Artist Corner

August 15, 2011 by

We’d like to introduce Laura Wade, a dear friend of ours and a very accomplished young painter. We’ve commissioned Laura to paint us a series of works for Centotre – watch this space!

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Wynad Pepper

August 12, 2011 by

Very dear friends of ours, Colin and Kolquin live in India. Colin is in his 70’s and Kolquin in his 80’s. About 15 years ago they retired and chose the region of Kerala as their home. They bought a few acres of land and adopted the locals as their own. Para, Johnson and many others. They decided to start growing pepper as Kerala is the most famous growing area in the world for this incredible spice.

Victor and I were able to visit them in 2001. We found a community of three generations living in the most stunning countryside you could ever imagine. Grandparents, parents and children are working in this plantation. Thanks to the success of the pepper and all the support from Colin and Kolquin these families have running water, all the modern conveniences we enjoy, their children go to school and are clothed and fed. All of these basic needs that we take for granted didn’t exist for these families before the plantation was established.

We have bought the pepper for many years but we’re really sorry to say we hadn’t ordered any for over two years. We now have this back in stock. White for The Scottish Cafe an black for Centotre.

What makes this pepper so special is that it’s hand picked and it’s organic. Unlike commercial pepper that you buy each string of berries is picked from the pepper vines only when they are ripe. This makes the picking three to four times more labour intensive that commercial peppers. Once picked they are left in the sun to dry for a few days then they are pasteurised to prevent salmonella. Cases of salmonella is very high in pepper due to the elephant and cow dung that is used as fertiliser.

White pepper is black pepper with the skin removed which is also done by hand by Wynad. We buy direct therefore ensuing that all the money goes back to the plantation to support the families. While fair trade ensures a fair price, the growers don’t get the best price and sometimes there can be three or four tiers of middle men inflating the price to the end users but not ensuring the best price for the growers.

Wynad is a huge story. But the region has had great losses over recent years. There has been a lot of blight and many of the crops have failed. Leading to one of the highest suicide rates of any farming community in the world. Grandfathers and fathers have been lost due to
the devastating loss of income these communities has suffered. One less mouth to feed has been the sacrifice these men have made for
their families futures.

So when you’re putting that little bit of ‘gioventù’ as we say in Italy, youth, on your food, it’s really a much much bigger and very special story…

Visit Wynad’s website to find out more : www.paraspepper.com

Handmade Orecchiette – Puglia Style

August 6, 2011 by

On our recent family holiday to Italy we were lucky enough to visit the Puglia region and there we found Lucia! Lucia was kind enough to show us how she makes orecchiette, by hand! It’s the way her mother made it, and her mother’s mother before her, and her mother’s mother’s mother before her, and her mother’s mother’s mother’s mother before her…! You get the idea!

Lucia’s family recipe uses semolina flour, fresh egg and a little water to bind. When time’s were tight, eggs were not an option and the family would just use flour and water. Check out the video’s on our Facebook page here – you can see how expertly she mixes, kneads, cuts and shapes the pasta. It’s not as easy as it looks! Trust us! We all had a go. One of the joys of running a family business is we get to work together, share a home together, holiday together and make pasta together!!

Christmas at Centotre!

August 2, 2011 by

It might be August but we’re already getting excited about Christmas!! And we’ve got great ideas for your festive party!

Centotre is perfect for your festive lunch or dinner! Our Christmas dining package includes a four course menu using local ingredients paired with authentic Italian flavours, mulled wine and table treats. Best shared with friends! Visit our Christmas page HERE for more details. And email reservations@centotre.com to book your table today!

National Cherry Day!

July 16, 2011 by

Today is National Cherry Day! A day dedicated to celebrating British Cherries and all the wonderful things you can make with them!
Including our very own Centotre Cherry Daquiri – Fresh British cherries, muddled with Bacardi Superior, fresh lime, gomme syrup and ice – Yum!

Aperitivo Hour!

July 6, 2011 by

What better way to spend your afternoon than by joining us for our Aperitivo Hour! Sunday right through until Friday. 3pm until 6pm. Enjoy complimentary croccante and olives with your cocktails at Centotre!

Choose from our long list of delicious cocktails or, for a special treat, try our “Cocktail of the Festival” Zaira’s own Strawberry Caipirinha – Finlandia Vodka, fresh strawberries, a little brown sugar, gomme syrup and fresh lime muddled on ice – Yum!


New Festival Menu!!

