Canapes in Kent

Posted on Nov 1, 2014

Canapes in Kent

My best friend Marina decided to plan a surprise birthday party for her mother this October and I was delighted to be able to prepare the canapes for the occasion. You’d think working for your loved ones was a doddle but actually I find it is more nerve wracking sometimes as you really really want everything to be spot on.

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Cooking fine French food on a golf course in Surrey!

Posted on Oct 18, 2014

Cooking fine French food on a golf course in Surrey!

I’m always keen to push the boundaries and despite experiencing a particularly busy period in September, working at the Scandinavian Kitchen during the week, catering for weddings on the weekend, when the lovely Amanda asked me to cook for Toby’s 60th birthday I couldn’t resist.

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Best of British Summer Supper Club

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Best of British Summer Supper Club

My friend Sara Adams runs a lovely cafe in pretty Kensington Square in London where I’ve worked on and off since I started cooking professionally. The cafe serves a mean breakfast and lunch menu and I’m inspired by Sara’s fresh and simple dishes as well as how she looks after the team. We decided that the space could be put to better use in the evening and the KSK Supper Club was born.

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Sicily calling

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Sicily calling

Ever since I can remember Italian food has been an obsession of mine. Training as a chef I couldn’t wait to taste the culinary delights of Italy, in particular of the South with their tradition of using simple fresh ingredients and not fussing over them. Alici fritti – little breaded deep fried fish, spaghetti con cozze – spaghetti with mussels and the tastiest tomatoes, Margherita pizza with the best olive oil drizzled all over it and the airiest dough, braised greens with lemon juice – these dishes are delicious in their simplicity.  What grows together goes together and the Italian climate nurtures an incredible array of produce that paired with a strong culinary tradition makes for mouthwatering results. Before starting the diploma at Leiths I had a window of opportunity to head to Italy, finally, so I set off alone and stayed in Airbnb accommodation across Napoli and Sicilia, eating my way around and burning it off pounding the streets in search of culture.  My hosts were generous and entertaining and showed me around Palermo, Trapani, Agrigento and Naples ensuring I would forever be entranced by their way of life and eating habits! Here are some snapshots of my first trip in 2012… View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View...

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Feeding the Dame!

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Feeding the Dame!

I was wondering what would be a suitable way to kick off my blog and what better way than with the coolest Dame – Vivienne Westwood. So this is the story of how the Dame met the chef in a field somewhere… Picture the scene, it’s wet, muddy, you haven’t slept properly in days and have been feeding a ravenous crowd of 400 Greenpeace crew every day for a week, energy is running low and the loos are getting worse! Yes it must be Glastonbury festival 2014 where under the guidance of Honey & Thyme catering my husband Ed and I catered to the masses at the Greenpeace area.  Vegetarian food was the order of the day as well as cooking many vegan and gluten free meals, in a field.   There were half a dozen ragtag chefs who became less coherent as the week wore on yet still managed to create an appetising menu of ratatouille, vegetable quiches and puff pastry tarts, Spanish tortillas, aubergine stews, it showed us meat eaters how many ways there are with vegetables and how tasty they can be. There were the occasional trips to the St.John stand at the Beat Hotel for a stack of pancakes, smoked bacon and maple syrup to boost morale, they also served delicious coffee but generally we were content with our lot hanging out with the Greenpeace crew. We had an awesome team of volunteers, the girls from Cornwall deserve a special mention for the tireless work at the kitchen sink under pressure but they ran the show, well done Ruth, Eavan and Rose for the amazing effort!  I wish you were in the kitchen with me in London.   There were also the old school Greenpeace crew who were there to tell us the bread was unacceptable as it wasn’t “real bread” the burnt pans were a health risk and generally put us in our place (Mike we agree but it’s field catering on a budget). The punters were happy to be fed generously three times a day though there was a bit of whinging about still being hungry (but there’s 400 of you!) and Pete from Big Brother seemed content to eat his dinner from the scraps bin (not a pretty sight but very green of him!).   There were highs and lows but more of the former and the best highs were: Husband Ed (not a chef) and I turning up to work finding nothing prepped and having to bang out lunch for 400 with the help of the volunteers in a few hours (baked potatoes, ratatouille and salad was the result which was demolished). Dancing to Tuneyards at the Other stage and listening to Goldfrapp from the catering tent (sounded epic) Using slightly better loos and having access to showers and Ecover soaps, oh yess! So it’s the penultimate day, lunch service is drawing to a close and someone comes in and says, “is it alright if Vivienne Westwood and her team come in for lunch?” “errr, of course” (shit! what have we got to feed the Dame?!) In all my wildest dreams...

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