The famous Puy lentIL
The famous Puy lentil…
Venture to south central France and much like myself, you’ll be seduced by the rural beauty of this historical and well renowned area of France that farms the much loved and proudly celebrated green Puy lentil.
Upon arrival we explore the medieval town of Le Puy-en-Velay where within the surrounding areas lentils have been grown for over 2000 years. It is said they reap many a gastronomical benefit from the terrain in which they are grown. We are informed of Le Puy-en-Velays rich history; from when it once existed completely under water (many millions years ago) to it’s slightly more recent existence where it played host to numerous volcanoes which have left the soil mineral rich and is said to contribute to the peppery notes of the Puy lentil.
Merchant Gourmet curated a whistle-stop trip that allowed us to follow the Puy lentil’s journey from field to harvest to factory and most importantly; to the plate!
Who knew Puy lentils grew so delicately like this??
A labour intensive process is carried out by the 7thgeneration of the family run Sabarot factory. Here they also produce and pack a variety of other locally grown pulses, French snails and mushrooms. We explore this process on our tour of the factory (wrapped up in head to toe red netting!!)
The best part of the day of course had to be the sampling of Merchant Gourmet’s Puy lentils and it’s fair to say they didn’t hold back here! We head out just as the sun begins to set to one of the very fields the lentils are grown in for a four course, all lentil (yes it’s possible) feast!
We start with an amuse bouche of lentil and cream gazpacho. Earthy, rich and luxuriously indulgent. This was followed by a local cured Gravlax served on a lentil flour blini with sprouted lentils. A celebrated classic with a local lentil twist. For main course (and how could they not) a traditional Puy-en-Velay black lamb confit with lentil tagine. This was of course totally incredible and it was great to sample a traditional and region specific recipe. To finish this delicious feast a lentil flour shortbread cookie with split red lentil jam arrived adorned with edible flowers. This distinctly flavoured dish was as pretty as a picture. So inventive, all utterly delicious and all served within the very fields they’re farmed.
Puy lentil, confit garlic, coriander and melon
Feeds – 4-6
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 1hr
confit garlic –
3 heads of garlic – peeled
250-300g olive oil – just enough to cover the garlic
300g cooked Merchant Gourmet Puy lentil
½ Cantaloupe melon – finely sliced
1 red onion – finely sliced into rings
4tbsp of caper berries
2 limes – zested, sliced and juiced
1 green chilli – finely sliced
small bunch of coriander – ends trimmed
generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes
several turns of freshly ground black pepper
several good glugs of confit garlic oil plus 2 tbsp on confit garlic
Begin by making your confit garlic. I like to batch make this in bulk and keep it in a jar to use at will.
Peel each of your garlic cloves then place them in a saucepan and cover with oil. Place over a medium heat and bring almost to boil then turn the temperature down to the lowest heat and allow to simmer for around an hour or until the cloves are soft but not mushy. Allow to cool a little then transfer the cloves and oil to a sterilised jar and store until ready to use.
Prepare all remaining ingredients then begin by combining the Puy lentils and confit garlic (both oil and garlic). Add a little seasoning then scatter the Puy lentils across the base of your serving platter and add on top all the remaining ingredients. Finish with lime zest, seasoning, extra coriander, chilli and little extra drizzle for the confit garlic oil. Serve immediately
Summer Cookery Classes
I’m so excited to finally (after a gruelling renovation that ran waaaay over) be able to open up our home and invite you to come and cook, share our kitchen, feast on everything we make and meet like-minded people in the process.
This summer I’ll be hosting intimate cookery classes that will be available for private sessions and in groups of up to 8 people. I’ll be teaching you everything from the kitchen basics to my favourite tips, tricks and hacks for quick, fuss free cooking.
I’ll also take you through various ways to style your dishes and create the most impressive feasts good enough to share and absolutely good enough to impress. We may even take a snap or two.
Once we’ve cooked and styled an assortment of dishes, we’ll sit down and dine together. A little tipple will be included as will recipe booklets so you can recreate these dishes time and time again.
