Lessons From Our First Supper Club

BF first supper club

Last week we hosted our first Building Feasts Supper Club*.  Here’s what I learned:

• Nothing gets an evening started like a Negroni
• It confirms my belief that sharing food is the only way to entertain – plating 30 meals would have sent me into complete apoplexy
• It is impossible to photograph and attend your own event
• Make a playlist but remember to press play
• Always introduce the food so that people know what they are eating (we managed to forget that bit)
• An eclectic group of guests and a good seating plan is key
• Everyone loves a goody bag
• It was an honour to collaborate with such talent. Huge thanks to Pump Street Chocolate for your insanely good chocolate, Pump Street Bakery for outstanding sourdough, The Flower Appreciation Society‘s exquisite flowers, Olivia for all your expertise, and Emma for your photos and stories.
• I could have never pulled this off without the creative brilliance and attention to detail of my partner in these projects. Thank you Jeremy

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moments before our guests arrived. photo Jeremy Coleman

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buzzing room photo Emma Parlons (@lifeofyablon)

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grateful for guests with cameras photo Emma Parlons (@lifeofyablon)

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table glow. flowers by The Flower Appreciation Society photo Emma Parlons (@lifeofyablon)

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cured mackerel on a roasted new potato slice with harissa soured cream. photo Emma Parlons (@lifeofyablon)

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condiments – tahini, harissa, schug. photo  Jeremy Coleman

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North African Fish Stew (aka Chreime fish) – one of the main course offerings. photo Jeremy Coleman

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never too many fresh herbs when making food from the Levant

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dessert – chocolate nemesis made with Pump Street Chocolate served with soured cream ice cream. photo Jeremy Coleman

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mini cardamom bundt cakes with coffee icing for the goody bags

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goody bags included spices from the Carmel Market

everyone loves a goody bag! boomerang thanks to Jessica Diner 

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Beauty in Imperfection. New limited edition photographic series by Jeremy Coleman to celebrate the launch of our Supper Clubs.  Please contact him for more details.  I never want to take it down……

 

Join us for our next Supper Club, a July 4th BBQ

 

*For those who are not familiar with the Supper Club concept, Jeremy and I cooked for and hosted 30 people for dinner in my home. We had a wonderfully eclectic mix of diners sign up, and it was a huge thrill to see everyone mingling and the room buzzing with activity.

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Ready Steady Grill – Summer Cooking Class

Sandwiched between the first two Building Feasts Supper Clubs is possibly my most exciting class to date!  With BBQ season upon us, come learn to marinade, grill and dress the sides for the ultimate outdoor feasts.

All the classes take place at my home in Central London. After each demonstration, we will eat all the dishes of the day.  The session will take place around my kitchen island where there will be plenty of opportunity for chat and questions.  Places are limited to 10 people.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

You can either book by clicking the links on the sessions below (just click on the class titles) or through the Classes link on the title page of the blog.  I will continue to send out messages when new dates are added.  I hope to see you for a workshop around my kitchen island soon.

Ready Steady Grill

Tuesday 6th June 2017,  7.30-9.30pm

 

As we enter full BBQ season, come polish up your BBQ techniques.  I will show you my favourite recipes to dress up your chicken, meat, fish and veggies including rubs, marinades, salads and dressings for outdoor feasts over the fire. While I will be cooking on the Big Green Egg we will talk through using a regular charcoal grills, and gas.  As with all the classes, we will end the evening dining on the dishes of the night.

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BF Bites April Roundup

 Spices from my Travels

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It is fair to say that I set foot in no country or city *ever* without a trip to the local food market. Much to the chagrin of my children and the patience of my husband, at least part of one day in any place is spent perusing local delicacies and chatting to vendors. And even though I have been to Israel on multiple occasions, no visit is complete  without a pilgrimage to Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda, and both the Carmel Market and Levinsky Markets in Tel Aviv. This year was no exception. Especially as I needed to re-stock all my spices for the first Building Feasts Supper Club in a few weeks! I brought back almost an entire suitcase of spices and halva. And not only am I fully stocked, I am totally inspired to cook the delights consumed in mass quantities on my travels.

 

Travel Necessity – Packing Cubes

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photo: www.muji.eu

I am horribly late to the party. Seriously. How have I not used packing cubes my whole life? Well, it is not technically correct that I did not know about them, as my beloved sister gave them to my husband for his birthday last year. But to be honest, at the time I sort of dismissed the concept and did not really understand their true packing value. Especially as we then only had packing cubes for one, not six of us. However, as our holiday approached and I started to get my head around organising six people for 13 days in three destinations, a family Bar Mitzvah and no access to a washing machine, something triggered the need to separate everyone’s attire into separate spaces. And the lightbulb went off above my head. Packing cubes literally saved the day. Clothes for all occasions were packed in separate cubes, eliminating the need for full unpacking at every destination, endless rummaging through duffle bags, and a limited amount of chaos in the boys room. I can safely attest to the fact that packing cubes have changed my travel life forever.

 

Get Your BBQ Game On – Feeding the Fire

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April means two things in our house – the heating is turned off, and my love affair with outdoor grilling is rekindled. From now until November you can find me in my winter coat, under an umbrella tending to meat and vegetables on the BBQ. The weekly use of the grill sees several exciting activities: 1) Feeding the Fire – my favourite book on the subject is drawn out of hibernation. Joe Carroll takes me through cooking on fire on any device with clarity and success every time 2) Rubs, sauces and marinades are prepared and ready to use, 3) new summer menus move from dreams to reality. So, if like me, you love a little fire in your life, this cookbook should be part of your collection.

 

Beauty Essential – Perricone MD no Foundation Foundation

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photo: www.perriconemd.co.uk

In my youth I could just about get away with a lick of tinted moisturiser and some mascara before leaving the house on an average day. But post 40 I need full on war paint at all times to try to conceal the damage caused by years of self induced sleep deprivation. Thanks to the recommendation of my good friend Kelly who holds more knowledge than I could ever retain about natural makeup and skincare solutions, I discovered this Perricone MD miracle morning rescue. It is light enough to feel like you are 19 again and wearing no makeup, but does the job of just about even-ing everything out for a natural un-made-up look. Perfect for those like me in denial.

 

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