Friday, 8 July 2011

Angela Hartnett's - A Taste of Home Book Launch

Angela Hartnett's - A Taste of Home
On Wednesday I went to the book launch of Angela Hartnett’s - A Taste of Home. As 'the best loved and most successful female chef in the UK today', it was bound to be a foodtastic filled evening. And it certainly was, the simple menu really did make us feel as though we were in her kitchen eating. We got to sample:

Broccoli, Feta, Tomato and Red Onion Salad

A Selection of Italian Cured Meats

Penne Bolognese
Rocket, Parmesan and Beef Salad
Sweet Potato, Chorizo and Fennel Salad

Date Cake

The favourite of the night for me was the sweet potato chorizo, fennel and chorizo dish, which was served in a cute mini saucepan with a mini fork.
It was light and extremely flavoursome and worked really well even though it was served at room temperature (I haven't really considered eating cold sweet potato before, but I liked it!).

Chorizo Dish in Mini Saucepan with Mini Fork
As the executive chef of Angela Hartnett at the Whitechapel Gallery dining, the Whitechapel gallery was the perfect setting for her book launch. The atmosphere was buzzing and the setting was inspiring.

The Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery
Angela Hartnett's Speach
Angela Hartnett’s - A Taste of Home is full of easy to make recipes for the amateur chef to create at home. Angela simply states that 'Cooking is more about sharing good meals with friends than showing off.' The simple recipes inside make cooking fun, not stressful and encourage the reader to source ingredients, which includes leftovers!

From the book the recipe’s I look forward to making most are the prawn mango and fennel salad, linguine with red mullet capers and lemon, cauliflower with tomatoes and olives, shepherds pie (as I haven't had one of these in a while), wild mushroom tart and the honey baked oranges with rosemary.

At the event we were luckily enough to get Angela to sign our book. Marcus Wareing, Chef at The Berkeley, was near by and Angela insisted he signed it too.

The Double-Signed Book!
At the end of the event I caught a lovely looking gentlemen sneaking a few homemade break sticks into his briefcase on his way out... It made me laugh, but they were very tasty indeed, and I almost followed his lead!

Homemade Breadsticks

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