Month: February 2017


This February, the Idle Rock’s Head Chef Guy Owen takes inspiration from a commonly used, highly nutritious, but often underrated vegetable- the humble cabbage.

Serves 4

Butter poached cabbage
1 January king cabbage
175g melted butter
Sea salt

Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and reserve for the puree later.
Take the main cabbage heart and split it into 4 large wedges.

Place the cabbage in a deep cast iron dish, cover the cabbage in 75% butter and 25% water, along with some seasoning and place a lid on the pan. Bake in the oven at 110-120 degrees centigrade for around 3 hours.

Once cooked and cooled, remove the cabbage and pat it down slightly.

Next barbeque or blowtorch it, to give a lovely dark colour and a smoky flavour. Place on a metal tray, and gently pull back the leaves and crumble a little feta between the layers. Close them all back up and bake in the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese.

Roast cabbage puree
Using the outer leaves reserved from earlier, cut them down into smaller pieces, and cook them in boiling water until tender. In a heavy based saucepan, add some butter and colour it slightly. Add the cooked cabbage and really roast it off, keep it moving the whole time. When there is sufficient colour, transfer to a blender and blend to a smooth puree.

Celeriac Crush
1 celeriac
Sea salt
Olive oil

Wash the outside of the celeriac thoroughly and place it on a large sheet of tin foil, large enough to encase the whole celeriac. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt, drizzle with olive oil, add the thyme and garlic, and wrap up in the foil. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees centigrade for around 1 hour 30 mins. Poke with a knife to make sure it is cooked all the way through. If not then continue to cook until very tender.

Leave it to cool on the side. Then un-wrap and split it in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp, discard the leftover skin, and chop up the pulp until fairly fine. Season with a little butter and salt to taste.

Pickled linseed
100g white wine
100g white wine vinegar
100g sugar
50g linseed

Boil the sugar, white wine and white wine vinegar together. Place the linseed into a container and immediately pour the hot liquid over them. Cover and leave to pickle for at least 24 hours in the fridge.

To serve
A couple of stems of cavelo nero
Raw, thin slices of pear
Raw, thin slices of cauliflower
Raw crumbled feta

Take a large diner plate and swipe some roast cabbage puree down the centre.
Next place the barbequed cabbage on the plate.
Then liberally scatter some of the celeriac crush around the plate.
Crumble some of the raw feta over the plate.
Add the pear slices and cauliflower.
Add the cook cavelo nero and drizzle some olive oil over it all.
Serve immediately

The King of Vegetables

This February, the Idle Rock’s Head Chef Guy Owen takes inspiration from a commonly used, highly nutritious, but often underrated vegetable- the humble cabbage.

January King: Brassica oleracea var. sabauda is a late Victorian heirloom cabbage, which sits somewhere between a Savoy and white cabbage. It is known as Chou de Milan de Pontoise in France and is a winter vegetable, which has been cultivated in England since 1867.The heads of January King are dense and tend to weigh just over a pound and are crammed with vitamins and health benefiting properties. The leaf pigmentation is truly beautiful and almost changes daily, making it a chameleon amid its vegetable comrades. Their overall colour is a blueish green, with flecks of true turquoise, blushes of purple on the outer leaves and streaks of violet on some of the stems.“January King is one of our favourite cabbages in the Heligan Kitchen Garden, not just for its looks and taste, but also because it sits really well in the ground for up to a couple of months; which provides a welcomed extended harvest, perfect for these leaner months” comments Nicola Bradley, Head of Productive Gardens.

We have four vegetarian dishes a day on our à la carte menu, one of which is entirely dedicated to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and their current crop and is simply called, ‘Heligan’s Garden.’ On request, you can also have the tasting menu, based solely on vegetables.

With recent scientific research indicating that five portions of fruit and veg a day are good for you, but ten is even better and could even prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide every year; the need to showcase the mighty vegetable is even more significant than before.

“Our focus on vegetarian food is to show the versatility and beauty of nature, working with Heligan Gardens gives us direct access to vegetables at their best. Not only are we showing how delicious vegetarian food can be, but also working hard on sustainability within Cornwall,” comments Guy.

On the menu at The Idle Rocks this month is, barbequed January King, stuffed with feta. Celeriac, Cavolo Nero, raw pear and pickled linseed.

Please click here for the recipe, if you wish to try this delicious dish at home for yourself.

Idle Mirabelle Recipe

Bar Manager, Laura Sexton shares her latest creation and recipe for this fruity, refreshing, easy to drink cocktail.



40ml Mirabelle Eau de Vie

30ml Chilled Earl Grey Tea

25ml Sugar Syrup

20ml Lemon Juice

Dash Orange Bitters


Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass with an orange sugar rim and quarter orange slice garnish to rest on edge of glass.

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