Friday, 10 February 2012

If Music Be The Food Of Love.... on.  

Our resident chef is also our resident singer-songwriter and all-round creative, so we're sharing his beautiful, romantic and poetic music with you this Valentines!  For a free songs download go to his music website and sign up to James Lowe - Access All Areas.

"beautiful & indeed very radio friendly" - BBC



Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Simple Pleasures...

If more of us valued food and cheer and song 
above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. 
-J.R.R. Tolkien "The Hobbit"

Recipe - Crunchy, Home-Made Oatcakes

I love oatcakes, and making your own is definitely worth it - they're really easy to make, and the results will outshine anything you can buy. I like to use pinhead oatmeal for a satisfying crunch and crumbly texture. Perfect with some artisan cheese and a glass of whatever takes your fancy!

Makes about 24 oatcakes

300g pinhead oats
150g strong bread flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

100g chilled butter, cubed

100ml cold water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Rub in the butter with your hands, or, if you have a food processor, pulse the butter and dry ingredients together. In either case, continue until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the cold water and bring together to a dough.
Roll out the dough (I like to do this between two sheets of baking paper as it can get quite sticky) to the thickness of a pound coin.
Cut into discs, and place these on a baking tray.
Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the oatcakes over and bake for another 10 minutes, before cooling on a wire rack.

Recipe created by James, Head Chef @ The Elemental Kitchen.