This is 2 weeks late, but all you lovely patient readers are probably used to my rubbish blogging schedule by now. Two saturdays ago, I did a stall at Street Feast London. You might have caught a few photos on instagram or twitter, or you might even have been one of those who came down for a bite (thank you).
It was all a bit mad (but all you lovely readers again probably know I have a penchant for signing up for crazy things and at least this time there was no risk of dying in the mountains.) Here's how that crazy week went:
Monday– Got an invite from the Street Feast guys to do a stall for #bloggersaturday (Ooh! Yes!.. Oh no what did I just do)
Tuesday– Planned the menu and conned my friends into joining me
Wednesday– Sweet-talked my wonderful butcher into chopping pork belly and leg of lamb into 0.5 inch cubes
Thursday– Picked up vegetables from the farm shops and achar-pickled them
Friday– Got sauces, marinades and rice cakes made. (Char, you are a nocturnal angel, thanks)
Just a note, I'm not lounging around on summer break here; I work, full-time. Oh what madness. But oh what fun madness.
The day started beautifully with a classic spot of English rain, and homemade bacon-and-egg crumpets (washed down with blueberry gin, oh yeah) by Erik DA MAN. We lazed around watching the rain get heavier, decided it was time to get set up, got set up, had the leaking roof flood our stall, got handsome manly boys to fix our roof (coos), got set up again and stood by the barbecue pit warming our hands while waiting for the first order.
I wanted my menu to be about what my blog is about, so: Suffolk pork belly/ Cornish summer lamb satays, come complete with steamed rice cakes and kickass peanut sauce and achar, a sweet spicy nonya pickle made with the best of this season's vegetables. Yes, all that shizzle. Styled and plated prettily for your instagram shots of course. I think that pretty much shouts me.
If you were one of the brave customers who ventured out in the storm to eat satay, or takeaway satay for your daughter in Oxford, thank you so much an I hope it was worth getting wet for. Thank you also to my amazing team– Charlene the real chef, and Erik the grillmaster; Adam and his Street Feast possum; and the rest of the bloggers who stuck it out in the rain with us (and who fed us delicious fritters/ rice balls/ lemon tarts). #Vibes.
More cooking gigs
Yum Bun popup
My first plusixfive supperclub
August's Nonya Achar
The BEST Sg Satay Peanut sauce (Pedro the vegetarian i.e. Sorbitium Ices pretty much scoffed it simply with rice cakes)
Note: Marinades for pork/lamb satays are a bit different from the one in blog; give me a shout below or tweet me if you want it.