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Pan fried cod, Wild garlic veloute, asparagus and Morel mushrooms

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Springtime brings an abundance of wild garlic which is perfect for foraging enthusiasts that love seasonal dishes. Our chef, Mike Francais loves to cook this recipe at home and can often be found foraging on the coast path and in hedgerows for its ingredients. Wild garlic is really easy to spot, but the Morel mushrooms can be a little more tricky, so if you’re not that confident then you can pick these up from most supermarkets. For the finishing touch try pairing this with Saumur Blanc, L’Insolite Domaine des Roches Neuves (Loire, France) 2017 

Pan fried cod, Wild garlic velour, asparagus and Morel mushrooms
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 x fillet of cod – portioned into 4 pieces
500g freshly picked wild garlic – washed
2 x potatoes – peeled and chopped
1 x onion – peeled and chopped
½ leek – chopped and washed
1 x stick celery – chopped and washed
250ml vegetable stock
50g butter
100ml double cream
2 x bunches asparagus
20 x Morel mushrooms 

 Method

Wild garlic veloute – in and hot saucepan add a little oil and the butter, put in the onions, carrot and leek and cook until soft. Add the potato and vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Turn down and leave to simmer until the potatoes are cooked. Once cooked add the wild garlic and the cream and boil for 1 minute. Pop into the blender until smooth and pass, return to pan and leave on a low heat. Season to taste. 

In a hot non-stick pan, add a little oil and place the cod into the pan skin side first, season with a little salt. Once there is a little golden brown colour around the edge, place into the oven at 180c for five minutes. In the meantime cook the asparagus in a saucepan with a little water, butter and salt for 2 minutes or until it can bend. Pan-fry the morels in foaming butter until soft, don’t cook to harshly otherwise they will go crusty. Take out the fish and turn over, finish with butter and squeeze of lemon. Place wild garlic veloute into the bottom of a bowl, place the asparagus and Morel mushrooms around and final place the cod in the centre of the bowl and enjoy. 

Wine pairing

We recommend pairing this with a Saumur Blanc, L’Insolite Domaine des Roches Neuves (Loire, France) 2017. The grapes are aged on fine lees for 12 months with regular batonnage. The nose is rich and enticing, with pears, pineapple and honey. The palate has a marked vitality, with perfect balancing acidity. 

This is such an incredible wine and will pair perfectly with Mike’s recipe.  The green notes of pear and asparagus and garlic pair classically.  The rich texture of the wine from extended lees contact with the rich creamy sauce and depth of this dish from the morel mushrooms is delightful.  The high vibrant acidity will cut through the richness leaving your palate wanting more. 

The story of the Scarlet slippers

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‘Love me, don’t leave me’

It’s tradition for a luxury hotel to lavish plenty of single-use items its guests – dis-posable toothbrushes, miniature bottles of shampoo, the soap bar that’s used once then goes in the bin.

Here at the Scarlet, though, we have a healthy suspicion of tradition and like nothing more than challenging tired ideas of luxury.

We knew we wanted to avoid single-use items, but tripped up when it came to our slippers. They were vital to the luxury, home-from-home atmosphere we wanted to create, but we didn’t like the amount of packaging, where they were made, or the single-use nature of your average hotel slipper.

So, we set out to find beautiful slippers to fit our  Scarlet eco ethos and we Soon discovered Kaaita slip-pers, each pair are made of  6  recycled plastic bottles, are machine washable,  recyclable and are perfectly ergonomic.  The minimal packaging leaves plenty of room for us to add our own ‘love me, don’t leave me,’ label to encourage guests to take them home to prolong their use.

Being more sustainable in our culture and our teams are always looking for ways to improve this, we now have 111 ways in which the Scarlet is sustainable.

 

5 ways to embrace holistic health this summer

By | Ayurveda, GREAT OUTDOORS, SPA, SUMMER | No Comments

Holistic health sees the body, mind and spirit as a whole. Bringing these elements into balance is how we can cultivate optimum holistic health. In the Scarlet Spa, we find inspiration in the Ayurvedic tradition of holistic health. There are many ways in which we can create harmony and boost wellness. Below are some of our favourites for you to try this summer season:

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10 surprising benefits of daily journaling

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We’re big fans of journaling, keeping a diary, unpacking your day on the page, whatever you’d like to call it. Writing is well-known as a therapeutic way of letting go and harmonising one’s self and beautiful journals, fabulous pens, a cosy chair and a scented candle make it a ritual worth your time. As far as self-care goes, spending a couple of minutes each day and looking forward has some surprising benefits…

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A grown ups guide to winter blog

Grown-up’s guide to magical Cornwall in Winter

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At this time of year, we truly believe there is no more romantic a place to be than Cornwall. With its stunning natural scenery, huge skies, dramatic sunsets, miles of empty sandy beaches and fresh air straight off the Atlantic, the result is a luxuriously unique combination of relaxation, space, peace and calm.

In order to help you make the most of what this beautiful part of the country has to offer, we thought we’d suggest a few things to see and do while you’re here.

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Eating Out – Feasting in the Fresh Air

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Summer is here and that means it’s alfresco dining time when you can take a picnic to the park, hold a BBQ on the beach, lunch at your leisure in a pub garden, or tuck into tapas on a sunny terrace with a measure of meteorological impunity.

At the Scarlet restaurant, our sea-view balcony is the perfect place for a spot of alfresco dining when you’re staying with us, but there’s also a host of amazing Cornish establishments that we love visiting for an evening of fresh air feasting. Read More