Summer Midweek Meal Reset– (1 meat dish, 1 fish dish and 2 vegetarian dishes, 1 vegan dish)
Here I’ll teach you five dishes that will become your ultimate go to classics. Out with the old and in with the new with vibrant, quick, doable dishes that will make dinnertime exciting all over again. Cost and time conscious, these dishes will be balanced, seasonal and packed full of flavour; perfect for those quick mid-week meals.
Head HERE to book
Also for the hosts and entertainers;
Dinner Party Pro– (3 dishes plus styling, table setting and hosting hacks)
Become the hostess with the mostest as I take you through my three-course menu for entertaining guests. We’ll learn all about the importance of preparation. We’ll cook, style the food, set the table and serve up a feast to dine together. Here I’ll share how to be the most seamless and stress-free host. You’ll leave the class full of confidence and with the tools needed to host the perfect dinner party.
Head HERE to book
All classes will be using brand new (& incredible) Miele steam ovens, induction and gas hobs.
Keep an eye on my blog for information on future classes and dates.
Mushroom & Gruyère Cannelloni
Full disclosure: This isn’t your traditional Italian style cannelloni. I’ve swapped out Parmesan for a sweeter and softer Gruyère adding a slight French twist to this meat-free pasta dish.
My go-to meal is more often than not pasta. If I’m craving comfort food; pasta always works. If I’m craving light, summer greens, I’ll add them to pasta with plenty of zest. If it’s a hearty meal I’m in need of then I’ll cook up a sauce all day long and laden it with Parmesan.
I’m most excited when I can feed pasta to a crowd. When I’m creating a feast for friends or family then this kind of dish really ticks all the boxes. You can make this in advance and double the quantities to feed a table of ten comfortably by simply reheating in the oven and serving with a vibrant, zesty salad or with chilli spiked greens. These are my go to dishes that without fail please a crowd or feed a household.
This dish really is all about the mushrooms. The better the mushroom the richer and more flavoursome the dish. Here I’ve combined two Sainsbury’s products, the first being Sainsbury’s super mushrooms which pleasingly arrive packaged in easily recyclable cardboard and are enriched with Vitamin D and B12. The other is their dried mushroom mix, which helps add an even earthier, richer mushroom note to the dish. It’s absolutely worth putting in the time with this recipe (I even went as far as making my own cannelloni on this occasion). It’s light but indulgent and best of all, good enough to make you not miss the meat!
This recipe is in collaboration with Sainsbury’s.
head HERE for the recipe
introducing interior designers: studio clement
super excited to share the mood-board studio clement worked on to turn my house into my dream home! they have gone above and beyond my brief and i cant wait to see and live in the finishing touches… everything from the staircase (I mean how amazing is that, it includes a bookshelf!!!) to the tiled and oak wood flooring to the lime wash paint… feeling very lucky right now!
how beautiful are these colours? i will be spending a lot longer in the bath with a view like this! i will be sharing the links to the products and brands i have used as well as short videos of the live renovations; just incase you are in need of some interior tips or inspiration.
In the words of studio clement:
CREATING A HOME FOR YOURSELF IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY EXPRESS WHO YOU ARE. WE LOVE GETTING TO KNOW OUR CLIENTS AND HELPING THEM TO TRANSLATE THEIR PERSONAL STYLE INTO THEIR HOMES. OUR WORK IS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR WANTS, DESIRES AND NEEDS, ALL OF WHICH PLAYS A ROLE IN THE CHOICES WE MAKE WHEN DESIGNING.
AT THE HEART OF EVERY GREAT DESIGN IS A WELL THOUGHT OUT LAYOUT; THIS IS ALWAYS OUR STARTING POINT. WE THEN CREATE MOOD-BOARDS FOR EACH SPACE TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE BUILDING AND OUR CLIENTS WANTS AND NEEDS, THEN WE LAYER ON FINISHES.
IF YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER OUR ADVICE WOULD BE: BE BOLD, DON’T BE AFRAID AND MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN... OUR JOB IS TO DO ALL THE HARD WORK BEHIND THE SCENES FOR YOU.'
don’t forget to check out their instagram: @studioclemenT, i definitely recommend their magical touch! they are the dream team.
