Soups, Spices and Stews

Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.”  Auguste Escoffier


Well, that is quite a claim.  However, a bowl of our Super Orange Soup made with Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Oranges, Ginger, & Turmeric served with a chunk of locally baked Sourdough bread will certainly warm you up in this wet and windy weather.

Or pick up a pot to take home – this week we also have Beetroot, Horseradish & Apple Soup and a chunky Minestrone with Borlotti Beans & Pesto


Over the next few days, we will be making full use of some rare, pungent and warming spices in our Middle Eastern stews and most delicious syrupy Orange Polenta Cake.  Saffron, cumin, coriander & cinnamon will all play a part and if you order by Wednesday evening you can pick up your supper on Friday or Saturday from
Madeleine’s Deli at 18a Lavant Street, Petersfield GU32 3EW


Chicken, Chickpea & Date Tagine  £6.00 per person
Winter Vegetable & Chickpea Tagine  £5.00 per person
Orange & Polenta Cake  £20.00



Our burnished, sugary Eccles cakes are scented with a touch of Ras el Hanout – a wonderfully fragrant Moroccan spice mix with Rose Petals.  Come and try one at the deli – perfect with a cup of tea.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream…Mark Twain

The nights are drawing in and the fire’s are lit.  The harvest is being gathered and it’s time for chutneys and jams, simmering stews and steaming puddings.  Our weekend menu is warming and seasonal and if you order by Wednesday your meal will be ready to pick up on Friday or Saturday from
Madeleine’s Deli at 18a Lavant St, Petersfield GU32 3EW


Hungarian Beef & Vegetable Goulash
with tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, paprika, caraway & dill – serve with sour cream
Root Vegetable & Jack Fruit Goulash (Vegan)
with tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, paprika, caraway & dill

Quince, Apple & Blackberry Crumble



A delicious freshly glazed Apple Tart ordered by a customer this week. Have a look at our Autumn Order Brochure on our website for other treats.

Making full use of the seasons bountiful fruits and vegetables we have bubbled up a Harvest Chutney crammed with apples, carrots, dates & walnuts.  Excellent with a good strong cheddar.

We so look forward to welcoming you at our cosy deli and hope to tempt you with perhaps a truly excellent coffee roasted locally by Winchester Roasters and possibly a slice of our ever popular gluten free French Almond Cake.   See you soon!    

Something for the Weekend

“Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice”. Mary Berry

Every week Madeleine’s Bakehouse will prepare a fresh main course & pudding for the weekend.  Order by Wednesday and your meal will be ready to pick up on Friday or Saturday from
Madeleine’s Deli at 18a Lavant St, Petersfield GU32 3EW

01730 895255 OR ORDER AT THE DELI

Cowboy Chilli – beefy & rich with peppers and a little coffee!  £6.00 per head
Vegetable Chilli – wholesome & tasty with lentils & aubergines  £5.00 per head
Pecan Pie £25.00 (serves 10 to 12) 

Our vegan rolls are made with Puy lentils and mushrooms and are quickly proving to be very popular with customers.  Made at The Bakehouse they have great flavour and texture and are becoming a firm favourite with non-vegans and vegans alike!

Heritage Carrots

Delicious roasted with spices & honey or braised in a stew.
Please call The Bakehouse on 01730 895255 to order.  £3.75 per 1kg

We have just printed off our Autumn Order Brochure which you can see on our website or pick one up in the deli.  It’s full of delicious meals, salads, pies, soups and snacks which we will make for you to take home.

English Food and Wine Evening

Please join us at Madeleine’s Deli and special guest Simon Hawkins of Hawkins Brothers Fine English Wines for a jolly evening sampling and learning about some of England’s own wonderful wine, cheeses, charcuterie and artisan bread.

Tickets £25.00 per person

Contact the Deli on 01730 260102 Limited spaces available – book early to avoid disappointment!

Something for the Weekend

Hard to believe but we have been in our new deli for a month already!  It has been a bit of a whirlwind but things are starting to settle and we now have a little time to ponder new recipes and products to bring in to the bigger and better space.  This week we are starting to offer meals for the weekend to be ordered by end of play Wednesday and available for pick up on Friday/Saturday.  This week a Lamb Tagine, a Root Vegetable Tagine and a Lemon Polenta Cake are on the menu.  Feel free to bring your own dishes!

The Bakehouse produced our first doughnuts for the deli a couple of weeks ago – Chocolate & Salted Caramel – which went down a treat.  A very satisfying item to make and if anyone has a particular favourite, we would be all too happy to oblige!

Managed to fit in a super speedy trip to Paris with a son early last week.  The city and its magnificent architecture looked glorious in the sunshine but poor Notre Dame did look very sad.  Needless to say, the 704 stairs to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower were exhilarating and exhausting all at once but the view made every step worthwhile. Our wonderful French hosts led us to a fabulous Italian restaurant which made the best pizzas I have ever had – thin, light and perfectly crispy dough with a delicately seasoned topping.   Son spotted a chocolate pizza which he managed to squeeze in too!  

Whizzed up to London on Wednesday to see ‘Sweet Charity’ at the Donmar (great fun) preceded by Peruvian and Italian Tapas – interesting combination – at the Monmouth Kitchen which were small, expensive but delicious.   My particular favourite was the Robata (grill) pisco (grape brandy) glazed smoked paprika ribs. 

