We aim to provide a healthy diet made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible.
Since starting the Landshare scheme (allotments for five families here at Assington Mill), we have been able to use the produce grown here organically.
Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. They are prepared here at Assington Mill. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible.
Typical menus at the moment are:
Soups: cauliflower, carrot & sherry, carrot, tomato and rocket, beetroot, lentil & mixed vegetable, salmorejo (tomato & garlic), apple, parsnip and ginger , pea etc.
Main courses: ham (from pigs raised in a field adjacent to our farm), smoked fish from Orford or vegetarian quiches with salads such as Waldorf salad (apple, celery & walnut), carrot & orange & cabbage, green salad of mixed leaves (some of it found on the farm!), mushroom & anchovies, French beans & shrimps, tomato, feta, basil and black olives, etc.
We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other special needs, as long as you give us notice on the booking form.
If you would like the recipe for anything you eat at Assington Mill, it should be on the website. If not, please do ask.
Thank you for the gorgeous food you arranged. With my work I am fortunate to dine in many fine restaurants, but given the choice I would be back to your kitchen every time!
Incredibly enjoyable, wonderfully organised, fantastic and beautifully presented food, companiable group, wonderful teacher (Drawing for Beginners).
Food was worth half the course fee on its own.
I would like the ability to buy a recipe book for the food eaten over the weekend.
The lunch was delicious (as were the biscuits and cake) and were very comforting on that cold wet day! I am looking at other courses in the list and am sure that I will be visiting you again this year to acquire some more practical knowledge and skills.
GRANNY BUD HOLDEN’S FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAKE, via Assington Mill
1lb flour (self raising)
½ lb sultanas
½ lb currants
½ lb raisins
20zsa ground almonds
2ozs almonds (peeled and slices)
4ozs candied peel (minced)
4ozs preserved cherries (quartered)
level tsp rind of half a lemon
level tsp nutmeg
level tsp cinnamon
2 glasses whiskey
½ tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp almond essence
2 tbsps black treacle
Cream butter and sugar, add sieved flour and well beaten egg alternately and some of the whiskey until the mixture just drops off a wooden spoon. Add all the rest of the ingredients, beating well all the time. Grease tins well then line with 2 layers of newspaper and then greaseproof paper. Bake for ½ hour at Reg 4, then 3, last ½ hour reg. 2, total 4 hours. Test with a skewer and allow to cool before turning out.
DELIA’S AMERICAN BROWNIES (can be adapted to be gluten free)
via Assington Mill
2oz plain dessert choc (I use Green & Blacks 70%)
4 oz butter
2 eggs, beaten
8 oz gran sugar
2 oz plain flour (brown rice flour)
1 tsp baking powder (gf)
¼ tsp salt
4 oz chopped nuts
Pre-heat oven to gas 4, 350 F (180 C)
7x11 tin well-greased and lined with greaseproof paper. Bring the paper up a good two inches above the rim of the tin
Melt butter and broken up chocolate in the microwave (or bowl in boiling water) for 1 min, or until melted. Remove and stir in all the other ingredients until thoroughly mixed, then spread into the lined tin.
Bake for 30 mins or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out cleanly, but don’t overcook – it will firm up as it cools. Leave mixture in tin to cool for 10 mins before dividing into approx 15 square and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
WALDORF SALAD a la “Raw Energy” by Susannah & Leslie Kenton
Via Assington Mill
3 stalks celery
2 handfuls of raisins
2 handfuls of walnuts or pecans
1 handful of toasted pumpkin seeds or cubes of mature Cheddar cheese
½ cup of mayonnaise
Spices (mixed cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) half a teaspoon of each
Method: quarter the apples and cut out the cores, then dice and toss them in lemon juice. Slice the celery stalks diagonally. Break the walnuts of pecans in half. Mix the apples, celery and nuts together, adding the pumpkin seeds or cheese and the mayonnaise and pour over the salad. Toss well. Eat as it is or served on a bed of shreeded Webb’s Wonder.
As a variation try making Curried Waldorf Salad, substituting 1/2 t curry powder for the other spices.
ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL from Margaret Scott , via Assington Mill
4 lbs granulated sugar
3 ozs citric acid
20-30 elderflower heads
3 pints water
Pick the heads when in full sun. They must be in the peak of condition: not wilting or in bud. Peel the lemon rind, and add to the sugar and acid and unwashed flower heads. Pour over boiling water, stir and leave for 24 hours. Add lemon juice, strain and bottle.
CHOCOLATE COURGETTE CAKE from Maggie Mills via Assington Mill (can be gluten free)
8 ozs caster sugar
8 fl oz sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
8 ozs grated courgette
8 ozs plain flour (I use rice flour)
4 ozs cocoa powder (Green & Blacks for best flavour)
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tsp baking powder (gf)
Whisk sugar, eggs and oil together, stir in courgettes. Add to dry ingredients (sieve these together first). Place in a greased loaf tin. Bake 160 C for around 30-40 mins.
SALMOREJO (soup) from Bella, cook and owner of the Hotel Valsequilla, Lepe, Spain, via Assington Mill
1 x 800g tin of chopped tomatoes
8 cloves of garlic, chopped in half
Bread, 2 handfuls of white, without crusts
Olive oil, 5 glugs!
Salt, 4 pinches
Vinegar, a little
Method: soak the bread and squeeze dry, add all the other ingredients, blend at high speed and serve cold. Enough for 6. Sorry the measurements are rather imprecise but I was shown how to make this in Bella's kitchen.
CASHEW & SEMOLINA/POLENTA CAKE (can be gluten free)
Taken from Allegra McEvedy's Colour Cookbook, via Assington Mill
200g butter at room temperature
250g golden Demerara sugar
250g ground cashew nuts, raw & unsalted
Zest & juice of 2 oranges
110g of fine semolina/polenta
1 level tsp baking powder (gf)
Rosemary in little sprigs & 2tbsps caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 160C/320F/Gas 3. Cream the butter and sugar together with a mixer until light and pale. Mix in the cashews (I grind them in the mixer). Add the eggs, one by one, waiting until each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the orange zest and juice, followed by semolina, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
Grease a 25cm cake tin with a little butter, then dust lightly with flour (rice flour to be gf)). Shake the flour all around the inside so that there is a fine dusting, then tip out the excess.
Spoon the cake mix into the tin and then put in the oven on a tray for around 1.5 hours.
When the time is up, do the skewer test. If a little bit of the cake mix sticks to the skewer, put it back in for another 10-15 mins. Allow to cool in the tin while making the rosemary syrup. Put the rosemary sprigs into a small saucepan with the sugar and 5 tbsps of water. Cook gently over a low flame for 5-10 mins until the rosemary has softened and the sugar has been transformed into a thick, clear syrup.
Loosen the cake around the edges of the tin with a knife, and transfer it to a wire rack. Wait 5 mins then brush the rosemary syrup over the cake and dot the candied rosemary sprigs across the top. There needs to be at least a couple of sprigs per slice.
This cake keeps for about a week and will improve in taste every day. For the best results, store it in an airtight cake tin at room temperature.
CARROT CAKE from ASSINGTON MILL
3 large eggs
175ml (6floz) sunflower oil
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
55ml (1floz) soured cream
175g (6oz) raw moscovado sugar
175g (6oz) soft brown sugar
250g (9oz) rice flour (or wholewheat)
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 level tsps cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Small tsp salt
300g (11oz)_ grated, peeled carrots
75g (3oz) desiccated coconut
Icing (simply mix together)
125g (4oz) full fat soft cream cheese (Philadelphia)
50g (2oz) unsalted butter
50g (2lz) sifted icing