The Shed

If I can't eat it I don't want to know. Unless it gets me drunk.

Month: September, 2009

Hallowe’en Special, 31st October (sold out)

I’ve struggled a little (a lot!) over this menu, for two reasons. Firstly, how to avoid the tacky pitfalls usually associated with Halloween grub? The canned-pumpkin pie and olive-eyeball pasta, the bread-crumbed witches’ fingers and spaghetti worms (pasta seems to get particularly abused if the recipes we found through Google were anything to go by!). My other main concern is that this menu may be our last (for a few months anyway – too cold in the shed), so we’d better make it a good one – see point number 1!

So I tried to think outside usual bag of Halloween treats, and turned to the writings of a chef oft associated with the vaguely macabre, Mr Fergus Henderson. I’ve had the Nose to Tail book for nearly two years, and although I must have read it cover to cover over 20 times, I’ve barely even touched the surface of the recipes within. As the sole meat-eater in a household of two, there’s not much scope for whole hams, pigs’ heads or terrines which will serve 8. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the read (over and over again!), and feel that it’s time to put my book smarts into practise.

Bloody, bloody Mary

Devilled Crab Cakes

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Belly, Bird, Beast and Bean Cassoulet

Trick or Treat Party Bag

Suggest donation, £25

The dishes inspired by Nose to Tail are the devilled crab cakes and the cassoulet. Henderson sings the praises of confit delicacies – the process of cooking and preserving meat in fat – so I’m going to give it a go with my Belly, Bird, Beast and Bean Cassoulet (pork belly, ducks’ legs, and wild boar sausages since you ask). This one is not for the faint hearted!

Email for reservations. Starts at 7:30pm, BYO booze, fancy dress optional but advised!


October 20th Menu (sold out)

With the nights drawing in and the air getting colder, we’re wondering how much longer we can keep going until The Shed gets too cold for comfort. We’re pretty sure we’ll be fine until Halloween (it’s quite a cosy shed!), but anything after that will be a bonus so this menu may well be the second-to-last for 2009.

Roast Cherry Tomatoes with Goats’ Cheese, Lemon, and Mint

“Capitalist Pig” with Potato and Celeriac Gratin and Savoy Cabbage

Lady Gray’s ‘to die for!’ Toffee Brownies with Chantilly Cream

Tea or Coffee

Suggested donation, £20

Our Capitalist Pig will in fact be a whole ham, boiled in coke-a-cola, then baked in the oven with a final sticky glaze making for a succulent, tender, sweet-and-salty affair. Delicious! The dessert, you will notice, will not be made by our fair hands but by Lady Gray of The Hidden Tea Room. A wildly successful (just ask Time Out!) underground outfit, The Hidden Tearoom serves proper champagne tea with delectable finger sarnies, fresh-from-the-oven scones and scores of homemade cakes and sweet treats.

We’re now sold out for everything except this night and our Hallowen Special on the 31st. If you’d like to make reservations, email

Gift Swap Night, October 13th (sold out)

You bring us a wrapped gift, we cook you dinner, when you go home we open our pressies and find out what you brought us. No money changes hands.

You don’t know what you’re going to eat. We don’t know what we’re going to get. We all trust that the other isn’t going to pull a fast one!! for reservations.


Something slightly more organised…

After six fantastic weeks we’re taking a fortnight-long break but will be back with gusto and ready to cook up a storm.

Saturday 26th September – Private function with Music in a Small Space

Tuesday 29th September – Tapas, sold out

Tuesday 6th October – Malaysian Magic (click for menu)

Tuesday 13th October – Gift Swap Night

Tuesday 20th October – menu undecided but definitely open!

Saturday 31st October – Hallowe’en Special, what this space for details.

So there we go. These very well may be the last Shed dinners for a wee while, as we’re closing for winter ‘cos it gets a wee bit nippy out there! We’re going to take it as it comes, but once you can see your breath we’re done for, though might invite people ’round for an intimate and warming gooey fondue 🙂

We’ll post some more information about October’s menus, but for a couple of weeks it’s goodbye from us. We’ll be picking up the emails from time to time, so please drop us a line if you want to get yourselves booked in for some Shed dining

Future times

Even on the eve of the first Tapas Fantastica, we have but 5 places left for the of the rest of September. As much as we’d like to be able to say “this is because we’re great”, it’s largely because we’ll be on holiday for two weeks. So, 5 places, all for the 8th September, who wants em? We will, of course, let you know if and when any cancellations pop up.

And so we look to October. Rather than stick with the same menu for the whole month, like we have with August and we aim to do with September, things will be a-changing. Our first two menus, though the same throughout the month, have been quite extensive – 6 courses in August and around 15 dishes plus accompaniments in September – so we’re thinking of simplifying for October. Probably just (quelle horreur!) three courses. Maybe the odd appetiser here and there (we just can’t help ourselves), but definitely only three proper courses.

After attending an afternoon of Malaysian cookery instruction over the weekend, the first menu in October will be a hot little eastern number. The course was facilitated by Azi Campbell, owner of Puji Puji on Balls Pond Road, who imparted the secrets of ‘proper’ Malaysian cookery and inspired us to get spicy in October.

6th October – Malaysian Magic
£14 for vegetarians, £16 for meat eaters and pescetarians
Free-range (though not from the garden!) Chicken, Prawn, or Tofu Satay
Beef or Vegetable Rendang with Nasi Goreng
Some kind of awesome dessert

Email for reservations and enquiries. We’re planning a Halloween Special on the 31st October though won’t say any more until we’ve finalised the menu.