Sunday, 13 April 2014

Paris Mash

I used to work with a couple of girls who (like me), used to enjoy perusing through online recipe sites and picking out meals to make at home.  One conversation led to the question – “Have you ever tried Paris Mash?”  Answer to that was no.  They enthused about its qualities as a gloriously, smooth mash that arguably excels the home-made rustic style mash most of us make for bubble & squeak and such like.
 
I parked the idea of Paris Mash for a while and it has only been recently that I have resurrected the thought of it again following my husband’s request for something “potatoey yet different”.  Googling the recipe, I saw that it is a signature dish at Bistro Guillaume in Australia, with a legion of fans and is often described as 'creamy and dreamy'.  Time to find out......
 
Trying to add a bit of ‘joie du vivre’ (keeping the Parisian theme going there!) into my version of the recipe, I thought about using some ingredients that I love albeit that I use sparingly.  So, to add a little colour and spice, I added some saffron threads to the hot milk element and some earthy Truffle Hunter delights I have in my pantry to finish the dish with, namely chopped  black truffle carpaccio and a drizzle of Truffle Hunter truffle oil.
 
 
 
In my husband’s eyes I completed the “potatoey yet different” challenge with aplomb, combined with the plaudit of “you have to do this again” echoing in my ears.  Who I am to argue?
 
Here’s the recipe if you want to try a little Paris Mash yourself and feel free to add whatever you like make it your own.
 

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Boiling the potatoes
Saffron infused hot milk

Potatoes once mashed
Paris Mash served with Grilled Asparagus Spears


 
 
Paris Mash
 
 
Serves 4 as a side dish
 
4 large potatoes (almost jacket potato size)
Salt
200ml Hot Milk
Pinch of Saffron threads
1 large slice of Black Truffle Carpaccio (diced)
Drizzle of Truffle Oil (I used Truffle Hunter)
 
·         *  Peel and cut potatoes into cubes/wedges.
·         *  Boil in salted water until soft, drain and place back into the pan.
·         *  In the meantime, place the saffron threads into the milk.
·         *  Either boil or microwave the milk until it is warmed through.
·         *  Give the milk a stir so that the saffron can infuse into it – allow it to infuse for as long
         as possible.
·         *  Pour the milk into the pan with the potatoes in it.
·         *  Give it a stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
·         *  Using an electric blender stick, blitz the potato mixture until it is smooth and all lumps
         have been removed.
·         *  Add in the diced Carpaccio slice and drizzle the truffle oil on top of the mash.
·         *  Serve as desired.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Meridian Nut Butters

Peanut butter is much of a muchness – right?  Well, as I’ve come to discover this isn’t strictly true. 

Having being used to the clay-coloured spreads that adorn most supermarket shelves, I was keen to try new nut butter spreads and Meridian sent me 3 products from their range to sample.
 
Meridian’s focus differs from other brands. Containing only nuts, it boasts a 100% totally natural approach with no (controversial) palm oil, sugar, salt.  
 
 

 
I started my nut butter fest with Meridian's Crunchy Peanut Butter spread. Made from roasted peanuts, it is darker in colour and tastes lighter than traditional spreads, a little rustic in appearance with a pleasant, subtle taste.

The omission of palm oil, is the reason behind the lighter taste and Meridian roasts all its peanuts with the skins on for a nuttier crunch. 

Rich in vital minerals, peanuts not only have a low glycaemic index of just 14, they are packed with 25% protein and are a healthy source of mono and polyunsaturated fats, with 75% of the fat in each peanut being unsaturated.

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A great alternative to peanut butter, is almond and cashew nut butters.  Not only for the provision of variety, but also an option for peanut allergy sufferers to experience nut butters without the associated difficulties.
 
Meridian roasts its almonds to lock in fibre and retain nutrients.  Loaded naturally with vitamin E, almonds boost the immune system and they are rich in essential monounsaturated fatty acids and phytosterols. 
 
The almond butter is similar in appearance and consistency to the peanut version, yet has a slight sweeter taste and works well on sandwiches or toast.
 
