Raspberry Roulade

Lesley Holdship - Home Economist, Food Stylist & Recipe Writer

food filled weekend

Tue, Nov 10 2009
Well! 2 months later I finally have my computer sorted out. It slipped 12 inches to the floor and promptly stopped working. Fortunately my husband has the nerve to take things apart and he found that the kind gentleman we had bought it from had wedged the hard drive in with cardboard. He generously said he had not done anything wrong and I should get a life. I had to spend 60 quid on a new HD. Rats! The side effects of buying second hand. Wish I could put his name on here but i only have his fist name which is about as good as a chocolate tea pot.
So, more importantly food is always on my mind. I am looking forward to the possibility of a job interview and my Pa has spent the weekend with us and all we thought about was what we were going to eat next! My husband found this astonishing when we first met but now he is the first to offer the seed of thought to the next meal.
I am not a sufferer of celebrity chef syndrome but I admire ones who truly show worth with lack of pretentious image and real love for their wares. On Saturday we ventured to a lovely bistro in Devizes owned and run by Mr Peter Vaughan. Some 3 weeks previous I had visited the very same establishment with a group of children doing 2 dedicated days of food workshops with myself and my good friend Belinda. These are children who are perhaps the wrong side of the law or young carers or even being bullied at school, ones who need care and attention really. They were given the chance to make a lovely loaf of soda bread and left with a beautiful loaf, a chefs hat, an apron and a brilliant memory of an utterly lovely man giving his time to help. I had picked up a menu and wanted to visit with Dad. I am sure many visit the Bistro because of who owns it but I wanted to because the menu I had picked up looked delicious.
Along we ventured taking a beautiful route through Avebury and the captivating landscape
surrounding it.
lunch was most certainly not disappointing. I had the most gorgeous salt beef in a brown pitta with beetroot and coleslaw. I had been eyeing this up since my half term visit, yet ordered soup then changed at the last minute. Harley had a lovely marguerita pizza with a brown base and big chips that we all dived into! John sampled a flavourful thai fish curry and jasmine rice whilst my Dads wife had carrot soup with homemade brown bread. We had to have pudding as it is obligatory even at lunchtime with Dad! - I think its my step mum's influence- so I had a chocolate tart with caramel icecream, john had a kind of eton mess whilst Harley chose the cheesecake that was an age old recipe. The cheesecake was with quince and served with a clove icrecream. Again my poor son had four spoons and forks diving into his pudding of which he was very possessive. It was beautifully balanced and just tasted plain great!
We left feeling we had got our moneys worth. Fantastic service, well cooked food and Aspall cider. What else would you want?
It was supposed to be Dads birthday supper but we were so full I thought it would never fit. We did manage that evening to eat fillet steak with a red wine sauce, pink fir apple potatoes, purple kale and chard. Vegetables courtesy of Devizes farmers market. And our pudding stomach remained empty enough for rum and raisin ice-cream and sticky toffee sauce. Phew we made it! What could be better than a weekend of indulgence?
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