Sat down with Pierre yesterday and we talked through the menu for the New Year derby at Tynie. The food gods are looking down on us for this match as the game is a 7.45pm kick-off, giving Pierre and his team plenty of time to prepare something a wee bit special for what's sure to be a large gathering.
We've been allocated the orangery, which gives us access to the covered patio. To start, we'll be served peperonata with grilled squid. This sweet-sharp Mediterranean cooked salad of peppers and onions is a fantastic prelude to our main, which is a whole 14 kg suckling pig, which will be cooked outside on the charcoal rotisserie. This will be served with an Asian herb, papaya & coconut salad, some chicken Pho-Ga with fragrant herbs, Bo la lot: ground beef in wild pepper leaves, cumin roasted sweet potatoes, steamed fragrant rice and stir fried kailan with ginger, garlic & chilli. Desert will be a simple chocolate & lime crème brulée with an Asian fresh fruit salad.
(To be confirmed) but the wine will hopefully be Cimarosa New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - Should be circa £9 a bottle.