Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Dinner at La Fromagerie

I love Apple Day (October 21st). It’s a chance to celebrate our many great home-grown apple varieties and remind people there’s more to life than Braeburns and Granny Smiths.

This year, Apple Day was extra special for me, as a Freshly Picked dinner was held at the fabulous cheese emporium, La Fromagerie, in Marylebone. Downstairs in a tiny kitchen, the La F chef, Michelle cooked recipes from the book -

beetroot soup with courgette flowers, apple tart and caraway seed cheese biscuits.

Michelle cooked everything beautifully. She even allowed me into her kitchen to talk to her whilst she glazed tarts and prepared the soup and I did nothing but distract her. Earlier in the day Matilda and I picked some autumn salad leaves at the allotment (in the pouring rain) and these were added to a salad of Kentish cob nuts and heritage apple slices, dressed in walnut oil and served with thin goats cheese toasts.

Patricia Michelson ran us through 8 different British cheeses at their best right now and we drank their delicious house red and some wonderful Normandy cider. Patricia is so extraordinarily informative and passionate about her love of cheese. It was a thrill to meet her and I had a lot of fun. I even managed to pull off a cheese biscuit making demonstration with some back up from Pat. So a big thank you to Sarah, Michelle, Pat and all the waiting staff for a really special occasion. I hope the rest of the guests enjoyed it as much as me.

Photographs by Toby Rhind-Tutt.

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