Author Archives: Susie Barker

About Susie Barker

Wine loving, food obsessed geek. Spend most of my time experimenting in the kitchen, attending food type events or planning supperclub evenings for Dinner at the Manor with my good friend Martini Man.

February 2016 Menu – Latin American Lunch

No sooner have we hosted our January event, we’ll be welcoming our February guests into the Manor for our Latin American Lunch. We always enjoy this type of cuisine. The bold zingy flavours really waken up taste buds!

Inspiration from Peru, Argentina, Columbia and beyond will make this a memorable feast, so here’s the menu!

Feb 2016

January 2016 Menu – Eastern European Feast

Happy New Year!

We’re kicking off our 2016 events in just over a week and will be bringing you the delights of Eastern Europe using Olia Hercules’ marvellous book Mamushka as our inspiration.

There will be the usual, traditonal dishes you would expect, dumplings, borscht and dill, lot of dill! But also some surprising dishes that will delight you.

So, here’s the menu, we’re looking forward to serving this up!

Jan 2016

December 2015 Menu – Nopi Inspired Christmas Lunch

In a week’s time will be our last event of the year, and what a year it has been! We’ll be seeing 2015 out with a delicious Nopi inspired Christmas lunch for our guests. Bold, bright flavours from Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully’s beautiful book that, despite not being at all “Christmassy” will get our gets into fun, high spirits!

We’re looking forward to it already!

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Sugar, Sesame, Spice and all things nice!

Last weekend we served up our last afternoon tea of the year, a warming event full of Middle Eastern flavours to bring some spice to a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon. Anne Shooter’s wonderful book Sesame and Spice was our tome for the afternoon, serving up an array of sweet and savoury delights for our guests

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To kick off proceedings, guests were welcomed with a welcome drink, our pomegranate fizz. Pomegranate juice and cava, with a dash of grenadine. Think of it as a take on a Kir Royale!

Up first were the savoury dishes – this included a beautiful aubergine tart, which had aubergine 3-ways at the core of it! Puff pastry was topped with baba ganoush, griddled aubergine slices and roasted aubergine wedges. This was baked before being topped with halloumi and a tasty drizzle of honey, pomegranate molasses, mint, chilli and peppery oil. Also on offer were fluffy little flatbreads topped with a salty and piquant black olive tapenade, air dried tomatoes and feta cheese.

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These were accompanied with mini bagels filled with lox and a schmear (or smoked salmon and cream cheese!) and garnished with red onion and capers. A very traditional sandwich, but one everyone has got to love! Another pastry element came in the form of spinach and cheese filo parcels. Wilted spinach, feta and egg, spiced with nutmeg. A cheesy spiced delight indeed.

A short respite later, we moved onto sweet treats. As a nice lead up to the cakes, Dan made some wonderfully short, halva and sumac biscuits. This is essentially a shortbread recipe spiked with nutty halva, sour sumac and fragrant rose sugar – a new taste sensation. Dan tested these out on his colleagues who had no idea what sumac or halva was!

Swiftly after this was my fig and frangipane tart – buttery shortcrust and soft juicy figs surrounded by nutty frangipane and topped off with a honey and orange blossom drizzle and creme fraiche.

Now it was onto the cakes. Firstly spiced pumpkin cake, which was almost like a set custard! The base of this cake was pumpkin puree, lots of sugar and almonds. It came spiked with fruity raisins and festive spices. It was surprisingly light but took an age to bake!

An afternoon tea isn’t an afternoon tea without chocolate and our offering did not disappoint. The chocolate mousse cake consisted of two layers of mousse, firstly baked at the bottom and then a cool, chilled layer on top. Rich, bitter and satisfying this was an extremely light cake but very naughty!

Finally, Dan’s pretty mini saffron, almond and orange cakes were another interesting take on the traditional afternoon tea. These little, moist cakes were heavy with saffron fragrance, almond nuttiness and zesty orange. They came filled with homemade orange marmalade and an extremely naughty saffron buttercream – the leftovers of which Dan is still eating now!

