2012, one dish at a time | pt. 1

Thank You

Dear Fabio & Rob,
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for the big part you played in making my birthday so lovely this year!
I couldn’t have asked for a nicer evening.


This is how the 2012 kicked off for the Backdoor Kitchen. A tiny colorful box delivered at the 47 by the Royal Mail postman in a sunny and cold morning of January.
A little box full of something very sweet actually:

“P.S. As a small token of my appreciation I made you some coconut Macaroons”

– they were BUONISSIMI Jen 🙂

Jen's comment

It is fair to say that J E N is our 1st official aficionado.
She came over at one of our very first supperclubs, a Spanish Tapas Night. She enjoyed it so much that then decided to celebrate her birthday at the Backdoor Kitchen.

It was one of the funniest nights we had since we started the supperclub and one of the most challenging too!
You can’t imagine what does it mean to feed – here I’m quoting Jen 😀 – “SUCH AN AWKWARD BUNCH OF DIETARY REQUIREMENTS”. But we made it eventually 🙂

WE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT WHEN SHE CAME UP WITH THIS REQUEST! PROBABLY SHE DOESN’T KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO US.
IT WAS VERY ENCOURAGING AND WE ARE STILL VERY THANKFUL TO HER FOR THAT NIGHT.

Jen's Birthday Party

It has been a very busy 2 0 1 2 for the Chef & the Slave.

Tons of wine and prosecco bottles have been opened (and drank until the last drop :p) – we collected those that remind us the best moments on a window shelf here in the kitchen -, plenty of onions have been cut, quite a few glasses have been dropped on the floor, hundreds of pictures of smiles and smoking dishes served on the table have been taken…
Our graduations!

We had also a couple of graduations to celebrate!

…So many guests walked in here and enjoyed our food. Most of them became good friends, some of them very special friends.
Assu!

DO YOU REMEMBER THIS GIRL?
A S S U N T A is from Calabria, in the deep south of Italy, but she moved to Rome years ago because of her studies. She is a friend of a friend and joined us last spring for few months. We had lots of fun together and since the very beginning
she was thrilled to get involved in the Backdoor Kitchen.

The 3 of us

Of those days we remember many laughs, lots of music played out loud, an important movie watched on the sofa late at night, Brighton on a very gloomy day and lots of talking about some crazy little loves that sadly were gone and some others that sadly were about to go.
We miss her a lot… ESPECIALLY BECAUSE SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY GREAT AT THE WASHING UP!

Chiara & Francesco

The award for THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF SUPPERCLUBS ATTENDED AT BACKDOOR KITCHEN goes to…
a bit of suspense (now imagine the drummers drumming)…
the lovely – and quite purple – couple up here!
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I met C H I A R A & FRANCESCO in a monthly food market somewhere in Balham. We weren’t doing any shoopping that day: we were actually both traders, one next to each other.
At that time I was selling Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar and she was selling cheese and cured meet from the region they are both from, Tuscany.

They – especially Chiara – witnessed the Backdoor Kitchen being born. I remember the day she came to our place to wait for tables, chairs and our island to be delivered
as we were both working and couldn’t stay home.
I remember also our endless wondering about what colour we should pick for our walls. The three of us: me, Rob
and her.

Chiara is a talented designer, SHE HELPED US A LOT IN GIVING TO THE BACKDOOR KITCHEN ITS UNIQUE IDENTITY. Business CardLogoShe designed our logo, the business cards and helped us to “refurbish” this blog – and, believe me, not an easy quest to deal with people like me and Rob when it comes to “do we go for mine or your option?”.
Business Card

I neglected her a bit lately and I’m sorry for this.
Now she is busy with far more important things than our supperclub, but I really do hope to have her again soon,
with Francesco and Ada.

Well, with these two guys, I think it is enough for the 1st part of the Backdoor Kitchen 2012-memories-recap. There are still a few other special friends we met along the road over the last year who deserve a particular mention.
If this reading tickled you enough – which I hope – and now you are curious to know about them, stay tuned for the next blog then…
…or why not to JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT SUPPERCLUB?.
😉

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