 
 
 
 
The cashew nut butter, probably my favourite of the three, is the one that looks-wise resembles the solid texture and ecru colouring of standard peanut butter products.  Upon taste, it has a delicious gentleness as you would experience with raw cashew nuts.

Cashew nuts have a lower fat content than most other nuts and 75% of their unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.  They are also high in protein, magnesium, zinc, iron and phosphorus vitamins and minerals. 
 
 
 

Available from selected Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco, Holland & Barratt, Waitrose and independent health food stores, the jars retail from £1.99 to £2.79 dependent on product and size.  A little more expensive than standard offerings, but the justification is you get a purer product.  With almond and cashew versions available (amongst others), it offers a solution to those that like the idea of peanut butter but suffer from allergies.
 
Although I've enjoyed sampling these on toast, which is my favourite way to eat nut butters, equally there are numerous ways of consuming them including using them in cooking.  For a catalogue of recipes, visit: www.meridianfoods.co.uk
 
Meridian spreads are definitely the ‘luxury’ end of nut butters and are worth splashing out on for the natural and ethical values the brand represents.
 
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Gourmet Gossip with James Sherwin from 'The Taste'


James Sherwin

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting James Sherwin who appeared on Channel 4's 'The Taste' with Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre.  Although he didn't win the contest, he made a great impression with the judges with many of his dishes (or in the theme of the show I should say, tasting spoons), receiving fantastic plaudits.

Meeting James at Restaurant Epi's pop-up event, I had the chance to find out a little more about James' passion for cooking, his plans for the future and of course what it was like to work with some of the world's most renown culinary glitterati.  

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Why did you become interested in food and venture upon a career in cooking?

Cooking is fairly new to me; I only really fell in love with it 7 years ago around the birth of my first daughter. I’ve always been a fairly creative person or at least been interested in the creative side of things, cooking is an extension of that. As for a career in cooking, being on 'The Taste' had a bit of a profound effect on me, I was around like minded people and it really showed me what I love and what I want to do.


Although you cook a variety of cuisines, what do you like vegetarian wise and how do you view vegetarian food?

I was a vegetarian for around 13 years and still have those memories of the awful watery vegetable lasagnes you would get in pubs at the time. I’m not a huge fan of lazy vegetarian food, in that the dish is the same, other than the meat being replaced by some substitute. However 'vegetarian' food can be amazing if given the same respect, I challenge anyone not to look at golden beetroot or rainbow chard etc and not be excited about how it could taste. The beauty of 'vegetarian' food is that it really challenges you to produce something special as there isn’t that central protein to take all the glory. I was reading the new Noma recipe book a little while ago and so much of that could be termed as vegetarian, and that can only be a positive.


With the advent of spring, thoughts turn to a fresh harvest of seasonal food such as asparagus. Do you observe seasonal cooking?

As much as possible, definitely with my pop-up restaurants I do, maybe I’m a little looser at home. I’m very lucky that my partner’s mother has a beautiful vegetable garden so I get produce at its best. One of my favourite moments of last year was seeing my daughter's face as she ate a strawberry she picked herself that was still warm from the sun.  You could see that she had never had a strawberry like it before, for me that encapsulated in a moment why seasonal cooking is so important.


Why did you apply to appear on 'The Taste'?

I kind of fell into by accident, I filled in a questionnaire about food I saw on Twitter, which led to the production team calling me, then an audition with food and eventually an offer. I went with it as it was a bit of fun and then all of a sudden I get a phone call saying that I’d been shortlisted.


What was the best thing you learned/took away from the show?

On a professional level it gave me the confidence and some know-how to come away and set up my pop-up restaurants, I’d never have done that before the show. On a personal level, some of the comments I got from the mentors was phenomenal, having Bourdain describe something I cooked as, “pretty damn incredible” is something that will always stay with me.


How was it working with the celebrity judges (Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre)?

It was all very surreal, just being around these 'TV characters' it’s almost as if they aren’t real and then all of a sudden Ludo would come up to me and say, "add a little more salt" or "that tastes good". One of the more surreal moments for me was after spending years watching Nigella on TV, having her come up to me while I was cooking, address me by name and ask me how to use the pressure cooker, I think that was my one moment of being star struck.


