I was recently invited to a cooking demonstration at Food Secret in Soho. Food Secret is a lunchtime cafe that serves make your own soup and sandwiches. Food Secret values nutrition, however great taste and flavor come first. Nearly all vegetables are sourced from New Covent Garden Market and as much as possible is cooked in store.
It’s a shame that I work in The City and not near Food Secret. I get so sick of the same chain restaurants. The menu changes often and if you’re craving something different you can mix it up at the make your own bar. They have loyalty cards where you can track your nutrition as well. Pretty nifty.
Mulled wine to start off with
Neil made an amazing turkey soup where you can thrown in Christmas leftovers like Turkey, bacon, roast potatoes, and brussel sprouts. I’ve never made my own fresh stock before but I’m definitely going to try it soon.
Sprout Top and Bacon Tortilla
Turkey ballotine with stuffing. I already made this at home with chicken!
1. Arrange 16 slices of parma ham 8 across in one row and then another 8 slightly overlapping on a greased sheet of baking paper.
2. Arrange chicken or turkey escalopes over top and season with salt and pepper. Lay a piece of cling film on top and hammer the chicken to be flat (not too hard).
3. Spread some sausagemeat stuffing in the middle (Neil made his own from scratch. I bought some sage and onion sausagemeat at Waitrose).
4. Roll the meat tightly. Keep it in the baking paper and then wrap it again in tin foil twisting the ends like a Christmas cracker. Bake for 30 minutes at 190 C.
5. Remove from the oven and change the temperature to 220 C. Remove the foil and baking paper and bake for 5 minutes to give the outside some color.
6. Slice and serve.
Baked apples with cinnamon custard. Super delicious. Very similar to my Cocotte Apples but with raisins and dried apricots.
Thank you to Food Secret, Neil and owner Sergio for inviting me. I have some fantastic new ideas to try out and I’ll be by again soon for lunch!