So, last night I cooked for a dozen people, friends, food writers, journalists &, of course, my LLG competition winners, at the Maille mustard boutique pop-up in Spitalfields Market in East London. And it really IS in the middle of the market. So no pressure or onlookers then. Ha.
We lost count of the amount of people who sidled over, picked up the menu and asked if they could have a table. Sorry guys. “Private event.”
I also bought & arranged all the flowers: a little English posy in a jam jar at every place setting:
I particularly loved that there was a mustard pump in the middle of the counter:
The set up was one long counter. (Miss P & I resisted the temptation to put on a little cabaret from our show position behind it):
Philippa explained the truly extraordinary wines from Goedhuis & Co, course by course:
And she cooked in these, bless her:
(I wore my Ash booties – so clumsy, I didn’t dare risk wearing anything fancy.)
The bread came from St John Bread & Wine & the cheese came from Androuet just next door. A perfect brie & very good buffalo mozzarella.
And whilst I did cook everything else, I really did draw the line at making petit fours. So my good friends at the new Laduree store in Covent garden stepped into the breach and sent me 32 of these little lovelies to have with the coffee. Totally in keeping with the French theme, I feel…
The pop up mustard boutique is in situ until Sunday, so do pop in if you are in the vicinity. There are all sorts of tastings and events going on.
- Venue Old Spitalfields Market
- Location 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, EC1 6EW, London, England
- Date July 13, 2011 at 09:00 – July 17, 2011 at 18:00
Thank you to Goedhuis & Co for the wine and to Laduree in Covent Garden for the macarons.