I recently had the immense pleasure of eating at one of Simon Rimmers restaurants, Earle in Hale, Cheshire.
I had never been before but had heard good things and as it’s right on my door stop I thought it was about time!
First impressions: It looks really small from the outside but actually it’s like a Tardis, when you get in it actually has a decent seating capacity.
Ambiance: I really liked the atmosphere in this restaurant, the decor was a quirky mix of wood and color and the lighting set a pleasant mood to relax in.
Food: I can say nothing bad! I had a chicken liver parfait to start which was creamy and delicious. The best bit about it however was that they got the proportions of parfait, bread and chutney spot on. Sometimes you find the bread portion is less than adequate, but not at Earle. For the main I had the duck which was divine. The meat was cooked to perfection and the sweet sticky sauce was so moorish, I wished I had bread left from my starter to mop up every drop! Finally I ended on a sticky toffee pudding which was out of this world. A soft sponge which was so light and airy that it seemed to dissolve in the mouth and a toffee sauce which actually makes me want to cry knowing I don’t have a gallon of it to drink right now.
Staff: They were quite busy when we went and I must say, a little disorganized. They couldn’t find our booking to start with but then realized they were looking on the wrong screen and despite confirming our pre orders, brought us menus. Really not huge problems but a little less than perfect.
Price: I wasn’t paying so I can’t say I actually looked at the price but whatever it was, I would have paid!
Overall: 9/10. It would have been 10 if not for the slight staffing issues. A nice place to be and really great food, a definite place to go.
Although I am a massive fan for preparing and cooking a meal from start to end, sometimes I do treat myself to a night out of the kitchen
Recently I started to add all of the ingredients to my basket (online) for a duck parfait. Despite my salavating desire for this dish my enthusiasm on the making of it drooped. And so, I cheated and bought a store made version.
Flipping delicious it was and with no prep work…. Instant!
Two days ago it was my 30th birthday and I was lucky enough to visit Tom Kerridge’s 2 Mitchillin star restaurant, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.
For the starter I opted for the Duck liver parfait with orange chutney and toasted brioche and Gav went for the Salt bake swede and haggis tart with crispy lamb, chantilly de cherve and wiltshire truffle.
The duck was without a doubt the bast starter I have ever had! It was amazingly creamy with such a delicate taste, I could have eaten it all night and left amazingly satisfied.
I enjoyed the Essex lamb bun with sweet breads and salsa verde and Gav went for the Half beer roasted chicken with caramelized cauliflower, sweet garlic puree, oak gravy and a mushroom crunch.
We ordered chips also….big mistake, we had no room for chips!
To wash it all down we drank a bottle of Pheasants tears with was dry and unfiltered. It has a light amber, pink color and a deep smokey taste, I will certainly be looking for this to add to my stock.
A great night with a relaxed atmosphere.
Last night I pulled out the old Matt Dawson cook book (rugby pro turned mssterchef contestant) and through s process of picking one of the few recipes I hadn’t yet tried, chose this!
Duck and melon I thought? Hmmm. I mean I like fruit with meat but this seemed odd. Also, I don’t love rocket….overall one would wonder why I even bothered with it!
Well, I loved it and that is why I try new things! Turns out there is a time and a place for Rockett and the duck/melon combo worked well.
A delightful tasty, different salad for a Monday night. Go for it.
There’s one great thing that I particularly enjoy about Boxing Day and that’s leftovers!
I have just enjoyed this festive delight:
Made up of:
– black pudding
– bacon crumb
– tomato chutney (handmade by grandad)
A delicious way to kick off my Boxing Day fun!!! 🎄😀
Yesterday I was simply too indulged to even pick up my phone but here’s a quick insight in to the Christmas lunch I made me and Mr Jones.
Starter: Scallops fried with black pudding, resting on a caramelized apple slice with a crushed pea purée, a a bacon crumb and a balsamic fig reduction. Very proud to say all my own recipe and it was BEAUTIFUL!!
Main: Whole duck stuffed with citrus fruit and all the accompanying trimmings (sorry no pic, I dived into it before taking a snap!!)
Desert: (Eaten another 3 hours later due to fullness!) a Christmas pudding cheesecake with a sour Christmas berry syrup and sweet caramel sauce…all from my own imagination and all home made!
(The cheesecake is basically a NewYork cheesecake recipe but I made the base out of Christmas pudding and added cinnamon and nutmeg to the cheesecake mix…..festively delicious)
Feel free to ask for any of had recipes 😊