All in the intrest of good food…

Liquid Gold… 
The last couple of days has been a labour of love for me… I have been collecting some of the special ingredients for the forthcoming dinner and in the interest of good food I just had to go and collect them personally!

The cheese from Winterdale Shaw and the Lamb from Glovers was one excursion then today it started with a quick visit to Hurstwood Farm to collect some Cobnut Oil…

I met the main man Mr Dain who gave me a quick tour and I was fascianted to see the recently installed oil press and hear about the plans to also start production of walnut oil as well.A quick look at the orchards and a discourse with Mr Dain on the joys of dealing with the supermarkets and their buyers left me wanting more… I look forward to a return visit and also tasting their roasted cobnut oil… Mr Dain was waxing lyrically about it.

Next I headed off to the coastal town of Whitstable for lunch at Jo Jo’s where we enjoyed a stunning lunch looking out onto the sea and watched the acrobatic wind and kiteboard surfers make the most of the brisk winds and the plethora of windmills on the horizon gently turning.

It was a great lunch of assorted Meze after which we then headed off down the road to nearby specialist bakery ABO to get the inside track on the making of not only gluten free breads but the breads are all made without yeast.

Owner Ingrid has been known to me for some twenty years and her passion for breadmaking is infectious and the lengths she goes to is stunning. They even mill their own seeds as she maintains they are purer and tastier. A little pot of dried alpine flowers from the Austrian Alps she specially imports at considerable costs drew much admiration. The 400 euro price tag produced a sharp intake of breath though.

An interesting selection of breads will now be offered to our diners at the up coming right royal feast and watch this space for some exciting news about a new venture we will soon be offering.

 The mill for the seeds…    the breads…
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