Ahead of his upcoming Organic September demo, Neil Forbes, chef director of Edinburgh’s Cafe St Honore, explores his love of organic produce
How much organic do you eat? Let’s be honest: it’s not always easy to buy 100 per cent organic, but this month the Soil Association is urging us on and offering loads of helpful tips with its Organic September campaign. I’m doing my bit to help spread the word, sharing three fantastic organic recipes in the Demo Kitchen at Borough Market on Friday 9th September.
Working with small-scale organic producers is a great way for me to connect with produce that is grown, bred and raised in my local community. And my sustainable approach to cooking is a huge part of why I look forward to cooking at Borough—it’s such a wonderful platform for me to share my philosophies with a wider audience. I strongly believe that buying locally and eating the seasons has a real impact on our lives and our diet.
It’s always such a joy to walk around the stalls, finding new things to try. It’s a truly inspiring haven of good food and it fills me with joy to be able to talk to the artisan producers and learn something new.
I will arrive early on the morning of my demo, giving me plenty of time to visit as many shops and stallholders as possible. I’ve will be choosing the freshest organic veg from Chegworth Valley to use in all three of my dishes, but I’m particularly excited to be sharing my recipe for squash, cinnamon, garlic and rosemary soup. It’s lovely and warming as the weather turns a bit cooler.
Next I’ll be stopping off at Neal’s Yard Dairy for some Keen’s cheddar to use in a simple savoury tart. And I’ll be heading to Rhug Farm for some organic lamb’s livers which I’m pairing with curly kale, fondant potatoes and salsa verde. Offal is a really affordable way to eat organic meat.
Live a better life
By making some small changes to what we buy, and by choosing organic, we can all eat and live a bit better. Even something simple like choosing organic tea, coffee and sugar can make a huge difference and help to ensure a better (and fairer) price for farmers. Plus, it’s satisfying to think there are no nasty insecticides or chemicals lurking in your daily cuppa.
You can take it a bit further and opt for organic milk too. It’s great for all the family, especially young ones who need omega 3 in their diet—a recent study suggests that organic milk contains 50 per cent more than conventional milk.
So use this September to discover some new organic ingredients. Pass the message on to others, and one day we can live in a GM, chemical and pesticide free world!
Join Neil for tips, tastings and recipes on Friday 9th September in the Market Hall, 12:30-2pm