DAYLESFORD FARM’S TV DEBUT
If you’ve caught the very first episode of Saturday Farm on ITV1 (8:30am, every Saturday) you’ll have seen the brilliant environmentalist and chef Dick Strawbridge as he’s introduced to our beautiful organic farm at Daylesford, by our very own farmer Richard Smith – or “Daylesford’s Clooney” as he’s been referred to on our Instagram.
Richard takes Dick to meet our friendly Gloucester Old Spot pigs. We chose this pedigree breed for the farm, as they were bred locally to be compatible with the Cotswold terrain.
Historically, Gloucester Old Spots were kept in West Country cider orchards, enjoying windfall fruit and scraps from the nearest dairy – local folklore suggests that their spots are bruises from the falling fruit. Our own Daylesford cider made by Jez Taylor, our head gardener, is a delicious cooking ingredient as well as a favourite tipple on the farm – and it’s put to good use in one of the recipes in the show.
Dick’s charming son, chef and sustainable living expert, James Strawbridge is joining Dick on the farm until September. In the first episode he got stuck in with the start of our lambing season, and even helped with his first delivery of triplets.
The delicious seasonal recipes, using produce from our farm are cooked up by Dick and James in our Cookery School, which you can see on the Saturday Farm Facebook page.
Dick is shown around the market garden by Jez, and they pick purple sprouting broccoli for his Beef Olive made with Aberdeen Angus beef from our herds, followed by an Apple Cobbler.
James makes fantastic Potted Leeks, picked from our market garden, with Tarragon Flatbread.
Here’s another Spring recipe, this one from our Cookery School Tutor Steve Brown – Coronation Cauliflower with Mackerel.