I usually spend weekends splitting my time between writing and emailing from my nest of a bed, the park for a spot of dog walking and, hmmm, that’s about it. So imagine my horror surprise when I realised I had three consecutive things going on last Saturday. Thank goodness they were three things I really wanted to do. SoI press-ganged Rachel into attendance, and off we went…
First up was a brunch workshop at La Fromagerie on Moxon Street in Marylebone with the lovely Tori Haschka, Sydney born food & travel writer, whose blog www.eatori.com has charted her global food adventures. Here is a woman who has travelled as much as I have: from New York to San Francisco via Iowa, from Berlin to Bilbao, Cairo, Rome, Reykjavik, Morocco, Bologna, Venice, Val d’Isere to Stockholm. Tori’s first book ‘A Suitcase and a Spatula’ is out now, hence the La Fromagerie event.
Squeezed cheerfully into a corner of the store, we kicked off with strong coffee served with Tori’s Latte Banana Bread made with Le Piantagioni Coffee, paired with whipped ricotta.
Then it was onto Iceland, to eat Tori’s version of Blueberry Skyr: a cinnamon & almond gluten free crumbled biscuit, layered with blueberries, blueberry purée, & creamy Greek yoghurt standing in for the Icelandic Skyr.
Next up was my favourite: Tori’s Tartine of Roast Red Grapes & Walnuts (at top). La Fromagerie owner, and all round cheese supremo, Patricia Michelsen made the Labne which formed the base of the topping, and explained to us just how she made it, using yogurt from Waitrose down the road (because she wanted to see if she could replicate her normal labne with ingredients we could all get our hands on).
The twist on an Australian class: Pea, Basil & Feta Fritters with Roasted Tomatoes. These were a close runner up to the tartines.
Thank you Tori, for a delightful brunch. DO check out her A Suitcase and a Spatula’: it’s a wonderful voyage around food, places, and Tori’s head.