Le Bistrot Clandestin, a little soiree…

le bistrot clandestin, a little soiree

Over a year ago, Le Bistrot Clandestin was launched, what started as a seed of an idea has now become a very popular affair. Most events have been about the food of Reunion Island but back in December, as we were getting close to the start of the festive season, I decided to give it a twist by having a true French soirée instead.

Here is a little account of what happened that night.

Le Bistrot is not your standard pop-up or supper club, it’s a culinary experience that takes place in my house, in the village of Cottenham to be precise.

It’s a very cosy and welcoming affair for any adventurous foodie out there. The table was set in true French style, with my mum’s beautiful napkins and some holly and rose buds as decorations.

On arrival, guests were welcomed to a complementary glass of “mousseux” (bubbly), served with two beautiful canapes. This time, it was a little croustade with avocado, roquefort and roasted tomatoe and a bruschetta of tapenade and roasted peppers.

As a starter, I prepared one of my favourite, a terrine de gibiers (game terrine) served with my home made cranberry chutney and a chunky piece of sourdough.

le bistrot clandestin, a little soiree

The pièce de résistance was a Boeuf Bourguigon served with pommes de terre dauphinoises and a watercress salad.

Dessert was a comforting and delicious tarte tatin served with a vanilla and litchi rum chantilly.

le bistrot clandestin, a little soiree

To finish off, guests were served a café gourmand (coffee or tea with a little sweet treat) with home made chocolates, one filled with my mint from the garden and another with a passion fruit ganache.

le bistrot clandestin, a little soiree

It was such a delicious way to kick off the festive season.

I will soon be annoucing another Bistrot, if you are interested to attend, send me an email contact@gourmandises.co.uk and I will add you to my email list.

These events are an excellent way to celebrate local producers. Here is a list of the ones I used in December.

Longhorn farmshop

Not just baguettes

Leech and Sons at Burwash Larder

Les Ward