Firstly, this event sold out in 45 minutes. That’s because Alex and Brian from Nomad are building up a heck of a reputation. They are somewhat pioneering in ways that most of us would just ‘poo-poo’, (I was one of those people until I went along and tried their food one evening – I am now converted).
I was greeted by a drink of ‘Viking Bubbles’, which was a combination of honey, English mead and cava). It was sweet and refreshing. Then came our first course: Reindeer Moss, (with egg, bacon and coffee) – with a couple of drops of Sea-Buckthorn, Tansy-Eggy-Bread, (tansy is a yellow flower – it added a bit of sweetness) and Forest of Arden Honey. This was joined by some lovely home made yoghurt. All together, this was excellent.
The next course was Kedgeree. Obviously, this wasn’t made the normal way, this was made with pearl barley and spelt. Although different, I think it really worked well in this dish. The fish was great, the curry sauce was rich and sweet and perfectly spiced for the dish. The poached egg was perfect. This was an outstanding dish.
Finally was ‘dessert’, a caramelised milk mousse with mixed Variety Pack. Alex and Brian, (the chefs), got to push our comfort factors here. The caramelised milk mousse was beautiful. Everyone knew that when we got a Variety Pack that it was going to be something a little unusual. It was.
Firstly, we each got a toy! there were slinky’s, Winner Medals and YoYo’s, which added a bit more fun to the proceedings, then the rest of the contents:
In the Variety pack were a mixture of the sweet cereals, some Crunchy Nut Brittle, and of course some roasted crickets! Yes, Crickets, those little insects that bounce around the place, (the theory is that insects are very easy to harvest, easy to farm, are pure protein and therefore exceptionally nutritiously good for you – as such, Alex and Brian are trying to get them to be more accepted by the main stream market).
I was the only person dining that knew what in the third course. Fans of Alex and Brian’s food knew that there would be something a little unusual in there and you could hear gasps as people discovered them.
The answer to your question is this: Everyone ate everything. Not a single cricket was sacrificed meaninglessly.
In summary: Great Food and Great Fun. Thanks @nomadbirmingham – For legal reasons, (someone in the US objected to Alex and his team using the name ‘Nomad’, they are now called the Wilderness and their new premises is on Bennets Hill.
I am hoping to be announcing the next Exclusive Birmingham Breakfast Club event soon. Watch this space!