We haven’t been out to eat for ages so we decided to take my mum to one of her favourite restaurants – The Three Horseshoes, in Madingley.
The food is very good, the service friendly and it’s a real treat to visit. Of course, on special occasions, it’s a set menu. Having rather overindulged on the delicious home made bread as we ordered, I could hardly totter away from the table. Supper is definitely not on the cards tonight.
The cheese course is always superb but felling a bit full I plumped for the yoghurt panna cotta with pickled tamarillos. Tamarillos are tree tomatoes, they need to be grown in a conservatory or under glass and they fruit in the second year. They have tweaked my fancy recently. Pickled? Well this was the only way I had a hope in hell of tasting them.
The combination of flavours was excellent. The taste bud fairy must have been sitting on my plate as I just scooped out the flesh (it turns out that the skins are very bitter). Tangy, faintly sweetish, tomatoish more savoury than dessert. But combined with the creamy panna cotta the mix was to die for.
This evening I rose from an elongated afternoon snooze in a pile with the Min Pins and continued my tamarillo research. If they can be pickled – that would be perfect. Another preserve to add to my list and a treat for those dark winter months.
Although the seed are readily available in America no one seemed to stock them in the UK. This made me even keener to track them down. I eventually found that Nicky’s nursery supplies tamarillo seed. Now ordered.
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