Archive for April, 2012

I’m breaking my own rule about food blogs without pictures. I did something fun and food related last weekend which I intended to write about here afterwards but as it turned out I was enjoying myself so much at the time I forgot to take any pictures, even dodgy fuzzy iphone shots. Still, I just cant go without writing something about it but I’ll keep this brief.

On Saturday I went to my first supper club, one of the last to be hosted by Aoife of MyHomeSupperClub (recently rebranded Jelly+Gin and organising other pretty cool pop up dining events if you’re interested). If you dont know what a supper club is just google it – others have already written long and interesting articles and I said I would be brief.

Tickets for most supper clubs sell out in seconds and I have been dying of excitement since I booked them a couple of months ago. I was excited but also equally unsure whether I would enjoy eating dinner in someone’s lounge with a table of strangers, but as you can probably tell it turned out well.

Maybe I got lucky with my dinner companions but it was very relaxed and not awkward at all. Of course nothing to do with the delicious green tea bubbly on arrival and several glasses of red wine after… mildly pished, ahem. Thankfully I didnt follow through on my cunning plan to nick the table cloth and pudding bowls which I took quite a fancy to.

Most importantly of all the tea inspired menu was delicious (chai pannacotta and rhubarb sorbet for pudding… dribble) and unlike a restaurant meal, I have a much better chance of bribing the chef for the recipes.

Unfortunately the next MyHomeSupperclub in May will be the last one for at least a while so I’ll have to go and try a few of the other ones in Edinburgh instead (probably a good thing as I think I would have got quite attached), but I just thought I’d write this short message to thank Aoife and her husband for their hospitality and let you know that the supper club is a secret worth sharing.

Just dont share it too far… I’ll never get tickets if you all start going!

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I’m full of the back to work depression and too lazy to write this week but I had such a cornucopia of good cake last week, and one hell of a good lunch at Restaurant Mark Greenaway so I present you instead a dribble inducing week in pictures and urge you try out these three establishments at the earliest opportunity.

That is all.

Pear and Almond cake from Frederick’s coffee house  – great cake and a sunny spot by the window with a nosy view of the street below.

Cake overload at French fancies with the Edinburgh Cake Ladies – seriously delicious patisserie and charming owners.

And last but not least….

One seriously good lunch at Restaurant Mark Greenaway. How can the man not win Great British Menu!?

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I promised to post some more wild garlic recipes… I made these flat breads on Saturday with a wild garlic butter roast chicken and potato salad for some friends.

As usual I got carried away serving and eating and forgot to take pictures of anything besides the flat breads. I cant bear to read a cookbook with no pictures to keep my stomach engaged while my mind is wandering over the words so I will apologise for the limited visuals here and you will have to take my word for it that the chicken was lovely too and worth trying out instead of the usual herb butter under the skin.

The wild garlic gives the flat breads a lovely pale green tinge as well as a faint hint of garlic flavour and stuffing the butter under the chicken skin leaves the meat beneath with the same gentle after glow of garlic rather than the overpowering bear hug of garlic you would get if you tried to put this much of the normal stuff into one dish.

The chicken needs no recipe – just stuff about 125g of wild garlic butter under the chicken skin  (garlic butter recipe, if you can call it that, is available on my wild garlic post for totalfoodgeeks.com)and roast as normal. I also stuff half a lemon up its deriere for good measure.

The basic flat bread recipe is adapted from one by Jamie Oliver for jalapeno flatbreads, also very good and basically idiot proof. When it comes to bread, I am the idot.

Wild Garlic Flat Breads

  • 300g self raising flour
  • 280ml greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp wild garlic, chopped or wild garlic pesto (pesto recipe also on totalfoodgeeks.com)

Mix the flour and baking powder in one bowl. In another bowl mix the yoghurt and wild garlic and add to the flour. Mix until the dough comes together, then turn out onto a floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Divide into 8 portions and roll each one out into a flat circle. Preheat a  dry frying pan over a med-high heat and cook each flat bread for a few minutes each side. flip them over when bubbles start to swell in the dough and the bottom is browned. You can keep them warm on a tray in a low oven while you cook the rest.

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