Grilled purple spouting broccoli with harissa mayo

As I mentioned last week, I’m thrilled to be taking part in the inaugural Smart Women Week hosted by Red magazine in London, which runs from 21-15 September, celebrating the brilliant women around us.

There are literally just a few tickets left to  join me and my friends at Red for the intimate supper club I am hosting on Wednesday 23rd September. We’ve just published the menu over on the Smart Women site, but I thought I’d run it here too for some autumnal cooking inspiration! Some of the recipes are from my cookbook Friends, Food, Family, and some are new (I’ve been busy recipe testing for my second book!)

Canapes: artichoke puree and crisp artichoke on croutons, warm goats cheese & sherry on croutons, cheese straws

First Course: Mushroom soup* with fried mushrooms
Homemade warm soda bread with roasted garlic puree whipped butter

Main: Roast butterflied marinated leg of lamb served with cauliflower puree* and fresh Kentish cobnuts
Grilled purple spouting broccoli with harissa mayo
Barley pilaf with green herbs and sea salt
Jerusalem artichokes with peas, lemon rind and garlic butter*

Jerusalem artichokes

Vegetarian: Charred cauliflower steaks with Waterloo cheese

Pud: Individual warm spiced apple cakes* with brown sugar meringue and damson ripple clotted cream ice cream

With coffee: Small squares of Sasha’s squidgy chocolate brownies* and small pomegranate molasses spiced cookies*

* From Friends, Food, Family

For gluten-free guests (please email me at contact [at] by Monday 21 September at the latest if this is the case), we can make some substitutions.  The barley pilaf would be made with quinoa. For pudding we would serve poached spiced apples with meringue and the ice cream.

We can supply a vegetarian main course, on request as above, and only ever use free-range eggs. However we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment and, due to the intimate nature of the event, are unable in this instance to cater for vegan, dairy-free or lactose-intolerant guests.

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Wow! I can’t help but my mouth starts to water as I see your post. They are not just delectable but also healthy. You can never go wrong with veggies.


That sounds amazing I wish I could make it! x


Bravo you! You have tried to take into consideration everyone’s allergies aversions…Wow planning a good menu for all is really difficult isn’t it? Sasha, you are so tops in my book! if you feel the need to complain…


Wish I lived closer and could come. It sounds like an amazing evening!


Wow, thanks for all those family-friendly dinner ideas, I truly needed some inspiration for tomorrow. Lately, I haven’t been so creative in the kitchen, I guess it’s because of the too much work, but shouldn’t “punish” the whole family for that. It’s really nice to come and find an inspiration.
I got my eyes on the barley pilaf with green herbs and sea salt, wish me luck!



Beautiful photographs Sasha!
The food is ravishing. Love your New York shots, exceptional.
Glad you had such a good time here.

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