Monthly Archives: December 2017

Tickets for new 2018 events available now!

ALL SOLD OUT – SORRY!

As promised here are the links to buy tickets to our first batch of 2018 events – we hope to see you soon when we go on tour next year!

Saturday 13th January 2018 – Kaukasis Lunch – 12.30pm to 3pm – Manor HQ West Leeds. SOLD OUT

This will be Susie’s last event for a few months whilst she acclimatises to impending motherhood! This will be the typical Manor experience based on Olia Hercules’ exciting culinary journey through Georgia and Azerbaijan. This event has already been on general release and so we have just two spaces left for this one, due to a cancellation, and so we’ll be selling the tickets as a pair – £70. SOLD OUT

Saturday 10th February 2018 – Sri Lankan Feast – 7pm to 10pm – North East Leeds Pop Up! SOLD OUT

This will be my first foray into lone supperclubbing whilst Susie takes a temporary absence of leave. I’ll be bringing the Manor experience to North East Leeds, where much of our customer base is. From a secret venue near Roundhay Park I’ll be cooking up a feast style event. £30pp will get you a welcome drink, a selection of snacks, a humungous feast style sharing main course, dessert, coffee and treats. I’ll be using my Sri Lankan travels as inspiration for the menu. Sri Lankan food, in a nutshell, is a slightly lighter, spicier, tangier version of typical curries. Expect lots of coconut, fish and fresh ingredients. SOLD OUT

Saturday 10th March 2018 – Persian Feast – 7pm to 10pm – North East Leeds Pop Up! SOLD OUT

What better book to theme a feast on than Sabrina Ghayour’s very own Feast cookbook! We’re big fans of the Persian princess at the Manor. Her recipes are genius and full of flavour. Expect lots of middle eastern treats, often with a  Western twist. From a secret venue near Roundhay Park I’ll be cooking up a feast style event. £30pp will get you a welcome drink, a selection of snacks, a humungous feast style sharing main course, dessert, coffee and treats. SOLD OUT

I hope you’ll be able to come and see me in North Leeds for what will be an exciting start to 2018! In the meantime for all booking terms and conditions and details about what to expect at the Manor please see our ‘what you need to know’ page.

 

 

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New events alert!

This is your 24 hour warning for the release of our next exclusive events! Tickets would make a great Christmas gift for a foodie loved one, so we’re getting them out before Christmas – aren’t we kind!

Regular readers will know that Susie is about to go off on maternity leave. Her last supperclub for the time being will be our January lunch event, which we happen to have two spaces for due to a cancellation so the link to buy those is below.

For February and March I’ll be going on tour to North Leeds in an exciting new venue. You can expect the same Manor experience but in intriguing new surroundings. These events will go on sale at 5pm on Wednesday 20th December. Dates and themes are below to give you a taster ahead of the tickets going live later this week:

Saturday 13th January 2018 – Kaukasis Lunch – 12.30pm to 3pm – Manor HQ West Leeds

This will be Susie’s last event for a few months whilst she acclimatises to impending motherhood! This will be the typical Manor experience based on Olia Hercules’ exciting culinary journey through Georgia and Azerbaijan. This event has already been on general release and so we have just two spaces left for this one, due to a cancellation, and so we’ll be selling the tickets as a pair – £70. Click here to book

Saturday 10th February 2018 – Sri Lankan Feast – 7pm to 10pm – North East Leeds Pop Up!

This will be my first foray into lone supperclubbing whilst Susie takes a temporary absence of leave. I’ll be bringing the Manor experience to North East Leeds, where much of our customer base is. From a secret venue near Roundhay Park I’ll be cooking up a feast style event. £30pp will get you a welcome drink, a selection of snacks, a humungous feast style sharing main course, dessert, coffee and treats. I’ll be using my Sri Lankan travels as inspiration for the menu. Sri Lankan food, in a nutshell, is a slightly lighter, spicier, tangier version of typical curries. Expect lots of coconut, fish and fresh ingredients. Tickets on sale 20th Dec @ 5pm

Saturday 10th March 2018 – Sabrina Ghayour’s Feast – 7pm to 10pm – North East Leeds Pop Up!

What better book to theme a feast on than Sabrina Ghayour’s very own Feast cookbook! We’re big fans of the Persian princess at the Manor. Her recipes are genius and full of flavour. Expect lots of middle eastern treats, often with a  Western twist. From a secret venue near Roundhay Park I’ll be cooking up a feast style event. £30pp will get you a welcome drink, a selection of snacks, a humungous feast style sharing main course, dessert, coffee and treats. Tickets on sale 20th Dec @ 5pm

I hope you’ll be able to come and see me in North Leeds for what will be an exciting start to 2018! In the meantime for all booking terms and conditions and details about what to expect at the Manor please see our ‘what you need to know’ page.

