Author Archives: Susie Barker

About Susie Barker

Wine loving, food obsessed geek. Spend most of my time experimenting in the kitchen, attending food type events or planning supperclub evenings for Dinner at the Manor with my good friend Martini Man.

A teatime taste of the Mediterranean

On Saturday Dan and I hosted eleven wonderful guests at the Manor for an afternoon of Mediterranean teatime treats. Taking inspiration from our our friends across the water, including Spain and Italy, we created some unique bold tastes for our guests to enjoy that would take them to warmer climes, at least for a couple of hours!

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The welcome cocktail was an elderflower fizz to tingle the tastebuds before the savouries, this was concocted using Dan’s homemade elderflower cordial. First up were a number of Spanish inspired delights. My Gallician Chicken Empandas were filled with lightly poached chicken, spiked with paprika, peppers and tomato, encased in crisp, lightly flaked homemade pastry.

To continue with the smoky paprika spiked theme, I had to make my favourite savoury treat, a chorizo scotch egg! These were made with a Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall homemade chorizo recipe, which you really do need to try. The meat cures in the fridge for a number of days and the flavour is rich and porky. Just how it should be. This was used to encase little quail eggs.

To continue on the Spanish theme, Dan made some beautiful rounds of tortilla topped with grilled manchego and slow roasted tomatoes. Then it was onto Italy with his even more beautiful pizzette (mini pizzas) of gorgonzola and proscuitto. Truly a delicious salty treat and I literally could have eaten about twenty!

The last savoury was a bruschetta of baked feta, spring onion and chilli atop sourdough toast and garnished with rocket and olive oil.

After a short bit of respite and a cup of tea, it was onto our sweet treats. First up was a delicious lemon posset to cleanse the palate before the onslaught of our other delicious bakes.

Cake wise, the chocolate offering was my take on the Italian torta Gianduia, or as I affectionately called it – a Ferrero Rocher cake. A flourless hazelnut and chocolate cake slathered in chocolate ganache and topped with toasted hazelnuts. Deep, gooey and delicious!

The next cakes were Dan’s beautul peach and ricotta friands. Buttery moist almond cakes filled with creamy ricotta, pistachios and juicy peaches. Deceptively light and very naughty!

British figs (From Dan’s mum and dad’s garden!) were the order of the day for the sweet pastry, in the shap of a pistachio and fig frangipane tart. Crisp pastry and a soft nutty filling. Clotted cream made this extra naughty.

To finish were Dan’s super beautiful and zesty pistachio shortbread rounds topped with raspberry lemonade mallow and raspberry coulis. This was a brilliant clash of textures and flavours that was so moreish.

Thanks again to our lovely guests who came to dine with us, most of whom were new visitors to the Manor and we hope they’ll be paying a return visit soon. We also said farewell to one of our regular guests Becs, who’s jetting off to Dubai for a new adventure!

We’re having a short break now and will be back in October for our 3rd birthday celebrations. My my, we’re getting old!!

August Menu – Mediterranean Afternoon Tea

In a few of weeks we’ll be hosting another afternoon tea. We really do love donning our aprons and baking delicious morsels for our guests. Given the glorious weather we’re having we’ve decided to take inspiration from sunnier climes, with all of the offerings inspired by the Mediterranean.

Bold flavours with the usual Manor twist. We’d love to know what you think!

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Bundobust!

What do you get when two of your favourite drinky / foodie establishments get together? A frikkin amazing lovechild that’s what! Yes, it’s finally here, Bundobust, the much anticipated mash up of Bradford born establishment the Sparrow and Prashad.

Craft beer? Tick. Indian street food? Tick. One of our new favourite Leeds drinking holes? Tick! We were invited to a sneaky peek of Bundobust prior to it’s official opening and it didn’t disappoint!