July 6, 2011 by

Summer has arrived (for the most part!) and with it our shiny new Festival Menu! Celebrating the festival season in Edinburgh and showcasing our most favourite Italian and Scottish ingredients! Including…

Poached Scottish langoustine with homemade Amalfi lemon mayonnaise; New season Italian Camone tomato with rocket, pecorino and fresh Italian watermelon; Our homemade gnocchi with triple cream Burrata from Puglia; Peelham Farm pork and Loch Arthur ricotta in homemade ravioli; Vialone Nano risotto with courgettes and courgette flower leaves served with Centotre British Rose veal meatballs; Chargrilled Scottish cod fillet served with summer stew of Italian borlotti beans and Pachino tomatoes; Peelham Farm lamb with fresh broad beans, East Lothian King Edward potatoes and a homemade salsa verde – to list just a few!!

And to finish try our homemade Italian peach and frangipane sponge with Loch Arthur ricotta cream laced with Amalfi lemon zest or our famous centotre Meringue served with homemade strawberry ice cream and fresh Scottish strawberries – yum!!

Reserve your table today and enjoy the flavours of the Italian summer with dishes made from the very best Scottish ingredients!
Tel: 0131 225 1550 or Email: reservations@centotre.com

Armed Forces Day

June 21, 2011 by
This weekend 24th-26th June, Edinburgh hosts the UK’s National Armed Forces celebrations.

To show our support for our brave men and women we’d like to offer 50% off for members of the Armed Forces, ex-service men/women and their families when dining at Centotre this weekend. Come in in your uniform or bring your ID on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th and enjoy a family meal with us!

Reservations subject to availability. Tables of four maximum. To book you table, please call 0131 225 1550 or email reservations@centotre.com

Armed Forces Day marks an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

On Armed Forces Day itself – Saturday the 25th June – a parade of up to 1500 serving personnel, veterans and cadets will march down the Royal Mile from the Castle Esplanade to Holyrood Park. The parade will end with a short ceremony of thanks “a Drumhead Ceremony” and this will be followed by a packed afternoon of events and entertainment for all the family, including flypasts by military aircraft, Highland dancing, music and a Veterans’ Village.

For more information on the weekends events visit http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/National.aspx
Look forward to seeing you there!

Slow Food Week

June 20, 2011 by

Good Farming = Good Food = Good Eating!

The first ever National Slow Food Week starts today and we’re delighted to be taking part!

With the Royal Highland Show taking place at Ingliston between June 23 and June 26, Slow Food Edinburgh is encouraging restaurants that value their connections to Scottish farmers to celebrate those links while the show is on with special dinners, menus or tastings. Scotland’s largest agricultural event should be a great excuse to remind diners and visitors that shorter links from farm to plate helps inspire better farming and better food, more interesting menus and more memorable meals. Enjoy food that’s well connected.

 

At Centotre we’ve designed a special menu to celebrate and showcase some of our favourite Scottish produce. It’s available all week starting today

Slow Food = the resistance movement against fast food.  Let’s have food (and farming) that’s good, clean and fair.
Slow Food Edinburgh’s initiative to establish closer links between Scotland’s premier agricultural festival and local restaurants serving local food is part of Slow Food Week 2011 www.slowfoodedinburgh.co.uk

Italian Red Wine!

June 17, 2011 by

We’re convinced!! Have you seen our new wine list?
It’s got to be good for you!!

In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God’s bountiful gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums. And Satan said, ‘You want hot fudge with that? And Man said, ‘Yes!’ And Woman said, ‘I’ll have one too with chocolate chips’. And lo they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthy yoghurt that woman might keep the figure that man found so fair.

And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 12 to size 14.

So God said, ‘Try my fresh green salad’. And Satan presented Blue Cheese dressing and garlic croutons on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said ‘I have sent you healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them’.

And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut king prawns, butter-dipped lobster chunks and chicken fried steak, so big it needed its own platter, and Man’s cholesterol went through the roof.

Then God brought forth the potato; naturally low in fat and brimming with potassium and good nutrition.

Then Satan peeled off the healthy skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep-fried them in animal fats adding copious quantities of salt. And Man put on more pounds. God then brought forth running shoes so that his Children might lose those extra pounds.

And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing stretch jogging suits.

Then God gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.

And Satan created McDonalds and the 99p double cheeseburger. Then Satan said ‘You want fries with that?’ and Man replied, ‘Yes, and super size ’em’. And Satan said, ‘It is good.’ And Man and Woman went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed ………. and created quadruple by-pass surgery.

And then …………. Satan chuckled and created the National Health Service.

THE FINAL WORD ON NUTRITION
After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.:
1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
6. The French eat foie-gras, full fat cheese and drink red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.