As Summer fades into Autumn at first it's hard to pin down exactly which season we are in. With each passing year, it feels as though 'true Autumn' comes to us later and later.
The mornings come slowly, all dew filled and sparkly. Moisture in the air and late summer sunshine does wonders to ripen fruit. Plum trees are laden and all of a sudden there are pears, lots of and lots of pears, ripe and ready to pick.
Late Autumn is the season of abundance, not just in the orchards and hedgerows, but in the wild too. Venison season is upon us and now comes the time to harvest prickets to control the health of the herd.
As the old adage goes 'what grows together, goes together' and this is certainly true for this dish. It is a real celebration of everything that is wonderful to eat right now. Truly seasonal, ethical, British and properly sustainable.
I hope you love making this very special feast.