DVD Choice – The River Cottage Collection

I do like the River Cottage programmes and this DVD box set contains the episodes from seven series.

  • A Cook on the Wild Side
  • Beyond River Cottage
  • River Cottage Road Trip
  • River Cottage Gone Fishing
  • River Cottage Spring
  • River Cottage Autumn
  • The River Cottage Treatment
British celebrity chef and “real food” campaigner, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is back in this amazing 10 DVD River Cottage Collection.

Well known for his back-to-basics philosophy on cooking, Hugh has resided at River Cottage for a number of years now, cultivating his vegetable garden, raising chickens, pigs and even cattle for his table. He is an ambassador for local, seasonal produce which he cooks to perfection. Whether it be from the wild, the garden or even off the shelf, Hugh offers a variety of remarkable recipes to enthuse & salivate over.

This special River Cottage Collection is a delightful feast and follows Hugh on his wonderful investigative culinary journey as he showcases the very principles he stands for; self-sufficiency, food integrity, and the consumption of local and seasonal produce.

British celebrity chef and “real food” campaigner, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is back in this amazing 10 DVD River Cottage Collection.Well known for his back-to-basics philosophy on cooking, Hugh has resided at River Cottage for a number of years now, cultivating his vegetable garden, raising chickens, pigs and even cattle for his table. He is an ambassador for local, seasonal produce which he cooks to perfection. Whether it be from the wild, the garden or even off the shelf, Hugh offers a variety of remarkable recipes to enthuse & salivate over.

This special River Cottage Collection is a delightful feast and follows Hugh on his wonderful investigative culinary journey as he showcases the very principles he stands for; self-sufficiency, food integrity, and the consumption of local and seasonal produce.

Buy it from Amazon.

Hedgerow

The foraging season is approaching, even today I saw ripe blackberries.

A great book to help you is now available, Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook).

Hedgerows, moors, meadows and woods – these hold a veritable feast for the forager. In this hugely informative and witty handbook, John Wright reveals how to spot the free and delicious ingredients to be found in the British countryside, and then how to prepare and cook them. First John touches on the basics for the hedgerow forager, with an introduction to conservation, safety, the law, and all the equipment that you may need. Next he guides us through the tasty edible species to be found. Each one is accompanied by photographs for identification, along with their conservation status, habitat, distribution, season, taste, texture and cooking methods – not forgetting, of course, some fascinating asides and diversions about their taxonomy and history. Over 40 species are covered, including bilberries, blackberries, cloudberries, common mallow, dandelions, hedge garlic, horseradish, pignuts, nettles, sloes, sweet chestnuts, water mint and wild cherries. Then John describes the poisonous species to steer clear of, including warnings about any nasty ‘lookalikes’, along with their identifying photographs. Finally, there are 30 tempting recipes. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, “Hedgerow” is an indispensable household reference, and an essential book to have by your side for every trip into the countryside.

Buy Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook) now from Amazon.

The happy herb

From the Guardian

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ends his look at summer herbs with chervil, because it always brings a smile to his face

Rice

Rice deserves to be the star turn every now and then, says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in the Guardian.

Once upon a time, the humble rice pudding was a very grand dish indeed. In medieval Europe, rare, expensive rice was kept locked in the spice cupboard along with all the other imported culinary jewels. In those times, the word “ambrosia” was apt; it meant “food of the Gods”, not “tinned for sale in a corner shop near you”.