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There’s a blaze of colour throughout the Forest of Dean at the moment. It’s autumn – perhaps one of the most beautiful times of year, with the red ochre of the turning beech leaves, and toadstools popping up cheekily through the leaf litter and moss on clear autumnal days.
So, we start carving our pumpkins, and getting goodies ready for the trick or treaters in order to celebrate this very special time of year.
31st October Halloween Celebration – More than just pumpkin
Needless to say, Yvette Farrell has a feast lined up on the 31st October with her Halloween Celebration. There will be plenty of ghoulish goings on, and the opportunity to experience the pumpkin (a versatile and colourful member of the squash family) in all its glory. However, it will be pumpkin as you’ve never experienced it before!
You may have tried pumpkin soup before, but Yvette will also be whipping up some pumpkin flatbreads (and if you’ve never tasted her Forest Flatbreads before, you’re missing out). They will be complemented by rich, gamey wild boar and venison meatballs. Creamed pumpkin nut burgers will also be on the menu, and they sound delicious as well. How about some roast pumpkin and rosemary roasted potatoes to accompany this? Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
If you have a sweet tooth, don’t worry! There will be chocolate and pumpkin pie and that traditional favourite – the good old toffee apple. You can wash it all down with Witches Brew, but what is this mysterious drink? Well, you’ll have to find out on the night.
The Supper Club: themed monthly Chef’s Table & Supper Club
The Halloween Celebration is just one of the monthly Supper Clubs held at Harts Barn Cookery School, with locally sourced drinks provided by the Saxon Cellar. Yvette invites you to sample eclectic cuisine and drinks each month, with an Indian night in November to ‘spice up your life’. December will bring a lavish festive feast which will be a twist on the original.
Crafty Christmas gift ideas
However, that’s not all. There’s a range of classes and activities running. Christmas is approaching; so make a date in your diary for the crafty Christmas gifts class on the 29th November, 10am to 1pm. It’s sure to be a jovial day of baking and jarring, so you can give thoughtful pressies with a personal touch this year.
In fact, there are tons of holiday activities on offer at Harts Barn. Kids can have fun and get messy in the kitchen. When your child comes back covered in chocolate, you know they’ve had a great time. You can find out more about kids stuff on Yvette’s site.
Have a go at butchery: it’s not that offal
One of the most exciting classes coming up is an opportunity to learn some basic butchery and how to make the most of offal. In modern times, people have become somewhat disconnected from the source of their meat and shun foods such as liver and kidney. Nevertheless, there’s really no need to be squeamish, as offal has a wonderfully rich taste. There would be no pâté or faggots without it – quelle horreur! Naturally, there are also huge nutritional benefits. Organ meats are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals that are often found lacking in a typical modern diet.
Christmas baked goodies
Get ready for the solstice and festive period with classes where you can unleash your creativity and learn how to make delicious Christmas breads and other baked treats. See the schedule for yourself here.
Bespoke classes, special occasions & your very own personal chef!
Perhaps you’ve come up with a great idea of your own and you’re stuck for a class or venue? Not a problem, just get in touch with Yvette to arrange bespoke activities. These make fabulous birthday presents and they’re perfect for hen parties and other special occasions too. Of course, you might just want a one-to-one cookery class.
‘Hire a Chef’ is one of the latest offerings from Harts Barn Cookery School. They can come to you and, let’s face it, who hasn’t wished that they had a personal chef at some point in their lives? You can choose from a range of themes including traditional British fare, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Mexican and Chinese menus. The chefs use local ingredients wherever possible and can supply the very best cider, perry, beers and wine from local producers.
Meanwhile, if you’re stuck for ideas, or fancy trying something new, check out the splendid range of recipes on the Harts Barn website. Yvette has a talent for combining unexpected flavours and textures with local unadulterated ingredients, to create food that can only be described as delicious.
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