The idea behind Gather & Feast was inspired by the multifaceted meanings of the words gather and feast. The gathering together of beautiful food, and also the gathering together of friends and loved ones. To feast, to celebrate, to share, to enjoy, to love.
I believe enjoying beautiful food with the people I love is one of life’s simple pleasures. Many of my fondest memories are from around the kitchen table; meaningful moments spent while sharing a meal with others. Whether it’s a quiet night in with friends where the hours pass over deep conversation and many moments of hilarity, or an extravagant Christmas lunch celebrating with extended family, these moments are treasured, and are almost always centered around food.
I also believe the environment in which we dine is often just as important as the food itself. The love and effort shown in creating a welcoming setting can often add real warmth and value to a gathering. It can be as simple as fresh foliage straight from your garden, music playing softly in the background as guests arrive, or scattered pillar candles to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Simple and meaningful. Beautiful, but low on fuss.
My aim through Gather & Feast is to share wholesome and nutritious recipes, using natural ingredients and fresh in-season produce. My hope is to encourage people to gather and feast with the ones they love in a fun and stress free way, and enable them to enjoy food that is visually pleasing as well as delicious and nutritious.
For my recipe I am sharing a not so typical classic apple tarte tatin. I’ve given this version a healthy makeover! The pastry is made with stone ground spelt flour, giving the tart a beautifully crumbly texture and slightly rustic flavour, while the honey and maple syrup provide sweetness without the need for refined sugars. It’s perfect served with crème fraiche, pure cream or natural yoghurt.