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Food and Wine: Seasonal tastes

As months go by, our tastebuds appear to know what they want.  Doesn’t it seem more appropriate to enjoy a powerful Red, gorged with the sun of more Southern countries, when it is utterly cold out? On the other hand, a  lighter range seems much more enjoyable when it is excruciatingly hot outside. Hence us reaching out for Rosé and White wine. While season’s change, one’s wine drinking seem to be influenced by the weather.

Food and drinks are usually chosen in accordance to one another:

During the cold days of the year, we prefer richer and warming tastes. Hence our choice of  in-house casseroles, stews and roasts during the winter, accompanied by a strong red.

In the summer, I believe we mostly are looking for something refreshing, aren’t we not? Consequently, I would be more entitled to be on the lookout for fish, seafood and salads, a glass of white wine on the side.

It is amazing how our body and our mind invite us almost instinctively to a certain “art de vivre” (as say the French)!

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Slotted spoons for gnocchi

To be honest, id’ never owned one until I got ‘into’ gnocchi and now I can’t image how I managed without!

A slotted spoon is essential if you are to eat your gnocchi at their best.  As the gnocchi rise to the top of the pan during cooking, you scoop them off – and you can’t do that without one of these.

On Amazon there are 156 spoons to chose from. They are not exactly investment pieces unless you consider the rather pretty Portmeirion model with porcelain handle and their iconic flower designs. Is £11 extravagant?

My preference is for a soft grip handle – avoids accidental burning of hand – with steel bowl which  feels more durable and hygienic.

For style one would have to go for Robert Welch… The one pictured above can be found at John Lewis  (and is called a skimmer). This all gleaming metal version  comes in at a neat £16, unless eBay tells you otherwise!

I would avoid the wooden models because whilst they may appear cheaper, and may indeed be more eco- friendly, they really don’t suit the dishwasher!

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Supper Clubs: A Super Idea

You may have read the article in today’s London Evening Standard about supper clubs. If not you can read it here. We’d actually started drafting something about supper clubs and got very upset that the Standard had beaten us but we really are excited about supper clubs and less about the foaming cumin….

Can you imagine being welcomed into a stranger’s home, and given a very hearty and tasty meal? Whilst it sounds a far fetched idea, supper clubs are taking over from the cupcake revolution as the hot trend for foodies this year.

The recent revival has been more of a reaction to fine dining establishments that have been known to charge you £26 for a salad! Supper clubs give diners an opportunity to enjoy gourmet food and a different kind of dining social experience without the extortionate prices.

This ties in with the Argentine tradition that takes place on the 29th of every month that we’re all fans of: Gnocchi Night. Falling just before payday when we’re all feeling the pinch, Gnocchi Night is a chance to sit down with friends and family to enjoy some belly-filling gnocchi – a dish that won’t break the bank or stretch your culinary skills too far.

We’ve pulled together a few tips from Debi Shawcross’ book, Friends at the Table: The ultimate Supper Club Cookbook and added a few of our own.  So give it a go, enjoy, let us know how it goes and send us some photos!

  • Definition – Shawcross recommends organising your group with eight to ten people. Regardless, make sure that everyone involved is committed to the same supper club goals – laugh, have fun, try going vegetarian?
  • Organisation – The supper club is designed to expand your palates so check people’s allergies and dietary requirements, when to eat, where to eat etc.
  • Cleaning – Consider the clean up. Make sure that it’s not always the same person.  The Gnocchi night tradition is that the host places a one peso coin under a plate, whoever sits there is the next host. We would recommend this.
  • Test the Recipes – If you’re new at cooking, or cooking something new to you, make sure that you try the dish first. Practice boosts confidence and relieves stress!

If you are feeling the pressure, as Gnocchi experts we’d certainly recommend Nigella’s roasted Gnocchi. A bit different but as easy as boiling Gnocchi.

If you don’t feel up to setting up your own but want to check one out, have a look at ten of London’s best secret supper clubs.

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