Great Dixter Press Day
On a crisp January morning, press, buyers and the Phaidon team travelled to Great Dixter – the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. The sun greeted us as the train pulled into Etchingham and remained with us throughout the day. The event was all in celebration of the forthcoming publication of The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden which shares the great joys of growing your own fruit and veg with seventy delicious and seasonal recipes from the kitchen garden.
Dixter was home to Christopher Lloyd, the revered gardener and writer who grew up in the house and believed the best way to celebrate home-grown seasonal produce was with honest, simple cooking. Aaron Bertelsen, author of the cookbook and vegetable gardener-cook at Great Dixter today greeted us upon arrival in the Yeoman’s hall. Aaron gave a tour of the house and magical gardens – bringing to life the methods by which this house has flourished over the years.
Needing to warm up after the tour of the gardens, we were seated in the Great Hall to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Aaron and his team. We were served winter vegetable soup, leek and stilton tarts with a wintery salad, cheese, home-made bread and a beautiful apple crumble with lashings of cream to finish. We all took home a slice of the infamous Dixter fruit cake laden with fruit and glugs of alcohol.
Thank you to Aaron and his team for hosting such a wonderful event – the Phaidon team, the press and buyers all went home with a little bit of magic from the wonderful Great Dixter.
The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden by Aaron Bertelsen is published on the 20th March 2017