Flora Shedden's first book 'Gatherings' makes a lovely hostess gift. With a broad collection of recipes and menu ideas, the book includes a mixture of modern dishes, staple snacks, salads and sides, bakes, and puddings perfect to end a feast with. Nothing overly involved or complicated, just tasty, wholesome and elegant plates of food, all including a short description by the author.
A gathering is an easy way of cooking and hosting. It means no pressure, no code of conduct, and everyone - cook included - can relax and enjoy themselves.
Choose from the chapters led by occasion or pick and choose from dishes such as Sloe Gin Braised Venison, Cocoa Nib Brownies and Redcurrant Pavlovas to put on a spread. There are menu ideas to show you how.
Mornings Quick & Slow | Menu idea: Autumnal brunch
Small Plates | Menu idea: Spring lunch
Food to Fling Together | Menu idea: Riverside picnic
Food to Take your Time About | Menu idea: Wandering weekends
Everything Baked | Menu idea: Summer garden party
Drinks & Other Things to Celebrate with | Menu idea: Winter party
Sweet Plates & Puds | Menu idea: Presents