JANUARY'S a proper winter month, without December's distracting festivities and February's battle against the gloom and dispondency. It's the month to ask yourself what really thrills you from the winter repertoire. It's a good time to make creative space for any number of under-valued winter vegetables. Think particularly of winter roots. Secret sprout lover? Now's the time to indulge your passion. Treat yourself to one of those classic carnivorous comfort dishes with bones to gnaw at such as oxtail stew, braised lamb shanks or shin of beef. Scrumptious recipes below. Just the type of servings craved by Hugh's Three Hungry Boys, who continue their energyshare-inspired adventure on Channel 4 this coming Sunday. Watch the trailer and set your reminders. The trio will be on hand to chat about their time with Daisy at our Get Growing in Spring event in March. They'll join the River Cottage gang off the telly for a fantastic weekend of family fun here at Park Farm, where the TV series is filmed. Tickets are only £14.50 while Under-12s go free. And don't forget Valentine's Day is less than a month away - head chefs Gill, Tim and Joe and their amazing teams are putting their passion for fine dining into their Valentine's feasts. With two engagements and a string of beautiful weddings at River Cottage last year, Hugh's the new Cilla Black.
A grate cheese course at River Cottage?
You'd feta believe it. Our hands-on, cheese making one-dayer will teach you how to create a variety of delicious soft cheeses, including a camembert, mozzarella and a lemon cheese to wow your friends and family. Soft cheeses will provide the focus of the day, while we'll cover the theories behind hard cheese to arm you with all the know-how you'll need to make your own, whenever and wherever you want to. You'll also enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch freshly prepared by our expert team of River Cottage chefs. A great day all round, we're sure you'll a-brie.
Our winter menu nights are up and running! Join us in Axminster and Plymouth to enjoy two delicious seasonal dishes for less than £15 - join us every Thursday until February 13. Talking of February, it's a little under a month until Valentine's Day at our Canteens. Head chefs Tim Maddams and Joe Draper, together with their amazing teams, will showcase their passion for fine food to create a sumptuous feast to mark the most romantic day of the year. We'll delight you and your loved one with an adventurous menu based on the best, most indulgent and sensual local produce that Dorset and Devon have to offer. All the information >
The hungry trio are relying on energyshare communities to reach their Land's End target inside five weeks, albeit by 17mph at full tilt. Take up a challenge of your own, and speak to the projects lending the boys a helping hand a long the way.
Our new website Peoplefund.it is about turning your idea into reality. Raising funds is hard, especially in difficult times, but projects such as Oxford Biochar and FoodCycle are reaping the rewards and want you to be part of their success.
There are huge discounts on selected courses and events to be found in our popular winter sale. Join the gang from the TV for an evening of fine dining at Park Farm for as little as £55. Check the website for a list of bargains.
Hugh was this month named Local Food Hero at thefood Reader Awards 2012. He saw off strong competition from Rick Stein and Michael Caines MBE to collect the gong in recognition of his support for South West producers.
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