Once again we had the
great pleasure of being invited to the Demo Kitchen at Borough Market. We have
attended one of Roopa Gulati’s classes here once before, and this time, Katherine
Frelon would be holding her own Christmas event in order to promote her residency
in the market throughout December.
She will be sharing tips,
tricks and recipes every Thursday in December from 12.30pm – 2pm. If her
sessions are anything like this one, we highly recommend you head down there!
On Tuesday evening we were able to behold Katherine making two Christmas treats. These would be perfect for a stocking filler, or add that extra touch to a present for friend or family member. We were able to make our own whilst there, but we have to admit, the chosen recipient of these gifts would be ourselves – they were just too good to give away! Although we will attempt to re-create these at home in the near future, and try our best to resist them!
The first treat of the evening was chocolate bark, made simply by melting dark chocolate, followed by white chocolate in one of the trays pictured. We then selected our ingredients to decorate and ‘jewel’ our chocolate bark, all of which (as was everything else this evening) was sourced from Borough Market traders. The toppings for our bark were:
·Chocolate from Chocolicious
·Turkish delight from The Turkish Deli
·Pistachios from Oliveology
·Liquorish from Sweet Roots
·Dried and candied fruit from Borough Nuts
Once these had been refrigerated, we packaged them in small see-through plastic bags and ribbon, and we were on to our next Christmas treat.
These were bags of fruit and spice, with the dried fruit and veg sourced from Elsey and Bent, and the spices were from Spice Mountain – again which can be found in Borough Market.
Such simplicity, but when presented the way it is in perhaps a jar or cute bag, again makes a fantastic gift.
To round off the evening and to reward ourselves for concentrating on the previous tasks at hand, we had various cheeses, Katherine’s homemade chutney (which was absolutely stunning), and fresh bread. These were sourced from the places below:
·Aged gouda from Borough Cheese
·Lord London cheese from Alsop & Walker
·Truffle cows cheese from Bianca e Mora
·Bread from Olivier’s Bakery
If you would like to learn exactly what we did tonight, Katherine will be doing this demo as her first session on Thursday 1st December. Her other sessions will cover pretty much everything in preparing for a stress free Christmas, including how to cook the perfect Christmas dinner in 60 minutes.
It was a fantastic opportunity and as always was great to meet like-minded foodies and learn about others’ blogs, food writing, and photography experience. Being able to take advantage of Katherine’s knowledge, and organisation by Borough Market’s Communications and Marketing team is something we are very grateful for. We do hope to attend similar events in the future. Now we just need to re-create these treats at home!