Think of drinking wine under a vine-covered trellis and you'll probably be transported back to the heady romance of a holiday in Greece or Italy. I don't have so far to travel. I just go to Tufnell Park.
I'm a big believer that blueberries are one of the greatest fruits available, and they go super well with lemon. So, I thought I'd combine the two into a nice, summery pie to celebrate the end of my favourite season.
They are an eating apple, crisp, sweet and tart, and I wanted to make something that showcased their lovely red-flushed flesh. You can, though, make this with any good eating apple - it is a version of a classic French apple tart, but using puff in place of sweet dessert pastry.
Buckwheat has become popular due to its high amounts of minerals and antioxidants and it also has health benefits in that it improves blood sugar control. Buckwheat is neither a cereal grain nor related to the wheat family of flours, it has no connection with wheat whatsoever
I love the online food community and one of my most recent finds was Sous Chef website specialising in hard to find ingredients. I've brought a couple things on there, but what caught my eye with my most recent purchase was the seasoned cassava flour (farofa pronta in Portugese).
I thought I'd try out a recipe: a chicken and sweet potato hash with harissa and feta, just the sort of thing you might want to cook after a day wandering the stalls and watching the demos at the Maltings. Marinate the chicken the day before if you can.
This dish is delicious served either warm or room temperature. If your hosting a buffet style meal, its best to dress the salmon, when the salmon has completely cooled. I love to serve this dish in the middle of the table, with a large bowl filled with lettuce leaves
Anyway, however you get your nuts, cobnuts make a cracking crumble topping. And, handily, most hedgerow pickings make a cracking filling. See, Nature isn't always a cruel mistress.
These ... or a variation of them ... were what she served as dessert. They are smart little tarts, setting tangy bites of fresh fruit in a fruit conserve, within a crisp pastry shell. High Street bakery chains do something similar but not half as well.
When working with large oysters, that are too big to fit snugly in the palm of the hand, start by laying them on a cloth on the work surface with another cloth on top. (The curved shell should be underneath)
An Indian-inspired salad, this is simple but good. The toasted coconut complements the sweet, juicy carrots, the lemon juice and coriander add a citrusy balance. If you can make it with freshly-dug carrots, so much the better.
So... bread... bread knowledge... 350g of butter?! Four eggs?! A single prove?! ARE YOU CRAZY?! YOU'RE ON THE LEDGE MATE, I NEED TO TALK YOU DOWN. Oh no wait, I have no idea. But these people are just as useless! Most of their bakes were shit. 'The star baker in bread bake has always gone into the final' Really? I'd be surprised if any of them make it.
I used this cucumber soup as tasters at Wilderness Festival and at Soho Farmhouse and so, by popular request from everyone I met at those events (thank you for coming), here is the recipe:
This recipe brings the home comforts of freshly baked banana bread into a simple and quick to prepare breakfast treat. Overnight oats are one of the easiest breakfasts you can make for on the go nutrition to help keep you fueled for the day ahead.
It's my take on the Sicilian classic, pollo in agrodolce, or chicken in a sweet and sour sauce and it's unbelievably good. The sauce reduces to a slick, sticky glaze, with flavour bursts of olives, capers and raisins (or in this case, sultanas, because I like them better) and the chicken is so good you'll be sucking the bones. Try it and see for yourself.
Is there anyone else holding onto the remaining days of summer? I know I'm not about to let it get away just yet and one thing that always spells summer is enjoying the lush fruit that is watermelon. If you're anything like me, allow yourself to enjoy it for just a little longer by indulging in this hydrating fruit as a refreshing treat in a smoothie.