Last night we hosted a very memorable evening here at Home Farm, the launch of our new journal, This Land.
We couldn't think of a better way to launch our new journal than by paying tribute to our ancient rural landscape and telling tales of tradition, terroir and taste through good food with friends.
We were joined by River Cottage chef and Quicke's ambassador Gill Meller who cooked up a delicious summer feast for our friends and customers who flocked from near and far. The menu was a celebration of the seasons and, as always with Gill's cooking, was inspired the landscape around us, from land to sea.
After a short tractor ride to the old barn, the feast began. We snacked on wood roast lobster, fried lamb's liver, wood roast bacon with gooseberries and goat's cheese with rhubarb and lovage, before tucking into a delicious charred beetroot, roast mackerel, horseradish and parsley starter. Then came the main course. Slow roast shoulder and seared loin of lamb served with buttered new potatoes, garden salad and summer vegetables. The feast closed with meringue, strawberries in a rose geranium and elderfower cream, before washing it all down with a few ciders by the fire on this balmy summer night.
Throughout the evening, we enjoyed insightful talks from contributors to the new journal including Mary Quicke, Shane Holland from Slow Food UK, and Barny Butterfield of Sandford Orchards, bringing the pages to life on the very same patch of earth where This Land was born.
Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate This Land and a very special thanks to Hanlons Brewery & Sandford Orchards for providing us with delicious local ales and ciders. Last but not least, thanks to Pipers Farm for all your help.
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