Plate Lickers Supper Club #3…childhood memories

Last night saw the third installment of our Plate Lickers Supper Club, this time with the theme ‘childhood memories’. Ivana (Miss Igs) and I had a lot of fun in the run up to this one…finding the perfect venue, trialing dishes for the menu and of course copious amounts of taste testing!

On one of our recent venue trawls around town we paid a visit to Salisbury Conservative Club and decided it was perfect!…

The old skool hall was reminiscent of the disco’s of our youth and much to our delight was equipped with a fully functioning mirror ball, which we (obviously) put to good use! :)…

Here’s our menu for the evening…

We greeted our guests with White Russians served in mini milk bottles, which raised some questions as to the nature of our ‘childhood memories! :)…

along with platters of canapes…

spinach and tomato pinwheel lollipops…

Grown up cheese and pineapple (I’ll be blogging my pineapple chutney recipe very soon)…

and our piece de resistance, homemade pork pies…

Once everyone was seated we set to work on assembling our fishfinger sandwiches…

We coated the fish in a mixture of panko breadcrumbs and grated Grana Padano cheese before oven baking them. We used sourdough from the Earth’s Crust bread stall on Cambridge Market as well as lashings and lashings of homemade tartare sauce…

The main course took us a long time to prepare but was gone in the blink of an eye so I’m afraid my photos are somewhat lacking. We slow roasted a couple of lamb shoulders from our lovely local butcher Andrew Northrop’s, for 6 hours before stripping the meat from the bone and making it  into a rich stew, which we served with gratin dauphinoise potatoes and winter slaw.

We decided to really pay homage to the theme and to serve the main course school dinner style, asking our guests to form an orderly queue to collect their food. I think Ivana and I did a great job of summoning our inner dinner lady :)…

Our ‘secret special surprise’ came in the form of Jack aka @Jackmade_gelato Cambridge’s very own gelato wizard! Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I’ve developed a slight addiction for Jack’s wares and so was really excited when he agreed to be part of Plate Lickers for the night. We’d told him the theme but until he served his secret course even Ivana and I had no idea what it would be!

We looked on eagerly as assembling began…

and it wasn’t long before I twigged that our guests were going to be treated to mini cornetto’s complete with the all important chocolate at the bottom of the cone…

and topped with quince sorbet, which held memories from Jack’s own childhood…

I’d like to say a huge thankyou to Jack, who pulled out all the stops for us and our guests…I believe the regular gelato peddling is on hold for the cold winter months but you should keep your eyes peeled for him at Mill Road Winter Fair!

The wine was flowing and waistbands were being loosened as we served up the dessert course…jaffa lamington cakes, our twist on the jaffa cake made by sandwiching my homemade Seville orange marmalade (blogged here) between 2 layers of sponge, dipping it in chocolate sauce and finally coating it in coconut…

and last but not least came our fluffy pink homemade marshmallows, recipe courtesy of Eat Like a Girl

The buzz of chat was a joy to hear and our evening ended drinking red wine from tea cups (as you do) and chatting to our lovely guests with huge smiles on our faces!

We’ve got another couple of dates in the pipeline so sign up here if you’d like to be amongst the first to here all about them!

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