I am starting to hop with excitement over my Maille mustard Supperclub, which will be happening at their mustard shop pop up in Old Spitalfields on Wednesday. I have asked my best friend Miss P to be co-chef with me, in lieu of the proffered kitchen help from the lovely Maille people. That’s us above, cracking up at her wedding reception. I’m pretty sure she’d like me to point out that she’s pregnant with my godson, not porky.
We first bonded over a Sunday lunch I cooked and, in all my years poking around kitchens, she is the only person I know with whom I can cook equitably. It also helps that she is a trained chef, who keeps my flights of enthusiasm in check. And also makes sure I am ready on time. (I tend to have a, um, flexible, approach to timing in the kitchen.)
She also just happens to be very important at wine merchant Goedhuis & Co, who have an amazing French list. With very little persuasion from me, she has put together a wine menu for the evening to match my mustard-infused food: hence the hopping. Just look at this delicious-ness.
Aperitif: Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Starter: Esprit de Chevalier Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Blanc 2001 (in magnum)
Volnay Vieilles Vignes Nicolas Potel 2006
Pouilly Fuissé Vieilles Vignes Domaine Parisse 2009
Pudding: Les Charmilles de la Tour Blanche Sauternes 2006
Meanwhile, I have been ordering organic chickens from the butcher, sourcing a particular type of cake mould, and tasting umpteen jars of mustard.
Photo: Me & Miss P at her wedding by Tim Hayward