Recipe: Apple, Cabbage & Caraway Sauerkraut

Making sauerkraut is much easier than many people think, it is basically just a mixture of finely chopped or grated vegetables mixed with salt (1-2% of the total weight of chopped vegetables) and then left to ferment. The sugar is optional, it will ferment without it, but I think it makes for a nicer kraut by rounding out the flavours a bit. It’s always good to have some hard, crunchy vegetables in the mix as they keep a bit of texture as they ferment, which is why crunchy white cabbage is so good. Continue reading

The Edible Flower: Three Years In

This weekend, on 26th July 2019, The Edible Flower became three years old. Yay! We’re still here, still standing and still smiling.

It’s become a tradition that on our Edible Flower anniversaries I publish a little financial summary of our business. It all started when, after our first year of business, I wrote this. It was surprisingly popular – despite containing graphs and a whole section on VAT!

I’m writing this at home, with our babies asleep upstairs, while Erin is out catering a wedding for 80 people. The highlight of the year was, of course, the birth of our two gorgeous twin girls, Forrest and Frida in October. However, I don’t think either of us have ever done anything as tricky as balancing running your own business and looking after babies. It’s so easy to feel like you’re doing both badly – all the time. And having enjoyed almost two years of running our business together, it’s also been incredibly hard to never have any time to work together. One of us is always working and the other looking after the babies. Or we try and do some work together while both looking after the twins – and the result is you do it all badly, or very very slowly.

Suddenly going from a family of two, to a family of four, puts pressure on the business to actually start making some money. And on that front, there is good news and bad news… Continue reading

Recipe: Mushroom, Rosemary & Pearl Barley Broth

I developed this recipe for a lovely couple who are getting married in Autumn 2018 and wanted a simple seasonal start the meal before a magnificent spread of sharing platters to be served as the main course. It reminds me of the beautiful broths we ate in Ukraine earlier in the year; there they are always finished with a dollop of smetana (a rich sour cream), so I’ve added some as a garnish to finish this dish. Sometimes a simple but delicious starter like this is the perfect complement to a dramatic and colourful main course. Continue reading

Nine tips for starting a supper club…

I think supper clubs are brilliant – for both the guests and the event organisers. The organisers curate a night, showcasing their favourite dishes in unusual venues and the guests get a one-off eating experience where the chef will generally be cooking and serving, as well as chatting about the food. It would be great if there were more supper clubs in Northern Ireland and beyond. Continue reading

The Story of a Supper Club

At the end of July 2018 we collaborated with curious cook and finder of weird and wonderful wild things to eat, Clare McQuillan (@claremcqq) for a Hedgerow Picnic Supper Club. We invited photographers Simon & Lorna (and their new little one Isla Mae – just a babe in arms) from Taca Works to capture the evening in images. They have created a magical ‘storyboard’ of the event and these are some of the images I want to share here. Continue reading

Two Years In – The True Cost of Food

This week, on the 26 July 2018, The Edible Flower is two years old. Happy Birthday to Us!

After the amazing response to last year’s “One Year In” blog, we thought we’d follow up a year later with something similar, though no VAT discussions in this one!….

To date, The Edible Flower has cooked 4,293 meals. We’ve bought and prepared £25,434 of ingredients (not including the many kilos of organic vegetables and salad we’ve grown). A big part of what we do is make decisions about what food we buy. Continue reading