Thursday, 26 April 2012

Tackling a problem...

Today I had my fishing lesson.

I caught two pieces of seaweed but it was still a lot of fun.

Luckily we had lunch at Fraggle Rock (01720 422222). I had an amazing fish stew with rouille and crusty bread. I didn't catch it but it was as good as if I had.

The other half had a burger with bacon and Cornish Blue. It was completely delicious.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ice cream challenge....

I'm still getting to grips with ordering for the guest house. We're really strict about limiting food waste so when I mess up an order I have to think about what I can do with it. This week I've ended up with too much clotted cream (the best leftovers ever.)

It coincided with Callestick Farm Ice Cream asking me to spread the word about it's Ice Cream Challenge this year. Callestick wants chefs to use its yummy ice cream to create a new dish in its own right. They have thirty flavours to choose from so chefs can be as original and creative as they like.

There will be a live cook off at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in September. (For more info go to twitter @callestickfarm or

I'm going to have to get my hands on some of their ice cream and do some experimenting! However, that's not so easy on a remote island... and with my glut of clotted cream I decided to make my own. My mum (from @scillyfudge) also had loads of fudge crumbs and so my ice cream was born....

Veronica Farm Fudge and clotted cream ice cream....(serves 6)

1 tub double cream (284ml)
8oz/225g Troytown clotted cream
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
4oz/125g caster sugar
200ml semi skimmed milk
100g chopped up Veronica Farm fudge

Using a hand whisk beat the eggs and sugar. Add the creams and milk.

Once it becomes thick fold in the fudge.

Put in your ice cream maker for 30 minutes.

Put in a plastic tub or loaf tin and freeze for a further 2 hours.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Cereal killer...

I've always been a cooked breakfast kind of girl. Eggs benedict, sausages and pancakes, waffles and bacon. But when we started the guesthouse we wanted to make sure that we provided as varied cold options as we did hot. One of my friends gave me a granola recipe and I can't believe how popular it has been. The other cereals are barely touched.

Samson Hill Granola with Cornish honey....(makes about 20 bowls worth)

8oz/225g oats
100g nuts ( I use almonds)
50g sesame seeds
2 tbsp spoons of leftover apple sauce
2tbsp Cornish honey
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar
2tbsp Cornish rapeseed oil
1 big pinch Cornish sea salt
1 handful dried fruit
1 flat tsp cinnamon
1 flat tsp ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 180'c. Put all the ingredients in a bowl. No batch is ever the same as I use whatever I have. I have lots of brazil nuts at the moment so the next batch will probably have those in. The batch I took photos of had lots of tropical fruits, dried pineapple, strawberries, figs etc as I had several Graze boxes to use up.

Lay out on a non stick tray (or two if they are small). Bake in the oven for half an hour turning every now and again.

Then turn off the oven and leave there for 4-5 hours (or overnight). Keep in an airtight tin for up to 3 weeks.

If I have some leftover I make a sauce of melted syrup, butter and sugar and bake in a 180'c oven for 25 minutes to make granola bars.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A load of pollocks.....

Yesterday I saw a swallow fly over Samson Hill. Swooping over the garden, gliding in the sunshine. It flew off towards Tresco like it was doing a rekke of the islands before the mass migration from Africa begins and you see hundreds on a daily basis. After a day of showers, this week's been beautiful. You can find a sheltered spot, put your face up to the sun and imagine summer barbecues.

Gareth decided to go fishing yesterday with some of our guests and took a boat to the south coast of St Mary's. They caught a bag full of pollock and a tiny mackerel. Maybe it's the sunshine, maybe it's the swallow, Scilly seems firmly in springtime.

Pan fried pollock with lemon butter sauce....(serves 2)

2 pollock fillets
a tbsp flour
salt and pepper
Cornish rapeseed oil
1oz/25g St Agnes butter
a squeeze of lemon juice

On a plate, season the flour and place the fillets skin side down. Heat up a heavy frying pan on a medium heat and add a tbsp or two of oil. Add the pollock skin side down. In another pan put the butter and lemon and put on a gentle heat until melted. Whisk together and put aside.

Once the pollock is cooked halfway up the fillet (about 4 minutes), flip over and cook for another couple of minutes.

Serve with the hot lemon butter sauce and a little fennel.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Scilly Farmer's Market....

We haven't had guests in for the last ten days so Gareth's been doing some painting on Bryher. My sister had her baby (a lovely little girl) and my mum was on the mainland with her so I did all the fudge for the first Farmer's Market of the season. I'd never been before and had a brilliant time. We came home with four jars of delicious jams and chutneys made by Maggie on St Mary's. We also ate our weight in cake...We loved these cookies and cream cupcakes...

Here's our fudge stall with lots of Easter decorations...

I added a new flavoured. Salted fudge is made with Cornish sea salt and is delicious. It was our most popular flavour. I've just got to convince mum to make it again...