I will be working with them in the future so will continue to share all our collaborations. watch this space!
London by the weekend journals
‘LONDON BY WEEKEND JOURNALS’ IS AN EXCITING AND BEAUTIFULLY-CURATED ADDITION TO THE WEEKEND JOURNALS COLLECTION OF GUIDE BOOKS. EXPECT THE INSIDE SCOOP ON WHERE TO EAT, SLEEP AND SHOP ACROSS THE CITY. THE INFORMED AND AESTHETICALLY LED GUIDE IS PEPPERED WITH ENTICING IMAGERY OF THE CITY, JUST IN CASE YOU WEREN’T ALREADY CONVINCED! PRODUCED BY THREE LONDONERS, IT IS BOTH FOR LONDONERS AND THOSE BEYOND. THIS BOOK REALLY IS A CELEBRATION OF A DIVERSE, BUSTLING AND THRIVING CITY AND ONE THAT’S WELL WORTH EXPLORING.
WHAT CURRENTLY EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT LONDON?
I TRAVEL A LOT SO A WEEKEND IN LONDON IS A RARE TREAT. WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE SO MUCH FREE ART AND CULTURE AVAILABLE TO US AND SOMEWHERE LIKE THE WALLACE COLLECTION ALWAYS DELIGHTS AND SURPRISES ME. FOR MY WORK I CRAVE TRIPS TO ALL THE NEW RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND HOTELS, BUT ON A WEEKEND OFF I FIND MYSELF RETURNING TO FAMILIAR FAVOURITES; A SUNDAY AT COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT THE MARKSMAN IS PRETTY MUCH MY PERFECT DAY OUT IN THE CAPITAL.
WHERE CAN WE GET A COPY?
THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE FROM OUR WEBSITE (WEEKENDJOURNALS.CO.UK) FROM THE 12TH OF NOVEMBER AND CAN BE SHIPPED WORLDWIDE. IT’S ALSO STOCKED IN SHOPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY (INCLUDING DAUNT BOOKS, SELFRIDGES, FORTNUM & MASON AND CONRAN SHOPS) AND FURTHER AFIELD IN FIFTEEN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
CELEBRITY EDGE LAUNCHES
Celebrity Cruises launched Celebrity Edge
Three years in the making and Celebrity Cruises launches its highly anticipated ship; Celebrity Edge. The latest addition to their fleet of ships comes with a plethora of well known architects and designers attached to it. Bringing cruising, it’s amenities and aesthetics very much into the 21stcentury!
To celebrate the launch of this gargantuan project the team at Celebrity enlist the brilliant, brave and pioneering nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai to be the godmother of Edge. The dramatic and action packed naming ceremony brings together Malala and Grammy nominated Andra Day to celebrate and mark the occasion. Various blessings over the ship are made, the traditional smashing of the champagne bottle across the ship's Parabolic Ultra Bowis swapped out for a 18 litre bottle of Badoit…there’s much talk about equality, women hired on board and equal opportunities which Celebrity very much champion; over 30% of their workforce, including 3 of their captains are female and they look to continue to expand on this. They currently hire 50% more females than any other cruise-ship company!
As for the ship…After many images, 3D design mock ups and much text around the plans and overall style of Edge, there’s a keen gaggle of press waiting to explore. We’re let lose, all desperate to see the Kelly Hoppen designed infinity style suites that take your eye from the bed directly to the ocean and in certain suites via you’re very own veranda and personal hot tub! These suites, some spanning across two stories are plush, minimalist and nothing like what you might imagine your average cruise ship to look like. In fact that could be said across the board for this very modern ship. Kelly brings a classic sense of timeless style to these luxury suites. From maximising the ocean views, bringing as much light into the spaces as possible to the finer details within. Think marbles bathrooms, full size bath tubs, open plan living rooms that make this feel more like a New York apartment than a suite! This is a job very well done! Kelly Hoppen is also responsible for the design and styling of the outdoor space reserved for the top tier guests. Again muted tones of grey adorn this space, with a constant focus on vistas, space and calm, this oasis offers a small pool, complete with hanging chairs for those extra hot days and Caribbean cruises!
