33 Year Wedding Anniversary and a Birthday
On the first of five days at Eastward House, this charming couple with much to celebrate, choose the Izakaya Seafood Japanese menu.
As our contribution to the celebration we expanded their chosen menu to ten individual servings.
Absolutely fresh sushi: Saba sushi (outside wrapped mackerel), Westray fresh crab rolled in sesame seed, avocado rolled in catalina fish eggs, Prawn, and finally Westray organic salmon. Garnished with florets of Thai basil.
Hotaté: Missing Bell special recipe for hand dived scallops from Orkney waters served on a bed of samphire.
Ika: very tender squid.
Green beans in a Missing Bell sesame dressing.
Nasu dengaku: amazing aubergine with A Missing Bell made-for-the-moment red miso topping. Edible viola by Ayana
Teriyaki salmon: A Missing Bell special recipe with Westray organic salmon, shiitake mushroom and asparagus.
Intense chocolate birthday cake.
Missing Bell Green tea fondant au chocolat, Sharon fruit.
From Farm to Luxurious Cuisine
A few evenings ago, as we worked carefully to create the next perfect preparation for our two guests, the sky was darkening at 9 o'clock in the evening. It was bracingly cold outside and we were glad to be working in a warm kitchen.
The aromas were tantalising from the resting Orkney beef and the freshly rubbed ginger. Six successful courses completed and now just three to go.
As we slice oranges and chop spring onions we see through the kitchen window, that the other end of the local food chain is working late too. It is a member of the family of gentleman farmers that own and manage a large and respected beef farm on the island.
We serve our fillet steak teriyaki beef.
As we return to kitchen, the farmer passes by to pick up yet another load and start his late night tasks all over again.
And so from producer to purveyor, with both ends of the food chain in plain sight, we are glad to be in the warm environment of Eastward House and thankful for the commitment made by our local farmers.
Three Courses and Six Delights
Our nutritionally balanced gourmet breakfasts deliver three course healthy starts to the day for carnivores, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans.
We don't resort to imitation sausages for vegetarians or vegans.
With a little creativity and patience, it is possible to create stimulating tastes for the third course of breakfast with sufficient variety and protein.
Here is one of our vegetarian breakfast that devout carnivores ask for.
So the first course is a large bowl of freshly prepared fruit.
Followed by second course of Missing Bell addictive porridge.
And here is the third course with six delights:-
Avocado oven baked with egg yolk in the centre, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper and paprika. Sweet potato roasted and virgin oil. Mushrooms in marjoram and red wine. Roasted vine tomatoes. Chestnuts roasting in virgin oil and fresh oregano. Samoan banana with finely chopped onions, coconut milk and fresh coriander. Served with a dish of scrambled eggs and fresh French tarragon.
Also available as a vegan version.
The Long, Long Celebration
A 50 year wedding anniversary is not such an unusual thing but celebrating the occasion for the whole year is both novel and a beguiling concept.
So the Orkney participation in the year of happy travels for this British couple, was a Missing Bell execution of the chosen Washoku Japanese cuisine with the 'Izakaya Seafood' menu.
Ultra-fresh, made-for-the-moment Westray organic salmon sushi, Westray crab with sesame seed sushi and prawn sushi. Served with Gari (pickled root ginger), soy sauce and freshly rubbed 100% real Japanese wasabi.
Sashimi: Westray organic salmon, flame seared.
Served with picked-for-moment shiso, Japanese rolled egg and yuzo pepper.
Ika: very tender squid with freshly picked Thai basil
Green beans with Missing Bell sesame dressing
Tempura: scallops, monkfish, broccoli and fennel. Served with Missing Bell tempura sauce, daicon and freshly rubbed ginger.
Nasu dengaku: aubergine with freshly made red miso.
Teriyaki beef: Orkney fillet steak, shiitake mushrooms Missing Bell special recipe teriyaki sauce
Desert time: green tea mousse, peaches, freshly baked green tea cake and chocolate macoron
"This church had 134 years of weddings, blessings and Sunday school; it must be Inculcated with love, the walls must exude happiness and joy." Keiko Yamaga-White November 2007