dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Last week was particularly full of wonderful things, but the absolute best part, the cherry on the icing on the cake was the dinner that my dear friends at the Italian jewellery house Dodo threw for me on Tuesday night to celebrate my cookbook Friends, Food, Family, in their Sloane Square flagship store.

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

As a natural evolution from the dinner I threw for Dodo almost this time last year in my London flat, we invited twenty of my friends, from photographers to artists, stylists to presenters,for cocktails in the store, followed by supper downstairs in Dodo’s beautiful event space.

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

With my lovely friend Susanne Madsen at the very beginning of the evening.

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

The cocktails were from the book: An Elderflower, Mint, Cucumber and Gin Collins, and a twist on an Old Fashioned. Along with Champagne too, of course.

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Literary agent Gordon Wise, and Silvia from Dodo.

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

Me with Ursula Lake (left) and Hannah Hayes-Westall (right)

I don’t think we had drunk many of the delicious cocktails at this point: I think we were just high on happiness at the lovely Dodo-ish-ness of the evening.

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

Hannah Teare, Anders Thomsen and Susanne Madsen

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Anders Christian Madsen and Felix Cooper.

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Hannah and Mark Hayes-Westall

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Sasha Wilkins Dodo Dinner

Everyone was gifted a Dodo gold charm on their place setting. Although Dodo charms all come with a special meaning (I wrote about them here), we were particularly pleased that there was a gecko for Gordon, and a horse for Susanne, who loves to ride.

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

My favourite events company Cellar Society didn’t just help design the mise en scene to reflect me and my book, their chefs interpreted my recipes to perfection. It was the first time I’ve had someone cook for me from the book, and I was quite nervous.

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

But when the food came out, it was exactly as if I had cooked and presented it myself. With maybe less swearing.

All the recipes were from the book: we ate thee very large chicken pies, served family style with Jerusalem artichokes with green peas and lemon rind, cauliflower puree, and chiffonaded and stir fried Brussels sprouts with slivered almonds, followed by three GIANT blackberry and apple trifles, which were placed at strategic intervals down the table.

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

It is always VERY satisfying when there are completely empty plates all round.

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Dodo dinner sasha wilkins

I was sat between Anders Christian Madsen and Edwina Ings-Chambers, and we were opposite TV presenter Charlie Webster and Julieanne Dorff from Harper’s Bazaar (above).

Dodo dinner sasha wilkins

Dodo dinner sasha wilkins

Susanne and Gordon

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Me and Anders. (Selfie-style.)

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

The beautiful flowers were by my friends at Scarlet & Violet.

dodo dinner sasha wilkins

dodo dinner sasha Wilkins

Along with their personal Dodo gold charm, everybody took home a copy of Friends, Food. Family, and a little pail of chocolate brownies from the book that I had baked that afternoon, and tied up with pretty labels from Merci in Paris.

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My first cookery demo at Le Creuset in Leeds

by Sasha Wilkins on October 28, 2014 · 1 comment

sasha wilkins Le Creuset Leeds demo

Last week was quite nerve-wracking on several accounts, but the most nervous-making thing I did was my first EVER cookery demonstration. The lovely people at Le Creuset have very kindly invited me into some of their UK stores to demo recipes from my cookbook, Friends, Food, Family, and we kicked off in Leeds, in their beautiful store in the Victoria Quarter.

(The next one was this evening – Tuesday – in Muswell Hill, London N10, and then I am in Belfast on this coming Thursday, the 30 October .- More details here.)

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On first glance nothing much to note here: two guys, a set of decks and some happy punters.

Look again.

Yes, those are dancing uniformed Virgin Atlantic cabin crew. Yes, that is an aeroplane fuselage.

Yes, that’s a gig ON a plane. In the air. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between London Heathrow and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

To be precise, on Thursday afternoon last week we were 35000 feet up high in the air on the inaugural flight of the new Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner, listening to London-based bands Rudimental, and Gorgon City play the first ever gig to be live streamed from a plane over the Atlantic Ocean. Just a casual Thursday then.

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How to shop the LLG Instagram!

by Sasha Wilkins on October 28, 2014 · 3 comments

Nike Flyknits free 4.0

I’m often asked on Instagram about the brands I am wearing or photographing. For those that are curious, there’s a simple way to find out if there is a Liketk.it link on an Instagram photo that I have posted. The caption will look like this:

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Anyone who has already signed up to LiketoKnow.it (it just requires their Instagram handle) and who likes the image will automatically receive an email in their inbox a few minutes later, with clickable images of the products in the photo, sometimes along with some extra similar pieces.

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If you’re using Instagram on the desktop site, simply copy and paste the weblink in the Instagram image caption (it’ll look something like this: www.liketk.it/zS8C) and this will give you a webpage that looks like the one below. If you are signed up to LiketoKnow.it the images will all be clickable.

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Sir John Paul Getty Jr’s Library at Wormsley, Buckinghamshire

October 23, 2014 LLG Plays & Stays

A shared passion for books and reading has always been one of the things that has always drawn Clare and I together since the week we met at school, aged sixteen. Fast forward far too many years, and we find ourselves at Wormsley for the Maserati 100 Year celebrations, when small groups of guests were allowed into [...]

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Virgin Atlantic Flightdecks: A gig on the new 787 Dreamliner to Atlanta, Georgia

October 23, 2014 LLG Fashion

I’ve been packing  for my next trip abroad this evening, and I’m slightly stumped as to what to take on board the plane, as I don’t think my usual travel kit of ear plugs, eye mask and sleeping pills are quite what is required here. That’s because, on what will be hands down the most [...]

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Behind the scenes of our Boden shoot at Goodwood

October 21, 2014 LLG Fashion

This may well be my favourite Boden Diaries story so far. My father and I and Lettice spent the day zooming around the glorious Goodwood Estate in his vintage Jaguar XK120, before hunkering down for the evening with my sister, Remy and Posetta Baddog in the Goodwood Hotel. I love Goodwood: my father and I [...]

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Baking for the Friends, Food, Family dinner with Dodo this evening

October 21, 2014 LLG Fashion

I’ve been baking the, frankly epic, chocolate brownies from Friends, Food, Family all afternoon to put in the gift bags for a very lovely dinner that I am hosting tonight at the Dodo store in Sloane Square. (These are bite-size, as they are going in the American cardboard Chinese food pails that I like to [...]

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Shanghai Fashion Week: The Vertu Dinner

October 18, 2014 LLG Fashion

So you know that golden rule that says NO CELLPHONE USE AT THE TABLE? Well, I’ve found the exception: a VIP dinner hosted by a very chic luxury phone company. Then you are practically encouraged to whip out your devices onto the tablecloth.

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Cookery demos from Friends, Food, Family at Le Creuset

October 17, 2014 LLG Fashion

I couldn’t be happier about this! I shot quite a lot of the book using Le Creuset bake and cookware, so it makes perfect sense to team up with the LC UK team for my first mini book tour. (Lots of info on the Le Creuset website here.) Entrance will be free and there will [...]

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