My first experience of a supper club happened to be at brunch, hosted by Niamh Sheilds to celebrate the launch of her first book, Comfort and Spice. The @eatlikeagirl blogger, famous for her take on bacon jam, invited guests to a secret location in North London for a preview of the book and to sample a selection of its recipes.
Myself and my partner-in-dine were excited to see what delicious treats were in store. Before brunch was served we settled down with a Bloody Mary, Elderflower Bellini- using homemade elderflower cordial- and the weekend papers.
To start, Irish soda farls, floury Blaas from her native Waterford loaded with homemade butter, ‘nduja and, of course, bacon jam. For those who haven’t come across it, ‘nduja is a Calabrian ‘melting sausage’, similar in flavour to chorizo but fiercely spicy. The famous bacon jam was smoky, sticky and sweet and lived up to every expectation.
Following these were Old Cotswold Legbar eggs on Brindisa Chorizo hash and smoked salmon from Frank Hederman on a chunky potato pancake with a tangy cucumber relish. Both were simply delicious, and a fantastic example of Niamh’s creative recipes. To top off the wonderful meal we each left with a signed copy of Comfort and Spice.