Last night Dan and I popped over to York as we had been invited to take part in a sushi masterclass at the newly opened Yo!Sushi, to get our hands sticky and create some fishy delights!
Now apart from a hap hazard attempt at making sushi a few months ago, to me its always seemed a bit too much hard work but after last night’s masterclass we were shown just how simple making sushi can be, despite the strange equipment and ingredients – which is testament to how well the class was run.
Clockwise from top left: spicy chicken iso, masago gungan, crispy salmon skin hand roll, salmon maki, tamago nigiri, cucumber maki
The nights are drawing in and the autumnal weather calls for some hearty food, which is exactly what we’ll be cooking up at Dinner at the Manor for our November event, inspired by Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Jennifer Paterson, the Two Fat Ladies.
We’ve selected some traditional and some new flavours to share with our guests, which will keep their cockles warm, and bellies full!
We ended our foodie expedition of Scotland with a splurge meal at Edinburgh’s Castle Terrace, a modern British restaurant influenced by classic French techniques and driven by a passion for seasonal Scottish ingredients. I’d previously had a fantastic meal at Leith’s The Kitchin, which is the sister restaurant of Castle Terrace, plus I had heard good things from fellow food blogger My Monkfish. Chef patron Dominic Jack is a close friend of Tom Kitchin’s having met him whilst cheffing in Edinburgh when they were both teenagers. Kichin’s influence throughout the restaurant is obvious from the dark and luxurious decor, professional and attentive staff to the ethos of ‘nature to plate’ food.
My Monkfish had put in a good word for us ahead of our visit and so on arrival we were mysteriously ushered down to the kitchen to meet chef Dominic. Set up in a corner of the warm but quiet kitchen was a ‘chef’s table’ where we were seated and given complimentary champagne, canapes and menus to peruse, whilst watching the chefs go about their business. It was fascinating to see the inner workings of such a prestigious restaurant. It was controlled, thoughtful and precise. Everybody was working studiously and effectively under the watchful eye of Dominic. The atmosphere was so peaceful and serene that you could have heard a pin drop. It was almost a bit embarrassing being sat there as we felt like complete intruders! We joked with the waiting staff about how it wouldn’t normally be so ordered, but I genuinely was impressed by how unchaotic and tranquil it all was.
Last weekend saw Dinner at the Manor celebrate our 1st birthday, and what a year it has been! 245 dinners served over 18 events to some wonderful people, from all over the UK and beyond, who we hope have enjoyed it as much as we have.