Goats’ cheese stuffed courgette flowers with lavender honey at Salt Yard

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This is a relatively straightforward dish, as the picture probably suggests. Courgette flowers are stuffed with tangy goats’ cheese, deep fried in the lightest of batters and drizzled (very generously) with aromatic lavender honey. Simple ingredients, but a really tasty result.

“They’re a bit of theatre and the chefs know how to play it”

Well, I say simple ingredients, but flowers rather than fruit bodies of courgette are no doubt pretty exotic. You couldn’t easily see these yellow beauties, and I was surprised (pleasantly it turns out) that they were cooked with quite a length of stalk which helped the dish stand up to the mellow but robust flavour of the oozing cheese, and gave a lovely crunchy bite to go with the crispy batter and flower.

The honey was sweet, obviously, but also almost spicy in its aromaticness. Together it amounted to an ethereal offering which is deservedly a signature dish for Salt Yard.

Courgette flowers are never going to fill you up, and I can’t honestly promise that the petals themselves add much to the dish, but they’re a bit of theatre and the chefs know how to play it. 

I’ve been told off for going on about other dishes not part of the Chowdown Showdown Londontown challenge, so here are some pictures to tantalise you of the other dishes on offer, with no additional commentary…

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One thought on “Goats’ cheese stuffed courgette flowers with lavender honey at Salt Yard

  1. Ohh how yummy! I adore lavender honey, this recipe look delicious – I will definitely give it a go.

    Here are some of my other favourite uses for lavender honey:

    Chop up a banana and cover in natural yoghurt and top with a large dollop of Lavender Honey.

    Spread on hot buttered toast – be as generous as you like.

    Natural yoghurt is a healthy start, but can be turned into a real treat with a teaspoon of runny lavender honey.

    Use lavender honey when making a smoothie – should keep you going until lunchtime.

    Pick a spring of thyme and add to hot water with lavender honey and a slice of lemon. A wonderful remedy if feeling under the weather. A peeled and uncrushed clove of garlic can be added to for additional benefits. The same herbal drink can be made with both fresh rosemary or ginger.

    At teatime, toasted crumpets and hot cross buns are sublime when combined with honey.

    If you are making pancakes, try using honey instead of syrup or sugar for a natural alternative.

    Using honey in your tea or coffee instead of sugar is a good idea – honey is sweeter than sugar so you need to use less, and it’s lower in calories too.

    When you need an instant boost to your energy levels, a teaspoon of honey has a great effect – tastes good too!

    Add to porridge to supply central heating when the weather starts to cool.

    Honey is great for keeping cakes and biscuits fresh and moist. It’s also sweeter than sugar, so much less is needed to achieve the same results.

    Adding lavender honey to salad dressings and sauces enhances the flavour and gives extra body.

    For more ideas please visit my website to have a look at my lavender honey from Provence: http://www.celialindsell.com/product.php?plid=138&cid=41

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