April 2016- Menu

Our next couple of events are coming up thick and fast. At the end of April we are hosting an evening event inspired by Rick Stein’s most recent book, From Venice to Istanbul, taking in a number of cuisines from the eastern Mediterranean. Think fresh, clean flavours, to punchy, spicy, aromatic dishes.

So, here’s the menu, we’d love to know what you think.

April 2016

Simply Nigel

Last weekend we served up a lovely small plates lunch to some of our wonderful guests. Using Nigel Slater’s beautiful Kitchen Diaries III as our guide, the food was simple, yet with stunning flavours to really awaken those tastebuds.

First off, our guests were greeted with our Raspberry Cooler cocktail, a delightful mix of gin, Chambord, muddled raspberries and bitter lemon. To accompany the aperitif were our canapes. First off were Dan’s Nduja bruschetta. Nduja is a rather filthy, spreadable spicy Italian sausage. The spiciness was paired with creamy goats cheese and piquant olive for a lovely little mouthful.

The other canapes were described as “apple and stilton dumplings” which were in fact little apple and stilton pies. Apple puree and stilton, encased in puff pastry – these were served with a sweet and spiced red onion and golden sultana chutney. A truly delightful morsel.

The next course was my citrus cured salmon with fennel and orange. Salmon was cured for a couple of days in salt, lemon and orange zest, dill, mint and gin and then thinly sliced. A crunchy  tangy, acidic fennel salad and sliced of in season blood oranges created a dish full of contrasting flavours and textures.

Griddled lamb with tomato, ginger and basil swiftly followed. This was an interesting dish where the lamb, once griddled pink, is then steeped in a marinade of the above ingredients blitzed up with lots of mustard seeds.  The result is a fragrant pesto fusion which combined with the meaty lamb was a delight. This was served with a simple pea shoot and radish salad.

We then moved onto some of Nigel’s more gutsy dishes. The next course was Dan’s Smoked mackerel and tender stem broccoli gratin which was creamy, warming and full of interesting textures and flavours.

The final savoury course was a flavour sensation – beef short rib slow cooked for hours in ginger, anise, soy and apple juice. The soft meat came with a smooth cauliflower puree and lots of the delicious cooking liquor. A tangy chive puree was used to cut through the intense, but enjoyable richness of the dish.

Dan’s beautiful dessert was a take on Nigel’s walnut meringue. Nigel made his as a giant tray bake with apples and custard. The walnut meringue mix made lovely, chewy, nutty meringues but was quite hard to work with and so Dan deconstructed the dessert. Little bowls were filled with a delicate, chilled, vanilla custard topped with gently poached forced rhubarb and then finished off with the walnut meringue, a rhubarb curd and fragrant rhubarb syrup. This was light, fresh and full of spring flavours – perfect after a heavy meal.

Our final flourish were my not so petit fours of maple and hazelnut shortbread biscuits, crumbly, nutty and moreish!

All in all this was a fun yet really relaxed, calm affair – just like Nigel himself. If you don’t have the book, then I would recommend it, rather than a straighforward cookbook, it’s a beautiful memoir and ode to food.

Thanks to our lovely guests who bought us gifts of a bay tree, sourdough starter, raw brownies and wine – you are all very kind!

Our next event coming up will be our Rick Stein inspired Byzantine dinner. We cannot wait, see you soon!

March 2016 Menu – Kitchen Diaries III Lunch

Next week will see our next event being held over at the Manor. We love a bit of Nige so we’re really excited about using his beautiful book, The Kitchen Diaries III, as inspiration. Here’s the menu, we’ve gone for an array of small plates that are a diverse mix of delicate and robust dishes, with simplicity at its core. Let us know what you think!

March 2016

New events now on general release!

Dinner at the Manor Presents ‘FILTH’ for the Leeds Indie Food Festival 2016 (LIF16) – Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016 (7pm-10.30pm)

SOLD OUT

We’re opening up our doors as part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival 2016 and will be cooking up a tasty small plates dining experience featuring the filthiest but tastiest recipes known to man! Think deep fried pickles, lobster mac n cheese, meaty sliders and sticky, saucy sweets.

What’s more, we’ve hooked up with Leeds based beer aficionados Northern Monk to bring you three unique craft beers paired to this fabulously filthy fodder. Guests are also invited to BYOB in addition to the beer included in the ticket price.

Ticket price of £42pp (plus booking fee) gets you entry, loads of courses, 3 beers, and some extra tasty treats and surprises! To book your tickets at these exclusive events do this via the official Leeds Indie Food website – our page can be found here.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book. Menu and location details will be sent out a week before the event.

LIF16 Priority Pass Spaces Available for our May Supperclub!

Dinner at the Manor Presents ‘FILTH’ for the Leeds Indie Food Festival 2016 (LIF16) – Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016 (7pm-10.30pm)

We’ll be opening up our doors as part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival 2016 and will be cooking up a tasty six course dining experience featuring the filthiest but tastiest recipes known to man! Think deep fried pickles, lobster mac n cheese, meaty sliders and sticky, saucy sweets. LIF16 passport holders get a special take home treat, baked by our award winning @stickypinny!

What’s more, we’ve hooked up with Leeds based beer aficionados Northern Monk to bring you three unique craft beers paired to this fabulously filthy fodder. Guests are also invited to BYOB in addition to the beer included in the ticket price.

Ticket price gets you entry, 6 courses, 3 beers, and some extra tasty treats and surprises! Please note that at present only LIF16 passport holders can book tickets to these events. To get a LIF16 passport click here and to book tickets you will need to do this via the official Leeds Indie Food website – our page can be found here. Remaining tickets will be made available to non passport holders at 6pm on Weds 2nd March 2016.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book. Menu and location details will be sent out a week before the event.

New events for Leeds Indie Food!

This is your ONE WEEK WARNING! We are excited to be part of this year’s Leeds Indie Food – LIF16! This is the popular citywide festival aimed at bringing together a diverse range of foodie events that celebrate Leeds’ vibrant independent food and drink scene. This year it’s running from 12th – 30th May and you can find out more at www.leedsindiefood.co.uk

Our events will be Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016. All will be revealed next week when tickets are released but what we can tell you now is that they’ll be evening supperclub events; we’ll be partnering with a local brewer of delicious craft beer; AND the food will be proper filthy. Lovely!

Tickets will be limited and will be sold via the Leeds Indie Food website. Officially they’ll go on sale at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd March, however we can exclusively reveal that LIF16 passport holders can get priority access from 6pm on Monday 29th February! A passport gets you early access to tickets for all LIF16 events as well as free food and drink. To bag your own passport check out their website.

More to follow soon, but we thought you’d all appreciate the advance heads up to check your diaries and be poised at your computers come next week!

Two spaces available at our March lunch!

UPDATE – THESE ARE NOW SOLD OUT. Due to a last minute cancellation we are pleased to announce that there are two spaces available for our next event on Saturday 12th March 2016, 12:30pm-3pm. This is a lunch based on Nigel Slater’s latest beautiful book – Kitchen Diaries III. £30pp gets you our classic 8 course tasting menu and a welcome drink. To bag these spaces simply email us on dinneratthemanor@gmail.com and we will let you know how to make payment – first come first served! Please note that these spaces are being sold as a pair.