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2011
Delicious Magazine Recipe Feature Recipes published in Princes Trust Charity 'Trusty' Cookbook Guest panellist on UKTV Food's 'Market Kitchen' Recipes published in 'Come Dine With Me Special Occasions' book Blog named as a "Media Must-Have" in Jan & Feb issue of Olive Magazine

2010
Launch of Sabrina's one-to-one private cookery tuition Guest critic on Gordon Ramsay's 'F-Word' series finale Organised Top Chef Charity Banquet for Haiti raising £70,000 for 'Action Against Hunger' Seasonal Food & Recipe Writer for 'Blue Tomato'

2009
Winner of Channel 4's 'Come Dine With Me' (West London) 'Bronze' winner in professionally judged 'AA Home Cooking Competition 2009' Appointed resident cookery columnist for Foodepedia

Japanese Rice Risotto with Miso, Lemongrass and Scallops

Japanese Rice Risotto with Miso, Lemongrass and Scallops

Seasonal Penne Mediterraneo

Seasonal Penne Mediterraneo

Persian Split Pea, Dried Lime and Lamb Stew

Persian Split Pea, Dried Lime and Lamb Stew

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

RECIPE: Pommes Boulangere (A French classic!)

Until a couple of years ago, potatoes would have been at the bottom of my list of favourite carbs. I have no idea why but I can tell you that things seem to have changed and I couldn't be happier about it. Lately I have been trying out lots of different ways to make yummy and innovative dishes using potatoes. Everything from classic Spanish Tortilla to potato hash as well as stuffed potatoes.

During the summer months, good old fashioned potatoes are seriously neglected. We stop eating chips, we stop eating mash and the only spud that gets a look in is the Jersey new potato in salad form. Now that the weather is getting colder, it's a great time to focus on root vegetables and the like as they are perfectly in season and just the kind of food we start to crave in Autumn/Winter.

So how to make the humble potato more exciting? Well, potatoes are so versatile and whilst we Brits love our mash and chips and know what to do with the humble spud, the French have a few great ideas as well (think Dauphinoise and Fondant!) But this is one of my favourite potato dishes from France and I'm happy to eat it as a main meal on it's own and its called Pommes Boulangeres. Boulangeres deriving from the French word for bakery (Boulangerie), this dish would most likely have been something that a baker one day came up with and popped into his baker's oven or possibly local families would prepare and take to the baker to cook for them in his oven. Either way, thank god for its creation!

This dish is incredibly simple, as most peasant food should be; consisting of layers of thinly sliced potatoes dotted with butter, seasoned with salt, pepper and a scant seasoning of thyme and once the potatoes are layered right the way to the top of the baking dish... pour over good quality chicken stock and then place in the oven. The result is delicious and rather than ramble on any more and ensure you just how you can make it here is the recipe for my Pommes Boulangere;

Pommes Boulangere

- Large waxy potatoes - not Maris Piper / King Edward (quantity depends on size of oven dish you choose!)
- 1 bunch of fresh thyme
- White/brown onions (again, as many as you would need to cover each layer of potato in your own oven dish) sliced roughly into half moons
150g salted butter
- Maldon sea salt
- Black pepper
- Good quality chicken stock (but you can use Knorr jelly/liquid stock too) enough to top up and almost cover the potatoes
**ovenware suitable dish with lid** (Le Creuset pans are great for this!)

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees (fan assisted) and thinly slice the potatoes to the thickness of a matchstick, approximately. Then layer your potatoes until you have generously covered the base once, overlapping the potatoes slightly, seasoning well with Maldon sea salt and black pepper and covering with a generous handful of the sliced onions. Then dot with a few knobs of butter (small) and a scant sprinkling of fresh thyme and repeat the process until either the ovenware dish is full or you have run out of potatoes, but make sure that your top layer consists of potato only with just a little butter and salt and pepper.

Once the dish is full, gently pour the stock over the potatoes until it just about covers the potatoes, but not entirely and place in the oven for 20 minutes on 220 degrees without the lid, before covering with a lid and reducing the temperature to 170 degrees and cooking for a further 40 minutes.

Once the time is done, simply lift the lid and serve! This is a great dish perfect with meat, fish, game or just on its own or with some cheese even. Use vegetable stock if you are a vegetarian, of course and enjoy!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

'Sabrina's Kitchen' Pop-Up Supper Club Nights

After the success of my French Launderette Supper Club, I was overwhelmed with demand for more new supper club dates. Although the French Launderette has been well and truly laid to rest (RIP), 'Sabrina's Kitchen' is born and the team and I have put just 8 dates (yes, so make sure you get in quick!) in the diary to host some fun and unique evenings with just one thing in common... SERIOUSLY good food.

My co-host for duration of 'Sabrina's Kitchen' is the lovely Simon Fernandez of 'ferdiesfoodlab' who will help me deliver a memorable meal to you all in a beautiful grade 2 listed building located just 1 minutes walk from Aldgate East underground station in London. The evenings are focused on convivial, communal dining perfect for singles as well as small or larger groups.

VENUE
Toynbee Hall - 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS

DATES CUISINE
Wed 16th Nov / Persian – A tasting of classic and my own modern style of Persian cooking
Tue 22nd Nov / Spanish - Classic, popular dishes from all over Spain
Fri 25th Nov / Arabesque - Feast of Eastern dishes from Arab states to Turkish delights
Wed 30th Nov / Pan-Asian – Favourite flavours and dishes from the Orient

Tue 6th Dec / Persian – A tasting of classic and my own modern style of Persian
Wed 7th Dec / Spanish - Classic, popular dishes from all over Spain
Mon 19th Dec / Arabesque - Feast of Eastern dishes from Arab states to Turkish delights
Tue 20th Dec / Pan-Asian – Favourite flavours and dishes from the Orient

** Minimum donation of £40.00 per person includes a special cocktail on arrival & your meal **

To make your booking please email me at: sabrinaghayour@hotmail.com and be sure to include the following info:

* Number of guests in your group
* The date on which you'd like to attend
* Guests names
* Any allergies
* Mobile contact number

Deposits of £20.00 required to secure your booking (via PayPal) to secure your place. Bookings are not confirmed without receipt and clearance of deposit payment. Remaining balance of payments to be made in cash on the night please as unfortunately we are unable to accept cheque or credit card payments.

I am so excited to be hosting these special evenings and I look forward to meeting those of you who couldn't get a spot at the French Launderette and I hope you will invite your friends and family and tell everyone about my dinners. The more the merrier and perfect in time for the festive period too! GET BOOKING FOLKS and PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Best wishes

Sabrina

Blog: http://sabrinaspassions.blogspot.com
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