With a quirky, eclectic interior – reclaimed doors decorate the walls, stuffed rice bags for cushions and oh so hot right now low slung, exposed cable lighting, we wandered over to the bar to check out the very impressive ale choices. Twelve on tap no less, from brewers such as Northern Monk, Kirkstall, and Magic Rock. Plus, yes, get this, a dedicated Mikkeller tap!! The brewery I fell in love with whilst in Copenhagen can now find it’s place regularly in my belly.

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Obviously Dan and I chose the Mikkeller Green Gold to start off with and it didn’t disappoint. An American IPA, this smacks you with hops and isn’t sorry about it. My kind of beer!

We settled down in anticipation to try the tasty morsels on the menu. First up was the Spice and Rice. A beautifully spiced mung bean daal, warm and comforting served atop steamed rice. Gobbled up in seconds, we turned our attentions to the Behl Puri, a street food snack consisting of puffed rice, and tomatoes spiked with a spicy sour tamarind sauce. Delicious!

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Our second poison of the evening was Magic Rock’s Cannonball, one my my favourite beers and 7.4% to boot! Always a good thing. We had a quick chat with Mark, co-owner of Bundosbust, about the food, which will range from about £3 -£6 (I think!), ordering a few dishes per person tapas style. Anyone who has eaten at Prashad before will know that their offerings are delicious (Pethis!? YES PLEASE!) so I cannot wait to go and sample everything!!

All in all, this is a great bar. A brilliant selection of beers and beautiful, tasty food. Tasty vegetarian food, which in this zeitgeist of the burger is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Upon publishing this post, Bundobust will have been open now for about a week. If you haven’t already made it down there already, then you really should, You won’t forget it. Now pass me another Mikkeller!!

A Mediterranean Afternoon Tea

We’re pleased to announce that August’s Dinner at the Manor event will be a Mediterranean afternoon tea! It’s been a while since Dan and I have got our bake on and we can’t think of anything better than sharing our sweet and savoury delights with our wonderful guests.

Think fresh summertime flavours in a chic and vintage environment, coupled with some delectable bakes to tickle your tastebuds.

The event takes place on Saturday 16th August 2014 2pm to 4pm. Tickets cost £20 each and get you a welcome drink on arrival, a selection of savouries, sandwiches, cakes and treats.

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For our booking terms and conditions click here.

July Menu – Latin American Feast

We’ve had a short hiatus, but we’re back with our Latin American event in a couple of weeks! A certain sporting event has brought a spotlight to the food of South America and we’re keen to show how delicious it is!

We’re keen to get our aprons on and whip up a veritiable feast.

My my, we’ve missed you!!

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Hay Latin America – Trinity Kitchen

During this current rotation of traders at Trinity Kitchen, Dan and I were given the opportunity to spend a bit of time with, and sample the delicious morsels from Hay Latin America. Owner Fred Parkes and the gang hail from our West Yorkshire neighbour Huddersfield and they we very keen to share with the people of Leeds their take on South American food. Fred spent a number of months travelling through the southern parts of Latin America (Argentina, Chile) and was so inspired by the flavours he wanted to recreate them back home. We were particularly keen to chat to Fred given we’re holding our own Latin American event next month and wanted some insider advice!

The stall itself serves up a range of different Latin American foods, including empanadas, quinoa and alfajores. The menu is constantly changing and has previously included Brazilian dough balls, Chilean hotdogs and most recently Chivitos – Uruguay’s national dish which is essentially a beautiful steak sandwich!

On our visit we sampled a number of dishes including…

Chicken and sweet potato empanadas
Gold crescents of beautifully short, crisp pastry (which is made in house daily) and generously filled with tender rotisserie chicken and spiked with paprika and herbs. I could literally gobble down loads of these. Delicious. For non meat eaters the Hay team also have spinach and ricotta and also a mushroom variant. We also got to see some empanadas made in action. Exciting stuff!

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Quinoa and Chicken Salad
The quinoa was spiked with tomatoes, red onion, mint and lemon – very Ottolenghi-esque and felt like it was doing you good from the moment it touched your mouth! The chicken was the same rotisserie chicken from the empandas and was once again flavoursome and juicy. For veggies, the salad is served with guasacaca, the Venezualan equivalent of guacamole which is packed full of leafy herbs.

