By Benjamin Daniells Winter has come back with a vengeance this week. Many people believe that outdoor work grinds to a halt during the colder months. The phrase ‘put the garden to bed’ is one uttered all too often for my liking. Whilst the snow and frost blanket the garden it is our chance to … Continue reading TLC.
By Benjamin Daniells In the Black Swan garden there are three different types of plants. Some are workhorses, producing mountains of food whilst being taken entirely for granted. Others are a little more special, they produce unique flavours that we couldn’t find anywhere else. Finally, there a few with more charisma than all the others … Continue reading When life gives you (Oldstead) Lemons…
By Benjamin Daniells Knobbly, dense and flavourful, the Jerusalem Artichoke harvest is one of our largest of the year. Ranging from 3-10cm long and 3-5cm thick, with creamy white flesh, they are robust tubers with an embarrassment of names across the world, including sunchoke, earth apple and sunroot. Here at the Black Swan we endearingly … Continue reading Knobbly, Dense and Flavourful…
By Benjamin Daniells At The Black Swan, this brutish vegetable is as much a part of the family as Tommy himself. Spoke of with reverence and awe, you’ll often hear the team gushing about our favourite beetroot. We’ve even gave them a nickname. Craps. Our craps have featured in magazines across the world. Recently you … Continue reading The Meatroot
By Benjamin Daniells These fun little veg are related to the tomato fruit yet are definitely more of a savoury veg. Commonly used in salsa verde, we have instead elevated them from garden to glass status. After we’ve harvested the ripe ones, they head to the kitchen to be juiced before ending up in a … Continue reading Let’s chat Tomatillos.
By Benjamin Daniells It’s fair to say, that in the garden certain plants and their produce are more charismatic than others. Each season has it’s favourite. Autumn though is a time apart. There is an almost unparalleled bounty of produce in what is seemingly the last great push before the onslaught of winter. Squash and … Continue reading Apples.
By Benjamin Daniells One of our latest additions to the menu has been in the making for a few weeks and the whole team have been eager to get it on your plates. Amongst a few other delicious ingredients the dish involves the use of a very rare species, one known by many names. These … Continue reading ‘If it was known by the same name everywhere it might not be so rare’…
By Benjamin Daniells Sometimes you can’t compete with the wilder eats. If you were asked to eat something called Hogweed, without really knowing much about it, i’m sure most of us would raise a quizzical eyebrow. Even at The Black Swan, where the unknown and experimental is welcomed, this plant fails to induce intrigue. Hogs … Continue reading Hogweed…the best wild vegetable in the UK
By Benjamin Daniells I’ve recently been lucky enough to join the team at the Black Swan as part of their garden crew. Having visited as a guest for a meal with family, it was great to discover that the restaurant is as awe-inspiring from the inside as it is from the outside. The whole place … Continue reading The Next Chapter
The heatwave that recently swept the UK lead to a mixed response from the nation. Some say it was simply too hot and others say they’d like it to remain a steady 30° for the rest of summer. But how has such a huge change in weather effected our garden? Yorkshire Apricots! Well as you’d have … Continue reading GARDEN UPDATE- Bitter Sweet