…And we’re back! With a new roost at Pigeon Hole. Come and eat yummy goodnes on Saturday 8th November

Tom LeightonI know, I know it’s been a while, and I’ve been a little busy with photography work for the last year. Never fear though, we’re back, and in a new location. If you haven’t been to Pigeon Hole yet, you are in for a treat. Holly and George have set up a wonderful, homely cafe on Datchelor Place, and I can’t wait work with them as a guest chef.

We’re also moving to Saturday nights. So come down for some yummy, seasonal goodness on Saturday 8th November from 7pm-10pm.

As before, the focus is on seasonal, simple dishes, served without fuss but there are a few changes.

It’s going to be less formal and there won’t be a start time so turn up any time from 7pm. I won’t be serving 7 courses, but there will be several dishes and you can pick and chose from. Holly and George will be serving drinks from the bar, and even better, they’ve got a proper record player, so I don’t have to lug mine over from my place!

If you want to book a table, please drop me a line at tom@tomleighton.co.uk or pop in to Pigeon Hole.

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Saturday 8th November, 2014.

7pm-10pm.

Leek, roasted tomatoes and stilton tartlets with celariac remoulade £5.95

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Pumpkin, sage and butterbean stew. £9.95

Both served with rye bread and truffle oil toasted breadcrumbs

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To book a table, please drop me a line at tom@tomleighton.co.uk, call me or on 07939 250935 or pop in to Pigeon Hole.

Bring Back Autumn

Tom LeightonI’ve had enough of summer. I love autumn and it’s definitely my favourite season. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer salads and food but there’s a time and place for them (July. Next to the beach).

So with that in mind, I have a few seasonal choices for you this month. As always, you can book a table for At Home By Tom Tom here.  (UPDATE: There seems to be some problems with the booking pages and my website at the mo. Please email me at tom@tomleighton.co.uk or call 07939 250935 if you are having any problems.)

We kick off at 7.30pm with a lovely seasonal cocktail,  it’s bring your own, and House is cash only. See you soon.

Blackberry and basil gin fizz cocktail.

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Pear, rocket, fennel and pecorino salad with a caraway seed maple syrup and  lemon dressing.

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Catalan stew. A classic dish from Spain that is just the thing for when the nights draw in. It’s a combination of fish, mussels and chorizo.

(If you are veggie and don’t eat chorizo/fish, please let me know and I’ll do a veggie version).

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A selection of wonderful cheeses from Cannon & Cannon and home made chutneys.

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Fig, white chocolate and almond tarts.

To book a table, please go to the booking page.  (UPDATE: There seems to some sporadic problems with the booking pages and my website at the mo. Please email me at tom@tomleighton.co.uk or call 07939 250935 if you have any problems.)

Tom LeightonThe sun is back again, just in time for the August Bank Holiday and something is afoot in Camberwell!There are rumours that Frank’s Bar (they of the Peckham car park and ridiculous queue fame) and the Anchor and Hope on The Cut are taking over the now departed Recreation Ground.  Finger’s crossed it’s as successful as these places are.

Now. It’s also confession time. I didn’t run At Home in July. It was so hot that people cancelled on me at the last minute, and a lot of people were away. So this means that this month’s menu is almost the same as the one I was going to do in July. I spent quite a lot of time getting it right so seems a waste to not use it! The menu this month is inspired by some of my more random travels and loves. So Bourbon from Kentucky, a fantastic Finnish soup that is a summery version of Cullen Skink and Florentines, which I fell in love with when I tried them from a shop in northern Spain.

As mentioned before, there are a few changes in how we will present the food. Because of licensing rules, we absolutely have to be out of House by 11pm. To make this a bit easier, I’ll be serving each course in big dishes for each table from now on and you can serve yourselves. We’ve tried this before and people seem to like it. It’s a bit quicker, and more sociable! There will also be one less course, but slightly bigger portions all round, and a cocktail to start. Hopefully everyone’s a winner!

Tom Leighton Photography
Granola Florentines by Tom Tom http://www.tomleighton.co.uk

So, get ye booking for the Friday 30th August. BOOK HERE

MENU for At Home By Tom Tom @ House.

