Simple, Simon Says…
Hello and welcome to our latest update.
We are at last having some great weather, longer days and everyone has that extra spring in their step! A great time for the farmers too as their produce starts to come into the ripening season so the markets have some great items to pick from.
Scottish asparagus has a very short life but what a great vegetable this is and one we should savour when we can. We have been serving it in the Road Hole Restaurant on our new concept menu launched last month and the commenents have been great, just served with some melted butter. Another great dish is a asparagus and shitake , mushroom cannelloni. A great vegetarian dish which encaptures all the flavour of this wonder full vegetable.
Late spring early summer is a great time for lobsters too,which we’re luck to be able to pick up practically on the doorstep! The cold waters over the winter allow the lobster to grow and the small boats we use go out to reel in the pots so we receive the crustation within hours of it being landed. A grilled lobster served with a hollandaise sauce is a very simple dish but one of lifes pleasures with a nice chilled Chablis!
Spring lamb usually starts to hit the markets around know, can be pricy, but another wonderful treat that mother nature supplies us with. Very little fat, tender cutlets with a firm eye of meat. This is great cooked just simply, sealed fast in a hot pan and then cooked so the meat is pink. Rest for 2 to 3 minutes in a warm area and then serve with some new potatoes, asparagus and peas.
Heritage tomatoes, look all different shapes and sizes but have tremendous flavour and served at room teperaure with simple basil, olive oil and a little salt made a great tasting snack. Wild garlic, jersey royal potatoes, fresh peas, broad beans so many items start to come into season and to get the best flavour simply cooked, using one or two ingredients to enhance the flavour will bring the best out of your ingredients at this time of the year! Our fruits for those special desserts start to ripen too – especially on the East Coast of Scotland- Berries being the most famous food product from this area. Strawberries and raspberries being the most popular. Simple can be best with these too, a little sugar and some pouring cream or if the sun hasn’t quiet been on the fruit enough yet, turn into a great Eton Mess or Pavlova to add to that sweetness. Enjoy the great local produce on offer and remember, simple is best at this time of the year
Posted: June 5th, 2012 under Recipes, Road Hole Restaurant.
Tags: Food Blog, Road Hole Restaurant, Road Hole Restaurant at the Old Course Hotel, Scottish Food Blog, Seasonal Scottish produce, Simon Whitley Old Course Hotel