Posts Tagged ‘Alfresco’

Last gasp of alfresco??

Delicious!

The observant among you may have noticed that I’ve changed the title of my blog a little, as the weather got colder I started to question my ability to cook and eat solely outdoors, but with this wonderful October weather we’ve been experiencing, it certainly has been time to make sure all the last wishes for summer have been carried out, so we’ve had lovely days at the beach and fish and chips and a couple of outdoor meals.

This is a nod to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls Fish Fight, and supporting our local wonderful fishmonger. Red Gurnard is a bycatch from the trawler industry and often overlooked, and the scallops were diver caught.

Pan fry fillets of Red Gurnard, a lovely firm, and I think slightly nutty tasting fish in a little olive or rapeseed oil skin side down until crisp, and then flip over, meanwhile warm a knob of butter and a little oil until it starts to go a nutty brown colour, toss in some finely chopped garlic and parsley and then the scallops, cook quickly over a high heat a minute or two each side and season.

Put the dish together with some lovely nutty red rice, some steamed greens (I used Salsola from the garden) a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper, and place the fillet on the rice with the scallops as little sweet morsels on top of the greens.

Enjoy outside with a glass of cold Sauvignon Blanc (if the weather allows).

 

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

With only a small kitchen garden, I feel there’s little value in growing vegetables that are cheap and easy to buy from a good vegetable shop, so I like to grow things that are slightly unusual, expensive or difficult to store.

This year instead of growing standard courgettes, I decided to grow Crook Neck Squashes which were promised to be more productive/tasty/useful than your standard courgette. With this they appear to have succeeded, though they are certainly visually an interesting shape.

The other unusual vegetable picture here is the Acocha ‘Fat Baby’, a relative of the cucumber, and tasting somewhere between a cucumber and a pepper, it is an extremely productive and vigorous climber.

So for our meal this evening, I wanted to come up with a way of using these vegetables in a meal entirely picked from our kitchen garden.

So to bulk out the meal, I used some Cavalo Nero (Tuscan Black Kale), Maris Piper Potatoes, and Onions and Garlic all picked from the vegetable garden, in the following recipe from the Riverford Cookbook.

Fry off a finely chopped onion, some garlic and chorizo in a little olive oil in a large frying pan until colouring, and the lovely juices from the chorizo are melting out, then add some cubed cooked potato, and some lightly steamed kale, and saute until the potatoes start to crisp up and season.

The Acocha and squash were sauteed with finely chopped garlic and olive oil.

The evening was lovely and sunny so we enjoyed the meal outside with a nice glass of Chilean Pinot Noir.

 

Perfect Alfresco lunch

One of my all time favourite meals has to be crab sandwich and chips while sat on a beach, though quite often it fails to hit the spot perfectly, well I have just found my ultimate alfresco lunch today at the Hive Beach Cafe  at Burton Bradstock in Dorset http://www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk/ on our way back from a family holiday, we stopped here, and were very pleasantly surprised.

You can eat your meal or have a coffee and cake a few metres from the beach in the most wonderful surroundings. We shared a pot of crayfish to start, delicious, and I was easily tempted by the crab sandwich and chips, thickly filled with delicious hand picked dorset crab, and spot on chips, while my wife had a smoked salmon and cream cheese ciabatta which she thoroughly enjoyed.

The menu was wonderful with seasonal fresh local fish, from sardines and mackerel to sea bass and even lobster with chips.

We will be certainly returning to try further of these delights.

 

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