just want to eat something light and very refreshing in the evening so a simple consommé is perfect. It is also a dish that sums up the way I like to eat in the summer, placing a very seasonal ingredient – beautiful sun-ripened tomatoes – at the centre of the plate to let its flavours shine.
The more I have spent time in India and the longer I practise yoga, the more I have engaged with the traditions and philosophies in which yoga is rooted and their ability to heal and balance the body.
For me there’s no better way to enjoy the season’s produce than plucked straight from the ground or the stalk – that fresh flavour is hard to beat. So every year we open up the farm’s garden so that you can come and pick your own supper from among our organic fruit and veg.