Feeling down about the end of summer? On 8 September, Caravan Exmouth Market is celebrating the end of summer with Grass Roots, its second Quarterly Session feasting dinner. The night will include a four-course meal championing the use of seasonal, home-grown and local produce, live music on the al fresco terrace and a complimentary Skip Garden Honey Cocktail welcome drink.
We love our veggies here at olive. But if you’re looking to top up your five a day at Sofitel London St James this autumn you might get more than you bargain for. From 18 September to 31 October, artist Patrick La Roche’s Vegetable exhibition is setting up stall in the hotel. Alongside his neon-painted asparagus and giant metallic pea pods, the hotel’s restaurant and bar are launching some adventurous-sounding vegetable-inspired dishes. Choose from the likes of sweet pea sliders, a cornbread madeleine with shallot jam and cucumber mint sauce or a light parsnip and maple syrup cake (pictured). Or knock back a LaRoche vegetable-based cocktail (also pictured), packed with rosemary and basil ice cubes, cucumber, Heirloom tomatoes and some umami mushroom syrup.
Trout has a more subtle flavour than salmon for a light summer lunch. Look for organic or sustainably produced trout. Ceviche is a South American dish of raw marinaded fish or seafood – the acid from the limes quick cures the trout fillets.
The British courgette season runs from June to September so make the most of them whilst they are available. This pizza is a healthy, vegetarian option that makes a really easy midweek meal - ready in just 10 minutes!
Midweek dinners don’t have to be boring - this simple, lightly spiced pilaf is ready in just 30 minutes. Continue reading
September is when the Real Bread Campaign www.realbreadcampaign.org goes on a mission to help everyone discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough! The simple aim of Sourdough September is to encourage more people to buy genuine sourdough from a local, independent bakery, or bake their own at home.
This makes a stylish and simple starter at very little cost. To keep your egg whites firm and without ragged edges, add a little vinegar to the boiling water and use a shallow pan.
We’re not talking tequila slammers though, these days it’s is being taken a lot more seriously.
If you want to find out more about this versatile spirit, head to Skylounge on Tuesday 9 September, when Jose Cuervo, the oldest and best-selling tequila brand in the world, will be holding a master class at their Mexican-style pop-up. Brand ambassador Gabriela Moncada will take you through their range of tequilas, imparting her expert knowledge, before showing you how to recreate the ultimate Cuervo margarita and other cocktails at home.
The master class will be held on 9 September and tickets cost £16 including two cocktails, Mexican-inspired bar bites and a margarita kit to take home. To book your ticket, visit: billetto.co.uk/skyloungecuervo2
Using the right cake tin will help you make the perfect cake. Spring-form tins are good for easy release and are watertight for more liquid batters such as this one, whereas loose-based tins work better with stiffer batters.
This dish looks impressive and feeds a crowd – you wouldn’t know it was ready it under 30 minutes! Sour tamarind counters salmon’s rich, oily flavour and gives this Thai-inspired dish a real wow factor. Bart makes a good tamarind purée. Find it in the spice or Asian section of most major supermarkets.