Taking a break in the garden.
Getting ready for apple sauce.
One of my favourite comfort foods. Latkes are simply grated potato and onion that is fried into crisp delightful little pancakes. Traditionally served with sour cream and/or apple sauce.
1 large baking potato grated
1/2 large onion grated
1 egg beaten
1-2 tablespoons white plain flour
3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Grate the potato and onion and leave in a colander for a while, occasionally squeezing it to extract as much moisture as possible. Mix in the egg and flour, shape into palm-sized patties. Put a good 3-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil (I use canola) into a frying pan and when very hot add the patties, flattening them down until they are about half an inch thick. Cook until golden brown on each side. Add salt and pepper and enjoy!
1 bottle red wine
60 gm brown or white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg…. teaspoon or two teaspoons
1 orange sliced
1 bay leaf
60 ml rum (optional)
Heat wine with orange slices, spices and sugar until sugar dissolved. Add rum if using. Strain. Pour into pre-heated wine glasses. (Slowly warm the glasses under the hot water tap so they do not shatter. Or use mugs.). Drink. Repeat.
Alternatively… buy this from the Co-op. Currently 2 bottles for £6.00. This is the BEST pre-mixed mulled wine I have ever tasted, and I have tasted alot of mulled wine in my time.
I very rarely go into The Fountain Inn, but have taken guests a couple of times lately and have enjoyed the meals and atmosphere every time. I had the Triple Decker Veggie Club (£5.49) with grilled halloumi, grilled peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and red pepper mayonnaise. My only small criticism is that for my taste, I would have preferred the bread to be toasted for a little bit longer.
My Father who was visiting had the Beef chilli, sour cream and jalapeno peppers jacket potato for £4.89. He enjoyed this very much, and it went down very nicely with a pint of Fosters.
The food was freshly made, the servings size were generous, but not overwhelming. It was lovely to sit in The Fountain on a cold crisp autumn day and to chat and watch the world go by.
The Fountain Inn.
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