Peach, brandy and raspberry punch

For a stylish start to your picnic, try Philippa Davis’ peach, brandy and raspberry punch. A pre-made cocktail is the only way to open a proper alfresco feast. To ensure…

Venison salad niçoise

Retain your culinary standards alfresco, even without a table, chairs and pressed linen. Philippa Davis’ venison salad niçoise makes an impressive main for a picnic and this game twist on…

Spiced crab thermidor

For something a little bit different, try Philippa Davis’ spiced crab thermidor for your next supper party. Perfect for a starter that packs a punch, allspice is central to the…

Gin, tonic and elderflower sorbet

Now is time to embrace seasonal ingredients and celebrate the very best of British produce. With the elderflower starting to appear, try something a little different with your bounty. Philippa…

Grow chillies

There are over two hundred varieties of chilli, and they are all surprisingly easy to grow. Look beyond curry and use them for salads, stir-fries, barbecue fare and game suppers,…