The advertising land is DEAD. Everyone is going to Cannes for the ad festival next week so nothing is happening. Besides, the clients are cutting down on the advertising budgets so we might be in some dire straits soon. I am massively bored at the moment, reading all kind of food blogs, getting inspired and incredibly impatient because tonight I am off to Taste of London food festival! I actually made a list of things that I am going to eat, lots of seafood, mostly starters as these look way more exciting than mains, and lots of truffles.
Hugh will be there, I saw him on Channel 4 yesterday and there was bit about making sourdough bread, you need a starter which ferments over about one week. I am so on it from tomorrow. Love sourdough, in fact regular bread won’t do, I will not come near any supermarket bread, bakery only and here I mean boulangerie not Gregg’s. I will report all the stages here.
This is my shortlist for tonight, the absolute must eat dishes are in Italics:
Chilled pea velouté and ricotta scoop, crispy hazelnut bread from Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Rose scented panna cotta with Sarawak pepper oil from Benares
Char grilled chilli garlic black cod or char grilled chilli garlic shrimps from Dinings
Wasabi prawns – Tiger prawns with a spicy wasabi mayonnaise alongside little cubs of mango & Thai basil see from Kai Mayfair
Rhubarb & custard ice cream crumble from Launceston Place
Bisque de Homard á Courvoisier from Le Gavroche
Miang – miang crab from Nahm
Lemon Posset, strawberries and basil from Odette’s
Picked crab with a chilled pumpkin and ginger soup, toasted seeds from Pied A Terre
Cod and potatoes ravioli with marjoram emulsion from Refettorio
Fresh tagliatelle, Caporicci’s summer truffle and broad beans from Ristorante Semplice
Papdi Channa Chaat – Spiced chickpeas with tamarind chutney and sweetened yoghurt sprinkled with gram flour crisps from Tamarind
Cape Sante – Scottish scallops with rocket, chilli, parsley, datterini tomatoes and lentils di Castelluccio from Theo Randall
A full report will follow. Less than 1.5 hours to go….