Wednesday, 28 October 2009
We're teaming up with the lovely Jo of http://www.differentworlddrinks.com/ to bring you a stellar Sunday lunch based on our dearly beloved fave beverage; beer! (Okay, maybe my second fave, but Champagne only counts if you can afford it, right?). Five courses with a double whammy for dessert, each with a matched beer and a tasting lesson with Jo - how awesome can a single Sunday get?! I'm positively gutted that I'll be spending the afternoon in the kitchen...
Beer Royale on arrival
Traditional Swedish Gravad Lax with Crispy Potato Cakes and Fennel & Dill Salad
Cheese and Beer Soup - Welsh Rarebit in a bowl!
Beer-Marinated Slow Roast Lamb, Autumnal Root Veg Mash
Colston Bassett Stilton with Cheese Biscuits
Dessert Duo; Lemon Tart and Chocolate Truffle Cake
Suggested doantion £30 - positively bargain-o-licious for such a feast!
As well as the delicious grub above, you'll be tasting 6 different beers as well as a Beer Royale to get you going. Definitely an afternoon to leave the car keys at home! Arrive from 1pm for a prompt 1:30 start, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon and not worry about the effect of all that beer on your Monday morning - you can be tucked up in bed by 9pm.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations....very limited spaces so get in quick.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Raised on Papa Ahmed's curry, youngest daughter Hannah will put her learned curry wisdom to tasty use on Wednesday November 4th. Hannah will be taking the culinary reigns to provide us with three superbly spiced main dishes to star in our Indian feast.
Sweet Lassi on arrival
Spiced Fishcakes with Onion Salad and Mango Chutney
Curried Lentil Soup
Papa Ahmed's Free Range Chicken Curry
Rice and freshly made Chapattis
Dessert to be confirmed....watch this space.
Recommended donation £20 a head
Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Email email@example.com for reservations. See you there!
Thursday, 15 October 2009
We quickly realised that one of our strengths is 'small plates' - tapas, mezze, call it what you will, but there's something in sending a steady stream of food that seems to make people happy. It does also allow for the cook to send everything as it's ready and in its prime, rather than perhaps having to hang on for two minutes whilst another component reaches perfection. I also adore soups....making them, eating them, feeding them to other people, and my friend Yasmin makes the best chicken soup, proper Jewish penicillin, that I’ve ever tasted; I hope I can do it justice. She deserves more than a little credit for inspiring this menu, and she should get her arse back from Israel to try it!
So, to the Middle East (or there abouts)
Yasmin’s Chicken Soup with Matzo Meal Dumplings
Orange & Almond Cake with crème fraiche
Coffee with Baklava
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
I’ve struggled a little (a lot!) over this menu, for two reasons. Firstly, how to avoid the tacky pitfalls usually associated with Halloween grub? The canned-pumpkin pie and olive-eyeball pasta, the bread-crumbed witches’ fingers and spaghetti worms (pasta seems to get particularly abused if the recipes we found through Google were anything to go by!). My other main concern is that this menu may be our last (for a few months anyway – too cold in the shed), so we’d better make it a good one – see point number 1!
So I tried to think outside usual bag of Halloween treats, and turned to the writings of a chef oft associated with the vaguely macabre, Mr Fergus Henderson. I’ve had the Nose to Tail book for nearly two years, and although I must have read it cover to cover over 20 times, I’ve barely even touched the surface of the recipes within. As the sole meat-eater in a household of two, there’s not much scope for whole hams, pigs’ heads or terrines which will serve 8. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the read (over and over again!), and feel that it’s time to put my book smarts into practise.
Bloody, bloody Mary
Bloody, bloody Mary
Devilled Crab Cakes
Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Belly, Bird, Beast and Bean Cassoulet
Trick or Treat Party Bag
Suggest donation, £25
The dishes inspired by Nose to Tail are the devilled crab cakes and the cassoulet.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Starts at 7:30pm, BYO booze, fancy dress optional but advised!
Monday, 21 September 2009
With the nights drawing in and the air getting colder, we're wondering how much longer we can keep going until The Shed gets too cold for comfort. We're pretty sure we'll be fine until Halloween (it's quite a cosy shed!), but anything after that will be a bonus so this menu may well be the second-to-last for 2009.
