If you could pick two foodie themes for November it would be Patisserie and Game. Award-winning Patissier Will Torrent ran some courses for the first time with us and we also welcomed back Tim Maddams to run a few courses all with a game focus. The estate where Seasoned is based has been busy with shoots this game season so it’s unsurprising that some of the produce has ended up in the Seasoned kitchen.
On Tim’s game course he serves hare with gnocchi. If you’ve ever eaten gnocchi before and found it to be claggy I urge you to make it by hand. It’s far easier than you think with just the insides of a baked potato, flour and eggs as the main ingredients.
We love our foodie gadgets and the most recent one to be added to Clare’s collection is a Stovetop Smoker from Sous Chef. This fabulous little piece of kit just sits on the hob be it gas, electric or induction.
Join Tim Maddams on his Aritisan Food course to learn all about food smoking as well as making your own bread, cheese, pasta and chutney.
Typing Room, London
October we were dining out in Mallorca, November was the turn of London. Typing Room, headed up by Tim Westcott, has only been open since 2014 but is already winning critical acclaim. Jules visited to try the 7 course taster menu with matching wines. Who knew yuzu sake and cava would be such a good match with monkfish?
It would also seem that even in London you can’t be too far away from Burton on Trent. One of Typing Room’s signature snacks is a beautifully fluffy IPA sourdough with marmite butter.
Quest for the perfect Brownie
You may have noticed we have a thing for brownies. Never satisfied with a simple brownies, we’re always trying different recipes. On Will Torrent’s course he made amazing, fudgy brownies that were perfectly sweetened with an incredible amount of maple syrup and pecans.
The latest experimentation has involved a festive orange and mincemeat twist. Keep an eye out for in on the blog in the next week.
Learn how to make Will Torrent’s brownies on his Chocolate Patisserie course.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
When the Christmas Market arrives in Birmingham you know the festive season has begun. Forget the fact a small cup of Gluhwein will set you back £5+, it’s a tradition. Beth has been the first to visit it this year, but I bet the rest of the Seasoned team are not too far behind.
We’re only a few days in to December and we’ve had our last course of the year, but this doesn’t mean we’re winding own for Christmas. In a few days our yearly Claire Hutchings pop-up restaurant opens. If you’re lucky enough to have grabbed a seat on one of the sold-out nights we’ll see you very soon for some fabulous fine food.