Fifteen years ago, Englishman Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, embarked on an experiment in sustainability and self-sufficiency. He moved to a cottage on a small land-holding in Dorset and set about learning how to grow his own produce, raise livestock and become part of a community where sharing not only knowledge, but the fruits of farm labour, were an important part of life.
The resulting TV series, ESCAPE TO RIVER COTTAGE – and more than a dozen series since – has served as an inspiration to the aspirations of viewers who want to embrace a simpler, healthier life. Far more than cooking shows, the programs have encouraged interest and debate about the importance of local and seasonal produce, and the broader issues of sustainable agriculture and fishing on a global scale.
Here’s your chance to win some of his latest, including BEYOND RIVER COTTAGE, recent local hit, RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA, and the practical new cooking tips program, RIVER COTTAGE, HUGH’S THREE GOOD THINGS.
Beyond River Cottage focuses on good, honest food and the local community. Whether foraging for mushrooms in the English countryside via paraglider, creating the ultimate ‘10-bird’ stuffed roast or finding new tripe recipes, you can be sure there’ll always be some jolly good hearty fare presented that inevitably involves a celebratory tipple, often home made. The local herb, meat and smoking experts and the beautiful filming make Beyond River Cottage a series that I want to watch again & again.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall perfectly describes his 3 Good Things series as “Creating dishes greater than the sum of three parts”. Hugh pits his cooking skills against gun chefs in five-day battles of fiercely competitive cooking where one ingredient is fixed for each dish and two other ingredients are chosen, with an expert judging the simple, gourmet fare. The fresh cooking tips, rustic set design, astounding food combinations and ideas on how to use parts of fresh foods that are often discarded make 3 Good Things the ultimate feel-good show, will save you both time and money and after watching the 'all-new-Hugh', one can’t help notice that the crumpet-factor in the River Cottage kitchen has increased considerably.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has passed the River Cottage Australia gumboots to Paul West, a chef and grower who grew up in The Hunter Valley and has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and permaculture. Paul, accompanied by Digger his border collie cross, sets up the River Cottage down under farm at Tilba, Southern NSW guided by Hugh, local characters and experts. Tilba means Wind in the local Aboriginal language and the blowy conditions certainly prove vexing for Paul as it wreaks havoc on the new plants. In Pauls quest for sustainability, overcoming obstacles with Aussie ingenuity, hard work and determination pays off and of course it wouldn’t be River Cottage without a contest and Paul takes on the local community in a cake baking competition and an oyster shucking contest. This series is yet another winner from the River Cottage team and will soon have you dreamily browsing rural properties for sale, installing a chicken coop in the back yard or wishing for a simpler, more sustainable life with emphasis on the goodness in healthy homegrown food and the goodness of a great local community.
Love the show!! Particularly given its not just a cooking show and the hints and tips are awesome
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