Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Last Night's Vegetarian High Table Dinner (what you missed!)

Last night's High Table dinner was vegetarian (in keeping with the College's decision to make Monday night's dinner a 'meat-free' occasion ) and featured the same menu we had planned to serve Formal Hall. Unfortunately, we had no takers for last night's formal dinner, so only the Fellows enjoyed the wonderful feast that followed!
We began last night's feast with a petit ratatouille set in Sauterne wine jelly, and garnished with sun-dried tomato. The recipe for this amuse bouche came from one of our favourite cookbooks, Terrines and Verrines by Franck Pontais. Some of you may remember that Franck came to Cambridge earlier in the year and demonstrated a few of his recipes.
Next up, we served a warm peperonata with olive-grilled ciabatta and Parmesan shavings. This great Italian starter of stewed tomato and peppers came from the Cafe Paradiso cookbook by Denis Cotter (as did the rest of last night's menu!)
 For the main course we served couscous-crusted aubergine with an almond, chilli and scallion filling, sweet pepper concasse and spinach with chickpeas, lemon and cumin; phew! This is a big, bold dish, full of exciting flavour combinations, and fresh, exciting ingredients!
Never let it be said that Pembroke can't produce amazing vegetarian cuisine!
 Last night's dessert was an amazing chocolate and pecan brownie, served warm with chocolate sauce and raspberry ripple ice cream.
Bon Appetite!


  1. Well on a vegetarian note: the chesnut and butternut squash pie (which I had with lentils) tonight was absolutely HEAVENLY. And from what other people said, that is definitely one which I would be extremely happy to see again : )

  2. ^ I agree. The squash pie was amazing.