A couple of weeks ago I spent a jam-packed morning shooting the recipes for Cherie Denham’s summer cookery demonstrations. It was an indulgent session of laughing and gorging on all the treats that faultlessly emerged from Cherie’s kitchen.
Nestled comfortably in the idyllic Hampshire countryside, West Green House is home to one of England’s best-loved gardens. Continue reading
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.
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.