Book review // The Ethicurean Cookbook Giveaway…

Hope you had a wonderfully delicious weekend?  
Speaking of delicious, I am absolutely delighted to have a copy of the brand new Ethicurean Cookbook to giveaway as part of my 1000 posts celebration.  Let me tell you a little about them.  
Just a few miles from Bristol set amongst rolling fields with views of the Mendips lies The Ethicurean. Part of an old overgrown Georgian estate, built in 1901, the restaurant and kitchen have been lovingly restored in two of the original glasshouses within Barley Wood Walled Garden.  Nearby the old mansion house crumbles with it’s labyrinth of gardens, roses, pergolas and statues.  Red bricked paths frame a patchwork of vegetable and flower beds, whilst fruit bushes are fanned out against the high perimeter wall.  Surrounding the garden are the orchards where the source of The Ethicureans apple juice is home grown.
The team behind The Ethicurean believe that eating seasonally fresh local produce is the key to great tasting food.  And it seems they are doing something right, it is no surprise that The Ethicurean is winning awards, the Best Ethical Restaurant at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.
Dan and I love it there.  It has a special place for us as either side of this hill we lived as children.  Dan in Congresbury and I in Backwell… local just 2 miles either way with the Ethicurean forming a mid point.  This book tells a story of a year living in Somerset, the frost in the valley, the drifting fog, The Wassail, the touch of Spring, drifts of Bluebells in the woodlands and on through the seasons.
Sumptuous recipes, that make your tummy rumble upon reading.  Beetroot, Apple & Cobnut Crumble with Roasted White Chocolate Spoon – oh my!  In the back there is a section on useful recipes, a little ‘how to’ guide in making stocks to pickling beetroot.
All beautifully written and photographed, this cookbook is simply gorgeous.  If you are in the area, The Ethicurean are having a Mid Summer Solstice feast on the 21st June.  I hope to be there.  For more information please visit their webpage.

If you would like a copy of The Ethicurean Cookbook, I have one copy to giveaway to a Littlegreenshed follower.  Offer is open to UK entrants only – due to heaviness of the book.  Please leave a comment with your contact details so I can let you know when you have won.  Good luck!

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Don’t forget there is still time to enter the Butterscotch & Beestings Giveaway, a chance to win a Circus Triangle Cushion.
  • The Ethicurean has been on my list to visit for a while, really must go soon. The cook book looks amazing. I am loving broad beans right now!

  • Pea and mint soup…or asparagus risotto…or spinach and ricotta cannelloni…or broad bean pilaf…. :-)

  • What an amazing book! My favourite seasonal ingredient has to be British strawberries – they are amazing and I’m using them in everything I can at the moment.

  • I am a horrible, terrible, nervous cook, but if I concentrate and take my time, I make a pretty good banana and chocolate cake – Nigel Slaters recipe. Also, homemade pesto. Yum.

  • p.s. how wonderful is the cover?? i know you shouldn’t judge a book…but just…wow :)

  • asparaaaagus (as we call it!) norfolk crops if possible just because they hold such fond memories for us. love eating them with simple risotto of salmon with loads of dill :) xxx

    what a truly beautiful and inspiring book. i remember reading about it (in the observer i think?) and i’d love the chance to win a copy to look at and get cooking from.

  • I love broad bean dip and can’t wait until they’re ready – bit behind this year. Looks a beautiful book.

  • At this time of year I love asparagus pizza! and rubarb and ginger crumble of course x

  • Have heard about this place from a few different people. Would love to visit. The book would be a lovely substitute in the meantime! ;) Holly x

  • I have a sweet tooth so picking mulberries from my parents old tree with apples makes the most delicious fruit crumble.

  • Oh wow this book looks beautiful I might end up turning into a full on foodie! An all time supper favorite of mine is rainbow chard (so pretty!) braised with wild garlic and lemon juice.

  • You can’t beat asparagus, fresh from the garden, with a poached egg on top.

  • I love cooking up locally caught seafood from our wild island shores. Our local fishmongers are amazing. Langoustines, mmmmmmm. That book looks just so beautiful. WANT to win! Haha

  • I was swooning over this book in Waterstones yesterday so would love to win a copy

  • Eton Mess works for me at this time of strawberry abundance. katie x ps I know it’s a bit obvious but it is a big family favourite!

  • happy celebrations! I just wanted to say what a beautiful book and congrats on 1000 posts. Natalie x

  • I popped by The Ethicurean on Monday but of course this was the day they are closed. I will have to try again this summer!
    My fav seasonal recipe is strawberry rhubarb pie, yum.

  • The book looks stunning and congrats on 1000 posts. Good luck to all the UK-ers! x

  • Congrats again on reaching 1000 posts Lou! What a great giveaway :)

  • What a beautiful looking book, sounds fabulous. We’re going to celebrate mid summer in the garden this year, a little cider and some good food, I hope it’s dry.

  • It is indeed a wonderful place. I have only been there a couple of times, and that was years ago, but I remember it so well. Such beautiful walled vegetable gardens, espaliered peaches, bliss. I must try and get there again. The book looks amazing too, thank you for the giveaway Lou.

  • Asparagus risotto is a favourite of mine – the stalks are chopped up small and cooked with the rice, and then the asparagus tops are fried in butter just before you serve it up. A twist of black pepper and a squeeze of lemon and it’s ready to eat. Would love love love to win this cookbook, I have admired the Ethicurean from afar for a while now. Fingers crossed…

  • I would really love to go to the restaurant. The book looks fab. I love new potatoes, chicken and lovely salad at this time of year. Simple food made from really good ingredients. Looking forward to being able to pick salad leaves from the garden!

  • One of my favourite seasonal recipes is asparagus and potato tart, yummy! My fingers and toes are crossed! Natalie x

  • lovely giveaway Lou. I’m loving Nigel Slater’s asparagus risotto at the moment… delicious! x

  • (British) asparagus griddled with a little apple cider vinegar – simple but so delicious, not really a recipe, but something that I look forward to every single year!

  • I’d love to visit – is it open to the public???
    This time of year we love to eat frittata – I keep chickens so I have lots of eggs, yesterday’s was made with the last of the asparagus

  • My favourite is smashed pea, broad bean & mint on crostini brushed with garlic and layered with mozzarella…so fresh and delicious in the summer time! X

  • Another place on my list to visit when I’m next in the south west! I’ve just been planting out my courgette plants and watering my sweetcorn. I love to cook seasonally with things I’ve grown. x

  • I love making a goats cheese and roasted beetroot salad with cobnuts.
    Crumble some soft goats cheese over fresh rocket and cut some roasted beetroot (about 45 minutes in a hot oven, covered in tin foil…wait for it to cool and the skin comes away easily) into it. Then lightly brown some cobnuts in a pan, crush into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the salad. Add a small amount of an acidic dressing…yummy!

  • Ooo lovely giveaway! My favourite seasonal recipe is a radish, new potato and halloumi salad with lemon and chilli dressing one – I insist on eating it every week without fail!

  • I am not an amazing cook! I would love to be, but it isnt something that comes naturally to me, however, there is one summer dish that is super easy to do and is guaranteed to have my gang licking the bowls at the end!
    Rhubarb & Strawberry crumble! Bake the Rhubarb for 15 mins covered with tin foil, then for 5 mins uncover and add strawberries, (this just softens them but doesnt kill them) then add the crumble and bake again, voila!
    There you go, my fave seasonal recipe. Admitedly not exactly Jamie Oliver, but super easy and super tasty :D

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