River Cottage Canteen and Deli Axminster
Location: Axminster, United KingdomView on map
About Me: River Cottage Canteens showcase the very best of what the South West has to offer with freshly cooked, fabulous food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. At the Axminster Deli you'll find a range of River Cottage book and gifts as well a drinks, preserves, cured meats, pies and cheeses.
A delicious warming seasonal recipe with artichoke crisps. Fresh and seasonal ingredients. At River Cottage we love supporting local food producers. Jerusalem artichokes: These look a little like root ginger, they are in season now and you should find them in all good supermarkets or farmers' markets. Jerusalem artichokes are sweet and almost garlicky and mushroomy and gorgeous. Although called artichokes they're actually tubers – like rough and ready potatoes. Barley is a fantastic grain for winter soups, stews and risottos. It is wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavour and a chewy consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in colour. It is healthy high fibre high-protein whole grain boasting numerous health benefits. Barley is also used in booze: barley is used as an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Cauliflower is a great vegetable and in season now. It is often forgotten about and certainly not used to its full potential, it can be sweet and creamy or roasted it takes on a nutty taste. Blitz it raw and use as rice or boiled it makes great soups and purees. It comes in several varieties and colours - purple, orange and the spiky romanesco.
The idea for this lovely, moist cake came from Elena Wong on our production team. It’s best made with leftover whole potatoes, which you’ve mashed or, even better, riced once cold. If you’re intending to make it with leftover mash, make sure it doesn’t contain too much butter, milk, cream – or any flavourings such as mustard.
This is really a bread and butter pudding done with breadcrumbs instead of slices of bread, and it’s much easier to make. You can serve it, like rice pudding, with jam (very tart jams such as plum or raspberry are best) - or, best of all, with stewed/roasted rhubarb or plums.