I love this time of year – what chef doesn’t? says Graeme Pallister, chef patron of 63 Tay Street in Perth.
Seasonal Scottish strawberries are an absolute joy, enthuses Garry Watson, chef proprietor of Gordon's Restaurant in Inverkeilor.
Tomatoes are my wife Anna's favourite ingredient, says Tim Dover, chef patron of The Roost Restaurant, Bridge of Earn. She is delighted that there are now far more varieties on sale in the supermarket than ever before and is fussy about which sort of tomatoes she uses for dishes. Small cherry tomatoes are perfect for salads, but the more orangey ones are better for tarts, cooked with cheese for instance.
I love creating cod dishes at this time of year, says Martin Hollis, executive chef at the Old Course, St Andrews. There’s something about summer that makes lemon-drizzled cod a favourite in my household, and indeed many homes up and down the country.
Although often overlooked and thought of as boring, lentils are a brilliant addition to a dish, whether you’re looking for a veggie option, or a substantial side for meat or fish, says Garry Watson, chef proprietor of Gordon's Restaurant in Inverkeilor.
The stinging nettle is one of the most common foraged plants and at this time of year they are good to pick and eat, says Tim Dover, chef patron of The Roost restaurant in Bridge of Earn.
As fellow chef Martin Hollis observed last week, one of the signs that spring is here in Courier Country is the availability of fresh asparagus, grown by only a handful of specialist farmers with real love and attention.
I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we can finally say that spring has arrived, says Martin Hollis, executive chef of the Old Course resort, St Andrews.
There’s a tradition in our family at Easter – it involves everyone standing at the top of a hill in Perthshire, freezing their hands off, says Graeme Pallister, chef patron of 63 Tay Street in Perth.
It’s Easter Day next weekend and kids young and old will be looking forward to their Easter eggs, says Garry Watson, chef proprietor of Gordon's Restaurant in Inverkeilor.