When I first started my blog I had the intention of updating it once or twice a week with new blog posts. Unfortunately over the past couple of weeks I’ve been so hectic with work that I haven’t had even 5 mins to sit down and spend writing up new content – even though I’ve got loads to write about!
Anyway, I finally am having a much needed chilled Sunday so can update you all on what’s been going on, starting with an exciting event with Island Stories!
So just over a week ago I was invited to a local blogger event to try the food from Island Stories – an Essex based catering company. Being a massive foodie myself I was so excited when I saw the invite and couldn’t wait to try out their food. Island Stories began their journey when two friends Devon from Jamaica and Ikram from Sri Lanka, combined their passion for cooking and added their own twist on dishes with flavours from their home countries.
The event was set at Barista in Chelmsford and we were greeted with a glass of prosecco on arrival, which always goes down a treat! I wasn’t too sure what to expect of the evening but it was very relaxed and laid back which made it a great way to meet and chat to other local bloggers, some who I had already met “online” so was great to finally meet in real life!
Out first was a plate of canapés, these included beetroot cured salmon & dill creme fraiche, breaded tuna, chilli & coriander jam, smokey aubergine & feta tart and quinoa & fresh coriander cake. These were the perfect size for us to take a couple and get our tastebuds tingling.Next up was the bowl foods; Red / white quinoa, avocado & goat curd or Rare tuna Niçoise salad. Having recently stopped eating fish and becoming a full vegetarian I opted for the quinoa, avocado & goat curd and it was delicious. I am a huge fan of avocado too right now and felt this was the perfect size to fill me up whilst still leaving room for more dishes coming our way.
They also brought out a tray full of wild seabass, artichoke, preserved lemon, asparagus & fresh peas.
My favourite dish of the evening had to be their “secret dish” – stewed aubergine, sweet chilli, spring onion, coriander & jasmine flavoured rice. This. was .amazing. I must’ve gone on about this for the following 3 days after because it was just THAT good. It was definitely a firm favourite within the group too as everyone commented on how great it tasted and that they couldn’t believe it was vegetarian!
The final dishes were the deserts; chocolate delice with passion fruit jelly and leomongrass panna cotta with mixed berries compote. I couldn’t resist the chocolate (minus the jelly!) and this was exactly what was needed to end the event on a high. I wish I could’ve taken some home with me to share with my family!
Overall it was great to be invited along and have a taste of all their delicous options and I would really recommend conaidering them if you are looking for a catering company for an event.
You can find their Facebook page here.
* unfortunately I left my camera at home so photo credit to Verri Berri for letting me use some of their amazing photos!