Tuesday, 19 May 2015

National Vegetarian Week 2015

Best thing about working at The Nook is the freedom to change the menu each week and highlight all varieties and traditions of food.
This week is National Vegetarian Week which is all about sharing and enjoying delicious veggie food with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and community.
It’s a great way to connect with those around you and explore tasty meat-free food together.

Below are just a few of the many vegetarian dishes that have appeared on The Nook's lunchtime menu in the past few months. Always tasty and a lovely alternative to meat. Give them a go!

Parsnip & Horseradish Pate -  Recipe Here.

Parsnip and Horseradish Pate
The Greek Omelette - Containing Feta, Olives, Tomato & Onion

The Greek Omelette

Caprese Style Portobello Mushrooms filled with mozzarella, tomato and basil and served on toasted sourdough and rocket.

Caprese Style Portobello Mushroom

Roasted Squash, Beetroot and Feta Salad - written about HERE

Roasted Squash, Beetroot and Feta Salad
Our famous quiches always have a vegetarian option. This month we have English Asparagus and Gruyere Cheese served with celeriac and apple slaw and fresh salad.
Asparagus and Gruyere quiche

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Chocolate & Strawberry Trifle

Known as a timeless, and traditional, English dessert Trifle is made from thick custard, fruit, sponge (often soaked in sherry), jelly and whipped cream. All ingredients are usually arranged in layers.

I can remember a previous employer screaming at me that I hadn't made trifle properly when I worked for him but I always like to put my own twist on English foods when I cook so, this week at The Nook On The Square, I've made my own version with chocolate and strawberries.
Gorgeous results and I love to serve desserts in our vintage china cups and saucers.
I've made these before at a previous establishment and they flew out so I'm hoping for the same reaction at The Nook this week.
Recipe can be found Here

Chocolate & Strawberry Trifle
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Foodie Friday And Everything Else

National Sandwich Week 2015 - May 10th - 16th

This week is National Sandwich Week so I investigated a little into where the humble sandwich originated from.
The story is that John Montague, the Fourth Earl Of Sandwich, was such an enthusiastic gambler that he didn't like leaving the gambling table whilst playing. So, instead of breaking for dinner, he asked that someone bring him some meat between a couple of slices of bread. Later on, others would do the same saying something like "I'll have what Sandwich is having" and, eventually, people would just ask for a "Sandwich"

Nowadays the humble sandwich has become big business in the catering industry and fillings and bread types have become far more  adventurous than in the days of The Fourth Earl Of Sandwich!!

At The Nook On The Square , because our daily lunch menu changes each week, I am always changing our sandwich fillings to keep things interesting for the customer and, also, because it keeps me on my toes always looking for new ideas.
Below is just a small selection of what we have produced the past year.

Our take on the New York Reuben -  home cooked beef pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles and Russian dressing all served on toasted sourdough.    

The Nook Reuben
National Sandwich Week

The breakfast ciabatta with old English sausage, best back bacon, chestnut mushrooms and roasted tomatoes. 

The breakfast Ciabatta
National Sandwich Week

Grilled halloumi and roasted veg on red onion focaccia.

Grilled Halloumi & Roasted Vegetables on Red Onion Focaccia
National Sandwich Week
Always popular - mozzarella, tomato and basil.

Mozzarella, tomato and basil focaccia
National Sandwich Week
Our own home cooked ham with rocket and tomato on red onion focaccia.
Home cooked ham , rocket and tomato on focaccia
National Sandwich Week
Our Mexican BLT ciabatta - bacon, lettuce, tomato and guacamole.
Mexican BLT
National Sandwich Week
And this weeks special - goats cheese, basil and roasted balsamic strawberries.

Goats cheese, Basil and Roasted Balsamic Strawberries
National Sandwich Week
So what's your favourite filling?

Linking up this week with:
Tasty Tuesday
Foodie Friday and Everything Else