It’s finally time to give you a preview of what to expect at next month’s Supper Club. March is a lean season for fresh produce. There’s not a lot growing in the frosty fields, but among the few things that are available are some absolute gems.
To begin: Curried cauliflower soup with crispy leek bhaji
Roasted cauliflower is a real winter treat, and its nutty flavour goes great with the blended Indian spices that remind you of warmer climes. I was challenged by a friend to come up with a meat and dairy-free soup that needed no apologies – this was the result, and I’m proud and delighted to be able to serve it to you this month along with the crispy leek bhajis.
Main course: Dry rub pork ribs with buttermilk onion rings and rainbow coleslaw
Dry rub slow-roast veg with buttermilk onion rings and rainbow coleslaw
“Dry rub” – where a mix of ground dry spices, salt and brown sugar are rubbed into the meat before cooking – is my favourite kind of barbecue. The spice mix I use is based on the regional style of Kansas City, but I’m keeping my food miles down by walking the 50 yards across Cowley road to Alder’s butchers for some racks of baby-back pork ribs. The ribs are cooked for 18 hours, and I’m serving them with buttermilk-battered onion rings and my award-deserving rainbow coleslaw.
For vegetarians, the same Kansas City spice rub will coat meltingly tender staves of a selection of slow-roast vegetables.
Dessert: Bruleed custard tart with forced rhubarb and blood orange
This almond shortcrust tart is a favourite of mine all year round to serve with whatever vibrant red fruit is in season. In March, that means lightly poached rhubarb and segments of blood orange, but last summer you may have seen it when it was a strawberry custard tart.
Plus secret extra(s) TBA
As ever it’ll be pay what you want on the night, so head to our booking page to reserve your places for 4th or 11th March.