September 17, 2013

a new writing gig and a giveaway


When I first came across the Sarah Raven blog, Garlic and Sapphire, I was (geekily!) pleased to note that its name is taken from a favourite poem of mine: T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets (“garlic and sapphires in the mud”).  The blog, centring on “beautiful and productive gardens and kitchens in action” is written by a team of authors and I am happy to say that I am the newest addition! I will largely be writing about my kitchen, usually in terms of its relationship to the countryside and the seasons. My first post -all about foraging for blackberries and sloes- has been published today.

To celebrate, the kind folk at Sarah Raven have provided me with a copy of Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook to give away. I have had this book in my own kitchen for quite some time and I can highly recommend it. The recipes are arranged by month and focus on seasonal cooking so it’s to this book that I turn on the days when I have some choice fresh produce from the veg box or farmers market. The Kentish Apple Cake recipe in particular is a perennial Autumn favourite in our house.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning the cookbook, just fill in the form below. The giveaway is open until 24th September 2013. Good luck!

Oh, and please do head over to Garlic and Sapphire and have a read of my post.



22 thoughts on “a new writing gig and a giveaway

  1. charmaine

    I love Sarah Raven’s website, I’ve spent ages pouring over all the flowers recently as we’ve just moved into our first house with a garden. Off to take a look at your post x

  2. charmaine

    oops, just realised I needed to add an Autumnal recipe… there are so many, but I would say apple cake and cottage pie (vegetarian in our case) are our favourite recipes x

  3. Sam @happyhomebird

    Well done on your writing opportunity, that will be great fun for you and I look forward to reading them. I do love this time of year and my favourite is of course pumpkin pie – I have a bit of a mania for them. xx

  4. Lucy

    The apple cake sounds divine. I love cooking with butternut squash in the autumn. There’s a Moro salad with squash, chickpeas and a tahini dressing which I always fall back on. It’s delicious. x

  5. nicola fenning

    I love Sarah Raven, her garden is amazing! My favourite autumnal recipe has to be good old blackberry and apple crumble – not very exciting I know, but I love that it’s one of those things that we look forward to at this time of year, and my kids love going out and foraging for free food – as I always say to them at this time of year – seriously, who actually goes into a shop and pays for blackberry’s, when they are evrywhere right under your nose!


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