AUTUMN HARVEST

The leaves are changing, there’s a nip in the air and autumn has arrived.  It’s a great time to celebrate good food and drink and discover produce directly from the source.  Nkuku HQ is slap bang in the middle of the South Hams, and we are spoilt for choice with an abundance of local produce on offer from dedicated local producers. Living here it is impossible not to get swept up with the autumn harvest and all the delights it brings. We’ve put together some of our kitchen storage and serveware ideas to help store and display all that fruit and veg and added some delicious recipes too!

We’ re starting with our Bahima wire storage baskets and some of Riverford’s mouth watering Beetroot Brownies.

Beetroot Brownies

Ingredients

250g dark chocolate, the higher the cocoa % the better
200g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
250g cooked beetroot.
3 eggs
1 drop vanilla extract
200g caster/fine white sugar
50g cocoa powder
50g rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g ground almonds
 
Method
 
Melt together chocolate and butter. Remove from heat.  Puree the cooked beetroot in food processor. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla and sugar, and mix until smooth.
Sift the cocoa, rice flour and baking powder and stir in the ground almonds. Stir chocolate into the beetroot mixture and then fold in the dry ingredients.
Use a baking parchment to line a rectangular tin. pour in the mixture and place in an oven preheated to 180c/gas mark 4. Bake for 30-35 mins, until just firm to the touch.
Do not over cook; a skewer inserted into the centre should come out slightly sticky.
Leave to cool and cut into squares. 
Our beautiful Indus bowls are hand made from sustainable mango wood and they look great filled with fruit a veg.  The following recipe is very easy and  a great winter warmer.
 
Butternut Squash Soup
 

Ingredients

1 large squash
2 large sweet potatoes
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
vegetable or chicken stock
coconut milk – if using
 

Method

Roast one whole squash and two large sweet pototoes until soft and gooey. In a sauce pan softly brown 1 red onion in butter and 2 loves of garlic. Add the slow roasted squash and sweet potato and pour over a good covering of chicken or vegetable stock.  Add some salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes.  Puree and serve with gratings of parmesan. For a smoother taste add some coconut milk.

Our Mango wood pizza boards are great for serving anti pasta and pizza’s as well as chinese gooseberries and artichokes! Our recycled glass domes add serious style to any table.  Here is another delicious Riverford recipe using globe artichokes, olive oil and potatoes.

Globe Artichokes with Potatoes

Method

Trim the base and remove the coarse outer leaves. Trim off the top third if they seem tough or your guests/family are fussy. Put in a baking tray and mix, rub and squeeze liberally with olive oil and salt and pepper to get the oil into the centre of the artichokes.

Roast for about one hour, turning occasionally, or until a sharp knife can be pushed into the side easily.

Combine with potatoes that have been cut to a similar size and roasted separately.

The cold nights provide the perfect excuse for staying in and cooking up some declious wholesome delights but the harvest doesn’t have to be all about food, our friends at award winning Heron Valley are busy harvesting apples to create their delicious cider and juices. They have kindly shared some of their delicious cocktail recipes (tried and tested!). Simply serve in one of our Dansi wine glasses.

Grown up cocktails
Hot mulled apple juice and cider
Make winter friskier with a hot mulled cider or apple juice on bonfire night, winter beach barbeques, Christmas Eve, or really anytime when you feel the need to wear woolly gloves and sing outside in the cold.

The Non alcoholic version – Mulled apple juice is ideal for children
Simple to make, the mulled apple juice requires you to only heat up a bottle or two of sweet apple juice and mix with  a mulling spice sachet.

Dam apple Martini

  • 25ml Plymouth Gin
  • 25ml Bramley and Gage Damson Liqueur
  • 35ml Heron Valley Sweet apple juice

Stir all ingredients together and strain into a martini glass

Enjoy!

Thanks to : Riverford Organic Farm  http://www.riverford.co.uk/ and  Heron Valley http://www.heronvalley.co.uk/index.html

 

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.