A few months ago I had a meeting, it was very interesting. As is my way I arrived with a rucksack of bottles and various twigs, leaves, resins and petals. I always find meetings go well when I surround myself with the tools of my trade, they somehow offer an explanation of what I do far better than a document or even a verbal description. I lay them out on the table and as I start to talk, picking each up in turn, I feel the connection, as if I am a bridge between the client and the landscape. Without them, I feel hopelessly lost.Read More
I’m having a moment. I’m looking at the weather forecast in Lewes, East Sussex today and its 26C meanwhile here on Harris it’s a cool 13C. Thus far this Summer on this beautiful island, I’ve taken my vest off twice, immersed myself, in frankly icy water, twice and broken out my sandals three times. Last night I lit the fire and today I’m itching to light it again. This is a tale of two parts, south coast and far north, warm and chilly, over populated and scarcely inhabited.Read More
Autumn is here. My nightly need for fresh air with windows flung open, suddenly tempered by the realisation last night that I was not cool but cold. It’s curious the small cues that mark the seasonal change long before the leaves are turning and the plants begin their full on retreat back into the earth for a season or two of hibernation and regeneration. It starts with the air. A change in the scent and an almost perceptible thickening of its texture so apparent at dawn.Read More
When days are less short but still chilly, a comforting bowl of soupy rice or noodles has to be one of our family favorites. If the warmth of hot soup is heightened with some extra heat from chillies, garlic & ginger, the comfort enhanced with a tin of creamy coconut milk and the mingling flavours lifted with fresh lime juice, chopped coriander & mint, the over all effect is hard to beat.
As I write I can hear the wind whistling round the house, entering through old wooden windows and gaps in the giant beams that have offered stability to this crooked little wooden house for 500 years or more. Outside the trees are shaking, the blossom prematurely falling and the stems of flowers are bending to survive the seasonal onslaught. It is wild. Elemental. A time of change, a seasonal shift.Read More
Liz Knight who runs Forage Fine Foods, has been kind enough to volunteer her delicious recipes since the start of the AS.AP website. We are now going to include them as Forager's Notes each month to reflect the ethos of Liz who produces beautiful food from the countryside around her Herefordshire home - welcome to the team Liz and over to you...
With the advent of summer heat, comes the desire for a really good, cooling sorbet and it was with particular delight that I found that Emma Knight of Fine Forage Foods has a really good recipe, rich with honeysuckle deliciousness and the aromatic balsamic peppery taste of Tarragon.Read More