Sat on the harbourfront in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, at the Ship Inn for lunch today, glorious sunshine, with a seafood platter of crab claws and a bowl of mussels in a creamy sauce washed down with a pint of Scapa Special citrussy ale.
The thing that made it though was the view….
So….. do you?? With the recent scandal of extra ingredients appearing in supermarket burgers, have you lost confidence in the meat you buy there?
Well if you haven’t already, there’s no better time to get acquainted with your local butcher, and if you build up a good relationship with them, you can trust your meat, and what goes into your burger.
Since I started to eat meat after being a vegetarian for so long, it has always mattered to me where the meat I eat comes from, so I always discuss the meat with the butcher, what beef is it? where has it come from? I was very fortunate to have been offered these Gordonian Luxury Burgers to try, they are dry aged Aberdeen Angus, from Andrew Gordon are a huge 200g each. The aroma was deep and beefy as they cooked, with no rubbish in them, they cooked to perfection on a griddle, and the taste was outstanding, seasoned perfectly, I was quite confident to serve it medium rare, to keep it moist, but with a thick savoury crust from being cooked on a high heat on the griddle.
So, without preaching, maybe it’s time you got to know your local butcher?
I’ve just had a fantastic fun Sausage Making evening at Andrew Gordons Butchers in Aberdeen. It was great fun, and I learned a lot about how they produce their high quality sausages and burgers, and was able to have a play myself, there was a lovely mixed bunch, families with children and other friendly people, it was great to see the kids getting stuck in. I left with a nice bag full of the sausages and burgers I had made, and had some yummy tasters.
It’s great to hear the passion Andrew has for his fantastic meat, and seeing the obvious kick he gets from the kids getting stuck in, and learning more about the food they eat, in my opinion it’s people like Andrew who are true food heroes, helping Aberdeen to take a big foodie step forward.
Thank you Andrew, I’ll be back for more courses, and I like the sound of the Man Vs Food style events you have planned.
Here’s a gallery of pics from the evening.
Well I thought i’d get a quick restaurant review in while away with work in Aberdeen.
It had to be Zizzi in Union Square, the only restaurant i’ve seen here with a pizza oven, granted not a wood fired oven, but nice pizza all the same.
It was good to see the guys making up the pizza so quickly and with obvious skills that i’m yet to get the hang of fully.
I had a delicious calamari with a basil aioli, and the pizza Piccante with spicy N’Duja sauage, a delicious spicy loose chorizo style sausagemeat with salami, mushrooms, mozarella, mascarpone, roquito chillies, and rocket, a wonderful combination on a delicious large thin crispy pizza, which took about 5 minutes in the pizza oven.
Finishing off with my favourite dessert Cafe Al’Affogato, for those who haven’t discovered this delicious combination of vanilla ice cream drenched with an espresso….mmmm.
All in all a lovely meal to have before being stuck offshore for 2 weeks.
Apologies for the poorer than usual image quality I only had my mobile on me.