Chefs at Gordon Castle's Walled Garden have discovered an unusual but tasty combination of flavours marrying together its own home-grown Brussels sprouts and Gordon Castle Scotland Gin, which is set to feature on its Christmas Menu at the Walled Garden Café.
Executive chef, John Morrison, discovered the curious pairing when he came across an old recipe that suggested simmering Brussels sprouts in a juniper berry stock. It then gave John the idea to go one step further and try using Gordon Castle's multi-award winning Gordon Castle Scotland Gin instead - the result was surprising.
John said: "It had never crossed my mind before to use the gin in sprouts, why would it? To say it tastes good is an understatement - the flavours work incredibly well together. Added to the fact that the sprouts and the botanicals used to flavour the gin were grown just yards from each other makes it that bit more special."
The Walled Garden Café Christmas menu is full of festive fancies, with many of its fresh ingredients sourced from the 8.5acre Walled Garden, one of the largest in the country, which grows a variety of produce from vegetables and fruits to herbs and flowers.
Restoration of the Walled Garden, which aims to transform it back into a fully productive kitchen garden, began in 2011 and is due to be complete in 2017.
The Walled Garden Festive Menu is available until 24th December. For availability and booking contact 01343 612317 firstname.lastname@example.org