Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leluu & Oliver

By Leluu (I have moved to www.leluu.com)
Photography by Simon Fernandez of ferdiesfoodlab
I love Jamie Oliver, I have always loved him and I have grown up with him via the television and he is my hero. He is not just a hero chef but he is an activist, a phenomenon, he moves our society to the better.

The universe, the guardian angel or the gods have a way of taking me through to the magnitudes of depths and glorious blooms of this life. Stories vary from one polar opposite to another. Here is a story of a day I will never forget, a day of great happiness and exhilaration, the day I first met Jamie Oliver.

I have been wanting to tell about the day Jamie came to my house, had a basic Vietnamese cooking lesson, cooked with me for a supper club and served it to our guests. It was one of the best days of my life. I wanted to shout about it for an entire year but couldn't because it was due to be aired for Jamie's Great Britain.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Article in Verdens Gang - VG Weekend Food Journey

by Nilas Johnsen (Journo) and Fredrik Solstad (Photographer)

Post by Simon Fernandez of ferdiesfoodlab

Verden Gang - which translates to "World Affairs" is a Norwegian news paper. VG is one of the most award-winning newspapers in Norway for its journalism and has the second largest circulation there. It was established by members of the resistance movement shortly after the country was liberated from German occupation in 1945! The things you find out on wikipedia!

Article opens with Chefs London


Above: Toynbee Hall, a once elegant ballroom, in the East End of London, repurposed and now the venue for Simon's laboratorium. (ferdiesfoodlab entrance)










Inside: It lives! Yeeeaahs it lives. . whoar har har!
Nilas Johnsen (Journo) and Fredrik Solstad (Photographer) for Verdens Gang came to dinner here's what they had to say . . .

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eating, Little Sardegna, Francesco Mazzei & Wishing

By Leluu (I have moved to www.leluu.com)
....And then, as destiny has it, we landed on Francesco Mazzei - (acclaimed Italian chef of L’Anima), who happened to be sitting by the open shop front of a lovely Italian restaurant called 'Little Sardegna' with his wife and children. The boy from Alassio and Francesco knew each other and Francesco invited us to join the family for lunch.

Francesco, his beautiful wife Maria and their two stunning children live around the corner and regularly visit Little Sardegna - a charming place that only remind me of being in Italy. All it needs is a view of cobble streets and some clothes blowing gently in the wind on a clothes line and few cats staring at height from windows and a mama sweeping the outside of her family home with a twiggy broom.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Recipe: Mum's Orange & Almond Cous Cous

by Simon Fernandez of ferdiesfoodlab

Cous cous is one of those foods that can be mind numbingly bland. In the hands of any would be - or accidental - food assassin,  it could have everyone around the table slumped over with their tongue handing out, bored to death.

First time I tried this was at Marc's house. (old school friend) I think I was 7 or 8 years old! I'd never seen anything like it, and filled my bowl with trepidation. I'm glad to say Marc's mum was no food assassin and I snorked my portion along with various other French bonne bouche that his mum had put out for us after a hard day's climbing!

I've traditionally made cous cous with hearty winter flavours provided by roast vegetables and nuts, raisins and chicken stock.

But orange juice used to make the cous cous -  add a really fresh dimension, fantastic!

This recipe is my mum's, and jolly good it is too . . .


ferdiesfodlab recipe mums orange cous cous and almonds

ingredients and tips and tricks here at ferdiesfoodlab !

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Leluu & Blyde

By Leluu www.leluu.com
I will be doing a small series of supper clubs with guests chefs as I also love eating and cooking food other than Vietnamese. This gives me a chance to learn from my friends,  peers and heroes. I am excited to combine ideas and influences to create fun, witty and very delicious dishes.

The first - Leluu & Blyde

I met Douglas Blyde (freelance restaurant writer) in April 2010 when I invited him to attend a Fernandez & Leluu event with Paris underground restaurateur, Jim Haynes. Douglas wore blue or green and perhaps a waistcoat. Might there have been tweed? I am not sure if I can remember talking to him that much. But he seemed eloquent, English and ‘proper’. He was very impressed by my sparkling mini skirt - from the Leluu Disco Collection - as was Mr. Haynes who got me to sit on his lap! Neither was impressed by the baked goods on offer, but Leluu's fresh summer rolls left an impression in their minds.

I was to not see Douglas again until this summer. We discussed our love of food over beautiful maraschino and juniper scented Aviations, supple, deftly spiced steak tartare, lustrous oysters on the half-shell with green vinaigrette, freshly boiled crab with wasabi mayonnaise, pink rack of salt marsh lamb with chicken jus and truffle, and a pour of rosé Champagne.

I think it would be great fun to share Douglas' enthusiasm for cooking - he is brilliant and inventive - at my supper club. A creatively delicious British menu, eg. minted pea and Manzanilla soup, Konik’s Tail Bloody Mary lolly with soy, tile of flighted animals, and roast figs with violet sugar.

Leluu & Blyde occurs Fri 18th & Sat 19th November 2011

To attend, please email uyen.luu[at]gmail.com

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