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A Birthday Party
In my latest newsletter I mentioned how lovely it was to unexpectedly hear from a client I’d catered for back in 2007.
She still remembered that party as a “taste sensation” experience and wanted to hire me again, for a birthday drinks party.
Creating a menu to best suit a client’s needs is one of the things I love to do most, aside from cooking of course! After some fun conversations discussing various possibilities, we settled on a lovely selection of savoury bites:
- Lamb kofta with cumin and coriander seed, with an almond, lemon zest and fresh mint dip
- Beetroot patties served with a spiced yoghurt
- Seared duck breast with sweet potato rosti and sweet shallot relish
- Cured salmon on a bruschetta with crème fraîche and tarragon
- Goats curd with slow cooked shallot with cardamon
I sourced a side of salmon from Moxons – a wonderful fishmongers with 4 shops across London – to cure ahead of the party. This time I combined 2 cups of Demerara sugar, 1 cup of Maldon salt, the zest of an orange and lemon, 3 crushed star anise and a few sprigs of dill and tarragon – chopped up. After rubbing this mixture all over the salmon, I wrapped the fillet in cling film and placed it flat on a baking tray with another tray balanced on topped of the salmon with some weight on it (a few tins or a couple of wine bottles do the job nicely) and left it in the fridge for 24 hours. Then it was just a case of rinsing it well under cold water before preparing the now delicious, cured salmon for the party.
The savoury canapés were served with an added extra – a salad of cracked wheat, sumac-roasted butternut squash, spiced aubergine, tenderstem broccoli and green beans and toasted seeds – and followed later by a couple of treats for the dessert lovers among the guests:
- Chocolate and polenta torte with orange cream
- Pear and apple tatin with flacky pastry
The waiting staff I’d organised to serve the food and top up guests’ drinks wore crisp white Nehru collared shirts and industrial aprons – a trademark of Baked Salt events!
As always, I really enjoyed helping to make this party a memorable celebration. Here are some photos from the event: