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Beef Wellington or Shiny Boots !

Another weekend is nearly upon us and I haven’t  even had time to tell you about the wedding we catered for last week at Rotherwick.

Clare and Tom picked a lovely menu, one of my favourites of the year  so I detail this below so you can all see what you missed out on.


Crab and Prawn salad with a citrus dressing

Main Course

Individual Beef Wellington with a red wine and Thyme Jus


Loin of Monk Fish with a prawn and sesame seed crust with a shellfish sauce

Vegetable Pithivers with roasted squash and nuts

Dauphinoise potatoes

Seasonal Vegetables


Dark Chocolate Mousse with a berry Compote

As an aside did you know ?

Beef Wellington is a preparation of fillet steak coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles, which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked

The origin of the name is unclear There are theories that suggest that beef Wellington is named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Some theories go a step further and suggest this was due to his love of a dish of beef, truffles, mushrooms, Madeira wine, and pâté cooked in pastry, but there is a noted lack of evidence supporting this.In addition to the dearth of evidence attaching this dish to the famous Duke, the earliest recorded recipe to bear this name appeared in a 1966 cookbook. Other accounts simply credit the name to a patriotic chef wanting to give an English name to a variation on the French filet de bœuf en croûte during the Napoleonic Wars. Still another theory is that the dish is not named after the Duke himself, but rather that the finished joint was thought to resemble one of the brown shiny military boots which were named after him

"Wellington" is sometimes informally used to describe other dishes in which meat is baked in a puff pastry.

This week we are at our old favourite the Tithe Barn to see Fiona and Rory celebrate their big day. The happy couple are originally from Scotland so their starter contains  haggis but more on this next week.

Next week we are also into December and our party season gets off to bang with a corporate party at  the Winchester Guildhall, you too can book the Guildhall for your event and if you need any advice on this please give me a call. We can event plan  your whole day, liaising with all your other suppliers so you have a stress free time. All you have to do is  sit back, relax and soak up this amazing historic venue.

Don’t forget that for every wedding or three course corporate event we cater for, we donate 20p per head to our nominated charity Frank Water (www.frankwater.com) So the more guests you invite to your wedding the more money we donate. Every Pound raised for Frank Water Projects gives one person access to clean water for life, by the end of the year  this should equate to a lot of people.

Have a good week

Sally and the team



Thursday 25th November 2010

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