There seems to be a growing presence of Edinburgh foodies online - new blogs springing up, plenty of social networking about the latest events and places to try, so it's no surprise I first found out about My Home Supper, Edinburgh's newest supperclub, via Twitter. After hearing some good reports, I was looking forward to visiting and was particularly pleased to book a Sunday roast dinner, one of my favourite meals. My Home Supper is run by Aoife and her husband Damian and they are warm and welcoming hosts who cook and serve meals in their beautiful home. As we arrive we're greeted with a glass of elderflower fizz and talk away to them as we settle into our seats and wait for the other guests to arrive. It's a smaller table of eight for today's meal, a size which works well for a good chat and happily everyone gets on well. The table is made up with fresh flowers and beautiful cutlery and there is a lovely relaxed atmosphere without a hint of stuffiness which is ideal for a Sunday afternoon.
Onto the food! Aoife emailed the guests the menu in advance and I am eager to tuck in. Luckily I don't have to wait long and after everyone is seated and introductions are made, the first course soon arrives - potted shrimp and walnut crostini. The potted shrimp is served in a wee pot with a lemon wedge which cuts right through the buttery dish and enhances the great flavour of the brown shrimp. The toasted walnut crostini rounds were a perfect light accompaniment to spread the shrimp and butter onto.
Next up was the roast lamb, served with potato gratin dauphinoise and honey glazed carrots. The lamb was a hefty shoulder joint and Aoife called upon us guests to carve up. Gareth manfully volunteered and cut a few slices (action shot below) before Aoife took it to another table to get stuck in and carve up for us. Two large plates of gratin dauphinoise and bowls of carrots were placed at both sides of the table and guests could help themselves. It was a really nice way to serve up and in keeping with their friendly relaxed style. Not only is it a great way to get guests chatting about food, us greedy folk can decide if and when (ha, I said if!) we want seconds.
The slow roasted lamb was cooked to just off the pink which was the ideal compromise between those who like their meat rarer and those who prefer it well done. It was perfectly cooked to my liking anyway and the meat was moist, succulent and beautifully seasoned, and served with gravy. The gratin dauphinoise was topped with parmesan and had the crispy-at-the-sides-creamy-in-the-middle combination that makes a great dauphinoise dish. It was rich and tasty and utterly more-ish.
A light dessert was very much appreciated after the substantial main course and the elderflower fool, poached gooseberries and shortbread biscuits was spot on. The flavours and textures of the semi-sweet fool sat on top of the soft tangy gooseberries complemented each other well. I loved the use of seasonal fresh produce (right now is the perfect time to use elderflower) and it really gave the menu a touch of summer. The thought that clearly went into the menu elevated the meal from a good roast dinner to a real dining experience.
Sadly, this was to be the last of My Home Supper club's Sunday roast dinners, apparently folk are not as keen to go to daytime events. Aoife wrote an interesting blog post on why this might be and of course I can understand why they are ending for now, but nevertheless it's a real shame. One of the lovely things about supperclubs is meeting people who you may not have anything in common with but a love of good food and I completely agree that it's a good thing for people to step outside their boundaries once in a while. I really enjoyed meeting other people's parents there and I'd have loved the opportunity to bring my dad along - he loves yakking to pretty much everyone and I know he would have had a great time (and loved the food!).
But anyway, My Home Supper club have some more evening events running and two very special summer events - a molecular spectacular and an Indian vegetarian summer feast. It's fantastic to see a bit of collaboration and experimentation and I'd recommend booking soon as events this special in Edinburgh don't happen often enough.