15 May 2022 Counter Colour

Good afternoon everyone,

As much as we adore brown in all its hues on the counter - the mahogany of the Stockholm, the fawn of a cinnamon bun, the burnished gold of a sausage roll - with the changing weather comes the option of injecting some real colour via seasonal fruit. The first of the apricots have arrived from our Sicilian supplier, La Sovrana, still slightly tart but perfect for poaching and topping our almond financiers. You'll find these online. We'll also be experimenting with a rhubarb bakewell tart next weekend, made with beautiful stalks from Elder Stubbs, plus there's rumours swirling of rhubarb swiss roll returning. English strawberries are due any day now, the excitement palpable. As outdoor asparagus reaches it's peak we're adding it to a white pizza this week with a luxurious base of creme fraiche, roast garlic and parmesan. There's even a splash of colour on the retail shelves in the form of deliciously crunchy agrodulce Giardiniera pickles from the inestimable Ham & Cheese Company.

Wishing you all a colourful weekend,

Kate and Hugo