It’s a No Go for NOMA

So we all gathered the other night around mine to talk about the NOMA the book, well that was the idea anyway, but as we rambled on from one topic to the next talking about everything but NOMA.. We chatted more, we ate, we sang happy birthday, and then we finally got to the book. The first words that came out of all of our mouths was let’s do another book!  OUCH… 

It is a coffee table book no doubt, so so pretty but, so not doable book for a home cook. Fair enough, so we have swapped for a Bill Granger book and are going with a Brunch theme. Doing it on a sunday with the kids and all..

Did anyone see this article? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/25/copenhagen-restaurant-exceeds-noma-to-attain-three-michelin-stars

On another note I spent the afternoon today with Kylee Newton of Newton and Pott who’s book is The Modern Preserver. http://www.newtonandpott.co.uk/about/ It is a lovely book and she has a very warm way about her and her teaching. The book is full of incredible recipes with depths of flavours within each one that sound just like one would want on almost anything. I had a lovely time making Spicy beer pickles, and Rhubarb and Blood Orange jam which I carried home in my bag warming my back like a hot water bottle on a grey winters day. The jam is so deep in flavour and would be amazing over cheese or with vanilla ice cream, or really anything creamy.. I have yet to try the pickles as they need about 24 hrs to infuse, but I came home and made a pimento cheese recipe from Food52 website  and tomorrow lunch will be my pickles with a pimento cheese sandwich. http://food52.com/recipes/24195-parker-otis-pimento-cheese-grilled-sandwiches-with-bacon-tomato

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Book Six Is…

So the books that where thrown out there by the others peeps have been French Laundry, Momofuku, NOMA, and Robuchon. We have decided on NOMA, as one of the members is heading off to Denmark in the summer and we thought it would be nice to have a tasty sample of what she is in for. They have an amazing restaurant in Denmark. I have  unfortunately not had the opportunity to sample this divine place. http://noma.dk

NOMA is it. Next week we are getting together to set a menu for the big cook off.. Stay tuned, I can not wait to dive into this amazing looking book. Does anyone have this book, and or suggest any recipes?

SUGAR TAX

 

I was reading an article this morning in the guardian all about sugar tax and weather it will be applied adding possibly 20% tax on sugar and salty foods. I think it is exactly what is needed. It will be a slow progression, but it will be a helpful one to the NHS which is falling apart slowly. What do you think needs to happen?

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/05/nhs-england-prepares-sugar-tax-banning-adverts-unhealthy-food

PLENTY MORE

So we have had a very long break, and are not coming back too strong as we are down 2 members tonight, but we will give it the best we have. I am also down a full kitchen as some of you might have read about my home being ripped apart.. I am feeling a little calmer about it all as time has passed and its becoming a normal state of mind for me and my family.

Tonights book is a flavorsome book that keeps on giving, I have cooked several recipes out of PLENTY MORE while on our long break, and I have to say it has enhanced my palette and my herb cabinet!

It is a great book even if you are not a vegetarian. I thought when I first heard about it, that it was not for me, but boy was I wrong. My dish this evening is a Seared Girolles With Black Glutinous Rice. It has been soaking since last night, and is so striking to look at! Mushrooms are in season at the moment, this time of year makes you want to get out and go searching for them yourself in the woods. I have had this experience once, and wish I could do it more, but borough market is not far down the road, and it will have to do. I really do enjoy this time of year so many amazing fruits and veg are at their best, and the weather makes you want to cook up dishes bursting with autumnal flavours.

I only know what Erin is making tonight and it is one of my favourite from the book that I made as a side with a roast chicken. It’s the Aubergine Cheesecake, and it is so yummy. I love Aubergines and I do know they are not for everyone, but Ottolenghi is incredible at cooking them. I wish he would host a cooking class just on Aubergines..

Alright time to hit the kitchen and do a little pre prep for tonight..

Have you cooked out of PLENTY MORE, and if so what are some of your favourites?

PLENTY MORE

Our next London Cookbook Club choice is Plenty More, a Yo Tang (Yotam Ottolenghi) book. He has several restaurants around the london area, if you get a chance it is a little slice of heaven. He has just opened his latest one in Spittafield’s Market. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk  It’s especially wonderful if you are a vegetarian!

Sonia will be hosting this ladies only night at she and Chris lovely home. I am looking forward to it, as I have been cooking from it a lot and have enjoyed everything that has come out of it. It is a veggie only book, but his latest and greatest book is from his upscale NOPI restaurant, which includes meat recipes!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NOPI-Cookbook-Yotam-Ottolenghi/dp/0091957168/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442492266&sr=8-1&keywords=nopi

I will post the menu once we have all agreed on the fab dishes we will be making/eating!

A friend sent me this link http://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/articles/how-to-throw-a-dinner-party-nopi-style and it’s pretty spot on, although he doesn’t mentioned your table setting, candles, flowers, etc.. I think it all needs to works together, so on the food end Scully has it down, and my advise is to set your table before hand and think about all your add ins while thinking who’s coming, what are you cooking, and the mood you would like to place on the evening soiree!

Have you been to any of Yo Tang’s places, or cooked anything out of his amazing books?

MORITO

I some how missed posting one of our best cookbooks yet, Morito! http://morito.co.uk The book, looked a little complicated at first glance and then it turned out that it was all pretty simple and very easy to follow.

We make a lovely night of it, at Erin and Richard’s place. I can’t thank them enough for hosting the dinner way back when.. So I will keep it short and sweet and let the pictures do most of the talking.

The Sweet Morito is worth a stop in if you are around london. It is a darling little joint.

 

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Exciting News

Tomorrow night we are getting together to discuss our next book of choice for the Cookbook Club! The one and only this time is MORITO, by Sam & Sam Clark. Us London folk are rather lucky to have this little gem here in our town. Have you ever been for a meal at their restaurants? if not check them out http://morito.co.uk and their other place is called Moro http://www.moro.co.uk

Stay tuned to see what we will be cooking up next..

 

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On another exciting note I came home today our Wisteria tree in our conservatory blooming, and this means so many good things.. From the lovely fragrance it feels my home with to the amazing colour we get to look at, plus the warming thoughts that spring is here! I couldn’t not share as this is what was a big love of the house when we bought it…

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