VIDEO: Cooking up a storm at Bute Produce

Warming soup, delicious rosti and even a tempting chocolate cake were among the yummy potato-related dishes on the menu at Bute produce’s market garden in Rothesay this week.

Hang on a minute, we hear you say. Potatoes in a chocolate cake? That doesn’t sound normal. But then, Alison Sykora is not a normal everyday chef - and her delicious creations attracted a stream of visitors to Bute Produce’s market garden on the edge of Rothesay on Friday.

Chef Alison Sykora dishes up a delicious potato, cheese and apple rosti to children from Apple Tree Nursery.

Chef Alison Sykora dishes up a delicious potato, cheese and apple rosti to children from Apple Tree Nursery.

Alison’s demonstrations were the latest in a series of events held as part of the ‘heritage horticulture’ project being undertaken by Bute Produce’s parent organisation, Fyne Futures, with financial help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The potato link comes in because a large part of that project involves the reintroduction of several rare varieties of potato, propagated on Bute in the early 20th century, to the island’s soil.

Sadly we missed out on the chocolate cake - though we did arrive just in time to sample a tasty potato, cheese and apple rosti as it was served up to a group of visiting children from the town’s Apple Tree Nursery.

For more from this week’s ‘heritage horticulture’ activities at Bute Produce, don’t miss the next edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 12.