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Summer Reading List

07 Jul 2017

The days are long, the sun is (hopefully) shining and the beer is cold, what's not to love about kicking back with a good book on a summer's day? 


We've asked our collective what they're currently reading or planning to read over the summer....

Emma Gordon 


Just in Time - Harry Buckle


"This book has been in my ‘read next’ pile for a while now and after going through a phase of reading a lot of productivity and workflow related books it’s been nice to get into something a bit more fun!

What makes it an especially fun read for me is that the author happens to be my old boss and friend Harry Buckle (I know him as Rod), and many of his characters are based on people I know - I’m told there’s even a reference to our very own Cornish Ketchup Co towards the end (but I haven’t got that far yet!)"

Mike Hayes 


The Great War for Civilisation - Robert Fisk


"It's a superb book, relevant, heartbreaking, exposes the utter hypocrisy of decades of UK, British, and French foreign policy with regards to the Middle East. A must read. I think it should be on school curriculums. I have had enormous respect for Robert Fisk ever since I started reading his dispatches from Beirut during the war in Lebanon."

Elly Jahnz 


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 


"My friend has lent me a book which I'm planning on reading soon. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It has an awesome illustrated cover."

Sean Gee


Caffeine magazine


"Starting a coffee roasters (Rising Ground) my main reading recently has been roaster manuals. For a lighter read but still all about the coffee I like to dip in and out of Caffeine magazine. I'm basically filling my brain with coffee figuratively and literally."

Jess Collins


I’m reading loads right now but the three I think sum up my summer of reading are…


The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp - this has been recommended to me for many years and I’m only now getting around to reading it!


Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki - I love the concept of living with less and believe a minimalist approach contributes to happiness


And finally, Savor by Shauna Niequist - I am yet to start this one but fell in love with Shauna earlier this year, she is the kind of vulnerable storyteller that I adore, I plan to work my way through her entire catalogue. Savor is her newest title and it’s about living the present moment.

Sally Mitchell


Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher - Timothy Egan


"An extraordinary read about the life and work of the photographer Edward Curtis. His photos are incredibly atmospheric and against the odds, he managed to capture a vast and comprehensive portrait of Native American tribes at an incredibly fragile time. Inspiring stuff."


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The best thing I ate in 2016

20 Dec 2016

In a blatant rip-off of the Observer Food Monthly's 'The best thing I ate in 2016' we have asked each member of the DR Collective what the best thing they ate in 2016 was.


Thanks to everyone for their contributions, here's to plenty more interesting dinners in 2017!



Emma Gordon - Austells 

"Seared scallops at Austells, Carlyon Bay. The meal was back in January (which doesn’t mean I ate terrible food for the rest of the year!) and all three courses were outstanding but I am a total sucker for seafood and those scallops were possibly the best I’ve ever eaten!"


Sean Gee - Appleton's at The Vineyard

"Without doubt the pan fried red mullet, with smoked mussels, fregola sardi and brown crab aioli was a highlight of my foodie year"



Elly Jahnz - somewhere in Japan

"The best thing I ate all year was wild mountain vegetable tempura, which I ate while staying in a zen temple in the Japanese Alps. I went out with a Buddhist priest one afternoon to gather 'sansai' which is the generic term for mountain vegetables. We were armed with sickles on long poles, and he had a bell to scare away any bears that might be foraging for humans. We were looking for 'warabi' which is the still curled up fronds of a type of fern, and the young buds and leaves of a spiky tree whose name I've forgotten. After an afternoon gathering wild greens, we turned them into tempura - coated with a very light batter so as not to obscure the fresh taste. The vegetables tasted earthy and every so slightly bitter but that helped cut through the richness of the tempura. Delicious, or as they say in Japan, oishii!"



Sam Buckle - Paul Ainsworth at No.6 and Wild Food Kitchen

"I can't pick between a meal at Paul Ainsworth at No.6 or the delightful, I want to say street food but I feel I should say "country" food of The Wild Food Kitchen.

All the courses at No.6 were perfection as always but the "lamb (Tamar Valley), sweetbread ~ salt baked celeriac ~ mutton ham", the vagueness of the description hides the multitude of techniques and flavour balance this dish serves up all accompanied by deep fried creamy sweetbreads. This was after having been treated to an extra fish course by Paul and his amazing team, I was left utterly sated by this long lunch! (Pictured below)

Secondly but by no means second place was the equally delicious wild sourced food from Matt Comley and his wild food kitchen, all his offerings are amazing but it was the Seared Wood pigeon breast with slaw and homemade blackberry sauce in a granary roll, this was the talk of Padstow Food Festival, it squared up with food I tried from Michelin starred chefs over three days and came out on top! Local sourced wild food and its naturally incredible flavours shone through!"



Mike Hayes - dinner with seals in Scotland

Ok it wasn’t great food, it was pasta, tuna and cheese but it was cooked over a meths burner on a remote beach in the Outer Hebrides. I have a strong connection with the islands of the Outer Hebrides for various reasons that probably don’t belong here.. but suffice to say that along with a couple of friends I had made a 3-day sea kayak journey south along the chain of the islands to the remote southern tip of the archipelago - to the tiny, uninhabited Isles of Mingulay and Barra Head. We camped for a few nights on a stunning white sand beach on the east coast of Mingulay . Every night great flocks of puffins wheeled in off the ocean to spend the night in their burrows while both golden eagles and white-tailed sea eagles soared high overhead. Best of all however were the seals. The beach on Mingulay has a large colony of grey seals, and with the island being fully exposed to the wrath of the north Atlantic they suffer little interference or contact from humans so are a wonderfully inquisitive bunch, at times coming up the beach to inspect the new arrivals to their island. Now a seal colony of any size is quite a stinky thing but happily our camp was upwind and hence dinner time could be enjoyed with no olfactory distractions, rather just under the ever watchful gaze of hundreds of seals poised just offshore in the pink dusk of a clear spring time evenings. Truly a magical part of the world.. if you can get there.



Sally Mitchell - Goat feast at The Hidden Hut

"I think the majority of my meals out this year have been at The Hidden Hut as I was working there a lot over the summer photographing the feast nights. It's provided me with a lovely lot of memories so it was hard to pick out just one. At a push though, I think the goat feast was one of my very favourites. A combination of awesome slow roasted goat and a beautiful late summer's evening spent with friends, can't beat it."



Jess Collins - The Greenbank, Hub Box Truro & Bedruthan Steps

"Hmmm… best food experience/meal - we haven’t eaten out much this year since having Aria but I would say maybe The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth (lovely ambience and food is excellent). The Hub Box Truro (complete different end of the scale but love the industrial feel, laid back vibe and best chips anywhere) and the restaurant at Bedruthan - the best beef I’ve had anywhere I think, cool decor and the lighting is spot on!



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