Tales From The Green Room

We haven’t written one of these for a while…Pa Graham was the man in charge of this blog and for some reason he has got behind on his writing…..but never fear for he has his pencil back in hand so here is a small piece from our first supper club of September straight from the table…..Enjoy! (Thanks to supperclub regulars, Rosie & Jamie for this photo X)

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Photo credit: Jamie & Rosie Partin

Tales From The Green Room ~ Saturday 1st September 2018

After a summer recess, the first supper club of the new season was held on Saturday 1st September. We had 10 guests at the table, including a quartet from St Albans, a couple from nearby (their first visit to us) and two of our friends. After a glass or two of some bubbles, everybody was seated and chatting to each other and across the table, ready for Saira’s welcome briefing for the evening.

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One of our guests asked about the origins of the supper club and how it has evolved. It all started in November 2009 as a joint idea from Rani (Head Chef) and Saira (Sous Chef). The aim was to provide an authentic home cooked Punjabi meal at one table for a small number of guests usually, total strangers. Our supper club is in memory of Rani’s mother, Joginder, who sadly died a number of years ago but would have loved to be in the kitchen with her daughter and granddaughter. She continues to be a great influence for Saira & Rani in their cooking and family life with our two sons, our daughter in law, our granddaughter and our extended families.

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Joginder with her granddaugther Saira.

 

Over the years the concept has remained largely unchanged although the menu has been modified to provide natural gaps in the evening for a stroll in the garden, a tinkle on the baby grand piano in the living room or a chat with Rani & Saira in the kitchen. We now seat a maximum of twelve guests around the table, cosy not cramped.

As per usual early chit-chat was fairly random. There was some discussion about supper clubs and the general opinion was that they seem to be less common now – at least in certain areas of the UK.

One of our guests regaled us with tales of the life of a bus driver in Brighton and how he dealt with difficult passengers. He went on to describe experiences at Glastonbury as a regular reveller in the comparative luxury of a camper van (with a shower!). Our son went to Glastonbury in 1998 when Blur were top of the bill and it rained most of the weekend. On his return home he had to be hosed down at the front door and sent straight to the bathroom and his muddy clothes straight to the laundrette!.

For some reason the conversation then turned to high quality television….more wine was poured as most of us glazed over at this stage but the conclusion was that to appreciate high quality definition you need to have high quality eyesight (not many of us do!). Everybody was enjoying the food and conversation continued to flow along with the wine and lager. At the end of the evening, our guests left extremely full but happy from the variety of food served up throughout the evening!

Our next supper clubs are to be held on 15th September and 6th October with more dates for November and December coming soon….We look forward to welcoming you to Joginder’s Supperclub soon.

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Order your weekly produce from us this summer!

img_5244-5We have updated our weekly produce list for the summer. As many of you know we offer a weekly delivery service to our local customers who cannot make it to our weekend markets. We have a number of new delicious dishes on offer which aren’t available at our food markets so just drop us an email at jogindersupperclub@hotmail.com for a copy of our produce list. You can contact us by email or phone to place your orders.

Order by 12pm on Thursdays with a free delivery  service between 5-7pm on Fridays and 10-11.30am on Saturdays. 

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Happy New Year from Joginder’s Supperclub!

 

Where did 2017 go?…It seemed to whizz by in a flash of food markets, supper clubs and samosas! On the 18th November 2017 we celebrated our 8th birthday with a full table of guests, some of whom were familiar faces and a lovely group of new faces.

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We have been really lucky over the years to have met such lovely, interesting, happy people from all four corners of the globe and some a little closer to home! Over the years we have managed to cultivate our reputation as Tufnell Park’s alternative dining venue with many locals coming to us.

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What is particularly nice is seeing familiar faces in the local area as we go about our daily lives too. Some guests have become firm friends of ours (whether they like it or not!) and it is great to meet up socially in and around Tufnell Park. We hope 2018 brings us even more interesting and lively supper clubs as we prepare for our first one of the year on 20th January. We hate disappointing people with fully booked dates so we are going to do our best to get some more dates in throughout the year, watch this space for the odd Friday night supper or Sunday lunch as well as our usual Saturday night supper. We hope this way many more of you can join us as we go into our 9th year. We have been going this long because you keep coming back and we thank you sincerely for doing so. We love cooking and meeting new people and we hope that this continues to be reflected in your evenings with us. By keeping the table small we hope that the intimate, relaxed and social evening we are known for, continues for many years to come!

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We continue to supply our vegan samosas and gluten free pakora to a number of great shops in London, do take a look at our ‘Where to find our produce’ page for more information. You can continue to order our party boxes!.

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Our food markets continue to attract more of you to our food and we thank you! As well as our samosas and pakoras, you can find our vegan and gluten free cooking sauces, Daal pots, take away curries, chutneys and relishes, all handmade and homemade by us in our home kitchen in Tufnell Park. We started offering a produce delivery service in the local area and we are delighted to have so many local customers who loyally bought from us at the Tufnell Park Tavern Food Market. If you are interested in ordering from us please do drop us an email for a produce list which includes all of our delicious ready to eat food and pantry items including freezer supplies like our Daal pots. Free local delivery on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

We also supply our food through our friends at the Food Assembly. You can order from Islington, Kings Cross or Old Street Food Assemblies for deliveries on Tuesdays and Sundays weekly.

