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