Tom Hunt’s Feast of Seven Fishes at Borough Market

On December 14th 2014 I had the pleasure of being an invited guest of Borough Market’s at Tom Hunt’s Feast of Seven Fishes event The Three Crown Square.

The alternative Christmas Feast aimed to highlight the problem of food waste during the festive season and dishes were created using surplus ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away. It was a great opportunity to meet the Borough Market team and hear what they’re doing on sustainability including partnerships with FareShare and FoodSave, a charter that traders have signed up to committing to donate leftover produce after each Saturday market to worthy causes.

The Communal dining experience

The Communal dining experience

World famous eco-chef and food waste activist Tom Hunt said “At Christmas we create a huge amount of unnecessary food waste. With many people hungry at such a festive time I wanted to create an alternative Christmas. Let’s celebrate this abundance of food by using it to raise money for the people that really need it most”.

Tom Hunt deep in thought...

Tom Hunt deep in thought…

The four course banquet was a traditional Italian meal usually served on Christmas Eve, and featured dishes like foraged salad of water-celery leaf, chervil and chickweed, and forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil.

Home smoked trout with crispy skin, sea horseradish on leaves

Salad

Brussel Sprouts and Kale

Brussel Sprouts and Kale

Risotto nero with cuttlefish

Risotto nero with cuttlefish

Forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil

Forgotten fish stew of pollock, coley and mussels with chervil

Apples and pears roasted with whisky, cinnamon and vanilla with clotted cream

Apples and pears roasted with whisky, cinnamon and vanilla
with clotted cream

It was a wonderful lunch and really brought the spirit of Christmas alive. I particularly enjoyed the risotto which was rich in flavour and texture. The apples and pears for dessert were just scrumptious, I could have eaten the entire bowl but as it was a sharing menu that would have just been greedy! The event did a great job of highlighting some essential facts about food waste and how we consume our food on a daily basis.

Visit boroughmarket.org.uk for more news, food events and updates.

Mesmerising Magic by Oliver B

I was invited to attend a “magical experience” at the Wyld Bar – W Hotel,  with some other lovely bloggers, recently hosted by Oliver B. I know this has nothing to do with food BUT the Godfather (with a Twist) Cocktail I had was yummy soooo…..

I love magic and the mystery behind The Magic Circle. I’m not one of these people who needs to know how a trick is done, not knowing makes it more special to me.

Oliver B has a unique, cheeky and charming style which sets him apart from his counterparts. Having seen many magicians perform and attended events where Magicians entertain guests, I can definitely say that Oliver B is one of the “coolest” magicians I’ve seen. It might have something to do with the fact that that he’s performed for so many celebrities or maybe it’s because he has a secret desire to be a pop star? Whatever the case may be, his charisma made me forget about food for an hour, which is a pretty big deal to me.

Oliver B Magic

My keepsake from one of Oliver B’s card tricks

He treated the group to some close up magic and did  some amazing tricks with cards and mobile phones and mind reading.  There was one trick in particular in which he turned a pack of cards into a block of plastic which was absolutely amazing. I’m not sure how much more to tell you without spoiling the surprises that he has “up his sleeve”.

Here’s a video of Oliver B being magical:

Check out his site: www.oliverbmagic.com and tweet him on @oliverbmagic.

He will be at the Wyld Bar every Tuesday evening for the next few months, through 2015, so check him out before it’s too late!