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.

Upcoming 2016 events – Book Now!

Hopefully you’ll have seen us unashamedly plugging our forthcoming events. You should already know what the themes are, but they’re here to remind you. The good thing is that you can book on, right below… Be quick as you don’t want to miss out!

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Saturday August 13th 2016 – Small Plates Lunch
A relaxing lunch, featuring some comforting, indulgent small plates using recipes from the fantastic Spuntino and Duck and Waffle. £30pp Sorry, Sold Out

Saturday 10th September 2016 – Eastern Afternoon Tea
Join us for an afternoon tea with a difference! Taking Eastern flavours as inspiration, we’ll be baking up a storm with a selection of delightful savouries and sweet dishes with a twist. £25pp
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Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016 – 5th birthday featuring Mikkeller beer and Korean food
We love a good old celebration for our birthday and for our 5th year this is no exception. We’re pairing up our favourite Danish brewery with our favourite food of the moment, Korean. This is guaranteed to be one not to miss! £50pp with paired beers.
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Saturday 12th November 2016 – Sirocco lunch
We’re paying homage to one of the original queens of the supperclub, Sabrina Ghayour and her new book, Sirocco. This is Eastern food with a Western influence and is guaranteed to be a colourful, delicious afternoon indeed. £30pp
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Saturday 10th December 2016 – Christmas afternoon tea
We’ll be getting all kinds of festive for our Christmas afternoon tea in December. Sweet and savoury bakes, some traditional and some with a much more modern take of Yuletide grub. £25pp
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New Events Alert!

Hot on the heels of our successful but gut busting Leeds Indie Food Festival events we thought we’d better set some new supperclub dates for the rest of 2016 so that you have a chance of coming to dine with us! We’ve picked themes based on some of the hottest new cook books that are exciting us at the moment, we hope you’ll be excited too. Below is a sneak peak of the event themes and dates, to give you time to work out if you’re free and what you want to come to. You’ll need to buy tickets to be able to attend an event. These tend to sell out fast so you’ll need to be quick! We’ll be launching ticket sales for these events at 7pm on Tuesday 24th May – set your alarms now! For all our booking terms and conditions please check out our ‘what you need to know’ page.

Saturday 13th August 2016 – small plates ‘diner’ lunch

Spuntino

As part of our research for our ‘filth’ dinners in May we found lots of lovely recipes in the likes of Duck and Waffle and Spuntino which were not quite filthy enough to make the grade, but which would be lovely for a more sedate lunch! We thought we’d create a fun small plates menu to have a go at cooking them. £30pp gets you a welcome cocktail and 6 small plates. Lunches run from 1pm-3pm at our central Leeds location.

Saturday 10th September 2016 – Eastern afternoon tea

A cook book that caught our eye recently was that of Chetna from GBBO who did reasonably well the year that Nancy won. Chetna was dubbed the queen of flavour and this book showcases some exciting Eastern twists on our favourite sweet treats. We thought it would be ideal for an afternoon tea with a difference! £25pp gets you a cocktail on arrival, 4 savouries and 4 sweets. Afternoon teas run from 2pm-4pm at our central Leeds location.

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016 – 5th birthday featuring Mikkeller beer and Korean food

Who’d have thought we’d reach the dizzying heights of our fifth birthday?! Time flies! In honour of this milestone we thought we’d pull together an event influenced by two of our favourite things at the moment – craft beer from Danish beer nuts Mikkeller and delicious Korean food. You may have already heard the hype about the chicken from our LIF16 events – now try it for yourself! £50pp will get you four exclusive Mikkeller beers and 8 courses of exciting Korean food. Dinners run from 7pm to 10.30pm at our central Leeds location.

Saturday 12th November 2016 – Sirocco lunch

Last year Persiana was by far our favourite cookbook. Colourful, tasty recipes full of flavour but completely accessible. So we were very excited when Sabrina Ghayour launched her latest Middle Eastern offering this month – Sirocco. This is Eastern food with a Western influence. £30pp gets you a welcome cocktail and 6 courses. Lunches run from 1pm-3pm at our central Leeds location.

Saturday 10th December 2016 – Christmas afternoon tea

Yes Christmas is ages away, we know! And no, we don’t know what we’re up to yet either! But what we do know is that we’ll be serving up an afternoon tea of our favourite festive treats. £25pp gets you a cocktail on arrival, 4 savouries and 4 sweets. Afternoon teas run from 2pm-4pm at our central Leeds location.