Roast Cherry Tomatoes with Goats' Cheese, Lemon, and Mint
“Capitalist Pig” with Potato and Celeriac Gratin and
Lady Gray's 'to die for!' Toffee Brownies with
Tea or Coffee
Suggested donation, £20
Our Capitalist Pig will in fact be a whole ham, boiled in coke-a-cola, then baked in the oven with a final sticky glaze making for a succulent, tender, sweet-and-salty affair. Delicious! The dessert, you will notice, will not be made by our fair hands but by Lady Gray of The Hidden Tea Room. A wildly successful (just ask Time Out!) underground outfit, The Hidden Tearoom serves proper champagne tea with delectable finger sarnies, fresh-from-the-oven scones and scores of homemade cakes and sweet treats.
We're now sold out for everything except this night and our Hallowen Special on the 31st. If you'd like to make reservations, email email@example.com
Thursday, 10 September 2009
You don't know what you're going to eat. We don't know what we're going to get. We all trust that the other isn't going to pull a fast one!!
firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Saturday 26th September - Private function with Music in a Small Space
Tuesday 29th September - Tapas, sold out
Tuesday 6th October - Malaysian Magic (click for menu)
Tuesday 13th October - Gift Swap Night
Tuesday 20th October - menu undecided but definitely open!
Saturday 31st October - Hallowe'en Special, what this space for details.
So there we go. These very well may be the last Shed dinners for a wee while, as we're closing for winter 'cos it gets a wee bit nippy out there! We're going to take it as it comes, but once you can see your breath we're done for, though might invite people 'round for an intimate and warming gooey fondue :)
We'll post some more information about October's menus, but for a couple of weeks it's goodbye from us. We'll be picking up the emails from time to time, so please drop us a line if you want to get yourselves booked in for some Shed dining email@example.com
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
And so we look to October. Rather than stick with the same menu for the whole month, like we have with August and we aim to do with September, things will be a-changing. Our first two menus, though the same throughout the month, have been quite extensive - 6 courses in August and around 15 dishes plus accompaniments in September - so we're thinking of simplifying for October. Probably just (quelle horreur!) three courses. Maybe the odd appetiser here and there (we just can't help ourselves), but definitely only three proper courses.
After attending an afternoon of Malaysian cookery instruction over the weekend, the first menu in October will be a hot little eastern number. The course was facilitated by Azi Campbell, owner of Puji Puji on Balls Pond Road, who imparted the secrets of 'proper' Malaysian cookery and inspired us to get spicy in October.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and enquiries. We're planning a Halloween Special on the 31st October though won't say any more until we've finalised the menu.
Monday, 24 August 2009
A rough draft of the menu, subject to change pending delivery of two new cookery books!
Breads, olive oil, vinegar, olives, dried cherry tomatoes
Padron peppers (v)
Broad beans with shallots (v)
Pumpkin and tahini dip (v)
Braised cabbage with chicharrones and chorizo
Stuffed mushrooms (v)
Griddled aubergines (v)
Patatas bravas (v)
Gambas a la plancha with saffron mayonnaise
On the lookout for another veggie dish to add to the ‘main course’, so veggies don’t despair! Those in possession of the Moro East book will probably note a degree of inspiration taken from it, and one of the recipes will replicated verbatim...it’s so good, it doesn’t need any tinkering. I must say thank you to my dedicated tasting team (job well done) and also to MsMarmiteLover for teaching me how to griddle a mean aubergine :)
Going back to Moro East...it is easily the best book I have acquired in the last year or so – feel free to ask to see it after dinner, then go buy yourself a copy! It’s a tremendous book.
If you're not already booked in for Tapas Fantastica and like what you see, email email@example.com for reservations.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
8pm, Tuesdays in September.
£14 for vegetarians
£18 for meat eaters, omnivores and pesce-curious
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and queries....see you there!
Thursday, 6 August 2009
A lovely review here from the queen of underground restaurants herself, Ms Marmite Lover.
We have a few spaces (about 6 ish I think) left for the current menu for August, before moving on to Tapas Fantastica in September. About which more details coming soon....
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Last minute disasters and catastrophes aside, menu number one will be;
Trio of soups with soldiers
Spiced lentil cakes with a tomato sauce
Posh fish pie, some kind of tasty green veg
Cheese, biscuits, and homemade chutney
White chocolate croissant pudding with red fruits
We're hoping to serve this - or a good approximation of - every Tuesday night for the duration of August. Places are stil available so get in touch via the blog or email email@example.com for reservations. Veggie main course option also available on request.
From August 4th, Tuesday nights, 8pm. BYO booze. Suggested donation £20, and feel free to tip your lovely waiter!
We'll do our best to keep it faintly interesting...do let us know if we fail.