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Alfajores
For anyone who has had a peek at our previous Latin American events, you’ll know we love an alfajore! Buttery, crumbly shorbread biscuits sandwiched with all manor of fillings (traditionally dulce de leche or chocolate). Hay Latin America’s alfajores were delicately short and delicious to boot. alongside the traditional chocolate and caramel fillings, it was great to see the use of local ingredients in the form of a rhubarb filling – bringing a Yorkshire twist!

Fred also gave us a sample of Torrentés white wine, an Argentinian variety which was beautifully crisp, sharp yet full bodied. Perfect with a fistful of empanadas!! Whilst the wine isn’t for sale, there are a range of Latin American beverages on offer including Inca Cola, coffees and green teas.

It was great to see how passionate Fred was about this business and was keen to let people know all about Latin American food – perfect timing I’d say given the focus on the World Cup! Prices at Hay Latin America range from £1.10 for the smaller bites to £6.50 for the bigger plates which is a bargain. Get yourself over to Trinity Kitchen before the residency ends, although you can catch the team at World Feast every month on Briggate and also over in Huddersfield.

Dinner NOT at the Manor! Tickets on sale

Saturday 12th July 2014 – Latin American Pop Up!
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We’re excited to reveal the first of our summer pop up events – Dinner NOT at the Manor. For one night only we’ll be taking over a Leeds city centre location to bring the glamour, cosiness and great food of the Manor into an exciting new space.

The theme will be Latin American as we want to bring back food from some of our most favourite cook books and cuisines including Mexican and Peruvian – zingy, fresh food for a hot (we hope!) summer’s evening!

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What you can expect
The Dinner at the Manor experience turned on its head! We’ll be serving the same top quality food, six courses in all, with an additional welcome cocktail and sweet treats to finish.

Where will it be?
Our venue is a secret for now but is a Leeds city centre location. They are very excited to be working with us and are planning an alcohol flight to accompany the meal. We’ll provide more details of this nearer the time and should you wish to partake then you’ll be able to pre-order from them direct.

Any other Info?
We have 14 spaces round our table, costing £38.00 pp with no booking fees. For our booking terms and conditions please click here.

Book Now - you’ll be taken to our Paypal checkout. Please advise us of any dietary requirements upon booking.

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Review – Twisted Burger Company, Aire Bar

Well, burger me – yet another burger joint has descended upon Leeds. Not that this is a bad thing. Oh no, this is a good thing. With so much choice on our doorstep it means that all burger purveyors need to up their game and I’m more than happy to inhale as many of the little meaty blighters on the way.Twisted Burger Co

The Twisted Burger Company are new to the city, setting up residence at Aire Bar a few weeks ago. However, they’re actually old hands at this burger malarkey, having flipped them since 2011 over on the wrong side of Yorkshire (Sheffield :-) ) I’d read a few of the reviews knocking about over the past few weeks and they seemed decent enough, so we decided to head over to do some serious chowing down. Continue reading

Exciting News – Dinner NOT at the Manor

We have some exciting news about our pop up events for the summer following our hiatus from events at the Manor (darn building work!). Dan and I had a very exciting meeting earlier this week and we can now confirm that we’ll be holding a summer pop up in July.

We’ll be announcing more details within the next few days and you’ll be able to bag yourself a ticket for the event next week.

This will be Dinner at the Manor, but not as you know it!

April Menu – Dinner at the Manor’s Indian Odyssey

Coming up next weekend is our final event before we take our hiatus from events at the Manor! We’ve been engrossed in Rick Stein’s India for the past month and recipe testing non stop to create a menu which we hope will introduce some of our guests to the delights of regional Indian cuisine.

We have spice grinders at the ready and can’t wait to serve up this tasty grub! We’d love to know what you think.

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