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2018, we hope, will continue to be a busy year for us, as 2017 was. You can find as at our regular market spots at Partridges Fine Food Market on Saturdays, Tottenham Green Market on Sundays, Spitalfields on Fridays and Cardinal Place, Victoria on Thursdays as well as our annual event at BBC Good Food Feast at Hampton Court Palace during the last August bank holiday of the summer.

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Look out for dates for our informal cookery classes too…..

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Do remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with us in 2018 and to get yourself booked into our supper club as and when we release new dates. Places fill up fast!.

So that’s us for the start of 2018! We have lots to do and lots of you to meet (and feed). Thank you to everyone for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to Joginder’s Supperclub very soon.

 

Saira & Rani x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Markets This Month!

                                   

Hello folks!

Here is a reminder of all of our food markets this month! We will have some new vegetarian lunch options on the menu this month too!

🌶PARTRIDGES FINE FOOD MARKET, Duke of York’s Square, Kings Road.

Saturdays ~ 10th, 17th & 24th June

🌶TOTTENHAM GREEN MARKET, Town Hall Approach, Tottenham.

Sundays ~ 11th & 18th June

🌶SPITALFIELDS MARKET, Lamb Street. (Shepherds Markets)

Fridays ~ 16th June

🌶CARDINAL PLACE VICTORIA, Palace Road (Shepherds Markets)

Thursdays ~ 8th & 22nd June

🌶CANARY WHARF LUNCH MARKET, Canary Wharf. (Shepherds Markets)

Fridays ~ 23rd June

                                            



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Don’t forget that you can now place your weekly orders through the Food Assembly too!

                                     

 Find us at:
🌶Islington

🌶Kings Cross

🌶Hackney Downs

🌶Brixton

                           

        

Joginder’s Supperclub is Popping Up in May!

We are very excited to be hosting our first pop up event of 2017 at Craving Coffee in Tottenham at their monthly Tottenham Social Pop Up event from Thursday 4th May – Saturday 6th May inclusive. We will be treating diners to a selection of our most popular dishes from an a la carte menu, so a little different from our supperclub but the food will be just as good none the less!

Take a look at our menu below and book your places directly with the lovely team at Craving Coffee: tottenhamsocial@gmail.com

You can also check out more info on their website http://www.cravingcoffee.com or check out our Facebook and Twitter page for updates!

If you haven’t managed to get to any of our supperclub dates as yet why not pop down and see us here for a taster!

See you there folks! 🌶🍴🍻

 

JOGINDER_S SUPPERCLUB Pop Up Menu

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Our first supperclub of 2017! (8 years and counting….)

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Our first supperclub of the year went off with a bright tasty bang on Saturday! We were delighted to have a full table and we welcomed some fellow listeners of Joanne Good’s afternoon show on BBC Radio London. We are avid listeners of Jo’s show and we have her blaring away in our kitchen Monday to Saturday! Susan and her husband Ed along with Toni, David and Chris had all emailed us within minutes of hearing our interview on Jo’s show and we were pleased that they were able to join the evening! We were also pleased to welcome some local Tufnell Parkers to the table too as well as the lovely Melissa who has supported us since our inception in 2009.

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With the lovely Joanne Good at BBC Radio London

We are often asked how long it takes to prepare for our supperclub. In truth, over the last eight years we have become a well oiled machine but we still prep on the Friday evening and cook all day and evening on the Saturday, so preparation takes a long time! It makes it all the more rewarding when guests tuck into and enjoy the dishes!

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Our supperclub guests will know that Ma Rani is the head chef…

We served up a delicious Punjabi menu, including some real supperclub favourites. Mushroom Sabji, Spicy Fish Masala & our traditional Murgh Masala with whole spices. New on the menu was our Whole Tarka Daal, a creamy and thick traditional Daal and succulent and spicy Turkey Koftas with a Mango, Pomegranate and Red Onion Salad.

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Spicy Fish Masala 

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Turkey Kofta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mango, Pomegranate, Cucumber & Red Onion Salad

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Whole Tarka Daal

 

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Aloo Gobi 

For dessert we served up a new creation inspired by an old family recipe. Phirni is a traditional Punjabi dessert made with milk, custard and sugar and was made by Ma Rani’s mother Joginder in India, East Africa and sunny Northfleet in Kent where Ma Rani and her family eventually settled in the late 1950s.  We adapted our own recipe to create a Coconut & Walnut Phirni with a homemade Raspberry Coulis served with fresh Mint. Fortunately Ma Rani had made extra so the family were tucking into their’s the next day!

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Coconut & Walnut Phirni with a Raspberry Coulis & Fresh Mint

We had a fantastic evening, once again meeting new people and making new friends so thank you for all our guests for joining us for our first supperclub of 2017!

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A fun evening was had by all!

Our next set of dates are currently sold out but do not despair ~ join our mailing list to receive our new dates as they are released. Places are on a first come first served basis and we will always try our best to get you in! Please read our supperclub information regarding dietary requirements before booking. Visit our ‘Supperclub’ page at the top of our website.

You can also try out our street food at our first pop up event of the year in May at Craving Coffee in Tottenham from 4th -6th May 6-10pm.

Find out more here: http://www.cravingcoffee.com

It won’t be our traditional supperclub setting or format but the food will be just as yummy and the atmosphere just as lively!  You will need to reserve your places so please email them directly at tottenhamsocial@gmail.com

Keep an eye out on our social media and website for more details about the menu.

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We look forward to cooking for you soon!

Saira & Rani x