A quick post to say that, after an incredible trans-Atlantic wedding celebration, I am back. Back to the shop, back to an English summer, and back to seasonal cooking! I couldn’t resist sharing this little piece of the huge amount of love, well wishes and blessings that have come to the Englishman and I as we became married: a card from my team at the shop. It’s no ordinary card, I assure you, and I have never received anything else like it…it even inspired me to re-create a favourite dish from my childhood.
A wedding card given to the Englishman and I
A colourful drawing by RC, catering to my well-known love for veg – it couldn’t have been more appropriate. The best part is that a few weeks prior, whilst I was checking in on the her working in the kitchen, I was casually asked “If you were a vegetable, what would you be?”. A strange question, and one to which most people wouldn’t have an answer, but then again, most people don’t obsess over fruit & veg like I do. It turns out that I had had this conversation previously with my other half and, not knowing how the information would be used, I divulged in detail.
When I first moved to the UK, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as English wine – it just didn’t occur to me that grapes would grow in this climate. Similarly, the Englishman didn’t know that there was such a thing as Canadian wine, so I suppose we were even! Now that English Wine Week (and what feels like a warm summer) is upon us, I thought I’d share my experience of visiting our local winery and, well, the experience of quaffing some of its produce.
Our local winemaker: Chiltern Valley Winery
The drive to Hambleden is what makes me really appreciate my surroundings. A few miles from home or the shop and we’re in the Chilterns countryside; the word ‘SLOW’ etched on the road merely echoes the mood that we find ourselves in.
Slowing down in the Chilterns countryside
En route to Chiltern Winery
Passing some lovely cottages and proper country pubs, we head up a road through steep woodland and arrive at Old Luxters Barn. The converted 17th century barn buildings house the Chiltern Valley Winery where winemaker David Ealand produces a surprisingly wide and unique range of wines and liqueurs.