You won’t be surprised to know we live and breathe food here. October has been very much the month of two halves. At the beginning of the month we had a rare few days of warmth that went hand in hand with our first Whole Foods course with festival Buddha Bowl guru David Bailey and now at the other end of the month a beautiful mist hangs over the fields surrounding Catton Hall, game season is in full swing and there are even hushed mumblings of a festive season approaching.

Cheesecake Brownies for Macmillan

 

Making cheesecake brownies

We ended September with our first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning. We were bowled over with how many of you came to visit and we raised a staggering £504 for Macmillan Cancer Support. A huge thank you for everyone who came along.

If you were unlucky enough to miss a piece of our cheesecake brownies you can find the recipe here.

Claire Hutchings in Mallorca

 

Mallorcan pasta

 

We go to great lengths to find the best food and inspiration for our courses. Clare, founder of Seasoned, popped over to Mallorca earlier in October for a pre-meeting with Masterchef finalist – Claire Hutchings ready for her pop-up with us in December. The menu has now been released and there are a few spaces left. Catch them quick because it’s usually a sell out.

To see the menu and book a place on our Evening with Claire Hutchings visit our main website.

 

The Boot, Repton

 

the-boot-repton-pudding

Big congratulations to The Boot, Repton for winning Pub of the Year in AA Hospitality awards. After remaining derelict it reopened 2 years ago and has gone from strength to strength and is a favourite of the Seasoned team. Clare ate the most stunning dessert there a few weeks ago and we’re bound to return soon.

Prize winning cake

 

winning-chocolate-banana-walnut-cake

 

Did you know we have a star baker on our team? Jules entered the Swadlincote Waste Less Save More Community Bake Off in partnership with Sainsburys. Her Chocolate Banana and Walnut Loaf won her not only best cake with fruit but also best in show. None of the cake made it back to the Seasoned office as it was auctioned off for charity.

Want to be a star baker? Join us on one of our baking courses.

 

Hazelnut Butter Powerballs

meridian hazlenut butter

 

Sometimes we all need a bit of a pick-up mid afternoon and powerballs are the healthy answer. Our friends at Meridian foods sent us a box of their nut butters to try so inspired by the whole foods course earlier this month we’ve been playing around with different power ball recipes.

I think the hazelnut butter and cacao nib balls have to be the favourite combination so far. As Jules, Clare and Beth can testify they can sometimes be a bit too morish.

 

Misty sunrise from Seasoned HQ

 

Now on to November where we’ll be discovering the delights of patisserie with Will Torrent, heading to London to unearth new foodie haunts and even starting on some Christmas baking.

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