On the road with Boden – Part One

P1030319As some of you may have seen, I recently went on a mini adventure with Boden as part of a press trip down to Dorset. We had the most beautiful weather and packed so much in that I’d thought I’d split it into two parts (read: everything was so photogenic that I couldn’t stop snapping). So I hope you’ll forgive me the picture-heavy posts.River Cottage flowers cottage garden Freshly picked redcurrants River Cottage veg

On day one we went to River Cottage, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s cookery school. We started out with a lovely walk around the kitchen garden, from which the majority of fresh ingredients are taken as well as a visit to see the pigs (so nice, it was nearly enough to turn me veggie – I swear one of them was smiling at us!).Pigwild flowers

Kat got the cream saddleback pig Then we got started with the cooking. I’ve always wanted to try making my own bread (Greig is usually the baker in our house) and eventually I got the hang of kneading and produced a couple of loaves that at least looked the part. Of course, drinking tea while waiting for your dough to prove is the tricky bit.River cottage kitchen River Cottage bread making tea break

baking breadWhile our loaves were in the oven we were treated to the most beautiful al fresco lunch (just look at that table!). Blue skies, crisp white tablecloths, wild flowers and freshly picked, delicious ingredients – it felt like I was on holiday. And we got to eat some of our own  homemade bread with it all.eating al fresco P1030379 P1030336 P1030378

In the afternoon, we learned how to make canapes and sloe gin cocktails – well this was all about Christmas in July you see. It sounds incongruous with the sun beating down, but they were so delicious I have tucked my recipes away ready to bring them out in December (especially as I’ve just offered to host my mum and dad this year).River cottage cookery classThe folks at River Cottage are a great bunch; really fun and of course passionate about what they do. I’m not the most confident cook but chef Andy (you might recognise him off the telly) was very patient considering he was surrounded by a gaggle of journalists and bloggers (who wanted to snap and Instagram everything). Even the lovely Hugh popped his head around the door at one point to say hello.

IMG_0316 IMG_0324 IMG_0329Armed with our loaves and a signed copy of Hugh’s new book, Fruit, we made our way back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Honestly, we hardly stopped eating on this trip. Not that I’m complaining: it was foodie heaven. Pre-dinner champagne in the bar certainly got me back into the Christmas theme as we previewed all the new Boden A/W 14 sparkly party wear and cute, cosy accessories.

Boden christmas accessories Boden christmas party clothes Boden party shoes Boden aw 14 collection Boden christmas 2014Apparently Boden’s new season collection is launching next week so stand by if you’re in the mood for something new (you can check out my previous post from the Boden A/W14 press day for a shuftie of what’s in store).

Come back tomorrow for part two of my Boden adventure when I’ll be sharing some photos of our visit to the beautiful Mapperton Gardens, flower arranging with The British Flower School, not to mention a country walk with Johnnie Boden himself!

Bye for now.




laura //

I love anything with sequins, and the idea of a rustic weekend looks fab! Hope you had a great time.

laura redburn //

i’ve been so looking forward to seeing photos from this! looks like you had a marvellous time – looks like something you’ll never forget.

dawnb //

Aww that looks like a lovely trip, great photos, I love that pig! My Mr is the bread maker in our house too, I’m much better with cookies 🙂 looking forward to your next post 🙂 x

Adele @ Circus Queen //

What a lovely event! This is not a post for me to be reading before eating my supper! No apologies for being picture heavy. I love seeing them all. I’m really nosy, especially when it comes to food and clothes!

Elizabeth Holdsworth //

Well, with this and your other Boden post, I am quite surprised that I am not totally GREEN with envy. Bread making at River Cottage? Cocktails and sequins? Canapes? And even HUGH came to say hello?
Living the dream, absolutely…

Love your photos, and I’m very tempted by a spot of shopping now (clever Boden) – especially those fab cropped print trousers I saw you wearing… X

Candy Pop //

Lovely, lovely, lovely, and I loved being your cooking buddy – even if we were the ones doing a bad job at the back of class! 😉

Michelle //

What a delightful trip! I’ve sat down to read your Boden posts with a packet of crisps, chocolate bar and a banana, but now all I want to eat is crusty bread!
Plus, I know what you mean about that pig, he’s definitely smiling!
Right, I’m off to read the next instalment….

Mich x

SJ //

Ooh, exciting! We have a River Cottage restaurant in Bristol that I’ve been meaning to try for ages. Looks like it was a fun trip. I’ve never made bread before but I tried making pizza dough for the first time last week and it was so simple – definitely going to have to try it again soon 🙂


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