If you enjoy cooking and like meeting new people, do consider joining the London SE1 dinner club. For a few years now we have been meeting in each others homes approximately once a month usually on a Friday or Saturday to enjoy good food, wine and company.
It's a be a brilliant way of meeting new people, as well as meeting up with old friends all interested in food and drink. Oh, and satisfying that curiosity about what other people's homes look like!
We meet in groups of six (which change so it is not the same group of six people at each dinner) and take it in turns to host a dinner party or contribute, either one of the courses or the accompanying wine to a course. As we all contribute to the meal, it has the fabulous advantage of spreading both the cost and the work involved, so the host can enjoy the evening as much as else.
It is open for anyone who lives in SE1 and it would be lovely to have some new people join the group. We work out the groups on a 6 month rota so each person gets to do each thing once but don't worry if you are new you will not be asked to host a group straight away.
We're almost through our current rota but why not join us as a reserve? As a reserve who wants to join the rota you will be given priority if a place becomes vacant at one of the dinners.
Interested? PM me with your email address and we will send you the details.
Well last night we met at mine and were able to stay outdoors in the garden for most of the evening.
We started with a kir and some nibbles of saucisson and therein, olives.
Then we had "All Helen's favourites" as a starter - a wonderful mix of deliciousness with avocado, home-made salsa, grilled halloumi and cherry tomatoes. Starter wines were a 2015 Riesling Feinberg from Model and 2015 Gewurztraminer from Bott Geyl, Alsace.
The mains were merguez, baked potatoes, and a caponata (a fabulous mix of aubergine, tomato, celery and capers, no garlic or onion), some roasted pepper strands, and corvettes. Mains wine was a 2015 Cote de Rhône.
Pudding was a spectacular Pavlova with fresh raspberries and cream. With a 2013 Australian Reverina Semillon
Then, for anyone who had any more room, we cut into a super-ripe camembert (imported directly from Isigny in Normandy), then we had to put it away quickly stop it crawling off the table...
Followed by a digestive Darjeeling first flush tea.
See the photos on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/761376877271631/