A huge thank you to everyone that joined us for our very first supper club on Wednesday 13 July - we can't believe we did it!
From the first shots of ouzo to the greek coffee and spoonful of cherry preserve, the night flew by in a blur. We were so honoured to be able to serve our menu to our guests and see them enjoy what was just a vision in our minds until then. A special thank you to Nanna's as well for providing the perfect setting for our evening.
For those of you that weren't there, here's our menu from the night:
The menu was inspired by a desire to replicate the ethos of eating with friends and family in Greece, which is that your table should have great conversation, dishes to share, tasty food and lots of it! We wanted to introduce certain traditional Greek dishes from my childhood with hints of contemporary flavours and techniques.
To start with guests were given a shot of Ouzo 5, my pappou's ouzo, with ice. This accompanied homemade koulouri (sesame seed pretzels usually found on the streets of Thessaloniki) for dipping in tzatziki and eating with sardines and olives.
This was followed by a variety of side dishes including a fava bean dip (a recipe from the islands in Greece), long green peppers in tomato (my yaya's favourite) and roasted aubergine with pomegranate, plus larger dishes of chargrilled octopus, meatballs and lemon potatoes, and spinach and rice with dill and lemon.
To finish we served roasted figs with greek yoghurt, walnuts and a slice of revani (a traditional semolina cake), and finally a small cup of greek coffee with a spoon of cherry preserve - something my yaya would always serve guests on a pretty glass dish placed on a doily.
In the coming weeks I'll be posting some recipes from the night so watch this space if you want to bring a little yaya into your home!
We had so much fun we're doing a second supper club at Nanna's on Wednesday 24 August. We hope you can join us!
In the meantime, here are some pics from our first night...