This is Joe. When I first met Joe I was in his living room wearing pyjamas with my mascara halfway down my face. I had been painting the town red the night before with his housemate – my good friend … Continue reading
It’s summertime, so the blogosphere is humming with delicious holiday snaps – pictures of ripe fruits straight from the tree, local village cheeses or fragrant sweets from exotic markets…
…for the most part I’ll be at home in London, not really known for its fresh produce…although I did rob a bit of elderflower from someone’s garden the other week, ooh and there’s a fig tree near the bus stop (might, also be in someone else’s garden).
So, when I received an invitation to the launch event for Coopers Restaurant Consultants, on a boat, where all the food was going to be predominantly sourced from the Thames I was excited and dubious in equal proportions.
We arrived at Festival pier on the Southbank to board the MV Royalty for the #riverfood event. It was a boiling hot but choppy day and the boat rocked enthusiastically from side to side. Once aboard, making our way towards the complementary cocktails I began to recall a sense of wobbly unease, like walking across one of those rope bridges at the adventure playground with your big brother jumping up and down on it at the opposite end.
As Richard and I carefully sipped grapefruit margaritas and watermelon Mojitos we were both unsure how we were going to cope with the seafood based menu should sea sickness fully take hold.
To our surprise we set sail along the river and even more surprisingly this helped settle us and with wafts of London’s approximation of fresh air drifting in through the windows, we even started to feel hungry.
Coopers had arranged for some really lovely waiting staff who shuffled along in precarious zigzags carrying huge platters of canapés. The first were Hollowshore Oysters with shallot vinegar and Tabasco jelly followed by a seemingly endless supply of freshly shucked ones. Both were delicious.
So as well as a pile of fantastic fresh riverfood, I ate my words. London has some wonderful fresh produce, so, fellow staycationers, if the MV Royalty #riverfood ship sets sail again soon get yourselves down to the Thames x
In an unassuming corner of Sherwood, just over the hill from Nottingham city centre, something very exiting is happening. This is Beth (pictured above). Around 9 months ago Beth turned her pop up supper clubs into “Kiosk” a small café/bistro tucked away next to the Winchester Street car park.
The food that her and her team whip-up from scratch every day could easily rival anything that Islington High Street or Broadway Market have to offer, and all this from a kitchen the size of a broom cupboard. Inspired by the work of Yotam Ottolenghi and Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall; fresh herbs, pulses and vegetables form the basis of their culinary creations. They cook whatever they like using ingredients sourced locally, which I thought would be tricky in a city but the only thing Beth struggles to get hold of is good artisan bread (get on it East Midlands bakers!!)
I know Beth through a mutual friend (who thought we would get along) and we have been following each other’s recipe pictures via various social media platforms, but had never actually met in person… until now! Through Facebook and instagram I had a good idea of what Beth, her food and the new outside seating area (made from an adapted shipping container) would look like, but it was all so much better in real life. The delicious smell of toasting hazelnuts, spices and the large pan of tomatoes simmering away on the hob was a wonderful welcome. Anyone who has ever even considered starting a business will be bowled over with the achievements she has made when the venture is not yet a year old.
Beth’s creativity and passion for great food has generated a well needed positive buzz in a city where the recession has claimed far too many good independent businesses.
Kiosk feels so much better than a restaurant. It feels like Beth has cooked a delicious lunch and wants to share it with you.
Book a day off, take the train to Nottingham, climb the hill to Sherwood, eat at Kiosk and be inspired.
Kiosk, 1 Winchester St, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 4AH
Beth’s blog: Don’t forget to turn the oven on