Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Time - Busy Bees



Hey everybody- so we've been a little quiet around here for the last few months..although behind the scenes, we've been busy with private bookings so haven't been able to throw one out there to you. Hopefully soon though! I've also been trying to get my head around some techno stuff for my brand new Open Door website...slowly, slowly....It's like making recipes from a book in a language I don't know...although that might actually be easier....Anyway we will be moving to the new website soon and look forward to seeing you there.

Hope you're all having a smashing Summer!! 

Aoife :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Snakes & Ladders Birthday Supper

** this event is fully booked **
to be added to the mailing list email theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com

We are delighted to announce our 2nd Birthday and the next instalment of The Open Door Supper Club! We are sliding nicely into Spring and in honour of St. Padraig we shall gather a hungry flock to graze on a scrumptious smorgasbord of Irish produce. Snakes & Ladders Birthday Supper will take place on Friday March 28th. 

I am now taking bookings -the menu will be revealed 1 week before the event. 


How do I Book?
Places are limited and it's first come first served -to reserve your place please email theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com 
As soon as I am able to confirm your seat you will receive an email.


For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? 
This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday 28th March @8.00pm finishing up around 11pm. 

Can I bring my own wine/beer/fizzy pop? 
Yes you can- you will receive a welcome drink on arrival, water on tap -please bring your own beverages for the rest of the evening. There is no corkage fee.
 
What will it cost? 
There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should I wear? 
Dress as you would if going out for dinner or whatever the heck you like.

Any house rules?
You will be in a house that is a home -please treat it as you would your own. Do come with an open mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to engage with others in conversation. You are welcome to come alone, in pairs or larger groups.

Cancellation policy-
If you are unable to attend please give me at least 48 hours notice and try get a replacement for your space. If you cancel within 24 hours of the event and are unable to find a replacement for your seat there will be a E15 cancellation fee. Please understand that the food is purchased in advance and we are not a restaurant.

Menu is subject to change -depending on availability of ingredients.

Please alert me, when booking, to any special dietary requirements you may have and within reason I will do my best to cater for you. Veggie option available upon request.

Peas & love,            
Aoife x

theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com
facebook.com/TheOpenDoorSupperClub
TW @opendoorsuppers

Cork you were good to me - a weekend spent eating

The self titled county -The Peoples Republic of Cork has a gritty beauty to it that you don't see in the Not The Peoples Republic of Dublin. There's an old worldliness that charms you about Cork and there is no other food market in the country like The English Market -which offers you the freshest sea smelling fish at one corner, crubeens at the next and followed by a smorgasbord of local seasonal veggies. I gathered bread, dried hibiscus (just 'cause) and Gubbeen Smokehouse salami. We went next to Kinsale for hake -at half the Dublin price and we got ourselves some cheese, including Toons Bridge Dairy buffalo halloumi. The highlight of the weekend was cooking all our meals on the 100+60 year old stove in my brothers re-constructed railway station house/cottage/dwelling near Oyster Haven. It's hard to gauge cooking times when using open flames that need to be watched and tended to like a young child near a pond. The highlight of cooking on the stove was the pavlova that my brother made. The stove marketed as 'portable' because it would have been dismantled and taken off on hunting trips, has a two shelf oven where the soft meringue was lovingly placed to sleep overnight and gently dry out. The magic of cooking completely off grid certainly leant an indescribably delicious undertone to all of the grub.


the fire starter
dried hibiscus

hibiscus tea

dried   tea   caramel

playing with the accidental caramel

le pavlova assembly



the fire from whence it came


lunch 2

wild garlic in the woods

impromptu pancake monday

when you live so close to the sea you sometimes have to drive through it

magic


We also went to a benefit night in Cork city on Friday for a new vegan cafe My Goodness get yourselves there for a meatless feast.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Bloody Valentine Open Door Menu




My Bloody Valentine Supper 
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What nation springs to mind when you think of romance and love and all that jazz? Mais oui les fran├žais -so, part of our food adventure for The Open Door My Bloody Valentine event will take us to France for some delicious heart-warming culinary delights.

