I’m so, so sorry to everyone that has expressed an interest in coming to the planned event on 28 May. Unfortunately for personal reasons I have to postpone the event to a later date.
I do hope to be able to offer another date soon. I’ll post an announcement here as soon as I can.
Thanks for your understanding.
Beautiful sunshine has been flooding into our dining room for the last couple of weeks. The central heating has been turned off. The garden is bursting into flower.
I feel it’s a good time to hold another pop-up restaurant event at my house!
The last one I did, at Sparks Yard in Arundel, was a full-size restaurant affair, and was a huge success. But not ideal for all my friends and customers in and around Haslemere. I’ve been looking at suitable venues nearer to home ever since — and I still am. It’s not easy to find the right place.
Meanwhile I’m impatient to try out some of the new dishes that I’ve been working on recently, so I’ve decided to try and organise something on a smaller scale. I’m proposing Saturday, 28 May.
I’d like to know how many people would be interested in coming along on that date. It will be my take on Asian food (sorry, not peanut nor gluten free). A contribution of £35 per person would be much appreciated for an amuse bouche and a three course supper. BYO.
I will have tables of six and eight — but if you’re happy to share, I can easily accommodate smaller groups. Please let me know if you would like to come, and how many in your party, by using the contact form, rather than leaving a comment below. At this stage it is just an expression of interest, not a firm booking. I do need to have a minimum number to make it practical — so I may need to come back to those who have said they’re interested to tell you that it’s been postponed. I hope that won’t happen!
I’m really looking forward to hearing from you.
I’m delighted to report that my planned Tuscan evening is happening next Saturday, the 8th of June. Thanks to those of you who have booked: I’m really looking forward to cooking for you.
While discussing the event, a number of you told me that you’d also like to come for an Asian evening. So I’ve decided to go ahead with the other date that I had mentioned, the 6th of July, but for an Asian meal rather than Italian.
And I have one table for four (or six if you don’t mind squashing up a little!) still available.
Here’s the menu for the evening:
1. Ma Hong – slices of pineapple topped with Asian flavoured minced prawn and mint
2. Krupuk – Indonesian rice crackers with coriander coconut chutney
3. Young papaya and green mango salad with light peanut dressing
1. Ikan Acar Kuning – fillets of mackerel in turmeric sauce with cucumber, carrots and shallots
2 Perkedel – potato cakes with herbs
3. Nasi Goreng – Indonesian fried rice with green chilli, basil, shredded omelette and baby anchovies (ikan bilis)
1. Es Teler – iced mixed fruit: a delicious mix of avocado chunks, young coconut flesh, and jack fruit in a sweet coconut and condensed milk juice
2. Black sesame seed wafer
The price is the usual £25 a head, which includes an aperitif, and coffee or tea. Bring your own wine.
Please let me know as soon as possible. Call me or email, or send a note via the contact form.
I guess it’s not surprising that I’m asked for Asian food for most of my jobs. But, if you know my cooking background, you’ll understand that I miss traditional Italian home cooking. Cucina casalinga, as it is known, is the essence of Italian cuisine, and even in Italy you find it more often in people’s homes than in restaurants – even though every Italian laments the fact!
I’m convinced that many of my friends that know me through my cooking would enjoy a real Italian casalinga meal. Now I have a booking for one of my ‘pop-up’ restaurant evenings (‘Dinner at Mine‘), and I’m inviting people to make up two more tables. Here’s the offer:
I’m cooking a typical Tuscan three-course family meal on either Saturday 8 June, or Saturday 6 July, and I’m looking for two groups of four or six people.
Antipasto. Bruschetta tricolore: peperonata, baccelli e pecorino, ricotta e parmigiano.
(Starter. Three types of bruschetta (in the colours of the Italian flag): topped with roasted peppers, broad beans with pecorino cheese, and baked ricotta with parmesan cheese.)
Secondo Piatto. Agnello in umido, con patate di primizia e carcioffi.
(Main course. Lamb stew, with new potatoes and artichokes.)
Cost is the usual £25 per person. Bring your own wine.
What I’d like to know is if you would like to book a table for four or six, and which of the two proposed dates you can make (and if you could do either). As soon as I have enough people to go ahead on one or other of the dates I’ll get back to you and confirm the booking. And who knows, if I get enough interest I might do both dates!
I do hope you are interested in coming. I think you’ll find it different to the average Italian restaurant! Please let me know as soon as possible. Call me or email, or send a note via the contact form.