I've been reading Darina Allen's Forgotten Skills of Cooking most evenings. Every section is a revelation. I want to try everything, from making butter to foraging for mushrooms, whipping up elderflower cordial to wild blackberry, apple and rose geranium jam.

But lest you think every recipe is a made-from-scratch complicated affair, I've also been fondly reminded of some simple country dishes. Case and point: The fool. A simple dessert of sweetened and stewed (rhubarb, gooseberries), or pureed (summer berries) seasonal fruit, swirled into whipped cream. The raspberry fool in the picture here is served with shortbread cookies. Perfection!

Instructions paraphrased from Forgotten Skills of Cooking, photography Peter Cassidy
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