Rachel Demuth hosted her first ever supper club last Wednesday – the only supper club in Bath – at the Vegetarian Cookery School, with cookery school chefs (and former head chefs of Demuths) Helen Lawrence and Jo Ingleby. The evening was a delight, and I was thrilled to not only be a part of the meal, but also a part of the planning, Tweeting and buzz-building that made the event not only possible, but a total success.
Of course, the menu also had something to do with it:
- Salmorejo with handmade picos (recipe here)
- Salad of fresh peas, broad beans and purple potatoes with Homewood Park Ewes Cheese
- Chili and almond mojo rojo
- Lebanese flatbreads with sumac, courgettes and Homewood Park pickled ewes cheese
- Slow roasted baby aubergines with tomatoes and peppers
- Saffron pilaf with caramelised onions
- Wild herb and edible flower salad with blackcurrant vinegar dressing
- Strawberry and rosewater granita
- Summer berry tartlets with our own cassis coulis
I was tickled not unpleasantly when I saw the salad of fresh peas, broad beans and purple potatoes with Homewood Park ewes cheese – this was THE salad that inspired my recent recipe post: Broad Bean Salad with Ricotta and Tarragon Vinaigrette. Helen’s presentation was, well, humbling, and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it. Served with borage flowers, it was a stunning and delicious dish.
Another highlight for me was the mojo rojo, an almond and chili puree, served with lebanese flatbread topped with courgette, olives and ewes cheese. The mojo rojo was used as a condiment for the bread, and it totally rocked my world.
There was one dish that left me absolutely flummoxed – in a good way. It was the wild herb and edible flower salad that was served along side the pilaf and slow-roasted aubergines. I’ve never tasted such strong flavours – lovage, fennel tops, more borage flowers and other various things I couldn’t identify. It was crazy but I loved it – a great match to the aubergine.
So, another great night of food and good company in the southwest of England. I’m really growing very attached to this little part of the world. Thanks to the crew at the cookery school for hosting; I’m already looking forward to the next supper club.
- Demuths Supper Club at The Vegetarian Cookery School – my Flickr photo set
- Our first supper club – post on the Demuths blog
- Demuths First Supperclub – The Vegetarian Cookery School’s Flickr photo set