Emwilco goes to Ickham, an early summer feast

A few images from last weekend’s pop-up in the beautiful village of Ickham.
Next stop Macknade on Saturday 20th July, keep your eyes peeled for the menu and how to book.

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A lovely account of the evening from A Kentish Kitchen.

Dates for your diaries

Just a quick post to say that the next few dates have been set for supperclubs at Macknade. Summer seems to beginning to appear and so diaries start to get full with holidays and plans so I thought I would get ahead.

~20th July
~21st September

I will also be popping up in new spaces and places and will confirm here when they are fixed. as ever if you know of somewhere that might be suitable please let me know via the contact page.

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Menu finalised for 4th May

The weather finally seems to be making an attempt at Spring and there has certainly been some rapid growth in the garden so hopefully the fresh, fabulous produce we are all waiting for will soon appear. I had hoped to be able to include asparagus on the menu but there is very little sign of it so far. If some does pop up over the next fortnight then I may well tweak the menu, but for now our greenery will come in the form of a vivid nettle and wild garlic soup which has become a favourite of mine and of which there is plenty! To follow, a rich crab tart based on a recipe that one of the chefs at Quaglinos gave me years ago when I worked there. I used to do a twelve hour shift on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at lunchtime and getting home early enough to pick up the next day’s papers as I drove through Camden. Often wrapped up in a piece of greaseproof paper in my bag would be a hastily (and cheekily..) grabbed slice of crab tart from the kitchen. I hope to recreate the flavours for you and memories for me, wonderfully crisp pastry and warm filling using the freshest crabs from West Whelks in Whitstable. The main course will be lamb, dainty cutlets with new potatoes and purple sprouting. To round it all off a rich chocolate pot and gorgeous chewy Amaretti biscuit an Ottolenghi favourite of mine.

I hope to see you there, booking will open on Sunday.

Popping up all over the place

Having had a rather long break between supperclubs 4 and 5 things are getting slightly more lively now. I have set the date for the next Macknade event, which will be on the 4th May and can also announce a little outing to Ickham on the 15th June. Having been a guest at the Flavours of Spain pop-up last weekend which was serious yummy and very well attended by the ladies and gents of that parish, I can safely say that they like their food. Also in the offing a possible mini supperclub in Whitstable, details to follow….That’s all for now but I can’t wait to start planning Spring and early Summer menus….if the snow could just get lost please!

Little tweaks to the menu

Having set the menu I tried out my old fave the rhubarb and saffron tart and rather sadly found it wanting. So if it isn’t good enough for me then it isn’t good enough for all my lovely guests. Today I have been playing with alternatives, including a steamed sponge with a rhubarb and cardamom ‘jam’ which was sooooo delicious, but this little beauty won.

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A rhubarb and frangipane tart which will come with Kentish créme fraiche.

Happy New Year!

Hello all and a belated Happy New Year. Sorry not to have been in touch sooner with dates for the next supperclub – my ‘day job’ just got rather busy…..

I am working on a few ideas for the next few months including a (much asked for) vegetarian menu, plus an outing (or two?) to Margate and an evening inspired by the wonderful Yotam Ottolengi so watch this space for dates and details.

A rather lovely blog from a guest

I first met Adelina at a wonderful foodies’ banquet held earlier this year at The Goods Shed and organised by Helen (who at the time I knew only by her Twitter monicker of @forkful). It was that event and noting the ease with which more than 20 strangers sat down to a meal together, that gave me the confidence to start my supperclub. So I was delighted when I finally managed to set a date that Adelina could make. She always writes beautifully and her pictures capture the atmosphere brilliantly.

Canterbury food love story

Menu for the 24th November

Right, I think I’m pretty much there and just need to pin down a few suppliers and test the recipes but this is what you can expect if you come along on 24th November.

Selection of cured fish, including vodka, dill and beetroot gravadlax, Bluey’s rollmop herrings, smoked eel, dark rye bread and Aquavit.

Wood pigeon breasts, bitter winter leaves, pickled walnuts and damson cheese.

Slow roast pork belly, quince purée, parsnip mash and braised red cabbage.

Sticky toffee pudding and créme fraiche.

There will of course be the usual glass of something sparkly and Kentish to start the evening and something tasty to nibble while you sip.

Booking will be on Eventbrite and should be open on the 11th. Any questions or queries please use the ‘contact me’ tab