All in all,  this was a very enjoyable afternoon. Food wise, Anne Shooter’s book is so full of flavourful, interesting bakes that will (and have) become firm favourites and I think our guests felt the same way. It was once again great to see an array of old faces and new, a couple of our guests last dined with us over three years ago! Speaking of time, in less than a fortnight we’ll be hosting our last event of the year, based on Ottolenghi and Scully’s stunning book Nopi. We’ve already started testing recipes and the menu will be shared in a couple of days, can’t wait!

November 2015 Menu – Middle Eastern afternoon tea

We’re swiftly approaching our penultimate event of year! Where does that time go!?

For our November event we’re treating our guests to a wonderful Middle Eastern inspired afternoon tea, where we’ll be using the beautiful book, Sesame and Spice as our guide. Bakes hailing from the Middle East, across Europe and New York all feature and we think our guests are in for something special!

Let us know what you think!

Nov 2015

2016 Dates – Book on now!

You’ve seen the themes for the first few months of 2016, so without further ado, here are the links for you to book onto the events!

January 16th 2016 – Eastern Europe, inspired by Mamushka
A sumptuous 8 course dinner inspired by Olia Hercules’ beautiful book. To book on click on the link below which will take you to Paypal. Spaces are £35 pp
FULLY BOOKED

February 6th 2016 – Latin American Lunch
Join us for a lazy Saturday lunch inspired by all things Latino! Click below to book now, £30 pp
FULLY BOOKED

March 12th 2016 – Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries III Lunch
Using Nigel Slater’s brand new beautiful tome, we’ll be dishing up some seriously tasty food at our lunchtime event. £30 pp, book using the link below.
FULLY BOOKED

April 30th 2016 – Rick’s Stein’s Byzantine
We’ll be going on a journey from Venice to Istanbul with eight delicious dishes inspired by Rick Stein’s vibrant new book it’s £35pp for this evening event.
FULLY BOOKED

2016 dates… On sale soon!

We’ve had a flurry of lovely people getting in touch asking about any new events coming up. As you know we’re currently sold out for our 2015 events, but we can now share with you our dates and themes for the first few months of 2016! They’ll go on sale on Friday 23rd Oct at 12 noon! Eek, talk about being well prepared! So without further ado, 2016 will bring us….

January 16th 2016 – Eastern Europe, inspired by Mamushka

We’ll be trying our hand at the flavours of eastern Europe using the beautiful Mamushka as our guide. Written by my new girl crush Olia Hercules (I want to be able to rock a head scarf like she does!!) we’ll we sharing dishes from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and beyond! Tickets for this event will be £35pp


February 6th 2016 – Latin American Lunch

We’ll be revisiting the sunny climes of Latin America for a wonderful lunchtime event. The sour, smoky, fresh flavours of this cuisine is sure to get your tastebuds singing! I do wonder how many limes we’ll get through this time? We’ll be using a number of our favourite books, for this one, including Ceviche, Wahaca. Tickets will be £30pp.

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March 12th – Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries III Lunch

We’ll be taking inspiration from our “Nige” for this lunchtime event, using the third of his Kitchen Diaries books. Using simple ingredients to make tasty, comforting, stunning dishes, we can’t wait for this event! For this lunch, tickets are £30pp

April 30th 2016 – Rick’s Stein’s Byzantine

We’ll be showcasing the delight’s of Rick Stein’s newest book Byzantine: From Venice to Istanbul in April and we can’t wait! We’ll be cooking up delights from Venice via Croatia, Greece and into Turkey. An eclectic mix, but all with that Byzantine spicing! Tickets for this will be £35pp

We hope these events are getting your juices flowing, so be quick and make sure you grab yourself a space at our table. Tickets on sale on the blog from Midday on Friday 23rd October!