Harvest festival


Cook House owner and food blogger Anna Hedworth shares the spoils of the season

In my kitchen right now I have beautiful squashes, blackberries, hawthorn berries, and pickles of all shades and colours. 

It really feels like a bounty compared to any other time of year and it’s a pleasure having the time at Cook House to pickle, pot and preserve as the autumn sun streams through the windows. The trees in the Lake District last weekend were heavy with hawthorn berries and I filled bags full. The nooks and crannies of the Ouseburn are also filled with blackberries, rosehips and elderberries. There are also massive spiders and thorns, but I’ve still managed to fill up punnets with hedgerow bounties. Add to that the start of the shooting season and I couldn’t be happier to be back in the throes of autumnal dining. Try these recipes and enjoy the fruits of the season…

Recipe: Apple and cinnamon cake

Recipe: Rosehip syrup

Recipe: Hawthorn berry chutney

Recipe: Pheasant terrine

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