Blog 2-Incredible Ingredients!
As a chef one of the most exciting things is ingredients!
Owning the White Rabbit is a creative chefs dream, we write our own menus, dream up dishes and create our own style of food. Every artist needs a muse and every chef needs inspiration. Where you draw the inspiration from impacts on your personal style and flavours. Inspiration for a chef can be drawn from paintings, people, music, countries and my personal favourite- ingredients!
Todmorden is not only the home of The White Rabbit Restaurant, it is also the home of some amazing creative people who have a passion for food and ingredients. Our new favourite ingredients are aquaponically grown, organic, and produced less than three minutes away from us.
The Incredible Aquagarden is teaming with amazing fresh and vibrant colours and flavours; as soon as we bought the restaurant we started working with the Site & Growing Manager Martyna Krol. The difference as the spring months have come and now as the summer approaches is “Incredible”. It’s a jungle of everything edible, all growing to teach their ways to students and other communities and of course supply restaurants like us with fresh food that is as local as we can get with 1 food mile from picking to kitchen!
We have always tried to meet with Martyna once a week but now there is so much produce growing and ripening daily we are going twice a week. We go up and pick our own ingredients and the best part is this inspires us. We started by using them on our different daily amuse bouche and as garnish. We designed a dish on our tasting menu only weekend (3rd & 4Th June) and we were so happy with it a full version of the dish will feature throughout June menu called “Incredible Garden”. The favourite creative part was the lovage ice cream that came from Martyna showing us her favourite herb lovage growing, us smelling a bunch of it and both agreeing on an ice cream for the starter. We knew on paper it would sound “Bonkers”- salad and ice cream? But all the best ideas come from natural inspiration and a crazy thought.
The Journey when we were creating the dish “incredible garden”
The final dish was comprised of – lovage ice cream (made from Martynas favourite herb), surrounded by crisp chard, radish, peppers, fig leaf gourd, tomatoes, chilli flowers, wasabi rocket, pak choi, nasturtiums, kale, squash and chive mayonnaise. Creating a larger version of this dish for our a la carte menu had to be done, as it showcases what The White Rabbit has got growing on our doorstep at the Incredible Aquagarden, and is a perfect example of how the local ingredients of Todmorden have been an Inspiration.