Foodie Chronicles of Christmas

Earlier this December we got the tree up and cooked up a melange of festive treats for our annual Christmas supperclub. Initially we’d picked the new Rick Stein ‘Road to Mexico’ book as our inspiration, to give a bit of a Central American twist to the traditional festive fare. However once we’d seen the book and accompanying series we were disappointed to find it a bit dull (sorry Rick!). Cue Nigel Slater to the rescue with his very endearing Christmas Chronicles offering – a festive take on his gorgeous kitchen diaries. And so our new theme was born – apologies to those who were looking forward to Rick, I’m sure we’ll revisit him again sometime in the new year!

The good thing about Nigel is that his recipes can be very simple but with some unusual and unexpected flavour combinations. So hopefully our menu did not let down, especially as it tried to veer away from boring Christmas fare. We started proceedings with a cocktail that was two weeks in the making. Sweet muscat wine, brandy, sugar, orange peel, dried apricots and star anise were steeped for a fortnight. Nigel serves this chilled as an after dinner tipple, but we lightened ours with a bit of prosecco to make a very seasonal aperitif.

Our canapés were mini versions of some of Nigel’s strong supper dishes. First up was a tiny version of his smoked fish pie. Rather than being topped with mash, these were little puff pastry parcels filled with a filthy filling of smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, cream and tarragon. I massively over estimated quantities and so now have a few large ones in the freezer ready for a rainy day! Second up were mini dishes of a leftover Christmas staple, bubble and squeak. This was brought bang up do date using sweet potatoes and Kale, paprika and chilli. To make this more luxurious, blue cheese was added to the mix and this was all topped off with a fried quail egg.

Our soup offering was a simple cauliflower and leek soup topped with a crouton of sourdough and toasted cheese. I made the soup a little more festive with the addition of chive oil and crushed pink peppercorn, which gave it a lovely peppery after taste. The crouton was homemade sourdough, courtesy of the fab course I did at Leeds Cookery School, and topped with Leeds Blue (a locally made Pecorino courtesy of our friend Mario Olianas, an award winning cheesemaker).

Also for the second of the starters, we looked to Italy for inspiration. Susie made little balls of gnudi, a light dumpling made from ricotta and parmesan. These need a minimum of 24 hours chilling on a bed of semolina to to form a skin that holds the dumpling together. This is an important step as they will disintegrate upon boiling otherwise! The dumplings were sat atop a herby pesto made of basil, pine nuts, lemon and avocado for extra richness.

We served the best of the meats for our main courses, and no turkey was to be seen anywhere! First up was an amazing piece of pork belly from the guys at Tancred Farm. They’re based out York/ Wetherby way and are always at the Leeds farmers markets. They rear their own pigs and the meat is of an incredible quality and at competitive prices as you’re buying straight from the producer. I braised the belly in pear cider for 3-4 hours, pressed it overnight, marinated it in miso, mustard and honey and then roasted it until it was soft, charred and crispy round the edges. The pork was super moist and the marinade an amazing musky, umami – I’m putting it on everything from now on, it’s even good on a piece of meaty cod! It was served up with a lightly pickled pear, roasted slices of pumpkin, dukka (a dry nutty, seedy, spice mix), pork jus and crackling crisps. Very colourful on the plate and full of bursts of flavour.

Our final meat celebration was a meltingly tender seared beef skirt from the wonderful butchers at Keelham Farm Shop which is literally on Susie’s doorstep. This was sat atop a mound of creamy, cheesy spinach polenta and then brought together with a fresh, zesty, herbed gremolata.

Our final course was Susie’s decadent Christmassy dessert of set chocolate mousse, which was served with a mascarpone cream, salted caramel sauce and hazelnut praline. A brilliant combination of rich chocolate, sweet caramel, creamy mascarpone and the crunch of the nuts and caramel.

We’ve become a bit infamous for our not so petit fours (aka Grand Fours) and so not to be out down I rustled up Nigel’s fig and orange shortbreads. These are a cross between a fig roll and a mince pie. Essentially its a sweet, nutty, zesty shortbread dough with a figgy filling baked inside. They’re not too sweet and have a drier texture than a mince pie. We served these in halves as they were so humongous!

