1 May 2010

Westminster's Vote Winning BBQ

What do you think of when you think of Westminster? Politics? The election? When I think of Westminster I immediately think of prime Scottish beef.

No, not the PM! I mean delicious meat sizzling on a barbeque. Why? Because for the last eight years, summer at Westminster Abbey Gardens for Bovingdons means the privilege of catering at the annual Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board event (formerly the Meat and Livestock Commission).

As you can imagine, this showcase offers the biggest variety and best possible quality of this country's meat - Scottish beef, Welsh lamb, English sausages... every single ingredient (including the sauces) must be of British origin, the meat must be labelled and fully traceable almost right to the animals name. My yearly challenge as appointed caterer is to surpass my last menu.  It's an irresistible brief for Chef David and I. We have just pitched our ideas for 2010 but my lips are sealed! Instead, here are just some of the items from the 2009 barbeque to tempt the carnivore in you.

Seared fillet of British beef in little Yorkshire puddings with horseradish cream
Crisp new potatoes filled with dry cure smoked bacon and English blue cheese
Little spiced lamb and aubergine falafel

Conisbees Cumberland pork sausages
Home and hand made beef burgers with chilli and fresh parsley
Shoulder of lamb, marinated in garlic and lavender yoghurt
British pork shoulder steaks with apricot glaze
Sticky BBQ lamb slices

Minted new potato mayonnaise
Roasted vegetable with red onions, purple basil and barley
Garden leaf and herb salad with rape seed oil dressing
Tomato and cucumber salad with Bovingdons honey dressing

Good grain mustard
Home made mayonnaise
Good horseradish sauce
Bovingdons Famous BBQ sauce

Mini waffle cones of assorted sorbets
Bowls of delicious Eton Mess with strawberries and cream

English, Scottish and Welsh Cows cheese
with crostini fingers and oatcakes 

A selection of rustic country breads made with Doves flour

(and yes, of course the full menu includes a fair proportion of vegetarian, Halal and special diet considerations)

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