The absolute wow factor does however lie with the ‘magic carpet’, I know I will have mentioned this previously but I couldn’t provide commentary of the ship without revisiting this having now seen it for myself! The floating bar/restaurant, travels up and down all 15 levels of the ship. It’s bonkers and amazing! The sense of space and something special within this glass appendage has the ultimate wow factor. We sip cocktails while taking in the ocean views and in all honesty feel the excitement the architects who dreamt this up intended. What’s great is that the ‘magic carpet’ will provide additional space for the numerous restaurants across all the levels and will reside at a different restaurant each day of the cruise. The sense of variety is enormous, there’s bundles to explore and it really took us a while to get our bearings! From the theatre through to the enormous all day buffet, via the spa, shops, all day French bistro, don’t leave without trying the breads and pastries…to both the indoor and outdoor pool, table tennis, running track…it’s all been covered!
I should also mention how brilliant and revamped the staterooms are. Where balconies used to be accessed through double doors, with minimal privacy your balcony is now part of your room, with an entire floor to ceiling window that lowers half way down. The entire wall of glass brings light and a sense of space into these rooms, a sofa, dressing table, wardrobe and a more than generous enough bathroom a part of the package. The sense of luxury hasn’t been bypassed and these calm havens with a new approach to the classic ocean view is a brilliant addition.
Edge has been designed for the millennial explorer, both aesthetically and by going above and beyond with its experiential offering. Dining throughout the ship is varied, acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola transforms the restaurants into unique and exciting spaces.
I have to give special mention to Sushi On 5 as this really was the most incredible meal we had during our very brief stay. Japanese chef Yoshikazu Okada heads up this restaurant and brings with him an incredible breadth of experience, not to mention fresh wasabi root…we were utterly spoilt for choice and in fact just spoilt, wine pairings were also more than spot on, had we had more time we would have sampled both the vodka and champagne pairing too.
Ultimately there was just not enough time to get round everything, (our brief stop off at the martini bar was a great choice) but I’d need a good week or two to really get explore and make the most of it all, so many restaurants to sample, bars to kick back at and pools to swim in and that’s before you add in arriving at brilliant locations! I’m sure Edge will be a huge success, it’s an exciting time for Celebrity!
getting ready for the festive season with habitat
Gingerbread cheesecake with spiced nutmeg caramel
Feeds – 6-8, Preparation time – 25 minutes, Cooking Time – 1.15 hrs
Candy cane white Russian
PREPARING FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON... WITH HABITAT
With only weeks to go until Christmas day, the preparations and the dinner parties begin... I have teamed up with Habitat to create the perfect dinner party menu.
Whats your favourite Christmas dish? For inspiration, don't forget to check out my Winter recipes on my website!
ULTIMATE BRUNCH RECIPE
Panettone waffles with creme anglaise and drunken apricots
A trip to cornwall with the weekend journals
wishing we were back in Cornwall @scarlethotel which is a stone throw from the most incredible stretch of coastline. How I have not discovered this part of the country until now? England is full of hidden gems…
One hundred percent wishing I was still @chapelhousepz in Penzance, firstly because it’s so stunning, immaculately designed and brimming with art and antiques but secondly because it’s a stone throw from the jubilee pool.
Exploring the west side of Cornwall with @weekendjournals & @masseytravelhas been a complete dream and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! From staying at the incredible eco hotel @scarlethotel that has the most stunning ocean views and al fresco hot tubs to enjoy them, to the most incredible Italian restaurant @_appletons set in amongst stunning vineyards via the Gunard’s head for hearty gastro pub style food championing of course local produce; we’ve been entirely spoilt. I couldn’t recommend this part of the world enough!
exploring west Cornwall, picking out some of the best hotels and restaurants all recommended in the beautiful Weekend Journals guide book. We’ve had the best weather possible, clear blue skies, which have made walks on the beach, hot tubbing (with crazy vistas) and outdoor eating all the more enjoyable.
