Celebration of the Cow

September 12, 2011

Ok, so we’ve been a bit slow. Put that down to more time spent slaving over the coals than  over a keyboard. So busy in fact that we’ve not been able to take any pictures of the last couple of feasts.

Fortunately one or two of our guests have done a review of the evening, and even more fotuitously they wrote nice things about us.

So may I point you in the direction of FoodStories who came along to our Celebration of the cow. It’s probably a good idea to have a punter’s perspective anyway. Her review is HERE

We also donated a few quid to the charity Cooking for Life who work in Brazil teaching hospitality skills to those living in areas where such opportunities are hard to come by. The charity also runs a community cafe. Ruth’s mate Paul works for them – he made some pretty mean Caipirinhas for our guests on the night.

Check out their site, and if you want to get involved you can donate on their giving page. 

 

 

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Venison and Game 17 September

Menu

Elderberry cordial

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Roasted Hazelnuts

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Venison terrine

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Rabbit and squirrel stew , grilled gamebirds, creamed potato

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Poached pears, spiced cream, almond biscuits

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Coffee

To book your place click on the donate button below which will take you to our Paypal page. Don’t forget to enter the total amount (£25 per person) when checking out.

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To supply our main course we’ll be heading to Billingsgate fish market the day before the feast to ensure that we’ve got the freshest possible produce. We’ll buy what looks good on the day, which is why we’ve left the menu a little vague, but we’ll make sure there’s a good variety of fresh fish and seafood for you to feast upon.

  Fish Feast Menu 3 September

Iced tea

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Roasted Cashew nuts

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Home made smoked salmon, hot smoked mackerel on Sourdough

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Potjiekos, mixed grill of fish and shellfish

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Cheesecake

To book a ticket click HERE which will take you to our paypal page and enter the total amount for your booking (£25 per person).

Saturday 13 August from 6:30pm

Taking inspiration from Brazil we’ll be serving up steak and ribs for our celebration of beef – our latest feast. Meat and milk are the order of the day.

Caipirinha

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Goiabada (guava paste)  and queijo  toasts
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Picanha steak
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Smoked bbq short ribs

Feijoada
Rice, greens, farofa, orange wedges, leaf salad
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Torta divina (sweet milk chocolate tart)

To sign up for this feast please email Saga and Ruth at queensofcue@yahoo.co.uk.

The Chicken Feast

July 28, 2011

We had our Chicken and other birds on Saturday 23rd July. Four birds turning slowly on the spit for a few hours –  acquiring a golden tan from the coals.

Here are a few pictures of the calm before the storm

A moment of rest

Saga put the bunting up

While Ruth made Romesco Sauce

Leila and Sarah – two lovely ladies from WN Feast – came to document our shenanigans (thanks to Leila Wong for these gorgeous photos) and, *shudder* to record us on tape – I never knew I could talk so much! We’re contributing a recipe to their Feast Cookbook website which should be up and running soon so keep an eye out for it and be sure to visit the markets on the first Sunday of each month.

The chicken went on to our fab bicycle spit (thankfully powered by the National Grid and not my legs).

Once the guests arrived we served up duck rillette on brioche and the much anticipated chicken hearts marinaded in maple syrup and bourbon.

six skewers grilling

four birds a spinning

and when the chicken birds had rested we all sat down to a feast of food and drink and words.

The next feast is Celebration of the Cow on 13th August. Email queensofcue@yahoo.com to book your place. See you there.

Also thanks to Marcus Wilcocks for photos

A feast of Chicken and other birds

Saturday 23 July 2011

Menu

Rosemary Lemonade

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Quail eggs, spiced salt

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Duck rillettes, sour cherry jam, brioche

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Spit roast chicken, grilled chicken heart skewers,

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Romesco

Alioli

Salsa verde

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Marinated courgettes and sarrots

Grilled tomatoes

Potato salad

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Cherry custard tart

a pig named Sue

June 29, 2011

Amid much excitement, anticipation (and absolute sheer terror on my part) the Queens of ‘cue ‘Supperclub’ was born on Saturday 25 June 2011.

The highlight of each feast we are hosting will be a barbecued beast and to kick us off we spit-roasted a suckling pig, on a barbecue complete with a mechanised spit built specially for us.

Photo: M. Willcocks

We spent a long while calling our little piggy ‘him’ until further inspection revealed that he was in fact a she. There was also great debate over whether or not it would be distateful to give ‘him’ a name.

In the end, one of the guests pronounced that Sue was its name, and that, rather fittingly, settled the matter.

The tables were laid in Saga’s roomy studio, which has the added advantage of industrial sized windows that light up the space beautifully.

Besides serving great food we really want our Supperclub to inspire conversation about it, and cooking a whole beast certainly worked to inspire discussions and questions, on both the humorous and serious side of the food chain.

We all munched on crackling whilst chatting and waiting for Sue to rest and be carved up (and we totally forgot to put an apple in her mouth!)…

…and served on a platter

a starter of grilled peppers, home-made sourdough bread, pork terrine, salad and pickles

after feasting on suckling pig, cornbread, black beans in molasses, celeriac and apple coleslaw there was just about room to squeeze in a Pear and ginger sorbet or Blood orange negroni granita

Before launching Queens of ‘cue we had many discussions about how we wanted to use great food to bring people together. The community aspect is vital to us. And naturally of course, any community is made up of individuals.

The collection of great characters who participated in our feast meant the end result was far more than the sum of its parts – no matter which way you add it up.

The next feast is Lamb and Goat, on Saturday 9 July. We’d love you to join us. To book please email queensofcue@yahoo.co.uk.

Thanks to Helen MacFarlane, Marta and Marcus Willcocks for supplying photographic evidence

Goat and Sheep Feast

9 July 2011

Menu

Smoked Cashew Nuts

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a trio of pies:
Pumpkin burriche, Goats cheese tart, Spinach pie

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Goat kebabs, bulgar wheat pilav, Pomegranate sauce

Spit roasted Hogget, Saffron rice, Grilled summer vegetables, Quince alioli

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Apricot granita

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Rosewater Icecream, Orangeblossom Jelly, Almond shortbread

25 June: Pig feast

May 30, 2011

Join us for the inaugural Queens of ‘Cue Pig feast, which will be held on Saturday 25th June 2010 from 4pm. You can find out more about how to book here.

Menu

Smoked spiced Almonds

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‘Bride of Frankenstein’ sourdough toast, pork terrine, smoked red peppers

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Spit roasted suckling pig, crackling, sour cream cornbread, black beans in smoky sauce, leaf salad, celeriac slaw, pickles, sauce

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Ginger beer sorbet or Negroni Granita