A Cook on the Wild Side
1 Series, 4 Episodes
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has outgrown River Cottage and has his heart set on 44 acres of farmland and a retail outlet, but has he bitten off too much?
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall plans to turn the barns near his Dorset farm into a culinary headquarters but he's given himself a ludicrous two-week deadline to get the work completed.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's sow Maggie is due to give birth to piglets. Meanwhile, he must install proper plumbing and loos before he can welcome members of the public to his new venture.
On May Day, Wessex Morris Men dance on the Cerne Abbas Giant. Crowds gather to watch the event, presenting Hugh with the perfect opportunity to make some cash selling chocolate waffles.
Spring spells many new arrivals at Hugh's farm. Maggie has given birth to 11 piglets, who are joined by two new lambs.
With Spring fast becoming Summer, Hugh is tempted into installing beehives at the River Cottage HQ in order to reap the harvest. He also takes on his biggest challenge yet, a wedding party.
It's high summer and Hugh's tomatoes are looking spectacular. He decides to hold an event in their honour, and the inaugural West Dorset tomato festival is born.
The day has come for Hugh to harvest his first crop of home-spun honey. With the help of bee-keeper Ken Bishop, Hugh carefully extracts a healthy 25lbs of glowing golden sweetness.
Hugh plans an Autumn Feast at River Cottage HQ, hosts a special bonfire night party and goes hunting for wild mushrooms in a paraglider.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is preparing for River Cottage HQ's big Christmas event. He plans to shoot, harvest, gather and cook enough food to furnish the tables for a medieval banquet.