Hope you had a wonderfully delicious weekend?
Speaking of delicious, I am absolutely delighted to have a copy of the brand new Ethicurean Cookbook to giveaway as part of my 1000 posts celebration. Let me tell you a little about them.
Just a few miles from Bristol set amongst rolling fields with views of the Mendips lies The Ethicurean. Part of an old overgrown Georgian estate, built in 1901, the restaurant and kitchen have been lovingly restored in two of the original glasshouses within Barley Wood Walled Garden. Nearby the old mansion house crumbles with it's labyrinth of gardens, roses, pergolas and statues. Red bricked paths frame a patchwork of vegetable and flower beds, whilst fruit bushes are fanned out against the high perimeter wall. Surrounding the garden are the orchards where the source of The Ethicureans apple juice is home grown.
The team behind The Ethicurean believe that eating seasonally fresh local produce is the key to great tasting food. And it seems they are doing something right, it is no surprise that The Ethicurean is winning awards, the Best Ethical Restaurant at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.
Dan and I love it there. It has a special place for us as either side of this hill we lived as children. Dan in Congresbury and I in Backwell... local just 2 miles either way with the Ethicurean forming a mid point. This book tells a story of a year living in Somerset, the frost in the valley, the drifting fog, The Wassail, the touch of Spring, drifts of Bluebells in the woodlands and on through the seasons.
Sumptuous recipes, that make your tummy rumble upon reading. Beetroot, Apple & Cobnut Crumble with Roasted White Chocolate Spoon - oh my! In the back there is a section on useful recipes, a little 'how to' guide in making stocks to pickling beetroot.
All beautifully written and photographed, this cookbook is simply gorgeous. If you are in the area, The Ethicurean are having a Mid Summer Solstice feast on the 21st June. I hope to be there. For more information please visit their webpage.
If you would like a copy of The Ethicurean Cookbook, I have one copy to giveaway to a Littlegreenshed follower. Offer is open to UK entrants only - due to heaviness of the book. Please leave a comment with your contact details so I can let you know when you have won. Good luck!
Don't forget there is still time to enter the Butterscotch & Beestings Giveaway, a chance to win a Circus Triangle Cushion.