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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. 

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Five easy ways to prioritise your self-care in 2020

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Putting self-care at the top of your agenda is about looking after yourself first.

We’ve put together five quick and easy ways to begin 2020 with you as the priority:

1. Give yourself a five minute recoup moment each morning, or evening, whichever works for you. Find your favourite song and do nothing but love it (or dance to it!).

2. Build on the habits you love by noticing the positives in why you’re doing them, i.e. I’m going to yoga because it makes me feel calm and strong.

3. Don’t do it all alone, connect with a friend and combine social connection with you time (we’re biased, but a spa day might be good for that!)

4. Add something just for you to your to-do list, at the top, just one thing – book a haircut or read 10 pages of your book for example.

5. Try something new to kick start prioritising yourself. Always fancied an art class? Want to get to know other people at book club? Go for it!

Looking for a luxurious spa day? Discover our spa days and special offers.

Proposing at the Scarlet

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Proposing at the Scarlet

With our dramatic cliff top location, beautiful sea view bedrooms and hot tubs, the Scarlet has played host to a number of romantic and memorable proposals. Spring, as a season of hope and new beginnings, seems a fitting time to pop the question. And, if you’re thinking of proposing, you may be worrying about how best to ask in a thoughtful and tasteful way that doesn’t fall into being awkward or formulaic. How do you say the words ‘will you marry me?’ in a way that truly reflects who you are as a couple?

A few of our favourite Scarlet proposals…

  1. We once ran down to the beach and wrote ‘will you marry me?’ in the sand for one guest who wanted to propose to his girlfriend with Champagne sitting in one of our clifftop hot tubs.
  2. Another guest was having a treatment in the spa, so a couple of us grabbed the opportunity with her partner to create a path in rose petals and tea lights from the entrance of their room to a heart with the ring in the middle.
  3. One guest asked us to provide bubbles on the table at dinner, but we went the whole hog and presented the couple with a menu we’d printed out just for them. Halfway through this special menu was ‘marry me?’. That certainly made choosing their mains more interesting!

Being privy to, and helping out behind the scenes at, such an important moment in a couple’s life, is always a great privilege and something in which we delight.

If you’d like to feature the Scarlet into your proposal idea, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01637 861 800 or by emailing stay@scarlethotel.co.uk – we can discuss any ideas you have and ways to make your proposal truly personal.

Top tips for a perfect proposal

Make it personal: Take some time to sit and think about what would be a meaningful proposal for your partner, and for you as a couple. What are some of your best memories together? What makes you different as a couple? What would your partner really appreciate? Maybe you love going for walks together, so pick one of your romantic walks. Or maybe you’re both avid music fans, so propose in the middle of a live performance during a favourite song.

Be spontaneous: Don’t be afraid of spontaneity. It’s okay to make your proposal when the mood takes and the timing feels right, rather than having everything planned, timed and precise. This could be anytime, during a wild and rainy clifftop walk, while loading the dishwasher, or at the end of an amazing meal at your favourite restaurant.

The words: The sentiments and words you use can be just as important as your actions. Take a little time to practice what you’d like to say – either verbally or in a written note. Add something personal such as the true reason you want to spend the rest of your life together.

Be creative: Add a little creativity or craft into the proposal and show how much you’ve been thinking about it. You could make your own engagement ring, write a poem, or spray paint a ‘Will You Marry Me?’ canvas you can keep.

Remember it’s the little things: The little things matter – try to incorporate small touches that mean something to you as a couple. Whether it is a keepsake from your first date or some of your favourite foods.

Lighting and ambiance: Add some romantic lighting. Lighting makes a huge difference to the atmosphere – if you can add some candles (even battery-operated ones if you’re outdoors), twinkling fairy lights, lanterns, or pick an evening with a perfect sunset, or a clear starry night – you can really add to the romance.

And finally…choosing the ring: The ring can be a really difficult to decision to make – to choose something your partner is to wear for the rest of their life. If you’re not confident, you can go for an inexpensive, token ring – maybe hand carved in wood, or a simple jelly sweet if your loved one has a sweet tooth – and then you’ve got the fun of ring shopping together. Alternatively, try thinking outside the box – a vintage engagement ring, maybe a family heirloom, something designed an crafted by a local artist or jewellery maker, which could incorporate a family stone, or even a beach find.

If you’d like to feature the Scarlet into your proposal idea, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01637 861 800 or by emailing stay@scarlethotel.co.uk – we can discuss any ideas you have and ways to make your proposal truly personal.

Romantic ways to propose

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Spring, being the season of hope and new beginnings, seems a fitting time to pop the question. And, if you’re thinking of proposing, you may be worrying about how best to ask in a thoughtful and tasteful way that doesn’t fall into being awkward or formulaic. How do you say the words ‘will you marry me?’ in a way that truly reflects who you are as a couple?

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