When staying with us at Brook House, there are some excellent places nearby to enjoy a spot of dining, be it lunch or dinner, but there’s also an excellent kitchen in each of our properties where you can enjoy cooking your own food – using the local produce from the Island in your dishes!
The summer season means that there are a variety of interesting ingredients which are in their prime at this point, including the below:
This green vegetable is delicious in a variety of ways – you can chop it up and put it in a salad, you can saute it with a splodge of butter, season it with salt and pepper and boil or steam it. However the asparagus is cooked, it provides the perfect side to a number of dishes, and can be the perfect compliment to a range of recipes. Get your Island grown asparagus from local farm shops, including the one down the road in Brighstone, or bigger ones such as Farmer Jacks or Brownriggs.
Here on the Isle of Wight, we are lucky enough to have the renowned Tomato Stall based at Arreton – who are now working in conjunction with Pipers crisps on a new tomato flavour – which means we get great tomatoes all year round. These delightfully fresh fruit are the excellent accompaniment in salads, sliced in a burger at a BBQ, blended and made into a gorgeous soup, or simply popped in a bowl and eaten as a snack whilst watching the sun go down.
Courgettes are often grown in gardens down on the Isle of Wight, and residents know how they really come into their own at this time of the year. You can add courgettes to a salad, raw or cooked, or you can even create your own strands of courgetti as a replacement to pasta for a light summer dish. Courgette goes excellently with subtle flavours like honey or soft cheese, and they can even be the perfect topping on a homemade pizza – so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Now, with the Isle of Wight being surrounded by sea, it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of seafood to enjoy, and summer can be the perfect time to make the most of it. Crab and mackerel are June’s offering, with both of these coming into their own in the summer months. You can pick up some fresh mackerel from local fishmongers, or you can head on an adventure over to Ventnor and enjoy the delightful crab pasties at Steephill Cove, which are on the Island bucket list for many!