Frank Fforde runs Rodborough supper club, from an eponymous village in Gloucestershire. His grandmother is half Polish so he is our guest chef for the Global Feast East European night. Since Eastern Europe joined the European Union and many came to live and work in Britain, we’ve seen the rise of the Polish shop. One of my favourite shops in Kilburn is called Where2sav (don’t you just love shops with numbers in their names?), a Polish mini-mart with an intriguing dairy section full of strange sounding sour creams, shelves heaving with giant glass jars of pickles, and exotic but brutally named biscuits.
A cocktail of Krupnik (honey-spiced vodka)
Canapé: Buckwheat blinis with sweet herring, horseradish, salmon roe
Starter: Borscht with sour cream, garlic bread, Polish sausage or smoked cheese, lightly-pickled cucumber
Main: Golonka (pork knuckle) braised in beer, lightly-pickled vegetables, pierogi
Vegetarian: Coulibiac (Pithivier of mushrooms, eggs and rice)
Dessert: Baked cheesecake, Hungarian cherry soup, Ogl Mogl (honey foam)
By the way, Frank’s mum is the celebrated ‘chick-lit’ novelist Katie Fforde, you have probably seen her novels in all the major supermarkets. Turns out Frank has never read one!
|Pork knuckle braised in dark beer, dumplings, pickles, potatoes|
|Prepping mushroom pithivier, the veg option|
|Baked cheesecake, sour cherry soup|
|Bread rolls in Joseph Joseph bowls|