WeFiFo is an organisation which puts people who cook, in touch with people who want to eat – it’s as simple as that! They invited us along to a dinner party in Peckham hosted by Ronnie Murray, whose impressive CV includes The Ivy and working as group head chef for Mark Hix (see our review of Hixter Bankside, developed by Ronnie and Mark Hix).
There were around fifteen guests at Ronnie’s house, many of whom had been to previous events and the theme for the evening was Three Little Pigs. A welcome drink of Bloody Babe got things started nicely – basically a Bloody Mary with gin rather than vodka and with black pudding mixed in. Crispy pork crackling and pigs in blankets with apple sauce circulated. The spicy Toulouse sausages went down a treat. I was mindful that the menu had a large number of courses so I showed restraint – not everyone did!
The next course was broad bean hummus with pickled veg and two types of chorizo- the contrast in flavours was good. Then followed my favourite of the evening – grilled scallop (a huge one) with the most heavenly black pudding that Mrs D. or I have ever tasted.
The main course followed, but not too quickly, thankfully. We enjoyed sugar pit bacon ribs by Hannan meats – you can read about them here – served with lightly-pickled coleslaw and chips. The pork was slightly sweet, tender and cooked with a crispy skin – lovely. Can I talk about the chips? These were triple cooked, finished in pork dripping and about as good as I’ve ever tasted – yes I’ve said that twice in this article, but I’m not exaggerating. Once you’ve eaten Ronnie’s chips you’ll want more.
Some people (including me) had room for pudding – a delicious raspberry cheesecake decorated with a Percy Pig followed by Teapigs tea and gin choc truffles.
If you’re feeling hungry after reading this, I’m not surprised. As well as the great food, the company was lively and friendly, Ronnie was a brilliant host and, at £40 a head, it was excellent value for money. It was a BYO event so you could maybe trade up in the wine department too. Overall, it was an absolutely superb evening and one that will be repeated.