The Newest Arrivals

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Today the 2nd of June is my wedding anniversary and as if that wasn’t eneough to mark the occassion the earlies arrived – the newest arrivals – the weekend brought great excitement as it was time to dig up the first bucket of the potatoes – Arran Pilots. A very excited son started digging to see what he could find – in fact he was so excited that I didn’t manage to have a photo of him digging them up! New potatoes have such a lovely feeling about them and they smell so . . . fresh!

So they were brought back to the kitchen and there we washed them, cooked them and yes you guessed it ate them. The children even asked for more that’s how utterly delicious they were. Have you grown any potatoes this year? If so have are you still waiting for the moment or have you managed a few early ones?

So what was delicious eneough to have with our new potaoes?

Well we had Steamed Salmon, Spinach and Peas with Lemon Sabayon (from a recipe by Raymond Blanc) my son saw this Lemon Sabayon on a Raymond Blanc cookery programme and mummy was instructed to try it and I did – he gave me 8.5 out of 10 – needed a bit more lemon!! We served our new potatoes with lots of lovely melting butter.

The Lemon Sabayon is realy rather lovely and is lighter tham mayonnaise it is quite easy to make the recipe is:

  • 4 Free Range Egg Yolks
  • 50ml Water
  • 70g Melted Butter
  • 4g Sea Salt
  • 1g Cayenne Pepper ( I did 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 10ml Lemon Juice

The Method

  1. In a large bowl whisk the egg yolks and the water
  2. Place the bowl over a pan of boiling water, keep whisking until it becomes thick
  3. When the eggs are a thick creamy consistency add in the salt and caynne pepper and the lemon juice

The whisking will make the eggs increase in volume – next time I would add a little more lemon juice as  per my son’s suggestion, Raymond does say to pass it through a muslin – sorry Raymond I didn’t I just served it. However the verdict from one and all was CAN WE HAVE SOME MORE PLEASE!!

The slamon steaks I steamed by 1/2 fill an oven proof dish with water then place a rack in  the dish, place your salmon on the rack cover with foil and place in oven (about 180 degrees) for approx 15min,  I also steamed the spinach.

We also had a some fresh green salad with the fresh leaves and the first of the radish.

The vegetable garden is in full bloom

as is Alexander’s garden everything he planted is growing! He is so proud (as is his mum!)

I have also just coked some pasta recipes with seasonal veg will give you those very soon. Earlier today I picked some roses from the garden and as I sit writing this the smell is beautiful  – smell is just so important I think another post!

Thats it for now hope you are enjoying your garden and plants and cooking ! Have fun

Take care to till next time

Katie x                                 www.katiecraig.co.uk

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