Has working with them changed your approach or outlook on cooking?

It’s not necessarily changed my outlook but working with Ludo definitely encouraged me to trust my creative side, he pushes boundaries and encouraged us to do the same, and that really resonated with me.


Do you still keep in touch with any of the other contestants?

I keep in touch with quite a few and it seems that we are all doing bits and pieces with each other.  On April 3rd I’m doing a pop up in Yorkshire at Broughton Hall, 'Wild Yorkshire' with Debbie and Kalpna.  Justin has also been a great source of advice for me. I’d like to think however that at some point soon we will have a big Taste get-together with some good food and a lot of drinks.


What plans do you have for the future and will you be appearing at any food festivals during the summer?

At the moment I’ve got a few other pop-ups planned (details on my website)  with some more in the works. I’m doing a couple of local food festivals (Shrewsbury Fringe and Cosford) hopefully there’ll be a few more, I love talking to people about food. I’m also working with a fantastic local chef (Chris Conde at Henry Tudor House) gaining experience in a professional kitchen. As for the future, lots of hard work will culminate in my own restaurant serving £200 per person tasting menus -  hehehe (!), in all seriousness though, the dream is to keep working on my own projects and others, learning who I am as a cook and we will see where things lead.


Where can people contact you and find out more information about your forthcoming projects?

I can be contacted via my website www.jamesinaspace.com or via Twitter @jamesinaspace.   Get in touch!!!

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I would like to thank James Sherwin for his time in conducting the interview and wish him every success for the future.

 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Rosehips On A Kitchen Table

The very title - “Rosehips on a Kitchen Table” may conjure up images of country life, but it is as relevant to those in rural dwellings as well as to those who live in city suburbs.   This delightful book, which I've been given the opportunity to review, offers a snapshot overview of the kinds of foods that can be grown or foraged near to home and recipes how to cook them.
Published by Frances Lincoln and written by Carolyn Caldicott, who has written numerous vegetarian books previously including the World Food Cafe series, this book is predominately vegetarian and features ideas how to maximise your excess vegetable patch produce to what to do with items you have foraged.

Starting with an introduction to basic foraging, it provides an overview of useful things to know before starting out on your picking adventures. 
The section on Gleaning offers a run-through of how to pick your produce which although doesn’t offer a full guide, it does offer enough information to begin your journey with.  Each product featured is denoted by an introduction to the item, tips on sourcing it, a sketched black & white image to help identify it and recipes of what you can make with it.  Showcased items include wild garlic, nettles and elderflowers.
The Grow Your Own chapter – discusses how to grow your own produce, even in a limited space.  As with the Gleaning chapter, it offers the same identification illustrations and recipes.  Produce featured includes stalwart rhubarb as well as more unusual suggestions of sorrel, Jerusalem Artichokes and chard.
A whole chapter entitled Gluts outlines when there is an abundance of seasonal produce and what to do with a high yielding harvest.  Delicious ideas feature for tomatoes, fruit and runner beans.
The final section offers a solution when you find yourself asking "What On Earth Do I Do With This?"  With recipe ideas for those vegetables and fruits that aren't popular or that people aren't familiar with - beetroot and quince to name a few.
Another vegetable finding itself in this section is the celeriac.  A knobbly, some may say unattractive root vegetable, shaped like a swede, whose appearance can leave people bewildered how to tackle it.
The recipe below has been taken from the book and is a well known favourite for St Patrick's Day dinner.



