Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Week beginning February 10th - Valentines Day, Tamper Tantrum, Kaffeine Movie

If you read last weeks menu/blog you may know that I was asked to speak at the highly reputable Tamper tantrum event which took place at the Birmingham Millennium Point as part of the UKBC Super heats being held this week.

The first thing I must say is absolute full credit to Steve Leighton from Hasbean and all his team for being able to organise such an event in such a short space of time. Talk about pressure.

I was asked to with five others on the day and I was on last. What they did not tell me until we arrived was that the speech was to take place in the IMAX theatre. So into a darkened room, with about 40 people, me, on stage in front of the IMAX screen. To Give you an idea, here is a photo I took of James Hoffman speaking. It was taken from the 3rd row in.

The speeches, (which were all very very good) will be available on iTunes soon under the tamper tantrum podcast.

I think I did okay. I tried to put across the point that we may be in the coffee industry, but we are a,so in the Hospitality industry and how important that is, but also that if you own a business, how important that is too. I know I messed up a little bit at one stage, but standing in front of a giant screen like that was definitely one of the strangest things I have had to do.

What was great, was that we were able to premiere the new Kaffeine movie. My very good friend Kess Bohan who also did the original Kaffeine movie has been kind enough to offer his services to do another one. It will also be available soon on our website.

And so to Valentines day. Chef Jared has created his own love heart sponges with raspberry cream and mahonia blossom. If you are wanting to impress someone this week, we would suggest getting one of these sweet things for them, it would be a very good start indeed.

Please enjoy this weeks menu, as we will enjoy bringing it to you.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit) 3.70
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with home made preserves 1.90
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.40
Banana bread 2.40
Porridge with choices of muscovado sugar, dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup or compote 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.90
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissants 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffins: Chocolate sponge hearts with raspberry cream and mahonia blossom 2.40
Savoury Scone: Tomato and smoked mozzarella 2.40
Blueberry and coconut friands 2.40
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Afgan Biscuits 2.00

Soup: Tomato, white bean, champagne and shrimp 4.50

French retro baguettes 4.80
Pancetta, balsamic strawberries, brie and rocket.
Baked aubergine, pecan-butter, pickled red chilli, spinach

Foccacias 5.30
Ham, asparagus, gruyere, dijonnaise, thyme and rocket
Salmon, aioli, dill, capers, red onion, and spinach

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Venison sausage, pancetta, red cabbage, fennel, pine nuts with a passion fruit dressing
Bulgur wheat, ox-eye daisy, tomato, feta, pomegranate with a lemon and rose water dressing
Mange tout, rhubarb, mint and toasted almonds.

Tart: 4.40 or 7.90 with salad
Grilled red peppers, with onions, olives, capers, ricotta and charlock

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