Back in April 2009 I was looking forward to a meal organised by Slow Food Edinburgh whose menu featured produce from Shetland. Maybe due to logistical problems or maybe due to insufficient bookings the event was cancelled at the last minute. Since then I have supplied my Native Shetland Lamb to a number of events but have always cherished the idea of a whole menu supplied by Shetland Producers.
In 2012 a new food producers group was formed in Shetland whose aim is to showcase the produce of small food businesses in Shetland. The group organised a very successful three day food fair in Lerwick last November and has been organising regular pop up markets were producers have been able to sell what is in season. By joining in with the food group I have been able to build a working relationship with the producers to whom I could turn to help me gather a selection of products to fill a complete menu.
I enquired of my friends who are members of The Edinburgh and District Shetland Association, if they would like to include such a meal in the calendar of events that they organise for their members. Once they said yes, I contacted Chef Niel Forbes of Café St Honoré. I had met Neil when he was guest chef to the 2011 Shetland Food Festival, and knew him to be familiar with that Shetland has to offer by way of ingredients.
First stop for provisions was Ann Johnson of Scoop, who stock fresh veg that is in season, milk products from Shetland Farm Dairys and Angus’ Shetland Honey from Frakkafield. Smoked Salmon came from Dave at Hand Made Fish Co and Cheese from Jay at Shetland Cheese.
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Zetland Cheese Choux Bun, Our Sourdough & Beremeal Bannock, Shetland Butter
Bigton Plumwood Smoked Salmon, Shetland Black Potato & Shallot Salad
Native Shetland Lamb, Lynn Polson’s Buttered Native Shetland Cabbage & Leek, Crushed Neeps, Confit Sharpes Express Potatoes
Angus Niccol Honey Iced Parfait, Beremeal Tuille
Selection of Shetland Cheese, Beremeal Bannock, Chutney
Soothe Moothe is a young cheese that I particularly like but gets overshadowed in a tasting by others with stronger flavour. - One Gold Star Award 2013 Great Taste Awards.
Zetland is a six month old cheese made by the cheddar method.
St. Ninians is a soft cheese, Jay's latest creation. This is from his first production batch - Bronze Medal winner in the new soft cheese section of 2013 British Cheese Awards
Artisan Roast Coffee or Clipper Organic Tea & “millionbere” Shortcake