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Will it be a neigh…that’s the question?

We have been asked recently if we would ever consider cooking horsemeat…

Well… I have eaten and cooked this meat when I lived in Germany and Switzerland and I also can readily purchase the meat in France. So the conundrum now is whether to serve it to my diners at one of our dinners.

We thought what better way to find out is to put it to the vote. So please feel free to add your comments to our voting poll.

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Hari’s Birthday Bash… the terrible two’s?

Menu : February 24th & 25th 2012

7:30pm: A Welcome Drink & Nibbles

8:00pm Prompt: Dinner

“Leberfest” 

Pan Fried Fresh Foie Gras with Rhubarb,

Chicken Liver Parfait Homemade Banana & Date Chutney Brioche Toast

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Double Entrecote of Beef “Eckart Witzigmann”

Gratin Dauphinoise

Green Beans

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Hari’s Cheese Selection

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Orange Polenta Torte with “Taywell’s” Sea Buckthorn Sorbet

served with a glass of Muscat de Rivesaltes

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Coffee and homemade chocolates

N.B. Menu Subject to Market purchases and ingredient availability.

Suggested Donation £35 per person. Service charge is not included and left to our guests discretion.

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Well believe it or not Hari Covert’s is two years old… we have been doing secret suppers now each month for just over two years and well it seems like the movement in growing. When I started out I was the first in Kent and I now note there are four of us providing you the public with a clandestine eating expierience!

Annie’s Supperclub in the Bromley are started a few months after me and we both met up to chew the fat together and continually have banter on Twitter and Facebook… we are yet to try each others food but we will one day I promise Annie!

The Tapas Crew in Ashford have joined the band and then I have now noted there is a new Veggie inspired one recently started up in Edenbridge called The Fat Carrot

If you are interested in joining the club then check out the following site as the font of all knowledge regarding Supperclubs. You will be amazed how many there are!

So onto what we are calling our “Birthday Bash”… We will be serving some rather sumptuous food that we hope will tempt those gourmets amongst you.

The inspiration for our first course has been the desire to serve some fresh foie gras. I know this for some is a big no no but it is a food if you have never tried should at least once give it a go. I will serve it alongside a homemade traditional chicken liver parfait which will be with a served with a homemade banana and date chutney.

The foie gras will be sliced and very quickly fried in a hot pan to sear the liver surface and it will sit on top of a tart forced rhubarb compote that will help cut into the richness of the liver. I have named the dish with a Germanic title “Leberfest” the only reason being we will as our main course be serving a dish that was inspired by a three Michelin starred Austrian/German Chef Eckart Witzigmann.

A thick double sized Entrecote steak will be roasted with a breadcrumb and bone marrow crust that will then be served with a rich red wine jus.

This is a dish I have not served for many years but was always a popular one when I was cheffing! We will serve it with some green beans (as usual) and then also a gratin dauphinoise which will go well with the roasted steak.

Next we will serve a selection of cheeses and our infamous porridge oat biscuits. Not sure what cheeses yet but will ensure they are an interesting selection!

Finally we will serve a homemade orange and polenta cake that will be a tart yet nutty textured cake. We will serve a scoop of Taywell’s Sea Buckthorn Sorbet… this is a really unique flavour and an amazing new addition to range of sorbets and ice creams produced by Taywell’s. I believe they are the only company commercially producing this sorbet as the harvesting of the sea buckthorn berries is an arduous task and Alaistair Jessell the owner tells me his staff had raw hands by the time they had produced the necessary puree.

If you are interested in making a booking please do go to our book now page and complete the form. We promise it will be a couple of great nights to celebrate our birthday.

We will also be announcing some special news soon on some charity fundraising we are doing in 2012 so watch this space!

Cheers

Hari Covert

Six of the Best…

No that is not what you think… it is however the number of beers we will be serving at our upcoming Veg Fest Feast next week at the Olive Stores in Brenchley.

We have teamed up with Brewer Yudhistra Moodley who will be on hand to talk about his beers and the story behind what is one of the UK’s smallest micro breweries.