Friday 30th August, 2013 @ House.

Kentucky iced tea cocktail. Tea with home grown mint, lemon and the finest bourbon. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

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Broad bean mint and feta salad. Mint, still home grown. Feta, locally bought of course!

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Lohikeitto- Finnish Salmon Soup (A stunningly tasty summer soup I ate by the bucket-load when I was Woofing by a lake in Finland!). Served with rye bread of course!

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Cheeses of various sorts from Cannon and Cannon.

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Raspberry syllabub with home made shortbread.

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Granola Florentines. I first made these when I got the recipe for granola wrong, but these are so very right! Have one with coffee.

Any Excuse for a mint julep.

Tom LeightonAs I write this it’s blazingly hot in Camberwell so this month’s menu is suitably summery. And since it’s summer at last, any excuse will do for a mint julep one of my favourite cocktails. (Actually, that’s not quite true. I love anything with bourbon in it).

There are a few changes in how we will present the food, but none to the quality, I hope. Because of licensing rules, we absolutely have to be out of House by 11pm. To make this a bit easier, I’ll be serving each course in big dishes for each table from now on and you can serve yourselves. It’s a bit quicker, and more sociable! There will also be one less course, but slightly bigger portions all round, and a cocktail to start. Hopefully everyone’s a winner!

Tom Leighton Photography

Granola Florentines by Tom Tom http://www.tomleighton.co.uk

So, get ye booking for the Friday 26th July. BOOK HERE

MENU for At Home By Tom Tom @ House.

Friday 26th July, 7pm.

Mint julep cocktail, with home grown mint, and the finest bourbon.

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Broad bean mint and feta salad. Mint, still home grown. Feta, locally bought of course!

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Lohikeitto- Finnish Salmon Soup (A stunningly tasty summer soup I ate by the bucket-load when I was Woofing by a lake in Finland!). Served with rye bread of course!

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Cheeses of various sorts from Cannon and Cannon.

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Raspberry / rhubarb syllabub with home made shortbread.

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Granola Florentines. I first made these when I got the recipe for granola wrong, but these are so very right! Have one with coffee.

Tom LeightonGood morning one and all. It’s been a busy time at Tom Tom Towers. I’ve got a new exhibition called Picture The Block starting this weekend as part of the  Camberwell Arts Festival, so been running around trying to get that sorted.

Never fear though, we have the menu sorted. There’s some rhubarb from the Secret Garden that I’ve been keeping my eye on so that should be in your tummies by Sunday afternoon. There’s some Dorset Smokies, which is divine if you’ve never eaten it. I had them for the first time in the lovely Spyway Inn in Dorset. I loved it so much we stayed around for 3 days and ate it every meal.

As it’s Camberwell Arts Week, we are having a bit of an arts slant to the proceedings. Each table will be given some vegetables and cocktail sticks with which to demonstrate your best food related artistic efforts. Send the picture to us on Facebook or Twitter and the best photos get a free bloody mary.

So here is the menu. Someone just cancelled on me (grrr!) so there is a table free if anyone would like to come along. Drop me a line at tom@tomleighton.co.uk or book online. At £16 a head it’s a bargain way to spend a Sunday!

Home made granola, rhubarb compote and yoghurt.

Dorset Smokies.

Smoked haddock with a cheddar cheese sauce. Served with souhdough toast.

Home cooked honey and marmalade ham with wilted spinach and sautéed potatoes.

The Brunch Club 16th June 2013

Tom LeightonThere’s no supper club in May as I have too many photo shoots on and I’ll also be busy with a big exhibition for the Camberwell Arts Festival. However, Never fear! As part of the Arts Festival, I’ll doing a mash up of what I do best, food and photos. Well, actually, you’ll be doing the photos, and I’ll be dishing out bloody marys to the best photos. Just upload you efforts on the day to my Twitter- @homebytomtom, or Facebook.com/athomebytomtom. I’ll also be giving a bit of advice on how to the best out of your camera, be it a mobile phone or a big puppy!

