Duck and cherry pithivier


Shelley-belly’s Underground is very excited to be catering the wedding rehearsal of a couple that attended one of our very first underground dinners and we’ve spent the past few weeks playing with old recipes and inventing new ones to make their night extra special.

So this post is not going to be about their dinner, that menu has to stay secret for a another week or so, this post is about the dish that got the chop. It was my favorite of our discarded ideas – it was too gluteny for a dinner that [unexpectedly] has to be gluten-free.

A pithivier, really just a fancy word for “pie” (and also a town in France), is, traditionally, a sweet pastry filled with frangipane and fruit. I filled mine with braised duck and the last of the summer’s cherries and served them with charred carrots and a duck and cherry jus.

I won’t bore you with the recipe, let’s face it, we’re all mostly interested in pictures anyway, but if you’d like the recipe please email me and I’ll be happy to give it to you.

Once again, I got so involved in the making-of that I forgot to take photos so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say that making the Pithiviers was time consuming and lots of fun.. if, like me, playing with pastry and filling is your idea of fun.






We’re going to London to see the Queen… and also to Africa

Shelley-belly’s Underground is taking a little break…

We’ll return with TWO events at the end of April and then back to our regularly scheduled programming offering monthly feasts in May. Details and dates will be posted on Twitter (@_ShelleyBelly) or email to get on the mailing list.

Happy holidays everyone, looking forward to welcoming you to our table when we return refreshed and full of new ideas.

My happy place

I love glass jars. I love the way things look in glass jars. I love organizing my glass jars. I love filling them, moving them, reorganizing them and ultimately standing back and looking at them, sometimes for hours.

A neat, organized, labelled store cupboard is my happy place. And The Container Store, that’s also my happy place. A place staffed by the organizing savvy who will sell you a container, a receptacle, a vessel, a canister, a can, a box, a repository or a beautiful glass jar for every single thing in your home.

Afternoons don’t get much better than a wander through the über-organized shelves of The Container Store.