The Herald 13th January 2012
A RECIPE book inspired by two members of the bar staff at the iconic Harrow Inn in Steep is whetting the appetites of gourmet trenchermen and raising much-needed funds for two local charities.
Lottie Taylor-Stokes, from Liss, and Elaine Ballantine, from Sheet, came up with the idea - and it's safe to say that it sparked people's culinary imaginations. Recipes came flooding in from the locals and within a few weeks the recipe was out on the streets and instantly found its way into Christmas stockings. "It took three weeks to compile and within a month was ready," said Lottie. "It was Elaine's idea and there are probably about 60 recipes from everybody who regularly drinks at The Harrow."
The Harrow Cook BookProfessionally printed and ring bound, the book contains lots of pictures of The Harrow and its locals, alongside beautifully pressed flowers and work from local artists.
"There is everything from game recipes to beans on toast and what to do with an Oxo cube. Some of it is quite funny," said Lottie.
Also included is a prize-winning steak and red wine offering which received five stars in The Harrow pie competition and was awarded the gourmet accolade 'a work of art in a pie dish'. Other recipes include Fred's rabbit terrene with prunes and another involves drinking most of the wine in the recipe rather than putting it in the pot. Beef stroganoff and cottage pie are also among the all-time family favourites.
"The Harrow hasn't changed for 80 years and some of the recipes are those handed down through generations and hand written," continued Lottie."And there are some very funny ones," she admitted.
The Harrow Cook Book will be available throughout the year. To get hold of a copy, call 01730 262685.