The Rose Harissa Paste is a great favourite of mine, indeed I always take a jar or two to France with me. It is the perfect ingredient to add depth to a simple sauce or mayonnaise, the combination of chilli, rose petals and spices produce a hot but delicate flavour.
This year Belazu is hosting monthly charity dinners to raise both funds and awareness of the Belazu Foundation, which supports the Zakoura Education Foundation in Morocco. The Foundation focus is educating children and young woman in rural parts of Morocco. Please follow this link, where you can read more information about the Foundation.
I was fortunate to have been invited to the dinner they held at The French Table in Surbiton, on Monday 25th February.
The restaurant is delightful. A calm, light filled room with beautifully laid tables and crisp, white table linen. It is owned and run by Eric and Sarah Guignard, who as well as having a gem of a restaurant, serve delicious food perfectly complimented by carefully selected wines.
When I arrived at the restaurant there was a refreshing glass of Vouvray Pettillant Natural Mousillant, Loire Valley, 2010, served with delicate canapes of blue cheese and foie gras.
The meal itself was superb, a Marmite of lobster with haddock, leeks, confit tomato, crustacea and vanilla sauce accompanied by a glass of Gaillac Blanc Sec, Clement Termes, South-West, 2011. This was followed by a divine Saddle of Scottish Venison, parsnip puree, beetroot and potato gratin, sauce 'Grand Veneur' with 'Dignite' Syrah, Eric Monnin, Languedoc, 2009, served from Magnum (to aid the flavour).
Pudding was an exquisite Passion fruit mousse with raspberry cream on a coconut biscuit, and there was a stunning Muscat de Beames de Venise, Domaine des Bernadins, Rhone, 2010 to drink with it.
As well as the wonderful food, it was super to meet so many people who are working to support education in a country where it is not an entitlement. I was fortunate to sit at a table with George Bennell who founded the company. His obvious passion for both the products he sells and his desire to help the suppliers in Morocco is inspiring.
I would particularly like to thank Ali and Ashleigh who were both so welcoming when I arrived, and of course Eric and Sarah for such a wonderful meal.
|A delectable menu|
|Olives from the Fresh Olive Company|
(sorry about the shadow)
|Lovely and useful gifts for the kitchen|
|Many Thanks to Belazu and The French Table|