The summer sun has been kind to us this year but now the children are back to school and we are already starting to see the first signs of autumn.
Early Autumnal mornings are my favourite time to be out walking in the Orchard at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The calm and tranquillity of walking through the rows of trees heavily laden with fruit lets my mind wander over all the dishes I have created with these wonderful fruits over the years.
It’s the perfect tonic for the mind before starting a full day’s work and is the inspiration behind my new book The Lost Orchard, which is out this November. It is filled with lovely little stories of lost heritage varieties from England and my native Franche-Comté, as well as beautiful illustrations and of course some carefully chosen recipes which bring out the very best of the autumn fruit harvest. I do hope you will try some of these at home. The book is available for pre-order now.
But, this time of year is not just about fruit. Mushroom season is upon us as well and harvest time is perfect for starting your home bottling and preserving.
I have a culinary challenge for you!
Here is the recipe for one of my classics – a dessert called Frozen Autumn Still Life. It is a restaurant-level recipe which takes skill and determination – but the sense of accomplishment will be worth it.
If you’re looking for something a little simpler but just as special, I have also hand-picked my five seasonal star ingredients for this autumn. I’ve created a recipe showcasing each ingredient that I hope you will enjoy cooking for your loved ones at home.
Here are some of the exciting things coming up in my world - come and join me!
An evening of celebration with some of my finest protégé's.
An evening to honour the age-old pairing of food and cricket.
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