Bonfire baking!

We got our bake on again the other weekend, and this time Autumn was our inspiration – queue lots of brown, beige and orange bakes!

We’re covered in scaffolding at the moment as the Manor is having a new roof put on. So it was lovely to dust down and get out the vintage crockery, if only to bring back a temporary sense of normality to the Manor!

Our welcome cocktail was an invention of mine – lady marmalade. This was bourbon and orange liquers mixed up with orange juice, lemon juice, ginger ale and lemon syrup. Guests seemed to love this for its refreshing, fruity spiciness. I’ve promised to post the recipe in due course so watch this space.

For savouries I kept it simple but tasty. Around bonfire night I love a good jacket potato, and so for the tea I did mini ones with a salty, herby crust. I served these atop home baked Boston beans. Haricot beans were slow cooked with treacle and bacon – leaving you with something that tastes just liked the famous brand, very bizarre! My other offering was a tasty slice of rarebit with Yorkshire stout and Wensleydale cheddar. The salty, umami flavours worked really well with my sweet tomato and apple chutney. I ate a good few of the leftovers! I think rarebit is very underrated!

Susie prepared one of her trademark pork pies – a very beautiful thing indeed! She mixed it up a bit by putting some apple in the meat mix, leading to a sweet and succulently soft pie. Guests were salivating over this and I’m not surprised. Susie’s other treat were fishfinger baps – the ultimate in comfort food. Line caught cod was breaded and baked and then served up in Susie’s homemade baps and homemade tartar sauce, yum!

Bakewise I was keen to try my hand at a pumpkin pie. I steamed pumpkin pieces until tender and then passed through a sieve to produce a smooth puree. This was then mixed with spices, eggs, maple syrup and lots of sugar to create a very bizarre custard! This was baked in my homemade sweet walnut pastry. The outcome was not dissimilar to a cheesecake as the savoury element of the pumpkin played through in an subtle sour way. I served it with grand marnier cream, crystallised ginger and candied pumpkin seeds, which were lovely and nutty. I also baked up some friands – a cake I am quickly becoming obsessed with for their nutty, chewy moistness! This time I used my homemade mulled pears, ginger and almonds in the mix and then if that wasn’t enough I topped them all with lashings of salted caramel! I’ve discovered Nigella’s easy recipe, which is much simpler than faffing around with sugar thermometers.

Susie baked up the obligatory scones, these were a lovely vibrant yellow from the fresh eggs she used. We served these with homemade apple and damson jam. Whilst I have been obsessed with friands, Susie has been obsessed with choux pastry! She’s been experimenting with eclairs over on her Sticky Pinny site. For the tea she created moresish little malted chocolate eclairs. Choux pastry was filled with a malted crème pat and decorated with a luxurious chocolate ganache and crumbled maltesers! Her final offering was an orange and pistachio cake. This was a colourful, fruity interlude in what was otherwise a very Autumnal menu! Guests didn’t have any room for this cake so they all went home clutching doggy bags!

So as 2014 is drawing to a close we have one last event this year – our chilli themed Christmas supperclub. We’re just putting the finishing touches to the menu and will publish soon. Hopefully by then the building work will be done and the scaffold will be down so that we can celebrate Christmas properly!

Two Spaces Available for our Chilli Christmas Feast!

Due to a cancellation we are pleased to announce that we have two spare tickets available for our Christmas feast which this year is inspired by Thomasina Miers’ recent hit ‘Chilli Notes’. We thought a nice bit of chilli would warm you all up on a wintry festive evening. Dishes won’t be scorchingly hot but will celebrate the fruity aromatics of the little chilli.

To bag these last two tickets all you need to do is email us on dinneratthemanor@gmail.com and we will send you the link to buy the tickets. The event takes place on Saturday 6th December at 7pm and the cost is £70 for the pair and this gets you a welcome cocktail on arrival and the usual Manor six course extravaganza, with a few Christmassy surprises thrown in for good measure.

Can’t wait to get the tree up again, although it only feels like yesterday since we were last taking the decorations down!

November Menu, Autumnal Afternoon Tea

The nights are drawing in and the weather’s cooling down, so what better way to step into Autumn than with our afternoon tea event next weekend! We’ve pulled together a menu of warming, comforting classics with all the Manor twists.

Tell us what you think!

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A Scandi Afternoon Tea

Saturday 7th February 2015

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Regular readers and diners will know we have a love of all things Scandinavian. The Nordic noirs, the funky knitwear and not to mention the food! In February we’ll be baking some wonderful delights from our favourite Scandi food writers including Trine Hahnnemann.

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If you want an afternoon filled full of luscious breads, pastries, cakes and other treats, then book now on the link below. Cost per guest is £20.

Plenty More veg at the Manor

Saturday January 17th 2015

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The food of Yotam Ottolenghi will be making a return to the Manor in the new year! To bring some much needed spice and zest, we’ll be cooking up some delicious vegetarian dishes to wake up the taste buds after a December of excess!

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We love a bit of Ottolenghi and we know you do too! £35 gets you six courses of delicious food and a welcome drink on arrival.

2015 Dates…book on soon!

We’ve had a number of emails from eager diners wondering when we’ll be announcing dates for next year…fear not! They’ll be on sale on Friday 17th October, at 12 noon! What are the themes I hear you ask?

On January 17th we’ll be bringing some cleansing vegetarian fodder, with recipes from the marvellous Plenty More by the wonderful Yotam Ottolenghi.

In February (7th) we’ll be flexing our baking muscles and bringing you a Scandinavian afternoon tea. We love all things Scandi and we might even don our Sarah Lund jumpers for the occasion!

If any of these events take your fancy, then come back on Friday to book on!

Beer + Meat = THREE!

This weekend saw us celebrate in style for our third birthday, wow time flies! Our little supperclub is now a terrible toddler and growing up fast. We did away with our usual habit of theming the event around a specific cook book and instead based it, selfishly, around our two favourite things – meat and beer, whoo!

The beer was provided by our good friends at Brewdog, who were keen to see how their beer could be used as an ingredient and also how it paired to our food. Susie and I worked with the lovely Russ (Brewdog Northern Sales Manager and general beer geek) to design a meaty menu and pair appropriate beers with it. We wanted a menu that would excite and then fill up our guests with lots of meaty goodness!

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