Foraged Blackberry Tart and a Visit to Chatsworth

IMG_5134_15_08_10 (1s)I don’t know how it happened, but autumn snuck up on me this year. I had a wonderful summer with lots of projects at work and at home, and two fantastic sunny holidays, but now suddenly we’re in the middle of October and I’m not sure where September went! I feel like this happens every year, where the months seem to speed up once August is done. The fall is over in a flash and we hurtle towards Christmas without coming up for air. Continue reading

Strawberry Cake in October

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I’m a sucker for farmers’ markets. There’s something so enticing about buying produce outdoors, about seeing the people from your neighborhood and further afield mingling, about shopping without a list and not knowing what you’ll come home with. We have a glorious farmers’ market on the south side of Hampstead Heath on Saturday mornings with an array of stalls that varies throughout the year, but has enough consistency to feel familiar and comforting. It’s a great way to start the weekend; picking over the veg, bread and cheese on display, treating yourself to a baked good or hot sausage bap before going for a walk through the Heath. Beautiful seasonal finds have led to some of my favorite cooking adventures this year. This strawberry cake, unfortunately, is not the result of such idyllic, high-minded shopping. Continue reading