A FORAGED FEAST Gather a sea­sonal har­vest and turn it into feel-good food.

For­ag­ing is a won­der­ful way to em­brace the sea­son. Whether you step out to gather wild mush­rooms, rose hips and net­tles, or sim­ply delve into a sea­sonal veg box, with a lit­tle in­spi­ra­tion you can pre­pare an au­tum­nal foodie treat

In the Moment - - Contents - Words: Sarah Orme

When food pho­tog­ra­pher Erin Glee­son rst set eyes on the cabin in the woods she fell in love with it in­stantly. “The road to get there is not long, but it is quite windy, and on the way I thought there was no chance we’d move there. But when we ar­rived and saw the view from the deck and smelled the red­wood trees, we were sold,” she says.

Pre­vi­ously a long-term city dweller, Erin’s move to the woods was thanks to her husband’s new job in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, USA, which pro­vided the couple with an ex­cuse to make the change.

“We moved from New York City and just stum­bled upon an ad for the cabin. We loved the set­ting, perched up in the trees, and thought it would be a fun con­trast.”

After years work­ing as a food pho­tog­ra­pher in New York, shoot­ing for cook­books, top chefs, restau­rants, mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing The New York Times din­ing sec­tion, it was this move to the trees that in­spired Erin to cre­ate her blog (www.the­for­est­feast.com) and her rst cook­book The For­est Feast.

Em­brac­ing a new way of life, with the phi­los­o­phy of “few in­gre­di­ents, lots of veg­eta­bles and sim­ple prepa­ra­tion”, Erin started to cre­ate mouth-wa­ter­ing recipes based on lo­cal pro­duce. She held en­vi­able gath­er­ings at her cabin home, fea­tur­ing de­li­cious menus. Her ter­race be­came the stage for these out­door feasts, softly lit by strings of fairy lights, with can­dles and nat­u­ral dec­o­ra­tions placed on long, con­vivial ta­bles.

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