John Gregory-Smith wolfed a winter feast at A Little Lusciousness Pop Up
Tucked down a quiet side street in Acton I found my destination for the night. The house in question was decorated with glow bands over the door, to help hungry diners find the spot for A Little Lusciousness pop up.
I was there for a grub club, hosted by Rosie Llewellyn in her house. The living room was decked out with a long table, strewn with glowing green lights, bouquets of sunflowers and baskets of freshly baked bread.
Huddled around a retro jukebox, blasting out cool tunes, my fellow diners were getting stuck into chilled Peroni Nastro Azzurro Alta – their new sharing bottle and plenty pre-dinner chat. It was a wonderful mix of people, from locals in the know to friendly foodies, and the conversation flowed as fast as the drinks.
Rosie, a West Country girl, was a keen cook and a seasoned food blogger, with a passion for simple seasonal ingredients and foraging. Her tiny kitchen was buzzing with activity as plated up our starters. I couldn’t help but notice the pile of cookbooks and open cupboards busting with unusual ingredients – the girl loved to cook.
I took my place at the table and divided into a huge plate of creamy smoked salmon kedgeree arancini balls and lusciously soft boiled quails eggs with a light, curried mayonnaise, which cut through the richness of the dish perfectly.
As well as experiencing new food, I was able to chat to my neighbours, a lovely couple from Richmond with a passion for food, who had just retuned from an awesome trip to Japan and an actor with more amusing stories than the evening had time for.
Huge plates laden with pot roast guinea fowl on a creamy bed of celeriac puree, were passed around the table. Tangy pomegranate carrots were served on the side, as well as a naughty whole leek gratin. It was wonderfully unpretentious winter food and everyone loved it.
Ready to burst but never one to say no, Rosie produced a tart passion fruit posset with sweet-spiced, heart shaped shortbread biscuits. It was simple and expertly made and the perfect pud to finish off the meal. As we sat back happy and full, she whipped out a cheese board brimming with Montgomery cheddar and Delice be Bourgogne. Heaven.
Eat Travel Live was invited by Peroni Nastro Azzurro to celebrate the launch of their Alta sharing bottle.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro launches their second bottle innovation – Alta – the new 750ml sharing bottle created to be enjoyed, together. Created with Italian passion and attention to detail the 750ml bottle brings Italian style to your dining table.