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
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.