A spring brunch #TwelveAtEL

We were both absolutely delighted to be invited to join the first of a new brunch series from Stella Periera (of Little Cakepot) taking place at Espresso Library,. The four-course brunch was to celebrate the arrival of Spring, and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning. We were in great company too with Pina of One Two Culinary Stew, Alan and wife from Flavour FM, Nazima and family of Franglais Kitchen and some of Stella’s lovely local friends.

We asked Stella a few questions about her latest concept:

What was the idea behind the menu?
The menu was inspired by Portuguese gastronomy with a slow, wholesome approach. So a few elements were transplanted directly from a traditional Portuguese table, like the Bacalhau à Brás. Also, I’ve replace some of the components in recipes with healthier alternatives, such as white flour with wholemeal Spelt in muffins, chia and homemade coconut milk in the ice cream, and colourful and fresh ingredients dotted around the plates.

Where do you get ingredients and why do you choose them?
Sourced locally where possible. Simon’s stall on Sunday’s is always a delight, filled with seasonal produce, beautiful pears from Brookfield farm and Mill Road Butchers. It’s great to see all this beautiful produce in Cambridge and I feel quite privileged to be able to use it on my tables.

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II Bacalhau a brås | Salt cod hash
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III Sweet potato muffin – beef “estufado” – dressed leaves – egg – port ketchup

Why Espresso Library?
We have a similar ethos when it comes to food. Good products, seasonal and local. I also work with Espresso Library (EL) on their everyday menu and they are open to trying new things. So #TwelveatEL was a natural progression to the collaboration that we already have.

What next for #TwelveAtEL
TwelveAtEL will be a seasonal get together at EL. We’re in talks about the next Twelve at EL, this time it may be a supper.

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IV Ricotta spelt cakes – chia chocolate ice cream – blood orange curd
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The Spring table set with fresh spinach, carrot and orange juice

We’d like to send a big thank you to Stella for the invite, we loved every single course, the salt cod and poached pears blew my mind and I’d highly recommend the next one to everyone (£25 a head is a bargain for all the thought, love and attention to detail too). We’d also like to thank the team at EL who looked after us all so well on a busy Sunday, and for the great almond milk flat white too :).

You can follow Stella on Twitter and the #TwelveatEL hashtag, like her on Facebook and have a look at her STUNNING Instagram feed too to stay in the loop – we loved these behind the scenes shots from her account in the run up to the event. We can’t wait for the next one and to share a table again.

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From Stella’s @LittleCakepot Instagram

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