Lucas Hollweg cooks a feast at The Buttercup Cafe

Lucas gets to work in The Buttercup kitchen

Last night we handed over the controls, frying pans and oven gloves to Lucas Hollweg. Lucas is The Sunday Times’ resident food writer whose lovely cookbook Good Things to Eat was published earlier this year. He came to The Buttercup Cafe to cook for twenty lucky eaters; a menu of good food using great local produce.

The cafe was lit up on a cold autumn night and as one guest said, “ooh, it looks like Narnia!”. Lucas (and his ukulele!) cooked away, chatted about his recipes, his ideas about good cooking and the food he loves. It was an amazing chance to see up-close a cook at work and watch his cookbook come alive in our kitchen. A pretty special evening celebrating the end of another inspiring Lewes OctoberFeast.

Lucas' Good Things to Eat

Here is Lucas’ delicious menu for The Buttercup Cafe, using fish from Lewes’ Terry’s Fisheries in The Riverside, Barcombe Nurseries’ organic vegetables and meat from Boathouse Organics:

Squash and five-spice soup
Newhaven Plaice ceviche
Beef carpaccio with dill and mustard
Lamb meatballs with salted yoghurt
Chard and Feta
Quince and almond tart

Fingers crossed Lucas will return next year. We’ll let you know soon as we hear anything.

p.s. You can borrow Lucas’ cookbook from Lewes library.

A cosy night in at The Buttercup Cafe

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