Emails asking me to review things tend to remain at the bottom of my ‘to do’ list for longer than is seemly. I’m not a gatherer of things so I think very carefully before I agree to anything – this time, however, I pinged a reply back so quickly I think Jess, the lovely marketing manager at publisher Frances Lincoln, was knocked off her chair! A book of seasonal recipes, full of ideas and fabulous photos by a couple I already admire and whose books are well thumbed on my kitchen shelves? Perfect!
Beautifully laid out and packed with easy but delicious seasonal recipes, covering foraged foods, grow your own and farmers’ market finds, this is a book to flick through dreamily as you plan your veg patch or your next wild food foraging adventure. I like that it gathers together in one place some of my favourite seasonal treats from wild garlic pesto to hedgerow jam, that there are new twists on old recipes and that the photographs make me want to dash out there with my basket!
Wild garlic picking was Bonus Boy’s favourite memory from last year and the season is once again upon us so we’ll be starting with recipes for that! Last year we used our haul to make cheese and garlic scones, pesto and as a snack wrapped around pieces of cheddar, this year we’ll be trying Carolyn’s wild garlic dauphinoise and a bowl or two of her broth. I’ll take gloves with us and, while we’re out there, we’ll pick the new tender nettle leaves to make a risotto – hurrah!
DG and I went elderflower picking in late spring and spent a lovely day chatting, walking and eating lunch by the canal – foraging marks our yearly calendar and this book offers us new things to do with our finds.
Carolyn’s combination of elderflower and lime in a cordial will go down well for picnic lunches in flowery meadows wearing floaty dresses and, for friends in the evening, elderflower granita with its vodka kick looks particularly appealing!
As a keen vegetable grower I am often faced with a glut of a particular foodstuff when they all ripen at the same time but Rosehips on a Kitchen Table has this covered too with some tasty ideas to use up everything from courgettes to runner beans – I wasn’t going to grow courgettes this year as I’m weary of my battle with the slugs but I am very tempted by the recipe for courgette, ricotta and basil rolls!
The title of the final chapter in this book makes me smile – I’ve heard the words come out of so many mouths as people peruse the farmers’ market or their weekly organic veg box ‘What On Earth Do I Do With This?’ – Carolyn has suggestions for some of the less familiar vegetables we are encountering more and more as we return to seasonal produce and seasonal cooking; recipes for celeriac, gooseberries, beetroot, quince, brussels sprouts and kale so choose your fruit or veg, grab your sense of adventure and get cooking!
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We were sent a copy of Rosehips on s Kitchen Table to review. This book does contain some non vegetarian recipes.