I don’t know about you but all of my favourite childhood memories seem to relate to food, whether it was family roast dinners, Tuesday night fish and chips (yes I know it’s a random night – it was the night when both of my parents worked late!) or begging my mum to take us to McDonalds on the way home from training, but my favourite memories are of the snacks we used to eat as kids. Who remembers going down to the corner shop (when pretty much everything was 10p, and 1p sweets were actually 1p – I know, I sound so old!), excited to pick out snacks with the 20p you’d begged your parents for!? As a child I actually had far more of a savoury than a sweet tooth and I got through crisps like they were going out of fashion! Some of my favourites included Pom Bears, Monster Munch, Hula Hoops and Wheat Crunchies.. then I met Marcus who was Quavers and Wotsits obsessed!
.. and let’s be honest, the only way I’m ever going to be “watching what I eat”!
(Can we take a minute to appreciate how great that tag line is!?)
As a congratulatory gesture for winning a medal at the Olympics, Fortnum & Mason were generous enough to offer Marcus a complimentary dining experience – afternoon tea for four, or dinner for four.* We often go for afternoon tea, and it’s no secret that I love it, but we hardly ever go for dinner at fine dining restaurants and we thought it would be a lovely way to catch up with my parents, who we rarely see. My parents don’t have a sweet tooth either so I thought dinner would suit them far more, and sure enough when we told them they were delighted 🙂
Refined dishes and American-style comfort food are not phrases you’d usually ever see together. The latter usually means mountains of oily, stodgy food with very little thought going into style or presentation. Not at Dirty Bones. Somehow they manage both. Good, warming comfort food presented immaculately with all of the flavour and comfort you’re looking for but without the need to sleep it off in a grease induced food coma for the rest of the day!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited down to Roast restaurant to review some of their dishes for my blog. Of course I was excited – who doesn’t love a good roast dinner!? It’s one of my all-time favourite meals and I have so many fond childhood memories of roast dinners – to this day they still bring back such a wonderful sense of childhood nostalgia. We’d always have it in the evening and I remember looking forward to it all day, with the delicious smells coming from the kitchen all afternoon and my dad joking that it was the only meal he could cook.
Date: Saturday 16 September
Location: Tribeca Studios, 17 The Mall, London W5 2PJ
Time: 9am – 4.30pm