This time last week was Mothering Sunday. I don't see Mother's Day as a reason to spend fortunes on lavish gifts, but just a day to set aside for some quality time with loved ones and to show how grateful you are for all the love and support your Mum offers you on a daily basis. As a thank you this year my sister, Gordon and I treated my Mum to dinner at Fennel restaurant in Inverurie. My brother did his bit too by slaving away in the kitchen ;)
Call me biased, but I reckon Fennel is one of the best restaurants around Aberdeenshire and I only wish we had something similar closer to home. Peterhead is seriously lacking a modern, stylish, cocktail serving restaurant! It's probably a blessing in disguise as I'd have a serious drinking problem with these around...
We started with a round of drinks - an epic strawberry daquiri for me! - while we made our choices from the Mother's Day menu. I was slightly jealous of the Black pudding bon bons that both my Mum and Gordon went for and the ola chilli jam that was served with Laura's breaded "coos'r'oot" brie was immense. My red lentil & sage soup was just as good though! I could go a bowl now...
The mains caused even more food envy, particularly Gordon's homecut chips which he wouldn't let me steal! Laura had the "beetroot and goat curd tart" (not goat turd as my Mother misread!!) which came with an impressive looking walnut salad and celeriac and apple slaw. Mum and I both enjoyed the oven roasted rosemary chicken. I'd love to say I chose it for the healthiness of spring greens but it was the roast baby potatoes that caught my attention! The chicken was cooked perfectly and the roast potatoes lived up to my expectations! Always my favourite.
A few more of these...
And it was all downhill from there!
She doesn't get out much.
That's a lie, it wasn't all downhill - dessert was still to come! I'd predicted all 3 of Gordon's menu choices correctly before we'd even got to Inverurie. His was sticky toffee pudding; a gigantic sponge smothered in butterscotch sauce with a big dollop of Mackie's ice cream. He didn't save me a taster but assures me it tasted amazing. The rest of us couldn't decide so easily.
I was torn between the passionfruit posset or dark chocolate tart and eventually decided to share both with Mum. The tart was rich and beautiful as expected - I particularly enjoyed the the crunchy pistachio praline. My favourite was probably the passionfruit posset though. It was super sweet and light, the perfect end to a delicious 3 course dinner.
If you're ever in the area you should definitely head to Fennel - even if it's just for a coffee and their famous white chocolate fudge, it's always a treat! The service is outstanding yet relaxed and friendly, and the food is impeccable from presentation to taste. You'll find the Fennel team at 10 Burn Lane, Inverurie. :)
How did you treat the ladies in your life this Mother's Day?