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Fathers, families and first dates at our ‘round the world’ Sunday lunch

Caipirinha's and melon set out for those sitting at the 'chefs' table


Soupe d'avocat abidjanaise


freshly picked garden salad


a mixed plate full of Slovakian gulas, rice and Italian Caponata astrange concoction that remarkably worked!

A big thank you to my stand-in kitchen bitches who got up to help keep the kitchen clear between courses

The 'IMMENSE' Pavlova

Lunch was advertised as a ‘round the world’ supper club for father’s day, featuring dishes from all six countries playing their world-cup matches on the day. That included Brazil, Paraguay, Italy, Ivory Coast and New Zealand all of whom inspired a tropical slant to the menu…but then there was Slovakia!!

Now I’m not biased in my culinary slant; I will try dishes from everywhere and anywhere, but to be honest, Eastern European food doesn’t really do it for me. I’m not the biggest fan. The thought of picked everything, beetroot, sausage and cabbage, in the midst of a hot summer, was a total turn off. So with this in mind, but still wanting to represent the country on my menu, I thought I’d get out and do a wee bit of food research so that I could try and find a dish to slip in amongst the tropical fare.

We had a friend staying for the week who without much protest acted as a willing guinea pig in our testing of various dishes. We ate the world in a week…and once we’d done this we came up with a final shortlist of dishes which included the strange ‘Segedinsky gulas’ a combination of lean shoulder of pork and sauerkraut…..several people commented on how disgusting it sounded, but undaunted we gave it a go and it as totally delicious. Several people suggested it had been their favourite dish of the day.

I was less successful with my planned Cassava cake, a dish I was desperate to make as Cassava is such a ubiquitous vegetable in Paraguay, Brazil and the Ivory Coast. Having ingeniously located a source for Cassava (no mean feat in Bangor), I bought one with the intention of returning for more if my experiments were popular. I even asked the guy in the shop if they always had it in. He told me they did. So following the universal popularity of the cake I went back for more, it was only a few days later but to my disappointment they had run out, and there was no chance of any arriving before Sunday. Of course this being Bangor North Wales there was literally nowhere else to go (save driving 100 miles to Manchester). Sadly I had to concede defeat and the Cassava cake will just have to have its supper club debut another day.

On the plus side it allowed me to focus all my attention on the Pavlova which was, according to the teen, ‘immense’…and although it literally was immense (10 inches wide and about 4 inches high) what she meant in teen speak was that it was amazing, or really good. Sticking with the tropical theme it was topped with passion fruit, pineapple and banana.

The rest of the round the world menu went like this-

Brazilian Caipirinha’s (made with chopped and mashed limes, sugar, loads of ice and a bottle of Sagatiba Cachaca). Made in a bucket, which was well and truly emptied by the end of lunch.

Melon balls with lime and ginger and tiny pearls of local goats cheese mozzarella (very retro according to my friend Molly, but also delicious)

Soupe d’avocat abidjanaise (chilled avocado soup with lime and Tabasco). This is a traditional Ivorian dish. This was totally new and I hadn’t even tried it before I made it. It was a very scary leap of faith that paid off. One or two people commented that it was their favourite dish so the recipe will be added to the menu/recipe page.

Segedinsky Gulas with rice (from Slovakia)

Caponata (Italy) made with local tomatoes, Cyprus olives from a local importer, eggplant, and herbs all bought fresh from the farmers market on Saturday

Served with mixed leaf salad, purple scallions and baby tomatoes picked from the garden half an hour before everyone arrived.

For dessert we had our Fresh fruit Pavlova; a New Zealand invention (made with Italian meringue) to honour Anna Pavlova on her tour of the country. We finished off with coffee and Anzac biscuits another New Zealand speciality.

Strangely our attendees were not all there to celebrate father’s day (although most of them were fathers). We had a family with two small children, the smallest being 3 months old and too young to enjoy the food, although their 3 year old tucked in to most of the dishes with gusto (he didn’t like the melon with the yucky stuff on it), there was a couple on a first ‘date’…(I use this term loosely as they looked like they’d started the date early and muttered something about just having got up when they arrived) and the other half requested dinner with his two mates for father’s day (one of whom had been left ‘home alone’ by his girlfriend and the other was leaving to be reunited with his) …they sat at what we shall laughingly call the chefs table, i.e. in the kitchen away from the other guests so they could be silly and misbehave. It ended up with me swearing at them a lot and them heckling me…don’t think I will be indulging them with that again!!…On the plus side I turned them all into my ‘kitchen bitches’ as my usual helper Hilly is gallivanting off to Glastonbury for what appears to be 2 weeks!!!

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Reviews of the Underground Farmers market…and new Farmers market in Wales

Article on the Underground Farmers Market in the London Evening Standard….

and I will also be selling cheese and posh buns at the Hendre Hall farmers market on Easter Monday…come down to try and buy from 9 til 4

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The Underground Farmers market

It can be a lonely existence being a supper club hostess in North Wales. I am only one of two supper clubs in Wales and still the only one in the North, so the Underground Farmers market provided me with a wonderful opportunity to meet other supper clubbers, share stories and food and generally have a sociable afternoon.

My little table with cheese, Bara Brith and Welsh cakes

Fab coffee contraptions and fab coffee by Dose

'The shed' doing a bit of weaving outside the shed

The Shed

The gazebos' with stall holders

Rachel from http://www.hatchamsupperclub.wordpress.com with her curds and Lex from http://www.lexeat.co.uk with her beautiful napkins which the teen cheekily tried to swap a loaf of Bara Brith for...nice try!!

lots of lovely cakes

Kavita from Kavey eats http://www.kaveyeats.com with her Indian chutneys and jams

cupcakes galore!!

msmarmitelover giving her Focaccia shots demo

Focaccia shots...which were very moreish!!

Cocktails on the ironing board

As this was the first event I have attended with produce to sell I wasn’t sure what to expect, so it was with some trepidation that I turned up laden with cheeses and with a variety of Welsh cakes.  The cheeses were all locally made, the first from Rhyd y Delyn Farm on Anglesey, and the second from the Snowdonia cheese company www.snowdonia-cheese.co.uk/ . unbelievably I’d sold them all within the first hour! I wish i’d brought double the number. The cakes did less well. Probably because there was a plethora of fantastic looking cakes on sale, the visitors were spoilt for choice!

This wasn’t a disaster as in true bartering-economy style (something we are very good at in Wales) I went off on a swapsie mission, ‘a cake for a cake’….which most people were up for. I came home with an amazing array of different and very yummy cakes…my favourites of which were Suki & me’s fancies (www.sukiandme.com ) and afternoon tea at 410’s (www.afternoonteaat410.com) Anzac biscuits and brownies. We also had some wonderful Portuguese banana cakes and coconut cakes, pork pies, Mama Lan pancakes, lemon curd, coffee and cocktails. The teen bought Tourette’s biscuits and rude magnets for all her friends from www.belgianwaffling.blogspot.com evidently they were ‘legend’ and I bought some extra virgin rapeseed oil from the lovely Charlie (our next door neighbour) www.cotswoldgold.co.uk

It was also great watching the cookery displays; a totally inspired idea to include them and in their turn inspiring, as I am now going to attempt to make cheese and Focaccia shots!

I probably spent my profits, but what the hell, it was a wonderful day it didn’t rain, I met so many interesting people so all power to msmarmitelover www.marmitelover.blogspot.com for opening up her home to host it….hopefully there will be many more to come in the future

Denise x


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