The beers we will be serving with the dinner will be as follows…

“Winter Solstice”… we will use this dark “Porter” like beer with a sparkling Perry as a “Black Velvet” for the aperitif and then again later with the chocolate dessert…

With the first course of a Smoked Tofu Salad we will serve  his  “Toad Rock Bitter”.

With the second course the Butternut Squash Risotto topped with Goats Cheese,  we will be serving a brand new beer with the Production title of “No Name Beer” that has the addition of two Kentish Hops… Organic WGV and Fuggles. This beer we are planning to name on the night with a name that will be chosen from the competition we are currently running. Submit your entries if you want to via our Competition Page…

The next beer has the production title of “Olympic” which reflects it’s international slant as the addition of Czech Saaz Hops and German Hallatauer Hops that gives this beer another dimension.

“Autumn Leaf” will be the beer served with the main course the Mixed Bean Chilli and then finally we will have some “Green Goldings” to go with the selected cheeses.

That makes six beers in total that will show a diverse range and style.

We still have a few spare places for those interested in sampling what will be a very unique event!

Veggie Feast Fest….

Well our dinners back in November that were planned to be held at the Olive Stores in Brenchley unfortunately had to be cancelled at the last minute.

http://www.olive-stores.co.uk Brenchley

We were so excited about the plans to showcase the beers of Penshurst brewer Moodley’s we felt we just had to try and do something with them.

Well after much deliberation we decided having discussed menus with Brewery owner Yudhistra Moodley we would try to showcase the beers along with a complete vegetarian feast as he pointed out his beers are also completely vegetarian friendly.

We also have had many requests since we opened for a totally Vegetarian meal.  We do try to accommodate diners when they request a vegetarian option but the challenge this night will be a menu that will be Veggie from start to finish! We felt it was about time we illustrated the food can be interesting and the challenge for us it to ensure the menu will be matched to the beers. Some of the beers will have been specifically brewed just for us and this event making it a very unique event.

We will kick the evening off with some veggie inspired nibbles along with a glass of  Black Velvet.  This will be made using a sparkling perry and a measure of Moodley’s Winter Solstice.

The menu planned will then be as follows:

Smoked Tofu Bang Bang Salad

Cold Smoked tofu served on a bed of cold rice noodles & cucumber topped with a peanut & sesame oil dressing

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Beer: To be confirmed

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Goats Cheese Risotto

A creamy freshly made risotto with roasted butternut squash and a topping of crumbled goats cheese.

Beer: To be confirmed

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Mushroom & Chick Pea Burger with Greek Yoghurt & Mint

A spicy mushroom and chick pea burger served with a light yoghurt and mint sauce

Beer: To be confirmed

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Mixed Bean Chilli served with Homemade Beer Bread

Green Bean & Cobnut Oil Salad

A rich mixed bean fiery chilli for a cold winters night served with freshly made beer bread – Cold green bean salad with toasted cobnuts dressed in Kentish cobnut oil

Beer: To be confirmed

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Cheese Plate with Porridge Oat Biscuits

A selection of cheeses served with Hari’s special biscuits

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Chocolate Brownie & Chocolate Chunk Blondie with Crème Fraiche

Beer: Winters Solstice

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Coffee & Homemade Muesli Biscuits

Menu subject to Market purchases and ingredient availability.

Suggested donation £40 per person will include beer served with each course. Please note a small list of assorted wines and soft drinks will be available for a separate charge. Service charge is not included and left to guests discretion.

