Private Dinner Party: Julie and Steve, Bournemouth, Dorset
"Thank you once again for exceeding our expectations! Julie and I recently visited Tom Kerridge's Hand and Flowers, The Jetty at Christchurch, and The Terravina at Woodlands but for us your skill and use of ingredients, presentation and above all taste beat all of these. The kitchen was left without a trace!"
This weekend was extra special, catering a superb tasting menu/gourmet dinner for Steve & Julie and family. Celebrating Julie's birthday with some delicious, delightful and decadent dishes, it was a great pleasure to deliver each course. I've provided catering for Steve and Julie in Ringwood on more than several occasions, from intimate dinners to larger canape and floating buffet style parties. This time around, there were 8 guests that were due to enjoy some exquisite canapes and nine further fabulous courses together. Having huge confidence in my cooking, I was given complete free range in providing the extravagant menu for all. Able to choose some of my favourite ingredients, combined with a bit of flair on the evening, it was a very rewarding experience all round! :)
Chef's selection of canapes
"Bubble & Squeak" cromesquis, asparagus spears, balsamic
Cream of wild mushroom and truffle soup, truffle oil, toasted walnuts
Chicken liver parfait, toasted ciabatta, sliced pear, honey glazed camembert
Garlic and chilli marinated King prawn,
wild rice, quinoa, seaweed and saffron
Blood orange sorbet
Pan roasted cutlet of lamb, slow braised mutton "Shepherd's pie"
fondant potato, glazed carrot, broccoli, red wine gravy
Cappuccino and honeycomb creme brulee,
chocolate and cinnamon doughnut, salted caramel chocolate brownie
Cheese course, biscuits, fig chutney, grapes