Off to Rome this Thursday and more than excited.  Husband and I have a food tour booked for our first evening as recommended by my lovely niece and I anticipate sampling new and inspiring foods which we may endeavour to replicate at the deli.

Madeleine x

Au revoir to old friends and Hello to Herbert Hedley.

This week we bid a fond farewell to two of our dearest and most loyal customers, Bernie and Rob who are moving away from Hampshire.  Getting to know the people and their dogs who come through our door has been a delight and we do appreciate how lucky we are to have such great punters.  The very best to you both from all of us at Madeleine’s Deli. 

Over the last couple of days, I have been hoodwinked into believing Spring is on my doorstep.  I am now sitting at my desk looking through the window at the wind and rain lashing the trees on a miserable grey Sunday afternoon.  This is most definitely soup weather and fortunately we have in the deli a veritable smorgasbord of my favourites – Celeriac with Apple & Bacon, Leek & Potato, Mushroom with Sherry, Cream & Truffle Oil and not forgetting our very own Super Green Soup with warming Ginger & Turmeric. 

This is also perfect weather for a cosy pub supper and where better than the Thomas Lord at West Meon which I have frequented and enjoyed for many years.  Husband and I had a fine supper with lovely thespian friends who are in the process of setting up Herbert Hedley, a curated gallery of arts, crafts and treasures for your home.  This will take shape in a couple of weeks in the form of a pop-up shop just up the road from us in Lavant Street!  Really worth a look.

Madeleine x

If you build it, will they come?

Signed and sealed.  Madeleine’s Kitchen are the new tenants of No. 18a Lavant Street and will be moving from our lovely little shop in the next 3 or 4 weeks.  I will be a little sad to say goodbye to No. 14 – it has served us very well.  However, after 4 years I am pleased to say that we now have so many wonderful customers we just can’t fit them all in!  It has been a very energetic weekend ripping out the current interior of our new premises under the supervision of an unbelievably generous friend who is donating his time and expertise to renovating the next Madeleine’s Deli.  Years of wall coverings have been removed to reveal interesting brickwork and a new ceiling!

Managed to fit in a visit to a sister in Salisbury and had a most delightful Friday evening being pampered with a comforting fish pie followed by a splendid Tarte Tatin – one of my favourite puddings.  The following morning we wandered into the City to visit the beautiful market square which was bustling and busy with a multitude of food stalls.  I picked up some goose rillettes and cornichons and my sister some excellent steamed dim sum and chicken satay.  Who would have thought even 10 years ago that we would be able find food like this in a Wiltshire market.  It’s all quite normal now.  Singapore Curry Puffs and Sicilian Genovese Tarts are a couple of our latest efforts at Madeleine’s Bakehouse to supply our favourite international food offerings and these have proved very popular and quite delicious!

Madeleine x

Lunch among the Dreaming Spires

A beautiful early Spring February Sunday in Oxford to visit a daughter and took her out for a slap-up lunch at the George Street Social.   It was buzzy, busy, a bit grubby, obviously studenty and mildly uncomfortable. However, great service and had a great big yummy dish of a white bean stew with bacon, carrots, tomato & celery topped with a generous confit duck leg with a glass of decent merlot and I was very happy.  Daughter had a vast plate of linguine with smoked salmon and a pint of lager (?!?) and that made her happy too.  Good value and proper tasty food. 

Husband and son off to Megeve tomorrow for a few days skiing and scoffing quantities of melted cheese in many forms – raclette, tartiflette, goat’s cheese salad and even smothered over the most scrumptious lasagne at the Radaz, their favourite cozy mountain haunt.  Yes, I am envious but with everyone away I get a few days at home ALONE to focus on …. STOP PRESS!!  Our new Deli.   This has been a long time coming but we have at last found the right premises in the right place and the lease is being signed today.    That’s all I can say at the moment but definitely more to follow…..!

Madeleine x

Love is in the Air

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food” George Bernard Shaw

Family and friends do come first but for me food really does come a close second.  Here at the Kitchen we are combining love and food this weekend with our Valentine’s Hamper filled with a decadent, little over indulgent meal for two.  Something to enjoy at home away from the public gaze of all the other Valentine’s Day diners!  On the subject of romance, husband and I have a significant anniversary coming up in May and are contemplating where to celebrate.  I think Rome will be the place for us with the perfect combination of beautiful surroundings and great food in a city I haven’t been lucky enough to visit yet.  Can’t wait!

Spent a few days in the South of France last week with my mother and sister near Nice visiting old haunts and reminding myself how well the French do patisserie – tiny, light coffee eclairs and one of my favourites, Tarte Tropezienne, a delicate brioche filled with crème patissiere – a speciality native to St Tropez.   They travelled back with me and we had a wonderful evening with a houseful of all the children and various aunts and uncles for an impromptu family gathering. 

Madeleine x

Our Valentine’s Hamper Menu @ £40.00 for Two

Smoked Mackerel Pate with Sweet Pickled Cucumbers & freshly baked Sourdough Loaf

Coq au Vin with Mashed Root Vegetables

Salted Caramel Brownie with fresh Raspberries & Cream