Bookings opened at 9am Monday 12th December. Tables are limited and some guests may have to share depending on numbers and configuration. Book Here

Ho Ho Ho …. it’s Christmas time…

Nibbles & Welcome Drink

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“Christmas Dinner” Terrine with spicy homemade chutney

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 Crispy Confit Duck Leg with a Mixed Bean and Chorizo Stew

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 Hari’s Cheese selection

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 Rich Chocolate Truffle Torte with a Winter fruit compote

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 Coffee & Petit Fours

 We will be serving a Christmas inspired menu to guests for two nights only… Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December

Arrival: 7:30pm for welcome drink & nibbles

Dinner: 8pm Prompt

We will kick the evening off with a welcome drink and some specially chosen seasonal nibbles and then the first course will be a “Christmas Dinner” inspired terrine…I love the challenge of combining all those Christmas favourites… Pork, Turkey, Gammon, Cranberries, Chestnuts and a hint of sage… it will we hope put you all in the mood for the festive season… served with some spicy homemade chutney.

Next we will serve a crispy confit duck leg on a mixed bean and chorizo stew that will be a great flavoursome winter warmer.

Next we will serve some assorted cheeses and our homemade porridge oat biscuits. We are hoping to serve a rather special version of  Winterdale Shaw one of our favourites… subject to availability we hope to serve a vintage version that has been matured for we believe two years!

Finally we will complete this meal with an individual rich chocolate torte that will have the addition of a winter fruit compote to cut the richness of the chocolate.

A suggested donation of £30 per person inclusive of welcome drink and glass of dessert wine with the pudding. Please bring your own drinks to go with dinner. Glasses and water provided.

We will have our dining area decorated and the tables will be decked with some festive cheer… all we need now is you as our special guests…! Book Now here

Dates for 2012

These are the Hari Covert Dinner Dates for twenty twelve…

The following are our proposed dates for next year… please note these will be subject to change and alteration…so please do keep a check on our web site “Dates 2012” section when we update.

The themes for each of the dinners, as yet is to be finalised.

January 13th and 14th

February 24th & 25th

March 23rd & 24th

April 20th & 21st

May 18th & 19th

June 8th & 9th

June 23rd – Charity fundraiser

July 13th & 14th

August – No dinners

September 14th & 15th

We will be posting more details soon.

Moodley’s Munch Dinners… cancelled

I am sorry to say I have had to cancel the Moodley’s Beer dinners this next weekend due to some unforeseen circumstances.

If you are booked in please do check your email as I have sent you a fuller explanation.

We will reschedule the dinners for new dates in 2012 and we will hopefully be announcing soon the dates and plans for 2012.

I am sorry for the short notice but it has been unavoidable… thanks to all who had booked and supported us yet again!

Cheers

Hari C

Moodley’s Munch… well dinner at least…

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Well we will be hosting a couple of nights on the 18th and 19th November that will showcase the beers of Kent’s smallest Micro Brewery Moodley’s of Penshurst.

Yudhistra Moodley the founder and MD of this brewery will be supplying the beers that we will use within the menu and also serve alongside the selected dishes. Yudhistra will also be there each night to talk about his brews and answer any questions you might have. We hope also his brewster Jemima the UK’s youngest will also be there if she can be persuaded!!!

The venue for this night will also be a bit different as we will be joining forces with Sarah Crysell of the Olive Stores in Brenchley. This is a new venture that opened back in the late summer and is located in the heart of this village and we will be taking over the place for the two nights. This will also provide us with a bit more capacity as there will be room for a maximum twenty four guest spread over 3 tables of eight. So please note unless you are a party of eight you will be sharing with other diners.

The menu for each evening has been designed to compliment each of the brews and will we hope match each dish. Subject to market purchases and availibilty it will comprise of the following.

Welcome nibbles will be served at 7:30pm with a glass of Black Velvet, a mix of sparkling perry and Moodley’s Pantiles Porter.

The dinner will then commence at 8pm and we will serve a homemade Pork and Kentish Cobnut Terrine served with assorted pickles and some freshly baked Beer Bread made using the Moodley’s Toad Rock Bitter. We will serve a glass of the Toad Rock bitter with this course.

The next dish we will serve will be a poached Breast of Chicken stuffed with a wild mushroom stuffing and then a light beer and caraway scented jus will go with this. This will be garnished with a creamy Gratin Dauphinoise potato and some green beans. This time we will serve a glass of the Moodley’s Penshurst Pleasure with this dish.

