For a long time, I mistakenly thought that all of England’s beaches were pebbly … until I came accross West Wittering! A vast expanse of pale grey sand, just south of Chichester, in West Sussex… No roads, no houses; just a few cows grazing and the sea.
We went for the August Bank holiday and stayed at the friendly and homely Beach House, in the only street of the village. A little walk away lies the beach, fringed with crystal clear waters and dotted with beach huts in all shades of blue and white. We had a blustery, sunshiny, showery weather which made our enjoyment of the beach all the more precious – if intermittent! But waking up by the seaside is priceless and I enjoyed by run along the waves in the morning…
The Beach House goat cheese pannacotta:
I had that for my lunch after pottering on the beach while the children took their windsurfing lessons and it was so fresh and clean on the palate that I could not have dreamed up a more pitch-perfect lunch! The kind people at the hotel let me have the recipe and here it is: A fresh yet creamy, flavoured yet subtle, beautiful take on a classic pannacotta recipe.
Ingredients list: This makes 6 portions
- Milk 300ml
- Double cream 300ml
- Fresh soft goat cheese 250g
- salt and pepper
- One sachet or 8 leaves of gelatine