With every tousled country lane and picturesque hamlet, the Chilterns capture a little more of my heart. Covering around 324 square miles and stretching from Berkshire to Hertfordshire, the chalky Chiltern Hills are one of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. People have been farming here for thousands of years, shaping the landscape we see today. Once described as the “Larder of London”, farmland still covers nearly two thirds of the area and the network of local food producers is thriving.
When I visited Chiltern Charcuterie a few weeks ago in the picturesque village of North Dean, they were hard at work making salami. It was an impressive operation as the team expertly tested flavours.
In early 2014, Kate Marston unexpectedly found herself in the Waterstones on Hampstead high street. Her husband Ben was in hospital nearby after a wrist operation and she needed to kill time while he recovered.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been exploring the mesmerising Chiltern Hills. Tomorrow marks the start of the first ever Chiltern Food Festival and to celebrate I’ll be sharing a series of posts showcasing its vibrant food scene.
Creamy puddings are my weakness. From crème brûlée to panna cotta, hand me a spoon and I won’t be able to stop. This easy creamy baked yoghurt pairs perfectly with any kind of fruit, but is particularly delicious with berry compote.
Silvana de Soissons came bustling into her shop in a wave of cheerful energy, at once leaving everyone in the room feeling jolly. She was clutching a large bag of plump croissants, freshly collected from The Thoughtful Bread Company.
A Few Resolutions
Not only are we well into January, but we’ve managed to survive the dreaded blue Monday without hopping on the next flight to the Maldives. 2016 was an exciting year for me, but I have even higher hopes for the year ahead.
I started the blogging journey as something of a sceptic. If anything it was a creative outlet where I could be disciplined about writing on a regular basis.
January in England is made for comfort food. The promise of snow at the end of the week has me relinquishing to a cosy bowl of risotto, curled up in front of the telly with a Labrador at my feet.
Happy New Year! I’m keeping my first post of 2017 pretty simple. There are few things easier than a classic no churn ice cream. Citrus season is upon us and this is a decadent excuse to use up some oranges.