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Recipe Calendar - March 2015

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LETI's March recipe is brought to you by Robert Kerr, chef owner of The Lochearnhead Hotel where the restaurant and lounge bar offers magnifient views over Loch Earn. Robert runs his hotel in Lochearnhead alongside wife Amanda and their two children.

Robert has been in the catering industry for many years starting out as an apprentice in Glasgow in the days when aspiring chefs had a thorough training in multiple disciplines including butchery and baking. Roberts experience took him from Glasgow to Oxford,  holding head chef positions prior to settling the family into their 10 bedroom hotel in Lochearnhead. The hotel boasts magnificent views from the lounge, restaurant and beer garden from where you can enjoy fantastic sunrises and sunsets and from where Robert and Amanda can ably spot and point out ospreys fishing in Loch Earn.

Enjoy making and eating this roulade recipe. Be sure to drop in and let Robert and Amanda know how you faired or book a meal in the bar or restaurant. You can taste Chef Robert'sSpinach & Creame Cheese roulade for yourself as it appears as a choice on the starter menu.  

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Spinach & Cream Cheese Roulade - serve with wild rocket & toasted sunflower seed salad, with a honey and Drambuie glaze

  • by Robert Kerr, chef owner of The Lochearnhead Hotel
    Lochside,
    Lochearnhead,
    Perthshire
    FK19 8PU
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Ingredients 

  • 500grms washed baby leaf spinach
  • 1 Garlic clove(pureed paste)
  • 5 Eggs
  • 250grms full fat cream cheese
  • Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese (grated finely)
  • 1oz self raising flour
  • 1/2 Lemon, zest & juice
  • 5g Ground Nutmeg
  • 5g Mixed Herbs(fresh if possible)

Instructions:

1) Heat Oven 170c/gas 5. Cook spinach in seasoned boiling water until cooked, then remove and add cold water to spinach, when cool squeeze all the water from spinach and chop finely (or food blender). Add 5 egg yolks, salt and pepper, nutmeg and self raising flour to the chopped spinach and mix well

2) Whisk 5 egg whites until stiff and then fold together with the spinach mixture. Put mixture on swiss roll tray 25cm x 30xm lined with parchment paper and cook for 10-12mins until firm. Mix cream cheese, garlic and mixed herbs and zest & Juice of half lemon. Remove from oven (Tip: Roll spinach from small end of tray and then unroll and allow to cool). Put fresh sheet of parchment on table and cover with grated parmesan. Once spinach has been removed from parchment, place on new parchment that has been dusted with parmesan and spread on the cream cheese filling. Roll up the roulade using the parchment to help you. Serve with a wild rocket and toasted sunflower seed salad and a Drambuie & Honey Glaze.

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Food and Drink Local Events & Info

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  • Visit central Scotland and Celebrate Scottish Beers & Spirits during March
  • Gourmet Wine Tasting Night: If you prefer to wine and dine, consider this Gourmet Wine Night at The Four Seasons Hotel St Fillans on 13th March 2015, hosted by wine connoisseur Richard Meadows of Great Grog in Edinburgh. Enjoy a five course Dinner in the award winning Meal Reamhar Restaurant including matching New World Wines.
  • Mothers Day Ideas? Mums can enjoy a glass of Prosecco On The House with Sunday Roast lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel, St Fillans.  Treat your mum and mother-in-law to a Sunday Roast treat in the Meall Reamhar Restaurant looking out to Loch Earn 15th March 2015. Tel:01764 685 333  http://www.thefourseasonshotel.co.uk
  • Loch Earn Brewery: Loch Earn is eagerly awaiting the launch of The Loch Earn Brewery and visitor centre in St Fillans at the east end of Loch Earn.  The brewery has plans to produce Loch Earn beer and cider.  In the mean time guests can visit the tap bar in the Loch Earn Brewery Hotel and sample other real ales including a selection from Arran Breweries complemented by Germany's HofBrau Larger. Or stop for a coffee in the cafe overlooking Loch Earn in St Fillans
  • MHOR84 Spring Fayre. Celebrate brewing month at MHOR84 Balquhidder spring fayre. Come along on Saturday 21st March where a feast of brewers will be lining up to show off their wares accompanied by live music and with a car boot sale in the car park. On Sunday 22nd March MHOR84 is hosting a Scottish Produce food market.  Visit the food stalls and suppliers , e.g. Loch Fyne Oysters and Fantassie Vegetables and put together a bespoke picnic.  Enjoy your chosen treats inside MHOR84 compliments of the owners Tom, Lisa, Dick and Mhairi.  You are welcome to utilise the tables and chairs - all they ask is that you buy drinks and beverages at the bar or from the service team.
  • Scottish Gin.  If you are partial to Gin and want to try alternatives to the ever popular Gordons Gin, ask for a Gin choice in our local bars and restaurants. Alternatively if you are in self catering, you can order Scottish Gin's to be delivered to your door. For example Hendricks Gin and Caorunn Gin are available from supermarkets that deliver to our villages - Strathyre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, St Fillans- in central Scotland. Check on-line with ASDA, Tesco and Sainsbury's. Did you know that Caorunn Gin infuses Scottish water with six traditional and five celtic botanicals including:ROWAN BERRY, HEATHER, COUL BLUSH APPLE, DANDELION, BOG MYRTLE. Try other Scottish distilled Gin's like Edinburgh Gin and Hendricks Gin or you may prefer to stick with the ever popular Gordon's Gin.
  • Accommodation? If you want to experience #robroycountry and any of our local events and want to stay, try our one stop enquiry email that reaches all of our owners direct. 
  • Food Expo at Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Comrie -24th March http://www.breadalbane.org/news-2/195-food-drink-expo Local Scottish food producers sample their wares, Free Entry.

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