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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Friands for friends

A quick and delicious #bakingwithatoddler session produced these light, golden, fruity treats to share with friends last week. They were beautifully trumped when we arrived at our play date to the smell of fresh scones and the delight of a batch being lifted from the oven and served with butter, jam and cream and enjoyed hurriedly between interruptions from the enthusiastic little ones. SO good.

We followed this recipe without a hitch. Here's E step by step. It makes me very proud watching her confidence grow and sharing our love of baking and eating (cakes) together!





Tuesday, 8 July 2014

For our red return, in pictures

We kickstarted our flurry of Summer Suppers with this one. It brought together a happy, bubbly, interesting and interested group and it made our hearts sing. We showcased some delicious Scottish flavours and some beautifully brilliant red tomatoes, pops of pink rhubarb, super strawberries and sensational elderflower, which did it's magic to leave a lasting impression on the ice cream and the guests.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Menu for our red return

The plates will be bursting with flavours and colour and our readiness to be back hosting. I already feel that some of the diners might become friends and the wait will soon be over. All the things I love about supper clubbing are happening and some of the things I love less too, like late night emergency shopping trips!

To any other eager diners out there. We have not confirmed places at future suppers yet, we have been overwhelmed by demand and are doing our best to stare at our spreadsheet productively and give as many people as we possibly can chance to dine with us. We will be in touch by email soon. Thanks for your continued patience.

To start
Duck rillettes, rhubarb, Chris's homemade soda bread.

To follow
Pan- fried hake, tomato relish, green beans.

To finish
Strawberry tarts, elderflower ice cream.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

A sweet Summer supper, in pictures

It happened and the little ladies slept through it and it felt so good to be back to hosting. Friday was our first supper club in a long time, we were nervous and out of practice but we cooked with love and care and welcomed our guests with warmth. Thank you to our vivacious guests for making it memorable and rewarding us with clean plates, huge praise and the perfect satisfaction of a noisy, happy table behind the dining room door. It certainly won't be so long before our next one.

 Chive pom poms.

Vegetable parcels.

 To welcome Stilton gougeres.

 The Table.

Peonies about to burst with excitement!

To amuse  Courgette, coconut, orange and mint soup.

To start Pea and prawn risotto.

 or pea and feta risotto.

To follow Beef, tarragon hollandaise, green beans and peppers and (out of shot) crispy potatoes.

A rare shot from the Table.

To surprise Crowdie, pear, spiced walnuts, honey.

To finish Chocolate tart, pistachio brittle, yoghurt ice cream, meringue, berries and cherries.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Menu for a sweet Summer supper

It's been a while since we hosted a supper club, so it is with a mix of eagerness and huge excitement that we post this menu and prepare to welcome a wonderful group to the Table on Friday. In some ways a chance to ease ourselves back to hosting but we're certainly not holding back in the kitchen!

Chris will be cooking:

To start
Prawn {or feta}, pea, mint risotto, Parmesan crisps.

To follow
Fillet of beef, beans, peppers {or baby corn}, crisp potatoes, tarragon hollandaise, truffle oil.

To finish
Chocolate "tart", frozen yoghurt, berries, hazelnut meringue.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Baking with a toddler or two...

Today's #bakingwithatoddler was especially significant as it turned out to be A's baking debut and we were baking in memory of my Granny, E's (middle) namesake, on the date she passed away, three years ago. Rock buns were an obvious choice. 

E was excited and confident. A was determined to chat to her toys in her cot,  defying sleep and so I gave in, brought her through to the kitchen and she rocked her adorable apron for the first time. It was an everyday special moment and way more manageable than I imagined having two perched on chairs,  in the way that often with two little people, the thought of something can be worse than the reality.  E showed A what to do and what not to do (of course), they shared spoons and mixture and then E snuck away to smugly lick both her and A's spoon! A sweetly unaware of the pleasure she was missing. They were equally thrilled at washing their hands simultaneously in the big sink and it was a real joy to see. I'd like to think my Gran saw it too.

This recipe is straightforward, needs no complex ingredients or preparation and features sultanas which seem to be a winner with (my) toddlers. They also got to mix and mash the whole thing by hand which really occupied and intrigued them. The result, three happy girls and a batch of tasty, sort of uneven scones; perfectly imperfect.