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Danger Zone: Loch Leven’s Larder
This month’s theme of “Danger Zone” has a range of different connotations, for me. It means at least all of the following:
“Dangerous” food: from fugu preparation to munching on scorpions, some intrepid folks like sampling all manner of dangerous or scary looking items. It’s not really for me, though.
Food that you “can’t resist”: aside from slight issues I have in relation to home made chocolate truffles, I actually don’t suffer too madly from eating compulsions. As I’ve often said, I’m not really a cake or dessert fan, and while some savoury treats do excite eating frenzies, I’m not sure I’m particularly prone to this, either.
The countryside: this one probably needs a little more explaining than the others, so it’s to that that I will turn my attention.
I am in an unabashed city boy. I have a great fondness for the countryside, and its many virtues, but I simply don’t like being there. I never have done, and although I am certainly one for changing my mind and opinions at regular intervals, I have no country-dwelling plans on the immediate horizon. Simply, I love my cities, particularly Edinburgh, way too much to forsake them for too long.
Last weekend, though, I had a really enjoyable trip to the “danger zone” of the countryside, with a visit to Loch Leven’s Larder. I was in joyous mood, as the occasion was the wedding of two of my close friends. At the ceremony, I gave a puppetshow performance of the Owl and the Pussycat, then it was to Loch Leven that we headed for the reception.
Under the careful hand of chef Peter Backhouse, the Larder is packing customers in at an impressive rate, serving between five and seven hundred customers, on busier days. It’s a thriving business, as is evidenced by the extensive extension work they are undertaking.
I’m not going to give a detailed review of the dishes (pictured) I was served, but it’s safe to say that all were of the highest order. All in all, it was the finest wedding meal I’ve sampled in a good long while.
Will it make me leave my beloved concrete jungle a little more often to pay it another visit? The reality is that it probably won’t, but I was highly impressed with the place and would heartily recommend you take a trip to the “danger zone” to visit it.
Lock Leven’s Larder
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