When Britain's 8th oldest company Mornflake (who have been around for a crazy 340 years and are impressively still family run) asked me to come up with a selection of recipes using their oat products I couldn’t help but take on the challenge. Not only did this mean I had to opportunity to take a nosey round their Mill, it meant I was able to experiment in their beautiful Mill Kitchen. I have created some floral inspired dishes to tie in with their Chelsea flower show garden this month.
What I’ve loved most about working on this project is discovering how versatile oats can be within our day to day cooking. I cook a huge amount of vegetarian dishes and I wanted to come up with at least one dish that was super simple, easily achievable at home and totally delicious before I got stuck into the desserts.
Cheats Herb Pizza
This savoury dish takes ten minutes to whip up. It’s also really easy to adapt to the seasons so feel free to top with whatever vegetables and herbs you have to hand. Using oats in savoury dishes gives the most amazing crunch and flavour to the dish and they are fantastic at holding on to any seasoning and herbs that you add.View the full recipe
Oat Crust Tart with Zested Crème Patissiere & Charred Nectarines
My second dish is a real showstopper and the perfect dish to end an amazing dinner party on. The addition of edible flowers always make for the prettiest of finishes. Any dish with an indulgent layer of crème patissiere is a favourite in my book and with the charred nectarines you really can’t go wrong. The Mornflake Jumbo Oats mixed with coconut, butter and sugar create an almost flapjack like crust which couldn’t work better with this dish. This is absolutely worth giving a go at home, you won’t regret it. The smell of cooking oats is almost as enticing as the tart itself.Handy TipView the full recipe
You can make this in advance as it will keep refrigerated for several days.
Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Lavender Cookies
My third and final dish are these completely indulgent and totally chewy, under baked Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Lavender Cookies. This is not your average cookie but still ticks all the boxes. The addition of sea salt flakes alongside the lavender undertones make for a fab combination. My tip would be to get in there quick and catch them while they’re still warm.View the full recipe