Monday, 22 April 2013

Week beginning April 22nd - Payday lamingtons, Apricot and Chicken Pie and Creamed St George Mushrooms

The seasonal batten has officially been handed over to Flora, the goddess of spring. Though still fresh in temperature, it's nice to see the sun out more and longer. Ideal for strolls through London's world class parks and hitting golf balls on an open range or even retail shopping on the exposed high street. If you're near Oxford Circus doing some retail therapy, why not stop in for lunch?
Here's a mention on several highlighted items this week.

In one of our foccacias we've filled it with freshly sliced cotto ham and made a rather yummy spread from St. George's mushroom, which is one of this country's first signs that spring has sprung. These white, fleshy and meaty mushroom's appearance coincided with St. George's day which is where they get their name from.

This week's tart is baked to perfection with tender chicken breast supplied from one of London's most famous butchers: H G Walters. These lovely chicken breasts is baked with new season apricot. These apricots are still quite firm but once baked take on a tender sweet and tart flavour. Apricots married and complimented well with baked chicken and buttery short crust pastry.

In our foraged selection we have a salad consisting of smooth sow thistle and lesser celandine flowers. Smooth sow thistle is a weed, or as I like to call it 'edible greens' or herb. Sow thistle thrives in disturbed soils such as construction areas or on the side of paths. Their leaves start to appear in winter and flourish with yellow flowers come spring. These leaves are robust and best blanched before serving. This green is great paired with acidic flavours and reminiscent of chard and slightly bitter. These tasty greens will be paired with feta, capers, marinated olives, zesty lemon dressing and lesser celandine flowers. Lesser celandine leave featured on our menu several times over winter, however come spring these spade shaped leaves sprout delicate butter-cup flowers. They are completely edible and add contrast to any salad.

It's also payday lamingtons on this week, Thursday to Sunday only. Pimped cushions of sponge coated in chocolate or raspberry and sprinkled with coconut. Just a few highlights from this weeks menu, please come in and enjoy our range of freshly prepared goods.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 3.70 (add 30 p for granola or yoghurt)
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 4.00
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.30
Banana bread 2.40

Porridge - Served with rhubarb and raspberry compote, chopped nuts, muscovado sugar, golden syrup or honey 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.80
Pain au chocolat 2.40
Almond croissants 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffins: Larry anne plum and almond 2.20
Savoury Scone: Courgette and cream cheese 2.20
Cherry, coconut and chocolate friands 2.20
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 1.80
Afgan cookies 1.80
Lamingtons 2.50

Soup: Mushroom and tarragon 4.50

French retro baguettes 4.90
Roast duck, pink grapefruit marmalade, brie, rocket
Asparagus, crushed peas, mint, goats cheese, spinach

Foccacias 5.00
Ham, creamed St George mushrooms, parsley, spinach
Mature cheddar, pickle, red onion, tomato, rocket

Salads: 5.50/6.50
Prawns, pickled ginger, samphire, brown rice, wasabi cream
Blanched sow thistle, feta, capers, olives, lesser celandine flowers, lemon dressing
Jersey royal potatoes in spinach sauce

Tart: 4.00 or 7.50 with salad
Chicken and apricot

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