The Lord Nelson

July 24, 2012

Lunch  - The Lord Nelson

I was working in Rutland this morning (of which more soon), which meant I had time to quickly checkout the Lord Nelson in Oakham.  It’s run by the people who opened the hugely successful Tobie Norris pub in Stamford, and is very much in the same mould – picturesque ancient building just off the main drag of a propserous market town, unpretentious but self-confident marketing, nice selection of real ales, simple but appealing food menu featuring the likes of stone-baked pizzas.  I settled for a big of cheese and pickle and the delightful Nottingham beer Harvest Pale.  The weather had finally decided to show us what we’ve been missing all this time, so sitting out in their sun-trap yard with this for lunch sent my welllbeingometer soaring. 

It’s in the building in the corner of the market place that used to house Nick’s restaurant, where Dameon Clarke among others used to ply his trade. Good to see the building put to good use and  definitely worth a visit if in Oakham.

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June 6, 2011

Quick update on the cheese situation. Congratulations to Steve Parker who wins a copy of Tom Aikens’ book Cooking Creatively with Cheese, produced to mark the centenary of Long Clawson dairy. Happy cooking.

Other disappointed fromage fans might like to console themselves with a trip to Melton Mowbray this coming weekend and the first annual Artisan Cheese Festival. Held at the cattle market on the edge of the town centre, the event gives you chance to taste and buy from a range of specialist makers, many of them from our region and there will be pies, bread and wines available too.  Apparently  the event has attracted 21 delegates from the Japanese Imported Cheese Promotion Association – don’t know how big the UK’s Imported Cheese Promotion Association is but 21 sounds like a good turnout, so well done Japan.

The event runs Saurday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry is £1.

If there’s one food Leicestershire is famous for, it’s probably cheese.  And part of that is down to the quality of businesses such as Long Clawson Dairy which this year celebrates 100 years. It was founded as a co-op by a dozen Vale of Belvoir farmers and  is, famously, one of only six dairies licensed to produce Blue Stilton, though it produces some 30 types of cheese.   To mark the occasion the dairy has got chef Tom Aikens to produce a cheese cookbook “Cooking Creatively with Cheese” that tells the history of the dairy and offers recipes representing each of the last ten decades – taking in the likes of broccoli and Stilton soup and white Stilton and red onion tart.

You can get the book on Amazon but as a special treat I’ve got a copy of the book available for one lucky reader. Just leave a comment to this post by Friday 3 June (if you’ve nothing to say, just put your favourite cheese!). I’ll select at random and will get back to the winner to arrange delivery. And for the rest of you, here’s one of Tom’s recipes, apparently from the 1930s, for savoury biscuits:

White  Stilton with mango and ginger savoury biscuits

100g plain flour
100g White Stilton with Mango and Ginger
100g butter
12 turns of milled pepper
Pinch smoked paprika
1⁄2 tsp caraway seed
1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds
2 egg yolks

Place the butter, cheese and flour into a food mixer, adding the paprika and milled pepper, and mix on a medium speed until it forms a smooth dough.

Take the dough from the mixer and roll it into a long log shape to a diameter of 4cm and wrap tightly in cling film, chill for approximately 60 minutes. Place some baking parchment onto a baking tray and slice the mix with a knife to around 1cm thick and place onto the baking trays.

Mix the egg yolk with a little water and brush the top of the biscuits to glaze them. Sprinkle on the cumin and caraway seeds and you can crumble some extra cheese over the top, too.

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