A London Dinner

Beetroot, mustard & parsley braised beet tops, Iberico ham, baby broad beans.


Red wine braised beef, jerusalem artichoke purée, hand cut chips, roast tomatoes.


Apple Panna Cotta, praline hazelnuts, apple crisp.


The Panna Cotta didn’t quite set enough, a bit too wobbly! Not enough time in the fridge. Read about panna cotta wobblyness here.

Scottish Themed Canapés for 60

This was for a networking event at Melville Castle organised by Trip Organiser for the blogger trip #TasteYeBack that we were involved in. Designed to put the skills of the #TasteYeBack bloggers to the test, we rustled up roughly British/Scottish themed event nibbles, featuring traditional ingredients and dishes, to go with Harviestoun Brewery‘s fine ales.

The menu was:

Vegetarian Haggis Parcels

Smoked Haddock Chowder – a new world take on Cock-a-Leekie

Welsh Rarebit made with Anster Cheese

Chipolatas in honey and soy sauce



Mini Deep Fried Mars Bars  (which we wrote more about here)

An October Dinner Party

This evening we had the pleasure of cooking for Alexander McCall Smith, ailment a wonderfully entertaining and interesting man. I would encourage you to read any of his books for his wit, insight and charm.

Needless to say, no rx the stakes were on, and performance was (as ever) important. The menu was:

Lightly grilled monkfish, sick lemon, chicken liver mousse, beetroot syrup


Pan fried grouse breast with braised grouse legs, rösti, steamed leeks, beetroot


Cheese from I.J. Mellis, home made oatcakes


Sherry soaked yeast cake, apple custard, bramble sorbet

Sherry Baba, apple custard, bramble sorbet, crumble

Sherry Baba, apple custard, bramble sorbet, crumble

The final verdict was positive. Things went well, especially the pudding and tremendously rich grouse jus (which spent a day reducing). There were several calls for seconds (and thirds on one occasion). Always a good sign.

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