Celeriac Champ
Celeriac adds a nutty flavour to this St Patrick’s Day favourite, traditionally made from potato mashed with spring onions and topped with butter. 
1 medium celeriac, peeled and cubed3 medium mashing potatoes, peeled and cubed2 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered110ml/½ cup whole milka bunch of spring onions, thinly sliceda good knob of butter1 heaped teaspoon grainy mustard75ml/¼ cup thick double cream or full-fat crème fraîchea large handful of finely chopped curly parsleysalt and black pepper
To serve:  extra butter, at room temperature
  • Simmer the prepared celeriac, potato and garlic in boiling water until soft. 
  • Drain the vegetables, return to the pan and steam dry over a low heat for a few minutes. 
  • Heat the milk and sliced spring onions in a small pan until nearly boiling, reduce the heat and gently simmer for a further couple of minutes. 
  • Add the milk mixture along with the butter and mustard to the drained celeriac and potato. Mash everything together until smooth. Stir in the cream and chopped parsley and season to taste. 
  • To serve in the traditional way, pile the champ into a bowl, make an indent in the top with the back of a serving spoon and fill with a large knob of butter room temperature. 
  • Serve immediately as the butter melts.

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With Spring now in-situ and a full year of foraging and gardening ahead, this is a great book to begin getting acquainted with what is on your doorstep and when and where you can find it.  An ideal gift for Mother’s Day or splendid addition to your cookery book collection, if you find yourself with rosehips (or foraged fruits) adorning your kitchen table, then you'll know which book to turn to!

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Friday, 28 February 2014

Benefits of Buying Food Locally


Purchasing and eating food that has been produced/grown locally has now come full circle in popularity with demands for food produced nearer to home favoured over foods flown in from all corners of the world.  As well as supporting one's local infrastructure, there are reported health benefits for adopting this lifestyle choice.

I recently wrote an online article for Warwickshire Life magazine about the buying local food with a focus on food vendors - Platinum Pancakes and their approach to providing an offering which is totally local.

Hope you'll enjoy reading it and in turn take time to see what food is around you and on your doorstep.  Click for Article Link

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Veggie Sushi for Valentine's Day

I’ve always by-passed sushi as it’s fish-based, so it’s never really been on my radar and I’ve never paid any attention to it.  However, I’ve been made aware of larger supermarkets now stocking vegetarian sushi, but still, I’ve never really entertained it.
But I was recently approached to trial a sushi kit for two where I could make my own vegetarian versions and I thought this would be an opportune time to see if I could be turned.



The kit, made by Yutaka has ample ingredients (bar fillings) to feed two people and it comes with a bag of rice, two large sheets of nori (pressed seaweed), sachets of shredded ginger, sushi vinegar, soy sauce and wasabi paste plus a rolling mat to help you assemble your sushi.
Using the instruction leaflet, I boiled the rice in its bag, let it rest, then prepared it in a bowl with the sachet ingredients.  I did however only use a little of the sushi vinegar (as it can be overpowering) and I omitted the wasabi paste (due to personal preference).


Laying the nori sheet on the mat, I placed a layer of rice on the sheet followed by some griddled vegetables I’d prepared earlier (asparagus, ribboned carrots and very thin slithers of red pepper).


So far so good. 
Crossing my fingers for a moment, I then embarked on creating the sushi roll.  The mat was a blessing and again, following the instructions, I ended up with a sushi roll that resembled the images on the pack.  
But before I succumbed to complete smugness, I did notice that my roll was somewhat portly compared to the benchmark pictures on the packet but not letting size be the issue here, I was pleased to find that they cut well and formed sushi parcels albeit a little bigger than anticipated.


The creation of sushi is indeed an art form and for a novice like me, the mantra of practice makes perfect is certainly applicable.  The key here is to keep the layer of rice and filling thin as once rolled, it becomes very padded which detracts from the original idea and although it tastes great, it becomes difficult to eat (as I discovered).  


But I am definitely going to make it again, now that I have grown a little in confidence with it and now that I have switched my mindset that vegetarian sushi is possible, tastes delicious and can be alternated with so many different vegetable combinations.  

