Made with bullace or damsons instead of sloes, the flavour profile of this ‘hedgerow’ gin is a little less complex than that of sloe gin and it’s ready to drink a lot sooner too, making it great for adding to autumn-themed cocktails or simply serving over ice as a fabulous seasonal tipple. That’s not to say that sloe gin isn’t worth making too in a few weeks’ time – there’s nothing nicer than a thimbleful on a cold dark night in winter – but this simpler alternative is tasting pretty good right now, as a fruity, seasonal segue into autumn.
Smoked over pinewood to achieve its unusual, brewed-over-campfire taste, lapsang souchong tea is great for infusing a fabulously smoky flavour into foods. Try the technique with these deliciously tender lapsang souchong poached chicken breasts, which are ideal for a light supper with friends.
When temperatures start to climb, this Roman-style rice salad with tuna, vegetables & hard boiled eggs is my go-to recipe for feeding a crowd. As well as being deliciously full of flavour and easy to prepare, it’s also a handy option for bringing on picnics, walks or long car journeys.
Looking for a dessert that even your health conscious pals will enjoy? Although this blueberry & yogurt cloud cake is made with no butter or oil, barely any sugar and just a sprinkle of flour it somehow becomes a magnificent, towering cake with a wonderfully fluffy texture and a beautiful subtly sweet, lemony flavour – a triumph by any standards.
Deliciously satisfying, richly savoury & almost caramelised from its time in the pan, fried halloumi is great for making all kinds of salads & vegetarian meals a bit more substantial. Case in point, this delicious halloumi & green bean combo, which I expect will swiftly become part of your regular meat-free repertoire.