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Exciting news about a TV appearance and a quick menu update for a Valentines dinner on the 12th February

I’m pleased, excited and just a little bit embarressed to report that I have been picked to appear on ITV’s new series of Britain’s Best Dish. They loved my focus on local food and producers and really liked my version of the Scottish trifle ‘Tipsy Laird’ so in a couple of weeks time I will be off to cook for the show!

In the mean time though there are secret suppers to prepare and what better way to ward off the late winter blues whilst wooing your beloved than to share an evening of tastebud teasing delights, hopefully with an exotic kick!

On the 12th I hope to tempt with Kir Royale and smoked salmon blini’s (fast becoming a standard introduction to every celebratory meal)

Then bring comfort with a rich, seasonal flavoursome carrot and leek soup with thyme,

Followed with a tantalisingly rich dark chicken mole (or vegetarian mole) with corn tortillas and winter salsa

then prepare to be seduced with a zingy blackcurrant Champagne sorbet.

and if this does not satiate your palate then we will conclude with a selection of cheese, some rich aromatic coffee and dark, delectable chocolate ganache truffles….

tempted?

To save a place email moelfabansecretsupperclub@live.co.uk

text 07775828768 or send us a message on facebook

Denise x

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New secret supper dates

New dates added for the coming couple of months starting with a romantic Valentines dinner….roses on the table, roaring fire, candles, soft music and a menu of lovely local produce….

This will be followed by secret suppers on the 26th of February, 12th March and the 19th March. Keep an eye out for menu’s and themes (still to be confirmed) but email soon to reserve your place

Denise x

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Valentines Day…and a mention in Elle Decoration magazine

Just finished an awesome Valentines Day lunch!! Lovely company, loads of wine and Champagne drank….lots of amorous lovelies left with big smiles on their faces….perfect….write up will follow soon
….and we are listed as one of the top 5 underground
restaurants around in March’s Elle Decoration magazine, soooo exciting 🙂

Write up in the March issue of Elle Decoration

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Preparing for the day of love and romance….

Having conducted a little research on the subject and having tried one or two of these things at home (ahem)…I have discovered a surprisingly long list of foods purported to have aphrodisiac properties. But is it just a myth or do they really work?

The question lies in whether we believe the aphrodisiac foods we are eating are genuinely improving our sex drive and stirring up our hormones. Despite there being many articles, books, and guides about the human sex drive all offering suggestions and exercises, and often certain aphrodisiac foods to stimulate the libido, but really we don’t really know why they supposedly work ort if they really do!

It was the goddess Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, who triggered the interest in love inducing foods when she rose from the sea on an oyster and then gave birth to Eros.  So, it is since the Roman and Greek times that the belief that aphrodisiac foods stimulate the sex drive and increase sexual performance has proliferated. During those periods, people were more concerned about fertility and sexual performance than love and passion itself, so a great amount of time was spent determining what aphrodisiac foods would help these two separate concerns.

Some foods obviously qualify as an aphrodisiac due to their phallic appearance (asparagus, figs, carrots, oysters) they are suggestive, and not a cause of physical sexual reaction. In fact, many believe that some aphrodisiac foods increase and stimulate sexual desire and performance by the suggestive nature of the food and the ritual surrounding the food and not the food itself. While others may work on the body to increase its receptivity to love and passion (chocolate, giving a natural high, coffee to stimulate, Basil to promote feelings of well-being)

The menu for Sunday lunch consists of 14 different aphrodisiac foods….

Oysters Kilpatrick (an Aussie speciality) and Champagne cocktail

Carrot and Coriander soup

Roasted fig and baby beet salad with honey…served with prosciutto, goats cheese mozzarella and blue cheese and home-made Basil Focaccia

White chocolate and vanilla and dark chocolate mousse with strawberry and raspberry Coulis

Coffee and hazlenut-pine nut cookies

I’m hoping the menu will promote an amorous afternoon…although I will be locking the bedroom doors….and I want (discrete) reports from diners about the rest of their afternoon and whether it ended up being as pleasant as their lunch 🙂

Denise x

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Happy New Year and looking forward to the future

Next dates for the supper club will be

Burns night supper on Thursday 28th January….poetry, Haggis (vege and non-vege) and lots of whiskey. If you would like to book contact soon as there is already lots of interest…if you’d like to read some poetry let me know

Reprise of Burns night on Saturday 30th same as above

‘Anti’ Valentines day lunch Sunday 14th February….not really ‘anti but for all of you that are single. If you would like to meet new people and enjoy a down to earth family Sunday lunch without having to hold hands over the table come join us!!!

Date still to be confirmed for the Indian banquet (with guest cooks from Joginders supper club in London)…but let me know if you are interested as i’m taking bookings already

More to be announced later

Denise xxx

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