Getting an invitation to dine with Jamie Oliver’s best pal Jimmy Doherty to celebrate the Jersey Royals season is not an everyday occurrence for me. Oh no! So you can imagine my utter amazement when such an invitation popped into my inbox.
As you probably already know Jimmy Doherty is a well respected farmer who is passionate about Great British produce. Therefore his partnership with Jersey Royal potatoes is a completely natural fit. The Jersey Royal new potato season has just begun, so it was a real pleasure to try these creamy nutty potatoes cooked as part of a fabulous four course meal hosted by Jimmy.
The meal began with an exquisite starter of a Jersey Royal spring vegetable frittata served with a pea shoot and mint salad, seriously yum! The main meal was a Jersey Royal, cheese, onion and sausage pasty with a quick tomato jam, plus a Jersey Royal rosemary skewer. Having had numerous summer holidays in beautiful Cornwall, I know a good pasty when I eat one, that was one of the best I’ve ever had. The main meal was served with a generous bowl full of Jersey Royal potatoes tossed in butter and mint.
Followed by a cheeseboard filled with a scrumptious selection of Jersey cheeses, served with black butter, crackers and apple brandy. Black butter is not something I’d heard of before but it was an absolute treat, best described as being like a sweet chutney it was a sublime addition to the creamy cheeses. Although feeling rather full after eating such a glorious meal, I did manage to make room for a couple of pieces of sea salt Jersey fudge to have with a cup of tea to finish off.
The evening demonstrated to me the versatility of the Jersey Royal potatoes. We live very much in an era whereby potatoes, and carbohydrates generally are shunned to a certain extent. Although, I think you’ll find my blog a carbohydrate friendly place. Jersey Royal potatoes are a great source of both Vitamin C and B, reason enough for incorporating them into your diet not forgetting their delicious taste.
It was wonderful to meet Jimmy and hear him speak so enthusiastically about Jersey produce. Thank you so much to Jersey Royals for inviting me. If you are interested in finding out more about Jersey Royals, then check out their website here.
If you fancy cooking with Jersey Royal new potatoes don’t forget to take a look at my Spanish Inspired Sea Bass recipe from the blog archives.
Until next time.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the four course meal event with Jimmy Doherty and Jersey Royals, along with other bloggers. I was not sponsored or asked to write anything, however I enjoyed the food and evening so much I wanted to share it with you.