Land & Sea: Secrets to simple, sustainable, sensational food
A celebration of real food and wholesome ingredients, Land and Sea brings sustainable eating to the table in true flavour and style. With advice on using the whole ingredient (no matter what it is); how you can make the most of leftovers; and how to be creative with herbs and spices, Land & Sea is the perfect companion to both the novice cook and the seasoned cook.
This is a beautifully bright starter that is a sure way to impress your dinner guests. Making full use of the broccoli the stalk is steamed before being blitzed into a creamy herby puree.
This is a recipe that I think looks beautiful on the roasting tray and hence I usually leave it as so. It also saves on washing up which is a welcome bonus. I love to serve it with a few baskets of good bread along side warmed gently in the oven.
Quince, almonds and a buttery crisp pastry. Three rather wonderful things make up this galette. A generous spread of almond frangipane gives it a good squidgy layer. The pastry is a spelt rough puff and has no shortage of butter. The tart itself is generous
I made this cake for the first time last year as a bit of an experiment. I'd just come back from catering for a yoga retreat where the menu was vegan and had had some great success with a batch of vegan olive oil brownies. So I tweaked the recipe slightly and improvised with the pumpkin.
I made these recently for one of my ‘How to Host a Dinner Party’ events at Soho House and they were a huge success. Seeing as it was close to halloween I went for a ‘freak chic’ twist
I love to make a tart. They are always a brilliant addition to a barbecue spread or picnic and very useful for a quick alfresco (or aldesko) lunch. This tart is bursting with flavour and is wonderfully fresh whilst being incredibly satisfying.
When we were children we had a gooseberry bush in the garden. My mother would make countless crumbles, jams, chutney and fools with the tart slightly fuzzy berries and whenever she wasn’t looking we’d eat them straight off the bush. I can never resist buying a punnet when I see them.
When baked the strawberries become soft and juicy and their sweet juice runs into the sponge bringing a new texture to the cake. You have light and spongey, sweet and creamy and fruity-juicy.
A wonderfully moist cake with zappy gooseberries that pop in your mouth and a zesty undertone of citrus. Very good with coffee or a good cup of tea.
A wonderfully light take on the usually dense banana bread, this cake has a delightful bounce to it. Entirely dairy, gluten and grain free it caters for almost all. Feel free to add chopped or chips of chocolate chips to the mix for some extra indulgence. I have included hazelnuts in this recipe but chopped almonds or cashews would also go very well.
Burnham Deepdale and Brancaster Staithe are not large villages. In fact you can walk the length of both in about the time it takes to enjoy an ice cream. There is a small café selling bacon butties and proper cups of tea, a shop selling postcards, tea towels, mugs and stickers all printed with lobsters. There is a convenience store for milk and newspapers, a campsite, two pubs and occasionally an ice cream van.
Living sustainably is something I work towards all the time. There’s always room for improvement and I’m constantly picking up new habits and routines; however, I do believe that the best way to live a sustainable life is to do it gradually and in a way that you find easy to maintain. As important as making the move towards sustainable living is, it’s even more important that the changes are sustainable for you. Otherwise, you’re likely to lose interest.
As I write this I am sipping on a cup of Earl Grey and snacking on a handful of honey chili roasted almonds. It has become a daily habit. I tried a similar thing at Phippen Orchard in California earlier this year and have been hooked ever since. I am transported back to the stunning vision of the rows of pastel cream and pink petaled trees - the Californian Almond orchards in full bloom are quite a sight.
I meet Adam Dant in his studio behind an unassuming grey door just off Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, East London. On the right as you walk in there is a piano. It is littered with papers, prints and scribbled notes as well as a crystal champagne flute, a human skull and a packet of hobnobs.
I have called Switzerland my second home since I was eleven when my parents built a place high up in the alps in Zermatt. Switzerland was familiar from before then too and I think I must have been just four years old when I was secured into miniature skis with velcro straps.
The train to Axminster leaves London Waterloo at 7.10 giving me ample time to stock up on Marks and Spencer toffee and pick up a cup of tea. Also in my bag are carrot sticks, a tin of almonds, leftover apple tart, half a Lindt bunny, two camping bottles filled with water and some herbal tea bags. If the train gets stranded out of reach from food and water I’ll be fine.
Nikitas Kairis is the owner of the Kairis bakery. At four thirty each morning he makes a short, strong Greek coffee before walking the short distance to his bread ovens...