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Posted by: Cecilia Monday, September 21, 2009 2:45 PM
It seems Sharrow Bay has struck up a lasting culinary relationship with Knightsbridge top shop Harvey Nichols. Head chef Mark Teasdale heads south at the end of this week to show well-to-do Londoners what Cumbria can offer on a plate. This is what the press release said:

"Sharrow Bay has once again been picked to showcase its Michelin star cuisine at the prestigious Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor restaurant in Knightsbridge as part of the British Food Fortnight celebrations. Running from Friday 25th September to Thursday 1st October, Sharrow Bay Head Chef, Mark Teasdale, will be joining Fifth Floor Executive Chef, Jonas Karlsson, in the Harvey Nichols kitchens.  Using the best of Cumbrian produce, they will display their own distinctive style of cooking through a range of collaborative menus especially created for the occasion.  The menus will feature some of Sharrow's signature dishes, such as, their sell-out dessert from last year; the world famous sticky toffee pudding (which will also be available to purchase in Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets nationwide)."

Jonas Karlsson – definitely a fellow Swede by the sounds of it. Indeed – he has been interviewed in the Guardian. Where we find out that his three desert island ingredients are sugar, salt and dill: "Then I could marinate all the fish I caught!" Wise, wise words. He also claims that Scandinavian food is the next big thing. Well, we'll see. In the meantime – here are a couple of examples of other Swedish uses of the fabulous herb that is dill:

Dill is what we cook our delicious fresh water crayfish in – plus salt – for the August crayfish festival. However, for this purpose you have to use dill flowers, so I'm thinking maybe ask a florist...

Also, dill is an absolute must for cooking early season new potatoes...as I have mentioned elsewhere on this site! Ideally, you use the thick stalks for this purpose, and save the lovely leaves for other purposes...in Sweden you buy dill by the bunch, not as sad little cut-offs in a plastic container.

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