Month: September 2015

Guy’s recipe for Cox apple tarte, calvados raisin and vanilla ice-cream














The dish is compiled of several elements, so I’ve created this straight forward version of the dish for you to cook at home, this recipe will make two tart, for a dinner party scale up as needed.

For the calvados raisins…


150 g raisin

150g calvados

200 grams sugar stock (equal amounts of water and sugar, boiled together for 1 minute, then cooled down)


Mix the raisins, calvados and sugar stock together and allow to soak for at least 24 hours.


Now for the tart…


8 English (preferably Cornish) cox apples

Very good, all butter puff pastry (shop bought is fine)

Vanilla (fresh pod or essence)

Sugar stock (equal amounts of water and sugar, boiled together for 1 minute then left to cool)


Lay out your puff pastry on a lightly floured surface (remembering it must be kept fridge cold at all times, otherwise the pastry will not puff properly). Now take a small plate or suitable sized round stencil (usually a small saucer does the trick here) and lay it on the pastry and using a sharp ended knife, carefully cut around the plate so you are left with a disk of pastry, and place it back in the fridge on a piece of greaseproof paper, to keep it fridge cold. Continue this until the desired amount of tarte bases are cut.

Now move onto the apples. Peel 4 of the apples, cut them into quarters, remove the pips and cores. Now chop them down into fairly small pieces, place into a none stick pan, with the vanilla pod scrapped in, or a teaspoon of vanilla essence. And cook gently until the apple has broken down and looks a little like apple sauce. Strain off any excess liquid, and either blend the pulp down in a blender, or if you are without a blender, place on a chopping board and chop it right down until smooth. Cool this mix down in the fridge and reserve it to one side.

Take the other four apples, and keep the skin on. Then cut off the apple cheeks and slice them thinly across the apple. Reserve 1 of the apples and cut off the cheeks. Take the cheeks and cut a thin slice off it, then using a small ring cutter, cut a small disc of apple out roughly ½ -1 inch in width.

Now you are ready to assemble. Take out your apple puree and your pastry. Bring your apple slices over and your apple disc. Firstly take some apple puree and spread it all over the pastry giving it a good 1-2 cm in depth layer. Then take your apple slices and spiral them around the tart in an even and clockwise fashion, then place the disc of apple in the very centre of the tart. Once all the tarts are made. Bake in the over at 180 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes.














Pull out of the oven and leave to cool for just a couple of minutes, you don’t want to serve these straight away as somebody could seriously burn their mouths as a lot of natural sugar would have begun to caramelise. Once cooled, using a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the tartes with your  pre-made sugar stock solution. This will give them a really nice glazed look.

To serve, place the cox apple tarte in the middle of a plate, scatter some of the calvados raisins over the top of the tarte and around the plate, also adding some of the raisin liquor to the plate and tarte (obviously if you are cooking for children then this wouldn’t be appropriate, but if it’s just for 18’s and over, keep adding until you feel you are having a good time!!!)  Then simply take a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream and serve it onto or to the side, and enjoy!!

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Sid’s Guide to Autumn in Cornwall




Sid here, I’m the The Idle Rocks’ concierge and, so I’m told, Cornwall’s only concierge. From time to time I’m going to give you my tips on how to make the most of Cornwall and to start here’s my guide to Autumn in the glorious county…

There is no greater place to watch the changing seasons than Cornwall. As summer gives way to autumn we can enjoy the bright sunny skies and empty beaches, the leaves turning the ground a golden brown and the sun hanging lower in the sky.

For those of you feeling less enthusiastic about saying goodbye to our (albeit short and not altogether that sunny) summer, Autumn also means a plethora of brilliant events featuring the best food, drink and music Cornwall has to offer. Here are just some of the events happening over the next few months that celebrate those great Cornish traditions of eating great food, drinking well and most importantly, having a good time.


Looe Music Festival

For three days in September ( 18th -20th) the sleepy picturesque fishing village of Looe is transformed into one of Cornwall’s best music festivals where everywhere is a venue and everyone is welcome to dance, drink and enjoy themselves. With headliners The Proclaimers, Jools Holland and Johnny Marr good times are guaranteed and the eclectic mix of high energy music set across the entire village means you’re never far from the action. Set amongst all this music you’ll find a fabulous mixture of food and drink stalls to help keep you dancing for the whole weekend.


UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival

From the 24th to the 27th of September the historic village of St Mawes will hold host to the UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival. With the aim of showcasing the fabulous fly fishing that exists in Cornwall event organisers Amelia and Tim Whitaker have invited some of the world’s best anglers to sample ‘The Salt’. Demonstrations and clinics from professionals will ensure that anglers of all abilities are catered for. The festival promises a great atmosphere set against the backdrop of the stunning St Mawes coastline.


Great Cornish Food Festival

If you prefer eating fish to catching them then the Great Cornish Food Festival will be for you. Back for its 12th year and taking over Truro’s Lemon Quay from Friday 25th to Sunday the 27th September it’s the county’s largest event dedicated exclusively to Cornish food and drink.

With 50 producers and more than 40 chefs and food experts taking part the festival will feature hands on master classes, demonstrations and activities for all ages. Sunday afternoon will see celebrated seafood chef Nathan Outlaw hosting the grand final so if you love Cornish food and drink this is going to be an event you won’t want to miss.


Boscastle Food, Arts and Craft Festival

With the opening night on 1st October described as a ‘fiery feast of funk and food’ the Boscastle food, arts and craft festival promises to be an unforgettable experience set throughout the beautiful North Cornish village of Boscastle. Featuring demos from some of Cornwall’s top chefs, an abundance of food and craft stalls and inspirational conservation events the festival will be concluding with a performance from the Plymouth Military Wife’s Choir who are sure to send everyone home humming a sea shanty or two.


Falmouth Oster festival

If you love live music, seafood cookery demonstrations, Cornish food, arts and crafts, real ale, wine bars and shucking oysters then the Falmouth Oyster Festival is not to be missed. Celebrating the start of the oyster dredging season the festival will be four days (8th-11th October) of fun and food in vibrant Falmouth just across the water from us here in St Mawes.





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