THE PLAGIARISM DINNERS
Edinburgh Food Studio, Edinburgh
10th - 12th November, 2016
We visited Edinburgh in November to cook a celebratory series of dinners, marking the first anniversary of the opening of Edinburgh Food Studio, a amazing dining room/research lab/collaborative space opened by our friends Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella last year. Josh spent some time working with Ben at Nordic Food Lab in Denmark in 2013, and we have wanted to follow up with more collaboration for a while.
Inspired by their first calendar year of food, we designed a menu of remixes, covers and outright copies. Some dishes were based on their ingredients, some on their techniques, and some in turn were based on the menus of other guest chefs. We combined aspects of dishes that had been made in several iterations, and riffed on elements that had been repeated all through the year. All were subject to the availability of produce, and new versions of each dish materialised every night.
Gary Goldie, a chef and forager, whose May 2016 menu inspired elements of our own, gathered mushrooms and wild herbs for us, and ingredients left over from previous dinners reappeared here and there.
We cooked eight courses, with the help of Alex and Laura, the Studio interns, with Sashana's amazing bread starting the menu and a keenly deliberated drink pairing from their collection.
Squid ink blini, braised squid, pickled potatoes, alexanders seed cream, chervil, squid/fennel caramel
Hedgehog Mushrooms, Shikabushi and juniper wood broth, sloes, plums, blackberries, bittercress, hay oil
Sea buckthorn granita, hogweed seed yoghurt
Cockles (then mussels), pickled 'butterball' crabapples, sweetcorn husk broth, sorrel and marjoram oil
Bird faggot, jerusalem artichoke 'skirlie', smoked pumpkin sauce, leaves
Aerated beeswax parfait, poached quinces, yoghurt whey/honey sauce, bee pollen
Warm parsnip and almond cake, peated malt ice cream, barley tea and parsnip caramel
Pear meringue, sweet clover whipped cream, gorse petals _____________________________________________
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