A slice of sunshine – buttermilk and calendula cake

Rain at last. Thick grey clouds have filled the sky above the House at Nab End for weeks. Yet below, the grass is parched, the pond is low, and deep cracks run through our heavy clay soil. The dense clouds have locked in the heat, refusing, until now, to release a single drop. The garden…

Celebrating the autumn equinox – with two seasonal cakes

The early morning sun gives definition to the trees that line the hill and picks out the golden bales in the fields below.  This evening it will set at seven, and for a day we will have day and night in equal measure. The hay bales, like giant slices of swiss roll, sit plumply; the…

Hips, hops, haws and brambles – and a blackberry and apple batter pudding

We set out on a walk late on Sunday morning, and arrived back home with the tell-tale stained fingers of a good blackberry haul. The September hedgerows are adorned with autumn’s treasures, and a walk at this time of year is punctuated with plenty of things to stop and look at – garlands of hops,…