Spring 2019 Newsletter

SPRING – March/April/May

 

What foods are in season

 

Wild garlic – Plaice – Blood oranges – Clams – Purple sprouting broccoli – Ling – Passion fruit – Grey mullet – Kale – Mackerel – Raddichio – Stonebass – Spring onions – Trout – Spinach – Hake – Leeks

 

Spring, we are always grateful for the arrival of it, YES, YES, YES! You see, when winter is upon us there ain’t nowt better than sitting frost bitten in front of the fire with a pan stew and dumplings ticking over on the stove. But the mrs isn’t a fan of the stodge, the root vegetables and comfort food that comes with it.

Give us spring anyday. What’s not to love, lambs gleefully bouncing around the frosty Cotswold fields, the livestock farmers are busy 24/7 tending to their pregnant ewes. Walks out with the dogs foraging for wild garlic, the forced rhubarb is still hanging in there. Although there’s a still a wee chill in the air I think overall this winter has been a mild one so we may see some of our favourite crops being available sooner!

British waters are starting to warm up enticing fish including pollock, mackerel, plaice, grey mullet into shallower waters. Our fish suppliers New Wave Seafood based in Cirencester are about to get their first batch of Cotswold Crayfish from spring fed lakes and local rivers. Sam from New Wave said the plaice is starting to fatten up and great news for Hake lovers as it stays in abundance after getting the thumbs up from MSC. We support sustainable fishing and New Wave are committed to protect our oceans for the future.

What have Jacks Kitchen been up to?

We are incredibly busy with enquiries for 2020 and making headway with our new unit which should be up and running by the end of April. Wedding season is almost upon us, looking forward to catering at two new venues this year, Bittenham Springs in Cirencester and Spring Hill House in Pershore.

What is hot right now in the Cotswolds?

Eggs! Eggs you say? But these aren’t just any old eggs. They are cackle bean eggs. Home of the Arlington White hens on Cackleberry Farm, Stow on the Wold.
If you haven’t dunked your soldier into one then get yourselves over to their brand new spanking website and order some. Each egg is hand collected, hand stamped and hand packed. We salute you Mr & Mrs Cacklebean and Sybil their 5 year old who is the boss!
www.cacklebean.com

Going out? Here are our fave places to eat in the Cotswolds…

At the moment it’s all about Thai food for Team Jacks.
Giggling Squid on Montpellier Street, Cheltenham.
Don’t be put off that it is a chain, chefs are all flown in from Thailand and the food is top notch authentic. Try their Duck red curry with lychees and the pomelo salad. To die for.