Sunday, 30 August 2009

August - Lisa and Jonathan come to stay

We took the boat down the Rother from Newenden to Bodiam Castle a journey of about 45 minutes,

A walk up to the castle followed by some Archery lessons (and Jonathan was rather successful)

Medieval Fair Day at Bodiam followed by a walk up the hill to The Curlew for lunch

Sunday we had a short walk along The Cuckmere and a lovely lunch in the garden at Moonrakers in Alfriston.

Moonrakers recently featured on the Hairy Bikers in East Sussex and has one of the most delightful views of any restaurant as it looks out over the village green and church which dates back to Saxon times. Venison and Truffle were clearly in season as I started with a delicious venison carpaccio with a drizzle of truffule oil, whilst the other three had a light as a feather pea moussse. The boys then had braised venison with roasted root vegetables, Lisa had cod with lentils and I had a vegetable dish of roasted salsify and artichokes (with slices of truffle this time). Yum!

The Moonrakers was named after the local smugglers who used to hide their booty in the dew pond and would come out at night and rake the pond to retrieve it.

Monday, 3 August 2009

At last I've painted the dining table and chairs

I'm quite pleased with the results considering the whole lot was a true bargain in a Hastings junk store (including the blue plate).

Sunday, 2 August 2009

The Curlew - Bodiam

We went to visit one of our favourite restaurants today, The Curlew, near Bodiam Castle, and turned up at lunch to find it was "under new management". We were a little bit concerned as the old management seemed absolutely fine to us but I am pleased to report that we had a truly excellent meal.

The whole place had been refurbished with a bigger car park and a new garden area set up for al fresco dining. The interior was a very elegant gray wood paneling with a white ceiling. Comfortable chairs with leather backs and plushly coloured upholstery added a touch of jauntiness.

We shared the potted mackerel to start which was light as a feather and topped with a refreshing dill and cucumber jelly. I followed this with lemon sole and a shrimp, caper and lemon butter served with delicious new potatoes and samphire (my favourite seasonal vegetable). My husband had the gurnard fillet with braised artichokes, fennel, baby courgettes and baby gem. He's not a vegetable lover by nature but he scoffed the lot with relish.

I then finished with a lovely Yorkshire cheese called Cotherstone - a descendant of Wenselydale - (the chefs I believe hale from that part of the world) served with a bite-sized fruit loaf and raisins soaked in something delicious and the 'husband' had a subtle lavender junket with raspberries and the shortest shortbread you could wish for.

We will definitely be back again, things had changed but in a good way.