December’s been a great month the pub been busy George was asked to provide some food for the Secret Garden Christmas Emporium. This seemed great… until we considered the ramifications! It was 10 days away, we had no idea what food and how much was needed, we were getting increasingly busy with Christmas parties as well as the general run of things and to top it all, where the hell were we going to produce the stuff from?!
We had recently made a Venison Chilli, that had been well received so that was one item ticked off that could be made in house so we just had to get our minds round some others. We came up with game pasties, slices of corn bread with bracket mushroom & watercress and an apple and cranberry turnover but still nowhere to make them. In true Foragers style George got on the phone and, in no time came up with 3 or 4 options and in the end we used the local Church in New Greens (Christ Church – Thanks Pod & Jackie) who were great and really helpful.
Anyway the event, The Secret Garden Christmas Emporium, in Shoreditch was a real success for us and we sold out of nearly everything we made.
We have really become a team at the VA now, Matt keeps reorganising things to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible, Suzie has decorated the place of her own accord and made some amazing decorations with game bird feathers and Aaron and his team have established a real consistency especially with the Sunday menu. So if they are reading this, thanks for your help this year.
By the way there is still stuff out there to find and use, look at the photos of mushrooms that we found. Please be very careful and check anything like this that you want to cook and if you’re not sure just leave it alone. There are some good books for identification that “Woodland Ways” can advise you on so check their website. I understand that they will soon be opening a shop in Bedford as well as the online one this should be well worth a visit.
Just got back from the last Trouting trip with my brother this year and for once in my life caught more than him, 30lbs of fish. Smug or what?
Ignore all the doom and gloom I’ve got a feeling 2012 is going to be a great year so Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous new year to everyone.