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Thursday, 31 May 2012

London Supper Club: ferdiesfoodlab this month! Highly recommend!

by Simon Fernandez of ferdiesfoodlab

Well it's been a crazy busy month as usual, if I'm not hosting, cooking or experimenting I'm tapping away at my computer.

In this post,a fabulous post from Mummy, Mrs, Minä, birthday party
and, Movember Action!


Constructive criticism always welcome, it's how you grow. Praise? . . . .  ahem . . err yeah!!

Obviously it's not all been private parties, and the social banquet has been exploding as usual into a smorgasbord of people, flavours, colours, wines (Mr Drink & Eat) and beers (Kieran is Beerin) conversation and laughter, and the odd squeal of excitement (I kid you not!).

It's always nice to chat to our guests at the end of the night and this night was no exception, I especially remember Michelle the inquisitor ; ) (and I 'm talking 1 million questions a second - I had to concentrate and take deep breaths) and the very dry not to mention sardonic Andy and the very beautiful mystery blogger and hubster! It's nicer still when said mystery blogger Mummy, Mrs, Minä says this about the evening:

"We spent a lovely Saturday night out with our friends Michelle and Andy at Ferdie’s Food Lab  at Toynbee Hall in Shoreditch. This was the first supper club for me and the hubby: up til now he has been a little dubious about the concept of dinner served in somebody’s front room. Evening was fab, met some lovely new people and more importantly, the food was delicious. Highly recommend!"

(you can see full post here)

I think it's the "Highly recommend!" bit I like!!  Thank you very much for your post! : )

So, all in all, it's been a pretty busy month. There have been other gruelling elements to this month but I'll leave those for another post . . . . . .

Next banquet is on Fri 8th June and promises to be rather good!!!


If you fancy coming along just send an email with you details!! Here's how . . . .


The table awaits!

Birthday Party!!! I love a good party!

The private parties at ferdiesfoodlab are just as good as the social banquets, and, even though all of the group have one connection in common, there's still lots of room for catching up and "getting to know you!" This fabulous birthday was no exception, as I found out while I socially hopped about the room. Folks had come from all over the country leaving their cares (of both types) in the care of others, some staying with friends, others booking the weekend in plush hotels, but all coming to the banquet!!

Here are some of the comments left by Jean and Jamie's friends:
 
"Writing this as the birthday boy/man/whatever,
I had a truly splendid time - the atmosphere of this fine and noble establishment is most convivial, and the food - oh the food! Heavenly . . .
Superlatively friendly and unobtrusive service also.  Credit all round.
Jamie"
I think you'll find it's my party!! (Thank you very much a hu huh!!)


"Loved! the Yum Salaad, <--- + all the stuff - the tomatoey thing etc
We loved the food and had fun!"

Seating - Quick bit of reconnaissance at the fire place.

"You're amazing, whenever I called it was all so easy, never a problem such delight, and a change!!
Thanks, Jean"

Our crack team caught a wee banquetee being smuggled in!!!

"Thanks Simon,
The food was very tasty and the portion size was great . . the Yum Salaad took us by surprise, it was a great mix of flavours.
The ribeye was cooked to PERFECTION (Aussies like it rare) thanks for giving us a wonderful meal!"



The roast ribeye of beef - BURNT!!! - NO, just dusted in liquorice!

Rare - maybe rest 5 mins more next time . . .
"Fanstastic food + evening! My nearly 6 month old who hasn't been weened yet had his first non-milk food - polished off the grapefruit/basil thing - which I loved too. Salad, fudge + ganache + clear tomato juice - GORGEOUS!! Perfect roasts too. Jolly good show Ferdie - have liked you on Facebook and by golly I like your food in real life too!!!
Thanks!"

Got to keep up my strength - the wee banquetee went for a shot! (of grapefruit and basil granita yogurt)


Thanks Jean for very smooth organisation and thanks for just being helpful in general! I hope you all had a really great time!! Simon (ferdie)

Is that a Freddie Mercury frame on the table? Bring it on!! (not provided by ferdiesfoodlab . . a consideration for the future tho!)



Rumour's got around, why haven't we got one on our table!!???
Things are getting lively!
Uh oh, busted, papping the guests!! And (oh no! horror!) forced to join in!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


Movember (@MovemberUK on twitter)
What's occurring? Well I was asked if I could contribute to this year's Movember cookbook, and seeing as I'm a bloke, and not only is it a GREAT excuse to grow a moustache, but it's also a great cause and I love cooking and designing recipes, it seemed like a no brainer. Movember charity: The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

You can find out more from their web site here and there's a face book page too LIKE it here! If you're in the mood for liking, don't forget to LIKE ferdiesfoodlab too : )

So the conversation with Paula at Movember got me thinking "what recipes shall I do?". If you want to know how to make anything I cooked for my old supper club, the Pea Soup for example has already been requested by 4 people!! I'll be putting up a gallery soon! Watch this space!
Purple cabbage & black olive salad - colourful and tasty! Mum's salads are so good!
Home made sausage rolls will always WIN!! not that healthy : ( tho
Duck breast and baked potato . . with an orange and thyme sauce! I'm on my knees!
Lamb belly cartouch! Slow braise and served with skinned broad beans!


Simple, tasty, healthy - roast mackerel with lemon, potatoes and chicken stock - mum's know best!!

Experiment with edible flowers, beetroot & smoked salmon! Aye!

Snowburst Nectarines Pancakes with Grapefruit and Basil Syrup

Possibly make choose some healthier recipies! . . . . . hmmm . . .

And I've been practicing my moustache looks Zoolander stylee!

Blue Steel - eat you heart out Zoolander!
Magnum - I know! It's a heart stopper isn't it? I was practising it in a shop window and this young woman behind me keeled over! Quick bit of CPR and she was fine!

Next banquet is on Fri 8th June and promises to be rather good!!!

If you fancy coming along just send an email with you details!! Here's how . . . .

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