Friday, 22 October 2010

If music be the food of life...

"time to scale the heights,
stretch for the surface,
reach for the light"
- James Lowe - The Sense

At this time of year, we love to snuggle down to celebrate life's simple pleasures - like delicious food, good company, inspiring words, natural beauty.....& beautiful music! So, our resident cook & talented singer-songwriter James Lowe is giving you another free track from his debut album Radio Friendly. Click on the link to James Lowe - Facebook Page, go to Band Profile and download! You can buy the complete album & find out more about James Lowe at his official website James has been known, on occasion, to happily sing for your supper. So, if you're booking The Elemental Kitchen, don't hesitate to ask about opportunities to hear James perform live in your living room....

"beautiful & indeed very radio friendly" - BBC Radio Scotland
Image via labelleviegirl

Friday, 15 October 2010

Easy Peasy, Lemon Posset...

This is such a great recipe that we almost want to keep it secret! Almost. On the other hand, it's too good not to share! Guests & clients absolutely love this delicious, refreshing dessert! It's so simple, yet never fails to impress...

Lemon Posset

Makes about 8

900 ml double cream - heavy cream, I think you'd call it in the US
220g caster / fine sugar
3 lemons

Pour the cream and the sugar into a saucepan, and put on a high heat on the hob. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then let it come to a rolling boil
Turn off the heat and add the juice from the 3 lemons.
Stir well before pouring into glasses
Chill for approx 2 hours to set.

Top with strawberries, blueberries, whatever you fancy!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Essense of Elemental...

We're just back from Dell Estate, near Loch Ness, where we cooked for Mr Ian Thompson and his hunting party. What delighted us about this group was their absolute passion for eating the spoils of their hunting trips. The Elemental Kitchen celebrates the connection between ingredients sourced from nature, our preparation of those ingredients in our kitchen and the presentation of the final dishes at your dining table. We prepared venison, trout, partridge and duck across the weekend, all sourced directly from river, skies and land within a few miles of our kitchen window - for us, this celebrates the true essense of 'elemental'.

Dell Estate and Dell House are situated close to Foyers and the immense Foyer Falls...

The house is only a few miles from picturesque Fort August & mystical Loch Ness...

"Occasionally it all comes together as it did for us at Dell last week. After a little email tennis it was clear that James and Vicky were absolutely on our wave length regarding our needs for our stay in Scotland. After a day on the hill or loch it was great to be looked after so magnificently by James's fantastic expertise in the kitchen and Vicky beautifully managed the front of house with great attention to detail. James's skills in preparing and presenting game was much appreciated by our army of sportsmen who marched very well indeed on their expanding stomachs! Thank you." - Ian Thompson

You can find out more about booking Dell House or the surrounding cottages via George Goldsmith. Call The Elemental Kitchen for our availability - we're always happy to cook up a storm with your fresh & wild ingrdients...