November already? Gosh this year is whizzing by. Right now you can’t escape the important messages of living well, eating well and respecting nature – and Dorset chef, presenter and activist Julius Roberts is doing just that. We are very excited to support the launch of Julius’ excellent book. So near Christmas it takes away some head scratching regarding the perfect gift for the special someone.
Making the most of simple ingredients, The Farm Table is about unfussy home cooking at its very best – a few good things on a plate, assembled with joy and ease.
Winter recipes include an elegant, fuss-free dinner of roast pumpkin, mozzarella, hazelnuts and sage, and a hearty sausage stew. For spring Julius offers baked fish with herbs and asparagus, chicken roasted over lemon, fennel and potatoes, and a lamb stew with pearl barley. Summer is covered with courgette pasta, a ratatouille galette, and a steamed apricot sponge. And right now, autumn arrives with Cabbage, bacon and potato soup (see the video, left), smoked haddock and leek rarebit and pan-fried trout with mash and spinach sauce.
If you follow Julius on social media, you probably feel as if you know him already. He is an avid Instagram and TikTok storyteller, chatting gently as he cooks in his greenhouse, giving his followers a glimpse into what life is like on a Dorset farm as he feeds the pigs, checks on the goats and walks his two lurchers.
Passionate about seasonality, Julius shows us how to make the most of what’s around us – from crisp, crunchy apples in autumn, pink rhubarb in winter, asparagus in spring and those first summer strawberries in cream.
The Farm Table : A Cookbook £27
Join us for a special event in Sherborne to celebrate the launch of ‘The Farm Table’.
Julius will be cooking up a storm demonstrating recipes.
Thursday 23rd November
6.30pm for 7pm
at The Butterfly House,
Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR
Tickets £5, available online here