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  • hilly 9:53 pm on January 16, 2013
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    French Evening at City View 

    Shooters Hill Campus

    Shooters Hill Campus

    City View Restaurant at Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus are holding a fund raising event on the evening of 7th February  to help pay for a  trip to Paris in April for their level 2 & 3 students. Most of the food will be donated by their suppliers, 3663, and other suppliers have either donated a raffle prize or given a discount. The Paris trip will also be funded by diners’ tips over the last year.

    While in Paris the students will be having a go at croissant and baguette making, as well as seeing the sights of the city.

    The evening costs £30, and starts with a tasting of some of the college’s French wines, with the opportunity to buy some to drink with your meal. The menu has a very French theme:

    Wine tasting Reception
    Escargots a l’ail
    Snails in Garlic Butter
    Cuisses de Grenouilles Provençale
    Frogs Legs Provençale

    Second Course

    Quenelles de Brochet avec Bisque Sc
    Quenelles of Pike with Bisque Sauce

    Main course

    Coq au vin

    Plateau de Fromage
    Selection French Cheeses


    Tarte aux Citron
    Lemon Tart

    Chocolat Tarte
    Chocolate Tart

    Pot au Chocolat avec Madeleines
    Chocolate pot with Madeleines
    Café & Petit Fours

    Tables can can be booked through the City View web pages or by phone on 020 8319 9790. If the food is anything like my recent visit to City View then it will be an excellent evening, though best approached with an empty tummy.

  • hilly 5:48 pm on November 25, 2012
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    City View Restaurant 

    City View Restaurant at lunch time

    City View Restaurant at lunch time

    It’s not often that a meal out ends with the chefs coming out of the kitchen to hear what you thought of their cooking  and to share the tricks of their trade, but that’s what happened at the end of my Fine Dining evening at the City View Restaurant. In fact everyone in the crowded restaurant gave the young chefs a round of applause in appreciation of their cooking skills.

    Before I visited City View I didn’t know what a Lemon Liaison was, now I know how to prepare one.

    The chefs at the restaurant at the Shooters Hill Campus on Red Lion Lane are students studying for NVQs in catering and hospitality. At the Thursday Fine Dining Evening they all wear the red caps showing they are advanced, level 3 catering students – the level 2s wear black caps and level 1s white caps.  As well as preparing and cooking food for City View, students take on the role of greeters and waiters at the restaurant and prepare food for the campus canteens which cater for up to 250 students a day. Last year 100% of the students passed their NVQs;  work destinations for alumni include the Ivy, the Tate Modern restaurant and the Tudor Barn.

    Earlier this year students had the opportunity to work with Michelin-starred chefs Richard Corrigan and Ron Blaauw on the catering for Sail Royal Greenwich Olympic tall ships cruises on the Thames. The London Calling  web site explained their task:

    Michelin-starred chefs Richard Corrigan and Ron Blaauw (from Holland) have combined their skills to create recipes and menus designed specifically for the Sail Greenwich Ltd Olympic cruises. Under Corrigan’s and Blaauw’s guidance and supervision, three choices of menus (Walking Dinner, Gourmet Buffet or Buffet – each with a lunch and dinner variant) are produced by catering and hospitality students at Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus college. These students are already famous for their successful City View Restaurant, and the food served on Thalassa promises to be equally appetizing.

    There are some great pictures of Richard Corrigan and Ron Blaauw with Shooters Hill students on the Uretopia Flickr site.

    The menu for the evening looked interesting; it included several dishes I hadn’t tried before:

    Tomato & Basil Soup

    Garnished with Chicken Quenelles and Lemon Liaison


    Smoked Salmon and Prawn Parcels

    Lime and Dill Mayonnaise


    Pan Fried Calves Liver with Crispy Pancetta with Lime Butter and Raspberry Vinegar

    Served with Boursin, Sage & Potato Beignets

    Grilled Parrot Fish with Ginger Garlic Dill & Turmeric Marinade

    Served Creamed Potatoes

    Cassette of Baby Vegetables

    & Wild Mushroom “Choron”

    Followed by

    A Choice of Dessert, Fresh Fruit Salad or Cheese from the Sweet Trolley


    The food was really very good; my only criticism was that the portions were too generous, and I had no room to try any of the amazing looking confections on the well-stocked dessert trolley. Our menu started with Tomato & Basil Soup garnished with Chicken Quenelles and Lemon Liaison which was delicious. The quenelle was surprisingly light, with a definite lemony nip to the chicken filling. A  bottle of Australian Chardonnay, costing a fraction of the price charged by most restaurants, matched it well. The Smoked Salmon and Prawn Parcel had a generous portion of creamy prawns with a tang of lime, wrapped in smoked salmon.
    Smoked Salmon and Prawn Parcels with Lime and Dill Mayonnaise at City View Restaurant

    Smoked Salmon and Prawn Parcels with Lime and Dill Mayonnaise at City View Restaurant

    Then the delicately flavoured fish,  perfectly cooked, on a mound of smoothly creamed potato, with a creamy dill, prawn and caper sauce. And was it my imagination or had the sauce been shaped into a picture of a blue whale? When the post-prandial cup of decaffeinated coffee was accompanied  by a dish of chocolate-swirled cinder toffee I was starting to feel like my “waffer thin mint” moment was approaching.
    Grilled Parrot Fish with Ginger Garlic Dill & Turmeric Marinade served with Creamed Potatoes

    Grilled Parrot Fish with Ginger Garlic Dill & Turmeric Marinade served with Creamed Potatoes

    The Fine Dining Evening costs £20 per person excluding drinks, which  just about covers the cost of the ingredients. The restaurant is decorated with photographs and art work produced by students and has great views over the city.  There’s been some changes since City View was last mentioned on e-shootershill: they now accept payment by card and cheque and they have relocated the smoking area. There are plenty of car-parking places in the evening, though we enjoyed the walk  down the hill.