Menu

home made rhubarb schnapps on the rocks
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amuse-bouches
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warm oozy gooey baked camembert 
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rose & lemon sorbet
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cassoulet de toulouse w.lyonaise potatoes
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tarte au citron 
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french press coffee/tea & petits fours


**This event is fully booked**
 If you wish to be added to the mailing list email theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com

Monday, January 27, 2014

Any Time Any Place - Banana & Walnut Cake

I bought these organic bananas the other week -they were massive -I mean seriously huge -so big in fact that I was too embarrassed to walk down the street eating a whole one -yes that big! So I had a couple left that started to get some brown spots -now, I have very few fussy habits when it comes to foods but brown spots on bananas ...even just a smattering of flecks and I start to gag but enough about the giant bananas ;) The base recipe for this is taken from Blazing Salads Cookbook 1 and is pretty healthy overall -honey instead of sugar and also calling for wholemeal flour. It was of my own volition that the cream cheese frosting landed atop the finished product -for balance of course, for balance. I think this makes a great slightly healthy / slightly indulgent birthday cake or weekend coffee break cake or after dinner with a cuppa cha cake or afternoon slump with espresso pick me up cake -ah heck it's just a great cake.



What you need;                   -makes one loaf tin

  • 120g sunflower margarine -I used butter (room temp)
  • 150g honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 180g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 80g walnuts (reserve some for the top)
  • 2 bananas -if using giant ones -1 should suffice
  • 200g cream cheese
What you need to do;
  • turn oven on to 190'C/ Gas 5/ 375'F
  • grease a 450g loaf tin
  • cream the butter/ sunflower margarine and honey -using hand beaters or food mixer
  • beat eggs and add  
  • toast the walnuts gently 
  • roughly chop the bananas and add along with the walnuts
  • mix the flour and baking powder add to wet mixture 
  • pour into loaf tin and bake for 50-60 mins
  • when you can stick a skewer in and it comes out clean the cake is cooked -there might be some wetness from the banana
  • turn onto a wire wrack to cool
  • mix the cream cheese with a tbs of honey - I like it not too sweet -adjust according to your own taste
  • spread the frosting on and finish with some walnuts
Eat the cake before word reaches your friends that you've made it...

Do you remember the cartoon - Banana Man a schoolboy named Eric who turned into a super hero when he ate a banana? I used to go out with a guy called Eric (drifting into daydream) but enough about the giant bananas...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Bloody Valentine -February Supper

**this event is fully booked**
if you wish to be added to the mailing list email theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com 

We are very excited to announce our next supper event My Bloody Valentine which will take place on February 14th - we will be celebrating with a scrumptious 7 course feast in honour of St. ValentineAs always this will be a very intimate dining experience, served by a roaring fire, in a Victorian era house.



I am taking bookings now -the menu will be revealed 2 weeks before the event. 


How do I Book?
Places are limited and it's first come first served -to reserve your place please email theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com 
As soon as I am able to confirm your seat you will receive an email.


For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? 
This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday 14th February @8.00pm finishing up around 11pm.

What will happen? 
12 people will sit together at one table, getting to know each other, over the shared experience of a meal. 

Can I bring my own wine/beer/fizzy pop? 
Yes you can- you will receive a welcome drink on arrival but please bring your own beverages for the rest of the evening.
 
What will it cost? 
There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should I wear? 
Dress as you would if going out for dinner.

Any house rules?
You will be in a house that is a home -please treat it as you would your own. Do come with an open mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to engage with others in conversation. You are welcome to come alone, in pairs or larger groups.

Cancellation policy-
If you are unable to attend please give me one weeks notice and try get a replacement for your space. If you cancel within 48 hours of the event and are unable to find a replacement for your seat there will be a E15 cancellation fee. Understand that the food is purchased in advance and we are not a restaurant.

Menu is subject to change -depending on availability of ingredients.

Please alert me, when booking, to any special dietary requirements you may have and within reason I will do my best to cater for you. Veggie option available upon request.

Peas & love,            
Aoife x

theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com
facebook.com/TheOpenDoorSupperClub
TW @opendoorsuppers

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Press -TATLER ANNUAL 2014



 What a nice start to the New Year -we are featured in Tatler Magazines Annual for 2014 :) 


And also a mention in their 'Hot Hobbies' section.

Thanks to the Tatler Mag, the lovely Aime-Jo Locke and Jillian Bolger.