Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CALLING ALL SUPPER CLUBBERS...

We've been a bit lazy in January, but I am sorting it out. NOW.
In doing so, we have a supper club on Thursday 3rd February.
I'll be cooking with my gorgeous friend Steph Boote who has worked in kitchens all over London, including a stint at Rosie's.
So far the menu, which costs £25 per person, is looking like this:


Creamed Cauliflower Soup with Cumin and Truffle Oil
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Slow Cooked Lamb with Preserved Lemons
Warm Jumbo Cous Cous
Roasted Beetroot Salad with Beet Tops, Orange and Parsley
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Earl Grey and Cardamon Rice Pudding with Fruit Compote
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Truffles with Marsala Carajillo
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Supper starts at 7pm and the deli closes at 10pm.
It's byo and cash only.
To reserve a table please email me back ASAP with any dietary requirements at rosie@rosiesdelicafe.com,
and also make your reservation payment here
(This is non refundable if you cancel, and refundable if we cancel, due to previous cancellations leaving us in the lurch!)
We are really excited about this menu and can't wait to feed you!

Speak soon.
xxx

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

HERCULES. I'm having a LOVE AFFAIR with a Tartlet

I'm hungover today. We went to see Hercules and Love Affair at Heaven last night with the fat white duke and got a little bit carried away. I think being amoungst the glayterrati gave me a light head. The new album has been playing in the deli all week, and I'm totally obsessed with 'My House' which has an awesome video on youtube. So I was champing at the bit to see what they are like live. The band weren't half good too, with loads of jumping around in jumpy-suits. Though in a very suburban way, I'm still trying to work out what sex everyone was! And just to top off the night, The Horse Meat Disco were playing records afters, which is always a pleasure, not least because it is my constant goal to turn them straight. I fear I am loosing this battle.

Anyway, I've got one of those all day hunger-chain-smoking-delirious hangovers, and there's isn't a great deal in the house. Or so I thought....
There's puff pastry, a few eggs, some celery, leeks and rather pathetic looking nob of goat's cheese left over from the afore mentioned pizza session. Not so bad. I rolled out the pastry and sauteed some onion, celery and leeks. The edge of the pastry was brushed with a beaten egg and the vegetables tipped into the centre. The remaining egg was poured on top and a few roundels of cheese positioned. Into a very hot oven (240C) for about 10 minutes, and straight out onto my plate. Washed down with a pint of Earl Grey tea, and things are looking up. It's gooey from the cheese and the pastry, puff, never ceases to amaze me. I may just have a dance to 'My House'. It's where I am, after all.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

THIS DISH IS A BUTTER BEAN QUEEN

Since Christmas we've been making a delicious butter bean casserole every day at Rosie's. It's been selling swiftly and is really easy. Think of it as a pasta sauce with swimming beans and you'll be away. I highly recommend it with a little toasted bread for mopping. It's the perfect week day lunch.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
2 courgettes, diced
3 tins of chopped tomatoes
4 tins of butter beans, drained
1/2 bunch of fresh dill, roughly chopped


Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pan on a medium flame. Add the onions and sweat. Then add the garlic, paprika and cumin seeds. Stir frequently. Now add the courgettes and allow everything to cook for long enough to saute but not brown. Tip in the tomatoes and turn the heat up so that it really bubbles and reduces. When it is thick add the drained beans and dill. Heat for just long enough to heat through the beans, and then serve in a bowl with some thick bread.

You can play around with this recipe. We have. Try adding some diced carrots along with the courgettes, or replacing the dill with parsley, or adding a finely chopped chilli. Easy Peasy. xxx

Monday, January 17, 2011

FINGER LICKIN' CHICKEN and other stories

We've been eating really well lately. It's something to do with spending time at home (January), doing conscientious shopping trips and being quite frugal (again, January). Last week I had my dear friend Flora for supper and cooked some delicious salads. The best was one with lentils, fennel and mackerel. It was crunchy and satisfying and washed down with far too much wine, made for a delicious girls-night-in. This blog is usually pretty frivolous but after watching all the Big Fish Fight programmes on telly, I really must stress how much it has moved me, and I hope you too. Hopefully from now on, people will be using sustainably caught fish. The mackerel I used for this salad was just that, made by a company called 'fish forever' that we sell at Rosie's. Please do find it, where ever you live.

The weekend was a gorge-fest. Raf made pizza. It's super easy making pizza and we had a really good time choosing toppings for each batch (tomatoes, aubergine, mozzarella, goats cheese, balsamic onions, coppa and all topped with a sprinkle of rocket) and the real trick was using a cast iron slab to bake them on. We got it really hot and then eased each pizza on to it to really crisp up the bottoms. And Raf really does have natural kneading hands, lucky for me. The base was absolutely perfect. I just need to get him making me daily bread and I'll have it taped! Next time we do pizza, I want to try a distant Florentine memory. I know it involved potatoes, rosemary and taleggio (the first time you eat taleggio it changes your world)... watch this space.

And now on to the whole point, the chicken. We roasted one last night and stuffed the skin with a delicious butter packed with chillies, basil, lemon zest, clementine zest and garlic. All pretty obvious. But this morning I stripped the remaining meat off of it and made a stock with the carcass. It's the three day chicken frugality challenge. The meat has gone into a puff pastry pie with leeks, carrots and loads of wilted spinach in a white sauce. That's coming out just before EastEnders for a cosy night in. And tomorrow's supper will be risotto, utilizing the chicken stock. It really does take things up a notch if you make risotto with real stock. You should try it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FRESHEST PASTA for my Mum

Last nights supper was the epitome of easy. It may not seem it, but honestly fresh pasta is a breeze. I kneaded in the afternoon, and we rolled when we got home. NOTHING beats freshest egg pasta. Especially if it is accompanied by a quick tomato sauce (we used yellow cherry tomatoes, pancetta, basil, parmesan and some lemon zest) and my Mum and her delicious white wine. I'd like to recoin the phrase "Supper of Champions". It's meaty and supple and keeps you full for hours. Go on. Try it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

YIKES. THAT WAS EARLY

So, the first Breakfast at Rosie's went off really well. Here's what happened (translation: we made muffins, egg pastries, and did some merchandising) Bring it on. xxxx

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

To kick off the year with a bang we thought we'd start opening an extra 2 hours early. I know. Pretty nuts. But the muffins are coming out so well this week, we thought we ought to offer them to you on your way to the tube and say morning too. As you can see, Coffees are going to be £1.50 before 9.30am, so get your skates on and come and say hello. xxx ps. and do let me know if there are any requests for breakfast whims - fruit salad? croissants? Just say the word. x