26 October 2016
It was my lovely friend Molly’s Hen-Do last week, so five of us ventured up to Gloucestershire to celebrate at the mesmerising Daylesford Farm.
A two hour drive from London, Daylesford farm feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle; A healthy haven with vegetables everywhere you look. I’ve always loved the Daylesford shops in London, but their farm takes it to a whole other level.
Pulling into the drive it’s as picturesque as you could possibly imagine: Pumpkin decorations everywhere, beautiful outside seating and chic-caravans painted in their classic duck egg blue. We walked through the Farm Shop (the most luxurious farm shop I’ve ever seen), through the restaurant and into the cookery school where we planned to spend the day. It just so happened they had a Gluten, Dairy & Sugar free cooking class on that day, which couldn’t have been better suited for us! We put our aprons on, downed an almond milk latte and got cooking! It was so lovely being in someone else’s kitchen for a change, cooking for no other reason than just a bit of fun. It completely re-ignited my love for what I do.
We made all sorts of incredible dishes, my favourite being a tart with Avocado cream, roasted butternut squash, caramelised onions, sliced apple and a kale pesto. Insanely moorish!
At midday the chef took us on a tour of the Daylesford grounds, going into tents of freshly harvested ingredients. All too picturesque!
After a long day of cooking we took our very full bellies back to a cottage we’d rented for the night. Opening the door to the “Wood Barn” I stepped into my dream home. Every single room in the cottage was beautifully built, using outside inspiration for stunning interiors. Brick, wood and marble goals… let me tell you!
I’d planned to cook a dinner for everybody, so we ventured out to explore the Daylesford grounds, to try and find our appetite. It was the perfect evening, a rainbow behind me and a sunset in front. I lost the girls while I looked through my lens, taking a billion pictures of the same thing. It was breathtaking.
For dinner my sis Sadie and I made the Lentil Cottage Pie from my CookBook – we were staying in a little cottage after all. I brought my favourite chocolate cake from the blog which we then cut into a rather interesting shape…. It was a hen do after all.
If you want the recipe for this Vegan, Gluten Free & Refined sugar free chocolate cake it’s in my cookbook… Just shaped slightly differently!
The next day before heading back into town we all had brunch at Daylesford’s Cafe. I had Avocado & Pea Toast with a poached egg. The perfect way to end a trip away.
Until next time Daylesford, I’ll be back.