Next in the French fashion we will serve some Cheese… this will be whatever is best and in stock at the Olive Stores and with this we will serve our Porridge Oat Biscuits. The beer with this course will be a new one just recently developed by Jemima and Yudhistra. This one has only had some eighty bottles produced this year as it uses Golding Hops grown in Rusthall and they have been used fresh (not dried) in the beer it has been recently named Green Goldings.

Finally the meal will be completed with a specially baked chocolate cake that uses the Pantiles Porter in it and will be garnished with some Porter soaked sultanas and a scoop of ice cream. With this we will serve a glass of another new beer for the winter called Winter Solstice.

Coffee and Petit fours will complete what we hope will be an interesting event that will showcase these amazing bottle conditioned real ales in a way that we hope will also show how food and beer can match very well.

The bookings open as of October 16th and we will be asking for a donation of £40 per person for this dinner as it will also include each beer with each course. Extra beers will be available for purchase and also a limited wine list of wines by the glass of bottle will also be on hand for an added cost.

Going underground…

Racks of cheese...

Well now we told you we would be serving a dinner this year at cheesemaker’s Robin & Carla Betts of Winterdale Shaw and we can now reveal what we will be serving and what format the dinner will take!

It will be literally underground this month as we will serve a four course dinner down in the cheese cellar of Winterdale Shaw in amongst the racks of maturing Cheddar.

We will be doing two nights on Friday 9th September and Saturday 10th September and we will be using the cheese I made along with fellow chefs Jason and Aidan back in January this year. We will also be using for the main course another very local product but more on that in a moment.

The menu for each night will use the cheese we made at every opportunity and will be as follows.

Nibbles served with a welcome drink will be Winterdale Shaw Gougeres & Welsh Rarebit

Double Cooked Cheese Souffle

with an Apple & Watercress Salad

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3 ways “Roundwood Orchard” Pig

Crispy Confit Pork Belly

Zigeuner Goulash

Liver & Onions

Cheese Mash

Green Beans wrapped in Bacon

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Our own made Winterdale Shaw Cheese

served with Porridge Oat Biscuits

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Vanilla Junket
with Seasonal Fruits

(Muscat de Rivesaltes)

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Coffee with
Homemade Chocolates

We will kick the meal off with some cheesy nibbles namely a classic Welsh Rarebit and then some Gougeres, classic choux pastry baked with grated cheese. These will be served upstairs in the shop area where guest can view the dairy room before descending the steps into the chilly cellar (Warm clothing is advisable) to then congregate around a single large table for the dinner.

The first course will then be a double baked cheese souffle that will be served with a simple local apple and watercress salad.

The main course though will only use the cheese in a subtle way within the mashed potato but will however show case some very special free range organic pork from nearby Roundwood Orchard.

This thirty plus acre farm keeps some 400 pigs in outdoor pens year round and rears happy pigs that are fed on the apples from the surrounding apple and plum orchards and ensures the meat is 100% traceable and sustainable. We will cook it three different ways – the belly will be poached in lard till soft and unctuous and then pressed till cold cut into portion sizes and then finally roasted to crisp up.

A shoulder joint will be made into slow cooked paprika flavoured Zigeuner Goulasch with the addition of sauerkraut and finally we will quickly pan fry the liver and serve with some fried onions. The addition of green beans wrapped in some smoked streaky bacon will complete the main course plates.

We then in the French fashion will serve a wedge of the Winterdale Shaw cheese along with assorted accoutrements and our now infamous porridge biscuits.

Finally to complete the meal we will serve a classic old-fashioned milk junket, using the farms unpasteurized milk that we will set with the addition of rennet and then serve with a garnish of some seasonal local fruit. A glass of Muscat de Rivesaltes will be served with this and then with coffee we will serve some homemade chocolates.

This event will really showcase two exceptional products a true artisan Cheese and meat that is produced with a passion and commitment that is unrivalled and will be a very unique evening.

