Monthly Archives: April 2013

May Event – Ottolenghi Jerusalem Menu

We’re pleased to share with you our menu for our May Jerusalem event.

We can’t believe how quickly this event has come around, it feels like only 2 minutes since our last one!

Avid readers will know we’re slightly obsessed with Yotam Ottolenghi. We love his relaxed attitude to food and we love even more his amazing summery flavours.

Expect fun Middle Eastern flavours and a few surprises thrown in…

Roll on the 11th!

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New dinner dates coming soon…

We’ve been having a great response to our supper clubs of late, from both guests old and new. We still love running our dining events, and whilst we still have this passion and people still want to dine with us, we’ll continue to put events on. As a result, we’re just putting the finishing touches to our next set of dates and will be releasing them for sale next week – keep your eyes peeled as they tend to sell out fast!

Our Booking System
We’re slightly changing the way in which people can book on to make it more simple and straightforward. Instead of paying a deposit at the time of booking, we’ll be asking guests to buy tickets up front for the dates that they want to come to. We hope that this will make the supperclub experience an easier one all round, as it means there’s no confusion over what balance needs to be paid prior to the event taking place.

What if I can no longer attend?
We know that lives are busy and so If you find that you can’t come after you have booked on, then so long as you let us know at least 3 weeks prior to the event happening then we will be able to refund your ticket price in full (minus a small admin fee that Paypal charges us).

If you notify us 2 weeks before the event then we’ll be able to refund 50% of the ticket price, and if it’s 1 week before the event then we will be unable to refund the ticket as we tend to have made orders to our suppliers by then, and we’re a small operation.

We are sorry but tickets are not transferable to other events as we can’t guarantee availability – our events tend to get fully booked far in advance.

Our commitment to you is that we have frozen our prices for our extravagant 6-course meals at £30pp. We think that’s a bargain as you get a fun night out and a free welcome drink thrown in!

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A Spring Afternoon Tea at the Manor

As you may know, we do love to flex our baking muscles and crack out our whisks and rolling pins! We’re both keen bakers and we do like to hold the occasional afternoon tea at the Manor.

And that is just what we’re up to this Friday! Whilst this is a private event we thought that you’d like to have a sneaky peek at the menu we’ve designed. We’ve planned a spring theme, given we’ve FINALLY seen the last of the sub zero temperatures!

We’d love to know what you think, would our evening supperclub guests be up for coming round for afternoon tea if we to hold a one-off event?

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We’ll be announcing dates soon, so be sure to follow our blog to be the first to know when tickets will be available.

China comes to the Manor

This Saturday saw a bit of China come to the Manor. It was hard work, but using Ken Hom & Ching He-Huan’s book Exploring China, we were able to pull off what we hope was an authentic feast!  The book is a really good introduction into the regional cuisines within China and shows that Chinese food is definitely not all MSG laden and greasy, which is unfortunately the misconception we have in the UK. Dan and I were immediately attracted to the Sichuan dishes within the book and most of the dishes we served up followed that lead.

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French Fodder!

Last month was our Rachel Khoo inspired French event. We’ve now done a few events using recipes from the ‘Little Paris Kitchen’ book, including a private supperclub and an afternoon tea. We like Rachel’s peasant style recipes paired with her stunning patisserie (she trained as a pattisiere). We found that the recipes don’t always work, as Rachel cooks in such a small oven at home where she created her recipes, and so we had to test everything thoroughly in advance.

Our guests were welcomed with a classic Kir royale, it couldn’t be any other cocktail for a French theme could it?! These were joined by canapes of lettuce cups, filled with crunchy nicoise style veg, creamy egg and lemony dressing; quail egg mini croque madame muffins (now a firm Manor favourite!); and crostini topped with a fresh and punchy ratatouille. Our amouse bouche was shots of Rachel’s creamy potato and cauliflower soup. This soup can be served hot or cold and the cauliflower makes it the silkiest soup I’ve ever tasted.

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April Menu – A Chinese Feast

Up next is our April event – this one sees me going back to my “roots” and we’ll be cooking up a delectable feast of Chinese dishes from Ken Hom and Ching He Huan’s 2012 book Exploring China.

In a departure from our usual proceedings, we’ll be serving up an array of dishes “family style”, which is exactly the Chinese way. There are also a couple of surprise additions, which will be served up on the night – don’t worry, we won’t be serving up chicken feet or other such delicacies!

We’ve tested the recipes and think that whilst familiar, they will give a great spin on traditional Chinese dishes. This event will be exciting and interactive, and one we’re both looking forward to.

We’ll see our guests on the 20th!

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