Supper (and art) in a pear tree...

The weekend just gone held one of my school girls' hen do's. Living in Manchester meant that she was forced to pack her bags (she paid no attention to my advice of packing a snorkel and a spatula - heaven knows why not?!), hop on the train and have a good girls weekend in London. Friday night was spent at the hilarious and infamous Austrian restaurant in Bayswater The Tiroler Hut where the bride to be was dressed in a not-so-glamorous pink suede-esque Dirndl dress for the meal and the activities that followed, many a song from The Sound of Music was sung.

Saturday however, is what I wanted to write about as I believe it warrants a mention. 

'Supper in a Pear Tree' is a small pop up restaurant situated within the Lavender Hill Studios in Battersea. We arrived at 7pm in a beautiful, rustic artists studio and handed a glass of red wine (much needed for what was happening next) and... some charcoal, 15 easels were set up around a central point in the room and from here we were to be given a life drawing lesson. I haven't touched a paintbrush since A-Levels so lord knows what 'masterpiece' was going to be produced on my paper! 

The evening is run by two lovely sisters, Charlotte, an artist, whom is rather talented have a look at her work www.charlottepartridge.com, and Annabel, a chef, from the renown 'Petersham Nurseries' and now working under the ex-head chef, Skye Gyngell. 

The model Tom was brave enough to step up to the challenge and Charlotte took us through some pointers for the evening on drawing, shadowing and (generally) how to get a picture that resembles an actual figure. We drew for about an hour or so and my attempt is below...I somehow made the poor bloke a lot fatter than he is in real life.

Not entirely sure it would ever end up on a wall, but it's nice to have a memento...

Supper was then served...

We started with a bruschetta of ricotta cheese, chilli and agretti which resembled some sort of sea herb. This was a really refreshing and I really enjoy finding new combinations to taste and then recreate at home (if I knew where to get the agretti). This and the salty cheese went perfectly and the chilli kick was a nice contrast - really yummy and a good idea to do as a starter at home. 

The main was a lamb and apricot tagine with cous-cous, pomegranates, coriander and flaked almonds. I love most Moroccan and curry dishes and tagines are one of my favourite one pot wonders. I hardly ever make them, but love them when do, and this one in particular was delicious, the lamb was so tender I don't think I needed to use my knife once throughout. The addition of pomegranates and almonds (lots of) gave the dish a good crunch element and some nice sourness from the seeds.

Pudding was something I have always been intrigued about but never had, Key-Lime pie. Sadly I ate this before I took a piccie but realised toward the end of the scrummy pie hence the picture being of a half eaten pud... whoops! This was sweet and sour to taste but so more-ish every girl polished it off around the table. A lovely revitalizing dish after an indulgent meal.

It was rounded off with some yummy truffles, port and plenty more wine. By this point we were all stuffed.

The evening is a BYOB basis and at £35pp plus whatever booze you choose to bring I think it's a steal!! A wonderful evening and a fantastic idea for a hen do. 
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