About the half the tickets are already sold so chop chop if you want tickets. Go to the booking site here: At Home By Tom Tom booking

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Stop Horsing around: At Home on the 26th April 2013

Tom LeightonThis month’s menu is has quite a few personal favourites on it. There’s also the hint of warmer weather coming, with Asparagus, wild garlic and watercress on the menu.

What with all this talk of horse burgers, I thought it was about time we tried out the stuff knowingly. The lovely chaps at W. Bunting on Peckham Park Road have managed to find me some of your best quality horse, that’s totally kosher (I’m not sure that’s the right word, but you know what I mean) and we’ll be giving it a try on the 26th. I promise you there’ll be no horse related puns (no Marscapone cheese and the like). I think that if you are going to try what is supposed to be a rather tasty meat we should do it with something simple. So we going to have it with some lovely seasonal watercress and sesame seeds. If you are particularly squeamish, please let me know and I’ll give you the vegetarian option.

Also on the menu, I hope is the first British asparagus of the season. It’s going to be close. The season officially opens on St. George’s day but the weather has not been kind to us this year. So, if asparagus are off we are having another festive recipe: St George and Morel mushrooms and chive pate on sourdough toast. I do love asparagus roasted or grilled. They keep their crunch and it brings out the flavour.

As always, Cannon & Cannon will be dishing out the best cheeses Britain has to offer, and the pudding is a glorious recipe by the delectable Jane Hornby with the added bonus of my homemade marmalade. The only difference is I add dark rum instead of whisky.

Sadly for all of you reading this who haven’t booked, I’m afraid that we are fully booked now. The next event is a Sunday Brunch on 16th June as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival. You can book online here. I’ll be providing more information soon but bloody marys will be involved.

Supper, 26th April 2013. 7.00pm.

Campari and Soda / olives and altramuces (lupin beans).

Roasted British asparagus with olive oil and butter. (Or St. George and Morel mushrooms pate with chives).

Bacalhau à Brás. Portuguese scrambled eggs with Salt Cod and potatoes.

Wild garlic risotto.

Rare roast horse and watercress salad, with a sesame seed dressing / Blue cheese salad with watercress and sesame seed dressing.

A fine selection of British Cheeses from Cannon & Cannon.

Bread and butter pudding with homemade Seville orange marmalade and dark rum.

Menu: Saturday 23rd March 2013.

Tom LeightonI have now finalised the menu for the next supper club. I still have one table left.  Please get in touch if you are interested or you can also book online.

If you haven’t seen it, there’s some lovely feedback from the first night.

Menu for Saturday 23rd March 2013.

Sweet vermouth and soda. Olives and Altramuces.

Braised Leeks with homemade hollondaise and tarragon sauce

Cuttlefish  / Cauliflower saffron infused tempura, with watercress salad.

Potted shrimps on sourdough toast / Tuscan bean bruchetta.

Baked Mackerel and potatoes with salsa verde / Creamy mushroom and spinach pie.

Some great British Cheeses from Cannon & Cannon with homemade beetroot and mint chutney.

Coconut rice pudding.

Cost £30 per person. Book here.

Feedback and general patting myself on the backness!

Life is better after supper At Home by Tom Tom.

Life is better after supper At Home by Tom Tom.

The first night was a great success and thank you to everyone who came along. I got some great comments and feedback from the people who came and 4 out the 8 tables have rebooked so I think I must have done something right.

Here are some of the comments:

“Fab supper club last night by @HomeByTomTom Lovely food & great atmosphere @70HouseGallery Thanks Tom &  House. We’ve booked again for April!” @leighannewalker

“Food @HomeByTomTom is amazing http://twitpic.com/c7u3px. #Camberwellrocks” @D4SC

“Super dooper delicious scran @homebytomtom, vinyl records & byo. Best company w AC, @JMGstudio @MrsPBTT  @WhatToCookTips (A.K.A. Jane Hornby)

“@HomeByTomTom loving the ambience and your staff are really nice.” @priyascape

My favourite comment has to be this one though:

“That was lovely. I was in a rotten Friday mood upon arrival, but after 6 delicous courses, I am feeling more optomistic about life in general. And I’m quite pleasantly full. Thanks!”

That made my evening. Thank you to whoever wrote that.