The Kitchen Blog
Welcome to our new blog created by our Coffee Shop team to keep you up to date with our latest specials, theme nights and seasonal fruit and vegetables that we will be using throughout the month.
This month’s featured evening meal will be a Steak Night held on March 4. Booking is essential and the menu and prices can be found online HERE.
March has a wide array of fruit and vegetables freshly grown in the UK. While some products are nearing the end of their natural seasons, there are some fantastic foods just beginning to come to their best. This month our featured vegetable is Cauliflower. While it is not everybody’s favourite vegetable, its versatility and mild flavour makes it one of the most popular vegetables on everyone’s shopping list.
Cauliflower is part of the plant species Brassica oleracea. This species also produces vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussel sprouts. Cauliflower is at its best between the months of January and April and is widely produced in the UK.
This month’s Ropery Coffee Shop menu will include dishes like cauliflower cheese, cauliflower cous cous and cauliflower and smoked cheese pasta bake. (Availability will vary)
Our featured fruits of the month are Grapefruit and Orange. Oranges are one of the most popular fruits in the UK however most of our oranges are imported from Spain. With high Vitamin C content, Orange is a major part of a lot of people’s everyday diet whether it be the fresh fruit or the pure sweet juice.
Oranges are a citrus fruit that grows on trees and come in a range of different varieties. Most of these varieties are known for their sweet, pleasant flavor. The fruit is commonly eaten raw or made into a variety of popular products such as orange juice and marmalade. Oranges are a very popular fruit and they are known for being grown more than any other tree fruit in the world.
Our other featured fruit this month is Grapefruit, with its distinct bitter sweet taste it is also a member of the citrus family.
Our cake cabinet will include grapefruit and yoghurt cake, an orange marmalade cake, a giant Jaffa cake, orange cheesecake and orange and almond cake. Our cakes are subject to change and availability
Cauliflower Cheese Recipe:
1 whole cauliflower cut into florets
100g salted butter
50g plain flour
400ml whole milk
100ml double cream
300g grated cheese (mature cheddar is recommended)
- Part boil or steam the cauliflower for approximately 5 minutes until slightly softened.
- Melt the butter on a medium heat in a large saucepan.
- Add the flour and mix until the butter and flour take on a sandy texture.
- Add the milk and cream and whisk until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Add half of the grated cheese and stir until melted.
- Spread the cauliflower in a large oven proof dish as evenly as possible
- Cover the cauliflower in the cheese sauce and top with the remaining grated cheese.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180° Celsius for 25 minutes until golden brown.