The Gut Stuff Supper Club is the brainchild of Alana and Lisa Macfarlane (The Mac Twins) DJs on Love Island (sorry, I didn’t see it!) and self confessed gut health addicts!
The supper club held at the Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh and catered by Dram & Smoke offered diners a four course meal with a focus on gut health. Not a popular proposition you might think? You’d be wrong. The twins hosted a full house of enthusiastic guests who were keen to join in with the time challenges and lapped up gut health facts from the appointed ‘scientists’ from each table.
This is a food website, so let’s have a look at what we ate…
The first course was a Charcoal & Cep Ravioli with bone broth and seaweed and basil salsa. Charcoal is good for gut health, but to be honest, the carefully selected ‘healthy’ ingredients actually played a back seat to what was actually a very good starter indeed. The earthy flavours of charcoal and broth were comforting and the pasta was perfectly cooked. The challenge to eat it in no less than 12 minutes was a difficult one.
The second course was Beetroot & Skirlie Fritters with charred asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli and a miso hollandaise. The dish was served in a mess tin taking me right back to my cadet and TA days. Skirlie, in case you don’t know, is a Scottish dish made with oatmeal fried in fat – once again this was a surprisingly tasty dish which was elevated by that miso hollandaise (made with kefir to promote gut health).
The second of the mains was a Blowtorched Side of Salmon, this was served on a large board with the accompaniments of: salt baked kohlrabi, black rice salad, neep kimchi, and nettle pesto. This was served sharing style along with some organic wine.
Dessert was a Heather Honey & Crowdie Cheesecake with Rude Health toasted oats. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, by now the light had faded and the factory had taken on a cool evening vibe – getting the right light for a good photo was a challenge!
Along with the delicious food there were shots of Symprove, “acid tests”, Kombucha Kat cocktails and the girls did a set at the end of the evening (unfortunately we had to leave so didn’t get to enjoy that, gutted – excuse the pun!).
So a gut health supper may not sound like the most appetising of evenings, but I was surprised by how much fun we all had. We met some great people and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, as far as experiences go, this is one that gets the thumbs up!