Click to view the weekend journals and buy your copy
restaurant of the week: cecconis, redchurch street, shoreditch
Head here to book your table at the fabulous cecconis
A night to enjoy with friends over gigantic shared bowls of pasta, burrata to die for and delicious wine to wash it all down…
not forgetting the most indulgent delicacy of the night; creamy chocolate covered Profiteroles that will have you craving for more all evening…
CONSCIENCE-FREE SHOPPING at one small shop
Tell us all the best bits about One Small Shop?
One Small Shop is sustainable shopping without sacrificing quality or luxury. I started the shop because I wanted to buy better but I still love nice things. We stock amazing brands who make really cool products in an ethical way. I check all the labels so you don’t have to.
I’ve got a new obsession with brands who make things out of waste. Having a gorgeous bag made out of something that would have ended up in landfill is really exciting to me. We’ve got bags made out of tyres, firehoses and old ppe workwear.
Everything we stock is vegan and cruelty-free and the skincare is all handmade in small batches using only the most natural ingredients.
2. Who should shop here?
Anyone who is trying to shop a bit more consciously. To me sustainable shopping should cover 4 areas – animal welfare, planet friendly, workers rights and customers. It should be exciting and good for you not hard and expensive. I want to make sustainable shopping easy and fun. I also want to make it accessible and our products start from £2.50.
3. 5 top tips towards more sustainable shopping?
Shop small and local whenever possible. If it needs to be posted from the other side of the world then is it really the best option?
If you’re unsure about something ask the brand – most shops will be more than happy to chat about how their items are made and if they’re not you need to wonder why. This is also a great way to make big brands more transparent
Buy less - bad advice from a shopkeeper but it’s definitely the easiest way to be more sustainable. Use magazines and social media as inspiration to have fun with what you already have rather than as a shopping must have list.
Check packaging – if it’s plastic is it recycled? Is it biodegradable or compostable and can it be recycled easily? Tell the brand if you’re unhappy with too much unnecessary packaging. I can’t believe some shops sell bamboo toothbrushes in plastic wrapping.
Don’t worry about being instagram perfect all the time – use what you already have - I have shampoo in an old water bottle in my bathroom.
4. 5 of your favourite things to gift from OSS?
I’m obsessed with Woron Underwear. Their new organic cotton range is designed with more coverage so perfect for women who never thought they could wear a soft bra. It’s all so pretty too – designed by women for women.
Swedish Stockings have the best tights and socks and they are made from 90-97% recycled materials. My new favourites are the Alma Ribbed and the Emma Leopard tights are a great way to touch on this Autumn’s trend for animal prints
I always have a Wax and Wick candle burning and they are perfect for autumn. The containers are recycled wine bottles which I love. They have 2 ingredients - essential oils and soy wax which gives them a much cleaner and slower burn - around 45 hours. Try to avoid paraffin wax in candles - you’ll be surprised by how many of the expensive brands still use it.
Mini StiTches are a gorgeous kids-wear brand and I really want this dress in my size. They are made by a charity in Tower Hamlets who work with women facing multiple disadvantage. I went to a workshop with them and they taught me how to make a top. It was amazing to see the amount of care that goes into every single item. I was so slow but they were so nice and kept blaming the machine every time I made a mistake.
No Ordinary Youth moisturiser is a lovely light day cream, the whole range is gorgeous and really balancing for your skin – perfect for skin dealing with changeable weather and central heating. Who doesn’t want No Ordinary Youth!
Our new soaps By Juliette are handmade in Hastings in small batches. Juliette is teaching me how to make soaps and skincare and her studio smells amazing with herbal and flower infusions everywhere. The packaging is plastic free and biodegradable and they’re available packaging free when I’m at the markets
5. Where can i find you?
Online at www.onesmallshop.com and every other Saturday and Sunday at Hackney Downs Vegan Market - you’ll get the best food there too. We’re on instagram too - @one_small_shop
Use the discount code ANNABARNETT at checkout to get 15% discount