Off All Day.Jason and Howie, feeling bereft of their usual offal sustenance, felt it was time to pull all the stops out for the latest OC meeting. No less than a 5 course extravaganza, requiring a whole day of preparation. With five further offaliates accepting the invite, it seemed logical that we would all bring a matching wine to one of the courses. Fortunately Howie, Dan and Iain, sensibly recognising that five bottles of wine were never going to fully satiate our appetites, added some light liquid refreshers to the menu.
Every dish worked to perfection, which was fortunate as Jason refused to accept anything less than 10/10 for his cooking. The wines too were spot on: Riojas to start (always an OC favourite), the inspired Egri Bulls Blood to match Ox tongue, a white Alsace pinot gris with the Pig's Head (thanks be to t'internet) and a sweet red rhone with Tiramisu (thanks to Reserve Wines, West Didsbury for that one). Sadly for Iain, a day of preparation drinking followed by the full OC treatment forced Howie to realise that home was just a little out of his reach, whereas Jason's spare bed looked decidedly inviting. Sorry Iain, you're on the sofa.
Chefs: Jason and Howie
Members present: Jason, Howie, Simon, Joby, Dan, Iain, Dom
|It really is a gold plated cake slice.|
Aperitif du Jardin:
Arjona rioja, 2012, courtesy of Iain.
Chairs and tables: back of a lorry, Longsight.
Matching Wine: Cote du Rhone village 2013, Jean-Luc Colombo, courtesy of Dom.
|No...it's an Ox tongue|
From Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle by Robert Owen Brown, served with minted pea puree.
Matching wine: Egri Bull's Blood 2010, courtesy of Joby.
A Bloody Mary intercourse
From Beyond Nose to Tail by Fergus Henderson and Justin Piers Gellatly, served with chive and horseradish dumplings and Joby's elderflower bread.
Matching wine: Pfaffenheim 2012, courtesy of Iain.
From Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson.
Divine chocolate and Mavrodaphne of Patras sweet red wine, courtesy of Dan followed by Porto Quevedo.