We will be asking for a donation of £45 per person that will include the welcome drink on arrival and the Muscat de Rivesaltes with the dessert but you will need to bring your own wines to go with your meal… glasses and water will be supplied.

If you are interested to attend these dinners then please go to our Book Now page to complete the booking form.

Chinese Chef Mr But comes to Hari Covert…

The Menu

Starters

 Cold Peking Smoked Fish

Crispy Smoked Chicken
on Crispy Seaweed

Sesame Prawn Toast

Baked Scallop with Black Bean Sauce

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 Intermediate Dish

 Mongolian Crispy Lamb with Lettuce Puffs

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Main Dishes

Slow cooked Beef Shin with Water Chestnuts

Stir Fried Chicken & Cashew Nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce

Stir Fried King Prawns & Sugar Snaps with Ginger & Garlic

Kuo Tieh Fish Slice Szechaun Style

Pak Choy with Oyster Sauce

Steamed Rice

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 Dessert

By Hari Covert

Following my recent meeting with Mr But we have now finalised the menu. This will however be subject to market purchases and ingredient availability. Dates are Friday 5th August and Saturday 6th August.

We will kick the meal off with a selection of starters some Crispy Smoked Chicken served on a bed of seaweed (Mr But was the first Chinese chef to reveal how this is made on UK TV and overnight the price of seaweed dropped in restaurants) We will also serve some Peking Smoked Fish – this is Plaice fillets that are initially marinated then fried and then marinated again, a delicate starter that is served cold and is a refreshing start to what will be a pretty enormous meal. We will serve a classic sesame Prawn Toast… this is something Mr But does rather well and I’m sure you will be impressed. Finally the remaining starter we will serve will be a fresh scallop that will have been baked in its shell and served topped with a piquant Black Bean Sauce.

Next will come something of a signature dish and one that Mr B is famed for. It is what is termed the intermediate course. Mongolian Crispy Lamb is a boneless leg of lamb that has been slow cooked in aromatic spices and then will be deep fried and served with a Hoisin Sauce and Ice Berg lettuce leaves…

We then move onto the main dishes and as Mr But will be cooking these all fresh they will appear on the tables as they are ready so do pace yourselves.

The dishes we will be serving will be a slow cooked shin of Beef. This is a dish you rarely find on a Chinese restaurant menu but Mr But will be preparing this unctuous dish with addition of water chestnuts to give a crisp texture against the soft well-cooked texture of the meat.

Then we will serve stir-fried chicken with a yellow bean sauce and cashew nuts a dish that will surprise you for its lack of sauce but its flavours that pack a punch. Another stir-fry will be served, some giant King Prawns with Sugar Snap Peas (we know them as Mange Tout) and a light delicate garlic and ginger sauce part of what is classically known as the trinity in Chinese cookery.

We will also be serving a fish dish know as Kuo Tieh Fish Slice, the fish will be coated in a egg batter fried and then poached and served with a spicy Szechaun sauce.

Vegetables will be the stir-fried Pak Choy with oyster sauce and the rice we will serve will be simple steamed Jasmine rice to soak up all those lovely flavours.. I’m drooling here just thinking about it…!

I will do the dessert and will try to make it something fairly exotic! – no idea what just yet so will surprise you all!

This will be a very special night as Mr But is truly a master and with our open plan kitchen we will also encourage you all to keep a watchful eye on the master at work!

The evening will all kick off with a welcome glass of bubbly on arrival with some classic Prawn Crackers, we will also select and include all the wines to go with your dinner and the final spectacle of the night will be the Hand Drawn Noodle presentation, have your cameras at the ready and be prepared to have a go yourself!

I promise you it will be a lot harder for you to do as Mr But has been making noodles now for over 40 years and is recognised as the Master of this art in the UK! He has appeared twice on the BBC Generation Game and has made numerous TV appearances to demonstrate the noodle making process so is just a bit good at it!

The suggested donation for this very special event will be £75 per person that will be an all inclusive price to include all the drinks.

We are filling up fast so please get your bookings in now… Please note you will be sharing tables.

Cheers

Hari C