“Of all the gin joints..in all the world..”
Our next culinary journey took an unexpected turn and we found ourselves not in another restaurant but in the leafy suburbs of Childwall and in the home of Madge, queen of Madge’s Gaff, Liverpools first home supperclub. If you’re a “Come Dine With Me” fan, then this is one for you.
We had been promised a Christmas Moroccan feast and had been tormented regularly with menu teasers and photos of ingredients on Twitter and Facebook, so when we acquired our password to gain entry for the night, we could barely contain our excitement.
Stood on the step in our Crimbo jumpers whispering through the door “play it again Madge” we were soon whisked inside by a large man in a Fez (Madge’s partner in crime Wayne) who was brandishing a silver tray of sugar rimmed cocktails. They both welcomed us into their lovely home and we were made to feel really relaxed. Like one of the family in fact (we are waiting for the adoption papers to come through at anytime).
It wasn’t hard to love Madge. She is so warm and has a twinkle in her eye, you can see she loves to feed people and gets a massive amount of enjoyment from being the “hostess with the mostest”. She goes all out and researches her menus down to the last spice and her hard work certainly pays off as the food she produces is top quality.
We were seated in the “good room” as the guests slowly arrived, Madge’s friends and family making up the numbers, 12 of us in total. With Casablanca playing in the background we stuffed ourselves with cheese briouats – a kind of fancy cheese pasty, the pastry was light and the filling very tasty and we washed them down with a spiced pumpkin soup shot which we all had seconds and thirds of. Madge had also made Dee a special stuffed fig dish which disappeared in seconds.
With our Christmas jumpers and the pumpkin shots giving us a rosy glow we moved into the dining room and were whisked away to the souk with the brightly coloured lanterns decorating the table and rose petals dotted in between the mezze platters overflowing with Madges famous chicken patties (if they’re not famous they certainly should be!) topped with a date confit also aubergine salads, roasted red pepper hummus , yoghurt dip, olives and warm freshly made flat breads. The wine flowed and the plates soon emptied…….
Heres looking at you Madge!
Being at Madge’s gaff is to feel like Henry the 8th except we ladies use utensils! The non stop courses of delectable offerings. Move over Nigella (well the less said about that, the better). Madge has a wonderfully entertaining presence that the BBC are missing out on and her cooking skills are second to none.
We were fired up for the main dish, Lamb tagine with apricots (gf) and couscous or fried potatoes and although one scouse scranner can’t deal with soft food and the other scranner can’t deal with fruity food, this dish was DEVOURED by all of us and some! Third helpings were going on, it was a bit shameful! Same time next week eh Madge!
Please Madge can we have some more!
“Orange is the only fruit”
Just when we thought we couldn’t possible squeeze in another morsel… Along came dessert! Especially to cater for our very our Dee(manding), Madge made chocolate, orange and almond cake with orange syrup, honey and orange flavoured yoghurt AND fresh oranges with cinnamon with a gorgeous twist, chilli flakes! Sarah in her true greedy fashion had pretty much eaten the entire orange before the plate was put down in front of her (who doesn’t love a good palate cleanser). The cake was hands down one of the best gluten free delights we have sampled (believe us – we’ve been subjected to a lot), most of the table in fact didn’t actually realise it was gluten free.
Madge has taken her inspiration from the supper club legend Ms Marmite (Google her), the pop up/supper club/underground restaurant movement is massive in London town and we’re super excited that this new foodie trend is making it’s way Liverpoolwards. What a perfect opportunity to sample some fine food and make new friends in the process – a highly enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening or perhaps when working away from home and not wanting to eat alone in a restaurant.
Our night at Madge’s was quite simply an 11 out of 10, not only was her food above and beyond restaurant quality, her hosting skills were second to none, so much so that we didn’t want to go home (Wayne did consider setting up the triple bunk bed for us). Our top tip for 2014 is to take a trip to Madge’s Gaff, her next supper club will take place on the 29th January and previous themes have included Italian and 70′s – we’ll certainly be heading back for more!
Play it again Madge!