In the walled garden the Autumn Bliss raspberries are at their peak. This year, we have been picking at least a bowlful each day.  Some are simply served with a little fruit vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar for the breakfast table, whilst others are whizzed with a banana and some nut milk to make a smoothie.

 

On the AGA we have made seedless raspberry jam to be spread between a Genoise sponge in readiness for the arrival of guests and visitors.  When time is short a conserve is prepared and hurriedly poured into sterilised jars.

The game season has just begun and now that the birds have been released from their pens, they find their way into the garden and orchard, seeking fallen apples, yet to be gathered.  Or the Cavolo Nero that was sown in the summer, then planted out into the potager, in preparation for the colder months.

During September we anticipate the first of the partridge to partner with home grown pears.   The tender breasts are simply pan fried and served as a warm salad alongside robust leaves of mizuna and chard, garnished with a few chopped walnuts if they come to hand. The pheasants will follow in October and carry us through to the end of January next year. The young birds are roasted in the AGA but later in the season they benefit from longer, slow cooking and the addition of a glass or two of wine.

In the herb garden the chervil flourishes in the cooler weather and appreciates the long seasonal shadows.  These offer the delicate leaves shad, which is prefers to the invasive heat of long summer days during August.  Its aniseed notes compliment bright yellow souffles and omelettes that we make for lunch or supper, using the eggs from our free range Light Sussex, Marans and Rhode Island Red hens.

September

Enjoy the last …

  • Peas & Beans
  • Alpine Strawberries

Readily available …

  • Sweetcorn & Tomatoes
  • Blackberries & Raspberries

 

Treats to look forward to …

  • Kale & Celariac
  • Bullace & Chestnuts
  • Partridge & Goose
  • Mussels & Native Oysters

October

Enjoy the last …

  • Courgettes & Tomatoes
  • Raspberries & Walnuts
  • Wood Pigeon
  • Brown Crab

Readily available …

  • Squash & Pumpkin
  • Apples & Sloes
  • Grouse

Treats to look forward to …

  • Red Cabbage & Parsnips
  • Medlar & Quince
  • Pheasant

November

Enjoy the last …

  • Wild Mushrooms & Sorrel

 

Readily available …

  • Cauliflower & Brussel Sprouts
  • Quince & Pears
  • Mallard Duck
  • Mussels

Treats to look forward to …

  • New season Lamb
  • Lobster & Mackerel