Regular readers and diners will know we have a love of all things Scandinavian. The Nordic noirs, the funky knitwear and not to mention the food! In February we’ll be baking some wonderful delights from our favourite Scandi food writers including Trine Hahnnemann.
If you want an afternoon filled full of luscious breads, pastries, cakes and other treats, then book now on the link below. Cost per guest is £20.
So, onto part II of our experience at Noma! If you haven’t seen part I, it’s here
Having had the huge array of canapes in the first part of the meal, the second part allowed us to start sampling the wines to go with each dish. Now I’m not a massive wine expert, so I won’t even try and describe each one we drank but I do like being introduced to wines that I wouldn’t normally choose. I love the way that a wine can change once paired with food. Biodynamic, natural, unfiltered wines are all the rage in Denmark and they’re something that you’ll either love or hate! The wines can almost take on a cider / sherry flavour, nothing crisp or fresh here! Anyway, back onto the rest of the food. Continue reading →
It’s taken me an age to write this post, mainly because there is just so much to write about. In its entirety I’ve written just under 2000 words on Noma so I’ve decided to split this up into two posts. Trust me, you’ll thank me for it!
Just before Christmas Dan and I were dining at one of the best restaurants in the world, the mad world of Rene Redzepi and his team at Noma, and realising a dining ambition we’ve had for years.
We started planning our trip to Copenhagen just under a year ago, not knowing whether or not we would actually be able to book those elusive spaces… Months later, October came around and we eagerly sat at our computers waiting for the bookings to open up. We realised that we had only one day during our stay due to Christmas, which really narrowed down our chances. Would we get a reservation?!… Yes we would! Hooray! Only, we realised that our flight landed after reservation, Nooooo! After much deliberation we decided to change our flights! Dan and I were going to the ball and something like flights wouldn’t stop us!
We’ll have a few Copenhagen write ups coming soon, but for now just sit back and take in the poor quality photos and my ramblings of this delicious affair.
So, Noma. The Nordic powerhouse that put Scandinavian fine dining on the radar. Two Michelin stars and crowned the worlds best restaurant for three years (now rated 2nd). We’d seen glimpses of Noma on programmes, such as Masterchef, and read everything there is to know about Rene Redzepi, but what would it actually be like to experience Noma, would it be everything we expected and more? What would we eat? Insects? Moss? Badgers?! Continue reading →
Wow, it’s that most wonderful time of the year again and we’ve been looking forward to this event since last year! In honour of our Christmas excursion to Copenhagen, we had to do a Scandi themed event to close off 2013. Recommended to us by Nigella herself, we used Trina Hahnemann’s beautiful Scandinavian Christmasbook as our guide, along with Signe Johannsen’s Scandilicious series.
Over two cold and blustery nights, our wonderful array of guests we welcomed into the warmth and festivities of the Manor. A soothing mug of Glögg (The Scandi version of mulled wine) warmed our diners a treat before we brought through the canapes. The Glogg extract was a mix of blackcurrant juice and Christmas spices, all boiled down to make a wonderful festive cordial that could be added to red wine and brandy. A perfect winter warmer and less sweet than typical mulled wine.
I created three little morsels to tickle the tastebuds and get our guests into the festive spirit. First off were little endive cups filled with my Scandi version of a Waldorf salad – Apple, celery, walnuts and of course beetroot (lovingly home pickled by Dan). The cups looked like they were filled with bright pink sweets! The flavour was bitter, sharp and sweet, this was indeed a delightful mouthful.
Next up were seared beef crostinis with horseradish cream – my take on what you could find on any Smörgåsbord. The beef was meltingley tender which paired well with the creamy pungent horseradish. Continue reading →
It’s almost December, which can mean only one thing. Our Scandinavian Christmas extravaganza is nearly here!
We’re super excited about this one and created a menu that should showcase the best flavours Scandinavia has to offer (Elk anyone?) and that its not all dill beetroot and gravadlax… although they do feature!
A bit of wintry celebration before we close the Manor for the new year. We’d love to know what you think of our Nordic feast.
Saturday 7th December 2013 – Sorry, we’re sold out
It’s no secret that this year the Manor crew are off to Scandinavia for Christmas and so to get us in the mood we’re planning a Scandi themed Christmas supperclub. We’ll be using the book released last year by Trine Hahnemann, which is none other than the book that Nigella recommended to us when we met her!
Guests should expect some slightly unusual Christmas treats, courtesy of Northern Europe. Plus we think that the Manor is best suited to the festive period and we’re excited to be getting the lovely tree out again!