As the evenings begin to draw in and Hallowe’en beckons, our thoughts naturally turn to a more robust style of cooking for the autumn months. Game birds instead of chicken, and orchard fruits like apples, pears and quinces instead of summer berries.
It’s been such a brilliant - and seemingly unending summer - that this year we’ll notice the autumnal chill and the changing of the seasons more sharply than usual. Like the migrating birds of the Exe estuary, it’s time for a change of perspective…
‘Root vegetables, pumpkins and gourds are in bountiful supply, adding deep autumn colours to the food from our kitchen’
October traditionally heralds the game season, offering up a host of possibilities for autumn menus. Across the water from Lympstone Manor, shoots are starting to take place on the Powderham Estate.
In the UK, game - animals hunted for food - includes rabbits, pheasants, grouse, geese, ducks and deer. Unlike some commercially-reared animals, the meat from wild animals, when prepared properly, is incredibly healthy and nutrientrich. The natural diet and healthy free-range lifestyle of game also comes through in its taste. This month, I’m sharing with you my recipe for wild duck salad - an ideal dish to transition from light summer salads to the earthier tastes of early autumn.
Of course, it’s harvest time too. In the fields, root vegetables, pumpkins and gourds are in bountiful supply, adding deep autumn colours to the food from our kitchen. What taste could epitomise autumn more than a perfectly-seasoned pumpkin risotto? Nearby Dart’s Farm is one of our trusted suppliers and we’re looking forward to pairing the flavours of seasonal produce fresh from the field with some robust red wines.
2018 is set to be a fantastic year for wine growers across Europe with grape harvests flourishing after a long summer of sun. This month, Lympstone Manor is hosting a month-long celebration of fine French wines, beginning with our Burgundy Evening on Wednesday, 10 October - a selection of outstanding wines from this classic French region, matched with a five-course tasting menu.
On Thursday 1 November, we’re holding an event to celebrate another of France’s great wine regions, Bordeaux, where 120,000 hectares of vineyard produce some of the world’s most sought-after vintages.
This year, we’re excited to see the first year of growth in our own fledgling vineyard - bringing one step closer my long-held dream of a sparkling wine created on the banks of the Exe estuary. lympstonemanor. co.uk Follow this link for my wild duck salad recipe on the Devon Life website - tinyurl. com/y8s25hb4
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