May Menu – Filth LIF16

No sooner have we finished April’s event, we’re hurtling towards our May supperclubs which we’re holding as part of the fabulous Leeds Indie Food Festival.

Yep, you read that correctly, this event is “Filth” in honour of some decadent, naughty foods that really shouldn’t be eaten in one sitting. Not only do we have some glorious treats in store, but this will all be washed down with three wonderful cans of craft beer from the brilliant Northern Monk.

I’d suggest our guests do a bit of fasting before they come to this!

May 2016

April 2016- Menu

Our next couple of events are coming up thick and fast. At the end of April we are hosting an evening event inspired by Rick Stein’s most recent book, From Venice to Istanbul, taking in a number of cuisines from the eastern Mediterranean. Think fresh, clean flavours, to punchy, spicy, aromatic dishes.

So, here’s the menu, we’d love to know what you think.

April 2016

Simply Nigel

Last weekend we served up a lovely small plates lunch to some of our wonderful guests. Using Nigel Slater’s beautiful Kitchen Diaries III as our guide, the food was simple, yet with stunning flavours to really awaken those tastebuds.

First off, our guests were greeted with our Raspberry Cooler cocktail, a delightful mix of gin, Chambord, muddled raspberries and bitter lemon. To accompany the aperitif were our canapes. First off were Dan’s Nduja bruschetta. Nduja is a rather filthy, spreadable spicy Italian sausage. The spiciness was paired with creamy goats cheese and piquant olive for a lovely little mouthful.

The other canapes were described as “apple and stilton dumplings” which were in fact little apple and stilton pies. Apple puree and stilton, encased in puff pastry – these were served with a sweet and spiced red onion and golden sultana chutney. A truly delightful morsel.

The next course was my citrus cured salmon with fennel and orange. Salmon was cured for a couple of days in salt, lemon and orange zest, dill, mint and gin and then thinly sliced. A crunchy  tangy, acidic fennel salad and sliced of in season blood oranges created a dish full of contrasting flavours and textures.

Griddled lamb with tomato, ginger and basil swiftly followed. This was an interesting dish where the lamb, once griddled pink, is then steeped in a marinade of the above ingredients blitzed up with lots of mustard seeds.  The result is a fragrant pesto fusion which combined with the meaty lamb was a delight. This was served with a simple pea shoot and radish salad.

We then moved onto some of Nigel’s more gutsy dishes. The next course was Dan’s Smoked mackerel and tender stem broccoli gratin which was creamy, warming and full of interesting textures and flavours.

The final savoury course was a flavour sensation – beef short rib slow cooked for hours in ginger, anise, soy and apple juice. The soft meat came with a smooth cauliflower puree and lots of the delicious cooking liquor. A tangy chive puree was used to cut through the intense, but enjoyable richness of the dish.

Dan’s beautiful dessert was a take on Nigel’s walnut meringue. Nigel made his as a giant tray bake with apples and custard. The walnut meringue mix made lovely, chewy, nutty meringues but was quite hard to work with and so Dan deconstructed the dessert. Little bowls were filled with a delicate, chilled, vanilla custard topped with gently poached forced rhubarb and then finished off with the walnut meringue, a rhubarb curd and fragrant rhubarb syrup. This was light, fresh and full of spring flavours – perfect after a heavy meal.

Our final flourish were my not so petit fours of maple and hazelnut shortbread biscuits, crumbly, nutty and moreish!

All in all this was a fun yet really relaxed, calm affair – just like Nigel himself. If you don’t have the book, then I would recommend it, rather than a straighforward cookbook, it’s a beautiful memoir and ode to food.

Thanks to our lovely guests who bought us gifts of a bay tree, sourdough starter, raw brownies and wine – you are all very kind!

Our next event coming up will be our Rick Stein inspired Byzantine dinner. We cannot wait, see you soon!

March 2016 Menu – Kitchen Diaries III Lunch

Next week will see our next event being held over at the Manor. We love a bit of Nige so we’re really excited about using his beautiful book, The Kitchen Diaries III, as inspiration. Here’s the menu, we’ve gone for an array of small plates that are a diverse mix of delicate and robust dishes, with simplicity at its core. Let us know what you think!

March 2016

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