April and May Supper Club Menu

Asparagus, broccoli and blue cheese soupTo begin: Asparagus, broccoli and blue cheese soup
Every year as I wait on tenterhooks for the beginning of asparagus season, this is the recipe I’m waiting to make. A lesser blog might give you the useful tip that you can use the leftover hard woody ends of asparagus to make the soup, but to be honest, I buy asparagus to make this soup out of the ends, and have to come up with uses for the rest. 

Main course: Slow braised lamb ragu with gnocchi and ribboned asparagus
My search for the perfect slow-braised lamb came complete with this dish – 48 hours of sous vide cooking at a low temperature leaves the lamb meltingly tender but without having lost any of its flavour to the sauce. For this Supper Club I’ve paired with a pile of pillowy, buttery gnocchi and ribbons of seasonal asparagus.
or
Wild mushroom and truffle ragu with gnocchi and ribboned asparagus
The wild mushroom ragu “alternative” is a creation that won over one of my most ardently carnivorous friends at a recent dinner party, who swore that while eating it he forgot that it was vegetarian. The depth of flavour comes from the variety of different types of mushrooms used, and is punched up by a good dash of truffle oil right at the end. 

Dessert: Salt caramel custard tart
In my kitchen, scraps of pastry and leftover crumbs get saved up in a jar, and when the jar is full, I mix them with melted chocolate and press them into a shell to make the base for this tart. Salt caramel custard, baked until set inside a chocolate pastry case, bruleed until the top is a crunchy, glass-like shard of caramel. Decadent. 

All dates for this menu are sold out, to be added to the waiting list for April or May message me via the contact page.

 

Pictures from March Supper Club

March Supper Club menu

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.

 

Cauliflower SoupTo 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
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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.

 

rhubarb tartDessert: 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.

Fishmas – December Fish tasting Menu


Over the past year and a half, I’ve been testing dishes out at supper clubs with a view to assembling a series of themed tasting menus. I’m delighted to announce that the first of these menus has finally been written, and will be making it’s debut next month.

Smoke and Thyme: Fishmas 2015:

6 Lobster Tortelini

A seven-course tasting menu of the best fish and seafood dishes from 2015. Including such favourites as beetroot cured salmon , Thai crab cakes and lobster tortellini, with optional matching wines. Served in an intimate 12 seat conservatory setting in East Oxford.

18th and 19th December.

Merry Fishmas!

Tickets are £30+ booking fee, wine pairing menu is an additional £22 or BYO for £7 corkage.  Ginger Squid salad

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite through the links be
low.

Please pick your date:
Friday 18th December
Saturday 19th December

 

The Menu:

  1. Trio of cold fish starters (Beetroot cured salmon, harissa anchovies, octopus salad)1 Trio of fish starters
  2. Thai crabcakes2 Thai crabcakes
  3. Green curry soup with mussels3 Thai Green Curry Soup with Mussels
  4. Soft roes on toast4 Soft Roes on Toast with Sherry Cream
  5. Rainbow trout with courgette ribbons and chimmichurri5 Rainbow Trout and Chimmichurri
  6. Lobster tortelini6 Lobster Tortelini
  7. Sea salt caramel ice cream7 Sea Salt Caramel ice cream

June Supper club: Fri 5th, Sat 13th. Strawberries and Fried Chicken

Update: June 13th now full also. No further dates for the June menu available – check back for July date(s) TBA shortly.

UPDATE: Extra date added due to popular demand. Friday 5th sold out. Book now for Saturday 13th June

IMG_1572Here we are again already. After the sell-out supper club on the 9th May, I really felt like I owed it to everyone to push the boat out for the June instalment. Without further ado then, here’s the menu:

  • Starter: Crab/apple salad
    (Vegetarian: Avocado salad)
  • Main course: Spicy buttermilk & cornmeal fried chicken with green vegetable medley
    (Vegetarian: Fried risotto primavera and courgette fritter with green vegetable medley)
  • Dessert: Strawberry custard tart with almond shortcrust pastry

Oxford strawberries are running a little late this season, but I still feel confident that I’m going to have some in time for the supper club, one way or another. I continue to be delighted by this season’s asparagus from Medley Manor farm, so that’s going to be making a reappearance alongside the fried chicken (pictured above) that I’ve been patiently tweaking for weeks now. I’ve also got a secret or two up my sleeve this month but you’ll have to attend to find out, or else read and weep about them on the blog here the next week.

As ever please let me know when booking if you have any dietary requirements. I’m already planning for vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives but it’s still very important that I know numbers for these, and if you have anything else you can’t eat please, let me know in plenty of time and I’ll find some way to accommodate you.

BOOK HERE, BOOK EARLY, BOOK OFTEN

Supper Club Info

Friday 5th June (SOLD OUT)
The Church Farmhouse, Holton, OX33 1PR. 7.30pm
Price: Pay what you want, BYOB

Saturday 13th June
205 Divinity Road, Oxford OX4 1LS 7.30pm
Price: Pay what you want, BYOB