    City View also opens at lunch time from Tuesday to Friday. A full four course menu is available, but it is possible to choose which courses you have – for example just the soup course. When I visited at lunch time the main course was a generously portioned slow cooked braised lamb shanks served with buttered mash and greens, but I stuck to a starter of polenta crusted salmon goujons with spiced tomato and red pepper relish, which was delicious and enough for lunch.

    Both lunch and the Fine Dining Evening can be booked through the City View web pages or by phone on 020 8319 9790. The web site has been redesigned recently and now includes a City View blog page for diners’ comments. If you want to really spoil yourself the college also have very reasonably priced, well equipped  hair and beauty salons.

    City View Restaurant is well worth a visit, and you never know you may have a meal prepared by a future celebrity chef.

    Shooters Hill Campus

    Shooters Hill Campus

    City View Restaurant in the evening

    City View Restaurant in the evening

  • hilly 6:15 pm on October 18, 2012
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    Shrewsbury House Social 

    Shrewsbury House

    Shrewsbury House

    Mike, our friendly, local Very Green Grocer has organised a social get-together at Shrewsbury House on Saturday afternoon, starting at 2.30pm. His invitation reads:

    The Very Green Grocer invites all its customers, friends and local residents to Shrewsbury House for a social get together.
    The aim is for the local community to be aware of the gifted and generous people who live amongst us and also how Shrewsbury House can bring us together on a more regular basis.

    Entertainment on the day will be provided by local professional artists:
    Jo Quail International Cellist,
    Acoustic Chairs – Shrewsbury Park Estate based Duo. “The Woolwich Community Choir”. A local choir looking for new recruits and sponsorship.
    Richard Watson’s Model Train display
    Seed and plant swap
    Playdoh table
    Complimentary Cheese & Wine, first come first served, Donated Cakes, Scones etc.
    You do not have to bring something to share but let’s see what happens on the day.

    I hear also that Shrewsbury House are looking for vounteers to help staff the community centre, so if you have a couple of hours spare to help at the desk, in the garden or in the office, your help would be appreciated.

    The Very Green Grocer leaflet

  • hilly 2:52 pm on October 10, 2012
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    Sloe Season at Woodlands Farm – Bring Gin 

    Hedgerow Liqueurs and Wild Wines leaflet

    Maureen from Woodlands Farm sent me details of their 2012 Hedgerow Liqueurs and Wild Wines event on Saturday 20th October:

    Saturday 20th October 2012
    £10 (£8 for Woodlands Farm Trust members)
    Over-18s only
    Join us for a tramp around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited.
    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

    To whet your appetite for sloe gin there’s a reminder of how it is made in this previous post.

    While there you might like to drop in on their latest arrival – a little white bull born to Ennis, one of the farm’s Irish Moiled cows, yesterday evening. I hear there might be a competition to name the bull at the Woodlands Farm Apple Day on Sunday. Meanwhile here are some photos of Ennis and her calf…

    Ennis the Irsh Moiled Cow and her new calf

    Ennis the Irsh Moiled Cow and her new calf

    The new calf

    The new calf

    The new calf

    The new calf

  • hilly 9:48 pm on October 4, 2012
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    Million Meal Appeal this weekend 

    Million Meal Appeal Leaflet

    Last year shoppers’ donations helped food redistribution charity Fareshare beat by 200,000 its target of collecting enough food for 1 million meals  – a total of 1.2million meals. They are hoping for similar success this weekend, 6th & 7th October, when their Million Meal Appeal takes place at Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the UK.

    FareShare‘s usual way of working is to collect food that  food retailers such as supermarkets are unable to sell and would otherwise throw away – 3,600 tonnes of food last year – and then distribute it to a network of some 700 organisations in the UK, such as church groups, hostels, women’s refuges  and school breakfast clubs. Last year they fed 36,500 vulnerable people each day. They typically get fresh but perishable food, and they don’t usually get many non-perishable items such as pasta, rice, tinned food etc. The Million Meal Appeal asks shoppers to buy an extra food item from this list and donate it to the FareShare trolley on their way out of the supermarket. Last year Sainsbury’s matched shoppers’ donations.

    Fareshare have recruited 600 volunteers for this year’s appeal, though they still need more.  Volunteers greet customers, give them the shopping list and encourage them to buy an additional item of food for FareShare.

    Last year shoppers at Sainsbury’s in Woolwich and Greenwich filled many shopping trolleys with food donations; hopefully this year we will be just as generous.

    Million Meal Appeal Shopping List

    Million Meal Appeal Shopping List

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