I can claim credit for the formation of Russian Revels, the female duo that guest cheffed last night’s dinner. I first met Katrina Kollegaeva when I asked her to help out at my Russian themed supper club at The Underground Restaurant. Shortly afterwards I was invited to the launch of Karina Baldry’s book on Russian cooking. I couldn’t make it so forwarded the invitation to Katrina and…a partnership was born. They now run regular supper clubs and pop ups featuring both traditional Russian and former Soviet Union food.
We also had entertainment from a talented chanteuse Jessie Pie, who purred her way across the table and sang songs of beetroot.
Another shipment of potted herbs came from The Fresh Herb Company to adorn the world scape table with forests and jungles, scents and greenery. We also got a box load from them of lemon grass, very useful for the sequence of Asian nights coming up.
This morning I’m driving to Wing Yip, the Asian supermarket in Cricklewood. I love this place, shopping there feels like travel. I went there also last Sunday where it was very buzzy with tastings and the clientele for the Chinese restaurant attached. Nowadays they seem to employ more Western staff. The prices are cheap and it’s a good place to get bulk cleaning materials too. Wing Yip have agreed to sponsor most of the Asian ingredients.
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