Sushi-making and sushi-eating is a romantic way of spending Valentine's Day together and a quirky, healthy change from the usual 3 course fayre served with red roses, so this could be an option for all those looking for something different this weekend.
Now I've had my rehearsal, I hope my next batch using the Yutaka kit will be just as more-ish but perhaps I'll use a little less filling and exercise a little more practice in making them just like they are on the packet!
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Yutaka’s Sushi Kit for 2 can be bought for £4.99 from Sainsbury’s supermarkets or from a variety of online stores.
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Restaurant Epi - Interview & Pop-Up Review


Having recently dined at the new pop-up restaurant event run by Restaurant Epi, I took the opportunity to find out more about the team that run it and their vision and mission to create good food and a fine dining experience.

 
Chef Nathan Eades (part of the Epi team) started his career at The Royal Oak whilst doing his NVQ in culinary arts at Worcester College of Technology.  Here, Nathan's passion for cooking began. He then moved to Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire, where he met his wife and now business partner Charlie. A year in the Malvern's followed at Colwall Park.


Nathan went onto Lainston House, Swinfen Hall near Lichfield Staffordshire and then onto Wedgewood Hotel in Canada, the only relais and chateaux property in Vancouver.

Charlie, (Nathan’s business partner and wife),  a recent graduate from the UK Centre for Events Management, has a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry. When not running the floor for Restaurant Epi, Charlie can be found organising and managing a variety of events.

Charlie's operational background includes an extensive period at the renowned Nailcote Hall, home of the British Par 3 Championship. Charlie has a flair for creativity and is usually the mastermind behind Epi's uniqueness.

In September 2013, the pair set Epi up in their home kitchen aiming to provide an unforgettable dining experience but without the fuss of fine dining.

Working with fellow chef Grant Hill, a series of pop-ups followed in Bromsgrove Worcestershire, which received excellent reviews (including from Philippe Boucheron - Eat the Midlands and Hayley Pash - Bromsgrove Advertiser, both October 2013).  Expanding to cater for Birmingham diners, Restaurant Epi are now holding a number of pop-ups at Kitchen Garden Café in Kings Heath with, on the occasion I attended, additional support from chef  James Sherwin who was recently a contestant on Channel 4’s ‘The Taste’.

James Sherwin & Nathan Eades
 

As well as his industry experience, I spoke with Nathan a little more about his passion for food and how he weaves that into his work for Epi.
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What do you enjoy about cooking the most and where did you gain your experience pre-Epi?

At home, I enjoy the simple things: Sunday roasts are always the best meal of the week for me.  It's a chance for us to all sit down as a family and enjoy one another's company before falling asleep afterwards!!  I really enjoy cooking Asian food, mainly as my wife (business partner and maître d' at Epi) is a veggie and we can enjoy the most delicious dishes that are quick and easy to make.

In the kitchen, I love second class cuts of meat and fish.  Sometimes, I feel that it is easy and too safe as a cook to cook your primes, fillet of beef etc, it takes a lot of skill to take a whole shoulder of lamb or pigs heads and turn them into a delicious product. With fish, quite similar to vegetables, in a sense that there is very little room for error.

Pre Epi, I did the 'rounds' as it were. Working in various kitchens, but I would say two chefs/establishments had a massive influence on my cooking career. Andy Mackenzie and Phil Yeomans were awesome (Executive Chef and Head Chef respectively) at Lainston House. They champion local food beyond anywhere else I have worked before. We grew 90% of our own veg (in the height of the summer) for the restaurant, as well as keeping pigs in the grounds. It was an incredible place to work and I worked with some amazing chefs, two of which, Tom Wilson and Chris Barnes, who have gone on to start their own pub in Old Basing (where I have taken inspiration from).

Second was Lee Parsons in Vancouver. I initially went over to Vancouver for a 'relaxing' working holiday; but when I went into his kitchen at 'The Wedge' I knew I didn't want to go anywhere else. I applied 3-4 times before getting the job.  He came through the ranks at Claridges under John Williams, and then onto Le Manoir before moving abroad. The guy is by far the best 'cook' I have ever worked under/with; he could turn anything into gold, in cooking terms.  He just had that innate cooking ability in which I'm still envious of! He showed and drilled into me the key thing which Epi stands for -  FLAVOUR!    

 

  What was the catalyst for starting Epi and how does it differ from other pop- 
  up restaurants?

