Chef Jamie Mountford has rallied the troops once again in aid of the charity Something To Look Forward To. This will be the second time we have been involved in producing fabulous food in their support, this time with a few new faces and a new venue - The Green Man in Granchester.
The theme of the event is foraging, thanks to Chef Steve Thompson who is an expert of foraging and gin making.
Recently, Nicola and I spent a productive day with Steve who showed us around Granchester Meadows. We foraged for plants and learnt how to differentiate the edible from the inedible ones. We were amazed with the amount of the plants that are readily available from the surroundings.
This time we will be cooking 6 courses in the evening paired with 6 homemade gins. Paola of Romano's has already taste tested her aubergine dish and is very confident the dish will be 'Peng!" (in her words). Chef Steve is calmly planning his snacks and canapes on top of working with all the gins with his very own recipes. I will be busying myself with the fish course using my absolute favourite cooking method of steaming all my delicious ingredients. Chef Jamie will be doing an exciting pork dish. There are always enthusiastic ones on the committee - not surprised in the slightest to see that they already have a full basket of foraged ingredients for their dishes. Nicola stayed behind, on the foraging day, to sweep through the meadow with beautiful blossoms. We are still 3 weeks away but are already seeing our pastry chef Nicola working on her blossoms
She has been working really hard as these pictures were taken at 2am!
Aren't they beautiful?
Just wondering what dessert we will have in the evening ....and a picture is worth a thousand words!
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Today it marks a milestone as our menu was finally finalised with beautiful foraged gins. We are honestly very excited to see it become more real.
There is still a lot of work to be done in preparation for the charity evening, but we really can't wait to see some of you there, to share the food, to support this local charity, and to enjoy the live music by Gary Winter, Kayleigh Gare Music and Josh Oram.
Come and join us on Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 for a well considered gin pairing with amazing botonicals with each course. Tickets (£75 per head) are on sale now via Eventbrite.
Hope to see many of you there!