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After the success of last year’s event, Clifton’s Papadeli have decided to repeat the experience with a further Provençale-themed evening at their Alma Road deli.

For only £40 per head, guests will be treated to a fantastic-looking menu from the South of France, consisting of the following:

“Amuse gueules” with a lavender cocktail
“Un petit goût” Tuna Niçoise, pissaladière, tomato & saffron tartlet
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Starter
Soupe au pistou – a light Summer vegetable & bean soup with with “pistou” made with basil, garlic and oil
Crevettes with citrus and Summer leaf salad

Main
Grand aïoli – an opportunity to show off the Summer market’s best. A platter of poached vegetables, chicken and salt cod for dipping into a delicious garlicky mayonnaise

To follow
Peaches in sweet wine with almond meringues and crème fraiche
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Goat’s cheese with lavender honey

Vegetarian options are also available.

The night starts at 7.30pm this Friday, June 18th. To book, simply email info@papadeli.co.uk or phone 0117 973 6569

Sorry it’s been a while since the last post – the “real job” is taking up a lot of time!

A while back, we posted details of our “Local Challenge” – our challenge to local shops and delis to provide us with a recipe using only ingredients that you could buy from them. We would then make the recipe and report back…and we’re happy to announce that we have our first entrant!

Papadeli, on Alma Road, Clifton, was the first to accept the challenge. Opened 8 years ago with nothing more than some Habitat shelves, an electric hob and cooker and two display fridges, the deli now boasts the additions of an upstairs cafe and a catering business. The shelves and display counters are filled to bursting with a huge selection of food and drink products from various locations, ranging from Spanish turron and Tuscan wild boar salami, to French chicken liver and Calvados pate and Bristol’s very own Lahloo tea.

The recipe sent over by Catrin was for a Chickpea and Chorizo stew, and fitted nicely into the rules of only using ingredients available from the deli. The weekend after our walk to the deli to pick up the ingredients, we made a huge batch of the stew which we were then more than happy to eat for the next few days. Although it’s a stew by name, it’s fairly rich, yet light enough to be enjoyed as an evening meal as the weather gets warmer. It’s also quick to cook, which is a bonus for a midweek meal! The chickpeas in brine we bought from Papadeli are fantastically plump and so much easier than soaking the dried stuff 🙂

Simple proof that delis can be used for “normal” shopping as well as for buying the odd bits and pieces. We’re definitely recommending this recipe (and, obviously, this deli!) Enjoy…

Chickpea and Chorizo Stew

Serves 6-8

200g diced pancetta adobada

1x diced Alejandro chorizo

1 medium red onion, chopped

1x 400g jar Ibsa tomato and red pepper sauce

1x 400g jar water

2x 660g jars El Navarrico chickpeas in brine (undrained)

3 large garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp chopped oregano (ideally fresh)

Black pepper to taste

– Fry the diced pancetta, onion and chorizo together until they are all beginning to brown. Add the tomato and red pepper sauce and the water, stir well, and bring to a gentle simmer

– Add the crushed garlic, one and a half tablespoons of oregano, black pepper, and the chickpeas in their brine. Stir again, bringing to a gentle simmer.

– Hold the simmer for 5-10 minutes then serve in bowls, scattering the remaining oregano over the top.

(sorry about the lack of photos, but they didn’t come out well on my camera phone!)

Clifton-based Papadeli have announced the menu for their next supper evening, this time with a Celebrate Spring theme. On April 30th, the deli will open its doors to hungry diners who are keen for a taste of spring’s finest ingredients.

The evening costs £40 per head, which includes a rhubarb cocktail and canapes downstairs in the deli, before moving upstairs for the meal. The full menu is as follows…

Canapes

Crispy pancetta, broad beans & mint on crostini

Nettle soup with nutmeg crème fraiche

Cornish crab cake with lemon aioli

Meat

Spring lamb breast with rosemary, anchovy & garlic

Spatchcock with morels & leeks

Fish

Prawn & wild garlic risotto

Mackerel escabeche

Vegetables

Asparagus with romesco

Salad of spring lettuce, radish & peas

Jersey royals with sorrel

Dessert

Rhubarb & orange fool with rosemary cantucci

Cheese

New season goat’s cheese with honey & crackers

To book, simply call them on 0117 908 6098 or email info@papadeli.co.uk

Clifton-based Papadeli have just announced the dates for a series of wine tasting sessions that they are running at the deli this year. These tasting sessions follow on from similar events that they hosted last year with wine expert Raj Soni.

Further details of the sessions are below – to book, simply email info@papadeli.co.uk with details of the session that you’d like to attend, or phone them on 0117 973 6569.

The wine tastings with Raj Soni last year were superb. Raj is former chairman of the West of England Wine and Spirits Association and is a font of fascinating knowledge about wine. His style is easy and humorous and suitable for all – from novice to connoisseur. The wine is accompanied by delicious papadeli food and the atmosphere is always jovial.

Here are the dates for this year.

Start time 7.30pm

21st April

Burgundy, including Cotes Challonaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais. £35.

18th May

Spanish wines. £30.

22nd June

Loire and Alsace. £25.

21st September

Italy with focus on Tuscany. £25.

26th October

Bordeaux. £35.

23rd November

Champagne, sparkling wine and sherry accompanied by delectable festive foods. £45.

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