Saturday, 20 February 2010

For those about to dine tonight, something to look forward to!

Every year in June we celebrate Degree Day and say goodbye to our graduating students. This very special event includes a quick lunch in college before heading out to the Senate House.

Last Night's Formal Hall 19/02

It's Saturday morning and I'm at work in my office at Pembroke. Today we are hosting The Master's Society Lunch which is quite a big event. So, my son is at home playing on the Wii instead of at football practice and considering how cold it is it's properly the best place for him;-)
Onto last night. The tradition of serving fish instead of meat on a Friday harks back to the time of Jesus and the tradition of fasting during Lent.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Formal Hall Menu Lent Term week 7

The Connoisseur Norman Rockwell

Feast Night Formal Hall
Monday 22nd February

Sun-dried Tomato, Goats Cheese, and Rocket Verrine
With warm Focaccia bread
Pork Tenderloin wrapped in Parma Ham
Cassoulet of white beans, sautéed potatoes, and pesto cream sauce

(V) Dhal Curry with Rice
Lemon Semifreddo
With passion fruit dressing
Dessert Fruit and Petit Fours

Last Night's Formal and BA Dinner 18/02

Last night's Formal and BA dinners started off with a Verrine of Mediterranean Prawn salad. The recipe came from the now legendary Franck Pontais and his beautifully illustrated tome Terrines and Verrines.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Last Night's Formal Hall 17/02

Last night's Formal Hall began with Tarte Fine of Aubergines and Mushrooms with crisp sorrel and Parmesan. The base for this starter is layers of filo pastry and fresh tyme that is gently baked until crisp.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

The Cafeteria at lunchtime today

Great Staff!

Formal Hall 16/02 Made in Great Britain

Last nights Formal Hall featured a recipe from Aiden Bryne's new book Made in Great Britain.
Byrne is originally from Liverpool but first came to prominence when he was working at Adlard's in Norwich, where at the age of 22 he became the youngest ever chef to win a Michelin star.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Una Serata Italiana Lunedi 15 Febbraio

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
Last night, Pembroke College played host to an Italian Evening with special guest Dr James M Bradbourne, head of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi.

Monday, 15 February 2010

St Valentine's Formal and a little history

Valentines Day has long been associated with the tradition of giving cards and gifts to loved ones; this is the well-known commercial image. The actual history behind the celebration is quite interesting, as described below, with thanks to Wikipedia.