There is something about this time of year; the colour green quite simply EXPLODES into the landscape…and then…just when you feel it can’t get any greener, mother nature goes a step further and intensifies her chroma. In my bid to become a decent forager I recently tried Ground Elder as a cooked vegetable. In Sussex ground elder is everywhere… grows like a manic weed and emits a slightly strange biter aroma when you crush a leaf between your fingers. Once wilted (like spinach) served with lashings of hot butter and seasoning it tastes quite wonderful. The ground is also covered by wild garlic, one of my all time favourites. The prettiest white flowers and pungent smell fills the air. I also attempted an ‘Upstate cheesecake’ from an American cookbook I have called Baked…. never one to miss a colour theory opportunity I created a homage to complementary opposites red and green.
Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner.