R is for… Rambling around in a Rose garden
It may be August, it may be cloudy and cool, but the roses are in bloom filling the air with their delicious scent, lemon and pink and warm and spicy. I’ve shown you pics from this rose garden at Ashton Court before but these are today’s photos, and even stained with rain the roses are still something special. Click on the photos to see them full size.
R is also for… Relish – something to spice up
your food, to lend extra enjoyment, to make your mouth water. Sometimes I think the relish is the best bit of the meal.
We’ve been eating leftovers for several days now and not really made a proper meal and definitely not had our proper vegetables for a day or two.
Our standby relish is usually made with chopped Red Onions, lime or lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, chopped coriander leaves, sea salt and good quality olive oil, sometimes chillis but not always, all stirred together and left to sit for twenty minutes or so before serving.
In the mix goes whatever else is around, so with this batch we had little tumbling tomatoes from the garden, a pile of fresh coriander, growing well this year for some unknown reason, some cubed courgettes and a few early milky white and crunchy cobnuts that I foraged when I was out with the dogs.
We devoured our relish with some well marbled rib eye steak from Ruby & White, a new butcher/food emporium on Whiteladies Road with a very smart slate/oak/glass interior with friendly, enthusiastic staff, reviewed in The Guardian on Saturday here. All sorts of goodies are on the shelves, Laura Hart‘s lovely bread, marinades and spice mixes put together in the shop and plans for cooking demonstrations in their kitchen to come.
My favourite local beef producer however, is still the Traditional Beef Company who come to the Whiteladies Road Farmers Market on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. They raise their own cattle and have just won Gold in the 2011 Great Taste Awards.