As it’s Christmas we sent our guests home with little take home treats as a gift. These included yet more humongous shortbreads and a mini Christmas cake topped with a marzipan star. Nigel has a few cake recipes in the book, and this basic one is a light fruit cake that focuses on fruit and citrus zest rather than spice. So if you’re not a Christmas cake fan, you might still like this.

So that’s it for this year. We do technically have a Georgian lunch in early January – unless Susie gives birth early! In which case I might have to weigh up how much I can do on my own! Although I’ve had lots of lovely offers of help, so I might be ok!

In terms of the rest of 2018, we’re likely to be back once Susie has settled into motherhood. In the meantime I’m in the process of setting up some events with a twist for Feb and March. I’ll be going on tour in the North Leeds area, as a big proportion of our customer base is from there. It’ll be the same Manor experience but in an exciting new venue. Watch this space for ticket details. I’ll try and get these out before Christmas in case people want to buy tickets as a present for a loved one. If you’re not already signed up to the blog then make sure you do as that’s the best way to be alerted once tickets go on sale.

December 2017 Menu: Nigel Slater’s Christmas

This coming weekend we’ll be hosting two consecutive evenings where we’ll be celebrating all things Christmas!  Using Nigel Slater’s beautiful book The Christmas Chronicles as our inspiration we’ll be cooking up a number of not-so traditional festive treats for our diners.

We’re really looking forward to bringing some Christmas cheer and spirit at the weekend. We’d love to know what you think.

Sweets for my sweets

Just under a fortnight ago, we opened the doors to the Manor for our first afternoon tea since January and we were super excited! Using the beautiful Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh book, Sweet as our inspiration, we took really went to town and whipped up eight sweet treats for our guests. Needless to say we did offer up boxes to take away the uneaten cakes…

Our guests were offered a welcome drink of pomegranate tea fizz – this was deliciously sweet and fruity pomegranate tea from T2, combined with sparkling prosecco. The combo really worked and could be a great alternative to bucks fizz at Christmas!

We didn’t avoid savoury dishes completely – instead offering up a smaller selection to whet the appetite. These included some pan fried corn cakes, topped with tomato salsa and a fried egg. A spicy, tangy mouthful which was brought together nicely by the soft egg yolk. The next savoury wasn’t actually Ottolenghi inspired, but more Nigella with our brie, fig and Parma Ham toastie. A delightful combination of creamy, salty and sweet!

Our final savoury was a beautiful aubergine tart that Dan’s made before and couldn’t resist whipping up again as it’s so reliable and tasty. Homemade puff pastry encased baba ghanoush, griddled rounds of aubergine, roasted wedges of aubergine, halloumi cheese and a drizzle of mint, honey, preserved lemons, chilli and walnut syrup – literally all the flavours in one tart!

So, onto the onslaught of sweet delights! First up were some smaller bites, starting with little rhubarb and custard yo-yos, which were basically custard powder shortbreads with a sweet rhubarb butter cream. Homemade flaky pastry cases filled with a chai custard and topped with a burnt sugar brulee. And an off-menu extra of tahini and halva brownies – all gooey and not overly sweet due to the nuttiness of the sesame paste.

Next up were little palate cleansers – servings of kafir lime possets topped with a papaya salad. These weren’t as sharp as a traditional posset but the tropical salad worked well to cut through the cream.

Moving onto the “cake” menu were a trio of bakes, starting with some naughty banana cakes topped with a rum caramel. These pretty little bundts were basically a cross between banana bread and sticky toffee pudding. We added a bit of butter to the caramel sauce to make it even more luxurious.

Next were the Persian Love Cakes – legend has it that a young woman was madly in love with a Persian prince and in an attempt to win his love, made him a cake packed with magical love powers. Now we can’t say there was any love in the room that afternoon, but the cakes, heavy with nutmeg and almonds did bring some joy to our guests!

The last in the trio of cakes were little hazelnut, ricotta and chocolate cakes. Individual baked cheesecakes of ricotta, ground hazelnuts and chocolate, topped with a shiny chocolate glaze and roasted hazelnuts. Nutella fans will love this one!

If this wasn’t enough, then our finale was a massive blackberry and peach meringue roulade! A crispy yet pillowy and chewy meringue, slathered in cream and fruit and then rolled and covered in more cream and fruit. A brilliant take on a classic dessert.

Safe to say our guests were full and happy. We may have tipped them over the edge a little, but our motto has always been it’s better looking at it than for it!

Our next events are in just over a weeks’ time, where we’ve improved our theme from Rick Stein’s Mexico to a more festive Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles. We’ve picked the menu which we’ll be sharing very soon and all we can say is, it’s going to be a good one!