Monthly Archives: April 2014

Chai Pannacotta Recipe

As promised here is the recipe for the chai pannacotta that went down so well at our Indian Odyssey supperclub a few weeks back. Rick’s book is not that great for puds, but we’ll let him off as it’s fab for savoury! Anyway with a little bit of an experiment and using masala chai as inspiration I soon came up with this little beauty.  I had to have a play around with the gelatine to get the right set. I served them in little terracotta pots and I wanted the right level of luscious wobble and not something that was set hard like rubber! I do love a creamy decadent pannacotta and wouldn’t normally mess around with additional flavours. However I think the ginger and the spices really gave it a comforting, earthy depth. The natural yoghurt seems a minor ingredient but do include it as it creates a subtle sharpness to cut through the naughty sweet cream. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 pannacottas:

  • 300ml double cream
  • thumb sixed piece of fresh root ginger (bruised)
  • Half a stick of cinnamon
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 chai teabag
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125ml whole fat milk
  • 1 x tablespoon natural yoghurt
  • 1.5 – 2 leaves of gelatine (I used ones that were about 2g each)

In a pan heat your cream to a simmer and then take off the heat. Now add the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and chai tea bag and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Now strain the spices out of the cream. Put the cream back into a pan with the sugar and heat through to dissolve the sugar. Now whisk in the milk and yoghurt. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for about 5 minutes (I found 1.5 leaves gave a lovely soft and creamy set). Whisk the softened gelatine into the creamy mix. At this stage I strained the whole mixture again to remove any stubborn bits of spice, or lumps of yoghurt and gelatine not fully combined, it means your mix will be lovely, light and creamy. Pour it into your desired dishes/ moulds and chill for a minimum of two hours. Serve with fresh fruit and shortbread!

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!

Pop Up

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!

The last supper?!…

After much practice and grinding of spices our Indian Odyssey supperclub, inspired by Rich Stein’s beautiful book from last year, was finally upon us this weekend. We’re always nervous doing Indian themed events. I’ve no idea why, given that we were doing Peruvian and Lebanese only the other month. I think it’s because there are so many people out there doing Indian food well and because I’ve never been to India, I feel a bit paranoid that we’ll not be authentic. Having said that there are a lot of people out there doing bad Indian food, full of ghee and poor spicing. Anyway we loved having a play around with Rick’s recipes and getting to know true regional Indian food that goes beyond the British take away classics. His recipes have proved to be fresh and exciting, not heavy and greasy.

Rick Stein

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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.