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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Nduja Cooking Club

Nduja! No, I'm not swearing! It's one of the new products from Unearthed, hitting the shelves of Waitrose at the moment.

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What is it? Nduja (pronounced en-du-ya) is a spicy, spreadable cured pork sausage which is traditional and unique to Calabria in Southern Italy. It seems to be the latest trend in London and I was invited to a very special cooking club to find out more.

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All set for a Nduja party!

It was with some intrepidation that I accepted an invitation from Luiz at The London Foodie to join the Nduja cooking club, mainly because I had not tried Nduja or been to a cooking club before. Of course, I have cooked with my friends and done the bring a dish to a dinner party thing many times, but going to a stranger's house and cooking a course at a dinner with people from the internet? Sounds like something my mother warned me about!

Sometimes when you take a chance you can be in for a very pleasant surprise, in this case it was a fabulous afternoon. Some of the other bloggers had participated in cooking clubs before, and some were newbies like myself. Luiz has been hosting the London Cooking Club at his home for some time now and has a different theme each month - I was made to feel very welcome.

So what did we make?
Well, everyone prepared one course, some of us teamed up for the larger dishes, and each dish (apart from dessert) had Nduja in it - which was supplied by Unearthed.

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Unearthed Mezze Platter - prepared by Unearthed

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Spicy Nduja Palmier - prepared by May from Slow Food Kitchen
Delightful crisp bites of puff pastry, with Nduja and Parmesan cheese.

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Linguine with Nduja, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil - prepared by Fede from Pasta Bites
This was my favourite Nduja dish, the flavour was subtle and delicious.

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A drizzle of olive oil

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Pan Fried Cod on Butter Beans and Nduja, with a Lemon and Sage Dressing - prepared by Luiz of The London Foodie and Rosana from Hot & Chilli
This was a recipe invented by Luiz for an Unearthed Nduja Challenge, I adored the butter beans and side dish of samphire.

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Draining the butter beans

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Plating up

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Pimp My Piri Piri Poussin - prepared by Qin from In Pursuit of Food (this was the dish I helped to cook)
An easy dish to prepare, very succulent - was served with crispy roast potatoes and a Greek salad.

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Accompanying sauce for the poussin

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Greek Salad - prepared by Sian from Domestic Sluttery
Crisp and fresh!

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Lemon Posset - prepared by Cassie from A Girl Has To Eat
O M G - D E L I C I O U S ! ! !

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Very rich and so perfect after the Nduja

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Crispy Pastry Nibbles - kindly prepared by Henry from Tales From The B Side

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Would I go again? Yes, YES and YES! And if you get an invite to a cooking club, I suggest you GO!
You can find the recipes on Rosana's blog, Hot & Chilli.

Thank you to Luiz, Unearthed and Wild Card PR for a great afternoon!

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May said...

What a massive Nduja feast that was. Your pics are superb.

Pasta Bites said...

Great post! Lovely to meet you, looking forward to our next foodie outing!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Sounds like my kind of evening Nic!

Rosana said...

I am glad you uploaded the pic of the Greek salad, the poussin and crispy nibbles by Henry! It was a great lunch and thanks for the mention too. x

Luiz Hara said...

Dear Nic, I am so pleased you enjoyed your first cooking club, I would love for you to return to my home in future for more delicious food and other events, it was a real pleasure to meet you. I love your photography and account of the day, THANK YOU!

Jan said...

Oh my - what a fantastic day!!
LOVE all that delicious looking food - it all looks amazing!
Not even 7.30am yet and I want that food! Yes fantastic pictures as always Nic x

Barbara Bakes said...

What a fabulous way to spend an evening. You ate well!

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

Cooking club? Sounds amazing! I am very jealous. This looks like great fun!

Anne said...

Haha I did giggle about your comment regarding things your mother warned you about!

Looks like you had a great time and sounds like a lot of fun!

Su-yin said...

Oh I love nduja! I'd not tried it till recently, and now I keep a pack of it in my fridge simply because it's such a versatile ingredient. :)