This weekend we hosted a belter-birthday for my pal Niki's dad, Raymy, for his 50th birthday.
Niki asked me to host Raymy's birthday at Alright Treacle back in October, and gave me a few themes to work with - spicy food, New Orleans, and his favourite band - The Clash, and we decided to use all three theme's in our courses.
To get the party started, everyone was handed a glass of bubbles from The Bon Vivant's Companion, and our signature home made bread, flavoured with chilli, honey and caraway seeds, with whipped butter and parsley pesto.
Using the first theme of spice, we made a starter of West African peanut soup with creme fraiche, smoked chilli sauce, crushed peanuts and coriander, which went down a storm, particularly with the party planner.
Secondly, we made a dish of deconstructed gumbo (New Orleans, get it?), consisting of sweet potato puree, roasted green peppers and tomatoes, cajan spiced monkfish, crayfish tails and okra tempura.
Finally, a dessert that took inspiration from The Clash, a punk revival pudding of rebel lemon meringue - white chocolate, lemon zest and hazelnut crumb with popping candy, lemon panna cotta cream, Italian meringue top, and plenty of raspberry and blackberry sauce.
It was a fantastic start to our 2015 suppers, we loved the group and really enjoyed reuniting for what hopes to be a great year for Alright Treacle.