I think I had a bad service at my last job in Ludlow.  During my daily 40 mile commute home after service, I decided 'I can do this,' but it was nothing more than a dream really.

Then talking it over with Charlie, it became more of a possibility. We both are very passionate about cooking great food and offering great service; but I'm personally sick and tired of the pompousness that is associated with fine dining. No one really wants it anymore. You only have to look at how many pubs and informal establishments are gaining Michelin Stars now. The starched table cloths, 12 waiters standing in a dining room that feels as cold as funeral parlour are, in my opinion, long gone.

I personally think we offer that quirkiness and individuality that sets us apart from the norm. Serving fish and chips in a paper bag takes guts in my opinion. But the cooking stands up against (Charlie's) gimmicks. In December, we took our diners through a 'journey through Christmas.' Starting with savoury mince pies and compressed carrots for Santa and Rudolph, ending with handmade mini fire places and stockings filled with treats (chocolate oranges, penny sweets, candy canes)


  
  As well as your venue in Bromsgrove, why did you choose Kitchen Garden Cafe 
  to host your Birmingham events?

The Kitchen Garden Cafe is like a little oasis that you would never think exists just off a suburban Brummie road. It's an incredible venue and their values for the cafe are quite similar to ours. I also knew that Claire Hutchings (MasterChef finalist 2011) did her pop ups there too, so it already had that experience of hosting previous events.

 
 
  You use a lot of foraged foods in your dishes, what do you enjoy about foraging
  and how you think it enhances dishes?

Foraging takes up only 5-10% of our dishes. I won't use anything for the sake of using it, so to speak; it has to enhance a dish. The enjoyment really comes from just being able to switch off and be able to reflect. If we don't pick anything, that's fine, it's sometimes great just to get out of the kitchen.

This time of year it's awful, everything is either had frost bitten or dead. But in the spring there is nothing better than walking into a field or by a river that is full of wild garlic, or along a road and finding some horseradish.  I suppose it's that sense of being a child and finding that 'hidden treasure.'

 

You champion vegetarian food and ensure that vegetarian diners are catered for with just as much thought as meat-eating diners.  Where do you get your ideas?

With my wife being a veggie, we have found that going out for dinner, a veggie's choice is rather boring. You get the general 'risottos' or 'pasta' and I find it a shame.

Vegetables are so versatile. You can do so much with veg and applying different cooking techniques to them changes their tasting profiles drastically eg: roasted carrots are a lot sweeter than steamed carrots for instance.  For me, it's just about exploring the different, unusual vegetables and applying the simplest of cooking techniques to them.

Basically, I will always bounce ideas off Charlie. I like to take a single ingredient, such as a cauliflower and create 3, 4, 5 different products with it.  Mainly to showcase the versatility of the ingredient, but also to showcase our skill level also. 

 

Do you observe seasonal dining?

Seasonality is paramount.  At the moment it's a chefs' nightmare. Everything is very dull in colour and its hard together quality ingredients that are in season.  It wouldn't feel right for me to put a 'tomato' on the plate for the sake of colour if it doesn't enhance the taste of the dishes.

In England, our seasons are usually quite short. Take asparagus for instance.   We normally have about 4-5 weeks of English asparagus, so for me it would be sacrilegious not to use it then. We need to showcase our produce as much as possible.

 

What plans do you have for Epi?

Plans, I'm not quite sure as yet. I would love to get a site and turn it into our own, but only time will tell. We have a few things in the pipe line. We are  at the Kitchen Garden Cafe on 25 February and 31 March and at The Courtyard Café in Bromsgrove until the end of April.

 
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Epi are residing every weekend at the Courtyard Cafe in Bromsgrove, as well as one off events at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath (25 February and 31 March 2014).

For information about Restaurant Epi and future dining dates log onto:   http://www.epirestaurant.co.uk/


To read my review of Restaurant Epi published on Dine Birmingham's website, click here.  

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I would like to thank Nathan Eades for his time and for participating with the interview.
This post was written following Restaurant Epi's kind invitation to dine at their pop-up event .  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.