So before I even met Dan, he and some of his friends had a supper club going on which I’ve now become a part of too. Every couple of months each one of them would take it in turns to cook for and host all of the others for a fun evening. Tonight was Josephine and Liam’s turn but as Liam was in Hong-Kong on business, it fell to Josephine to host the whole thing on her own.
I walked through the door and was immediately presented with a glass of Prosecco – this was for two reasons:
- 1) Josephine is the most amazing hostess and would have provided this anyway, but also..
- 2) Josephine and Liam are co-owners of the pub with Dan and the pub had been sent some wine and Prosecco samples to trial so we had to give our opinions on them.
Looking at the line up of two Proseccos and 5 red wines to sample, along with the bottle or two that everyone had bought with them, it was probably going to be a fairly raucous evening.
In case you’re interested we tried 2 Malbecs, and two very different reds that I’d never heard of before. One was Italian and ever so slightly sparkling and one was a Mercia (a grape variety I’ve never heard of). The winner in my opinion was the Flavium Mercia – punchy, heavy, full-bodied and full of deep, dark ripe fruit flavours. Now that I know what it is, I’ll definitely be looking for it in the future.
To ensure we didn’t take ourselves out of the game too early with all this wine tasting, Josephine had prepared a selection of appetizers for us all to nibble while we were reviewing the wines. Ever the thoughtful hostess she had created everything with my dietary specifications in mind and apart from the basket of bread, there was nothing I couldn’t eat. The stand-out though, was the canapés she had made, cream cheese, chives and caviar topped cheese biscuits – and she’d made the biscuits from scratch so that I could eat them. Haven’t got the recipe from her yet but she’s promised to send it soon so I’ll share it with you then. They were absolutely delicious and melt in your mouth and we all couldn’t get enough of them. On top of this she’d made a cheese and charcuterie board, a tapenade, a homemade houmous and bread that she’d made from almond flour especially so that I could enjoy bread along with everyone else. She also had vegetable crisps and crudities for dipping!
Main course was slow roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary that she’d had in the oven for over 4 hours. She served it with a potato salad and a green salad but had done a special cauliflower puree for me to have with it instead of the potatoes. The lamb just fell off the bone and melted in your mouth and was so amazingly tender that everyone agreed it was the best they’d ever had. I also need to know how she made the cauliflower puree so smooth – definitely a trick I need to learn.
Josephine had made the most amazing desserts. SCD cakes made with almond flour and honey so that I could eat them, topped with fresh fruit and served with a coconut cream (this was just coconut milk that she whizzed up with a stick blender to a whipped cream like consistency – ingenious and something I’m definitely going to try).
After dinner we had whisky, port and brandy on offer, but with memories of my Tarifa whisky hangover still fairly fresh in my mind I decided to abstain and stick to the coffee! Josephine also handed round some sweets and to have with our coffee and some interestingly names chocolate that Becs found rather amusing!
I felt thoroughly spoilt with all the effort that she’s gone to in order to make the dinner party ‘Emma Edible.’