Does anyone else start getting a bit restless when we get towards the end of February and the beginning of March? It feels a bit like we are between seasons. Winter is very much still lingering because there’s a definite chill in the air but everything is starting to feel a bit more fresh and breezy with Spring just around the corner.
Luckily the wonderful Briony from Toast Event Design and Imogen Xiana have just the thing to pick us up, a lovely lifestyle shoot that is the perfect mix of winter warmer inspiration (with subtle nods to the luscious greens and vibrant reds of Christmas, minus the excess and festive sparkle) and full of Spring freshness and joy.
There’s even some sneaky recipes for a cherry lattice pie, a hot toddy, roasted chestnuts and an exquisitely delicious looking cheese board. Just what we need to get us right through the end of winter and into a sprightly Spring
We just love it when winter is upon us, digging out those wooly jumpers, hats and scarfs and wrapping up warm. We also love the food and drink that comes with the cold season, food to keep you warm and keep you happy. There is nothing better than returning from a winters day walk, discarding the layers and indulging in warm sweet food and wrapping your hands round a hot toddy and snuggling into your favourite chair.
We created the following recipes to match how we feel.
Cherry Latice Pie
- Shortcrust pastry
- 480g Cherries
- 60g ground almonds
- 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
- 1 egg
Pre-heat the oven to 200C, fan 180C, gas 6. Put a baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
- Roll out 375g of the pastry and use it to line a 1 litre pie dish, trimming and excess pastry with a knife
- Mix together the cherries, ground almonds and 3 tbsp of caster sugar and tip into the pastry-lined pie dish
- Roll out the remaining pastry and cut into long strips. Weave the strips together over the pie filling to form the lattice pattern. Press down the edges to seal and trim off any excess pastry. Brush the lattice with the beaten egg and sprinkle over the rest of the sugar.
- Transfer the pie to the hot baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden.
Put 1tsp of honey and a measure of whiskey in a mug or heatproof glass. Add two cloves and half a cinnamon stick, then top up with just off the boil water. Stir in a slice of orange and just enough orange juice balance the sweetness of the honey.
- Blue Cheese
- Goats cheese
- Figs drizzled in honey
- Freshly baked bread
Pre heat your oven, simply cut a cross into the skin of each chestnut, roast for 20 mins.