Pop up Supper Club with Brother Marcus

Mar 10

Exciting news! I am running a pop up Supper Club with the guys at Brother Marcus, Balham.

Brother Marcus has quickly established itself as a firm favourite on the south London food scene since opening in early 2016. Opened by three talented pals with backgrounds in coffee, catering and street food, these guys have gone from strength to strength with an all day, relaxed cafe vibe.  Check out my full review of their big stuffed sandwiches from an earlier visit here.

They’re now hosting a series of Supper Clubs and from 6th-8th April I will be popping up with a  ‘Greatest Hits’ menu based on the most loved recipes from my 7 books. Everything will be served to share family style on communal tables and finished off with a glorious pot of Yorkshire Tea.

Tickets from £32pp are available to purchase here. Get them fast!

Triple Chocolate Tart

Greatest Hits Menu

Sumac Martini
Yorkshire Pudding Slider – Home Cured Salmon with Horseradish Crème Fraîche & Watercress
Crisp Polenta with Caponata Salad
Slow Roasted Studded Lamb w/ Dauphinoise + Greens
Divine Triple Chocolate Tart with Grapefruit Sorbet and a Pot of Yorkshire Tea

Photo from: Sam Stern’s Cookery Course: for students in the kitchen. (Quadrille £18.99) Photography: Chris Terry

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Halloween & Bonfire Night Instagram Challenge!

Oct 21

If you’re a budding food photographer, or just enjoy swamping your Instagram followers with foodie photos, then you’ll love what will be happening on my Instagram (sam_stern) over the next two weeks.

Over Halloween and Bonfire Night I’m going to be holding a daily photo challenge over on Instagram. All you have to do is snap one photo a day between Monday 26th October and Sunday 8th October that fits with that day’s theme. All the themes can be found in the image below!

Over the course of the challenge I’ll be sharing any images that catch my attention on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you’ve liked the page, and are following @sam_stern on Twitter to see if your image gets a shout out.

Also make sure to tag your photos with #SSFoodPhotoChall, and mention @sam_stern in the caption when you post them on Instagram.

Looking forward to seeing all your snaps!

Halloween and Bonfire Night Instagram Challenge

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Who doesn’t love a biscuit!?

Apr 9

I have been very busy recently as i’m working on a rather exciting new project. Now i’m not sure if i’m allowed to talk about it yet, but it’s a very clever little book!! Because of the smart structure it’s been a real noggin scratcher, demanding plenty of concentration. This has led to an unholy amount of tea drinking. So I thought because of all that tea I should provide you with a recipe for one of my biggest cravings….chocolate biscuits! I’m trying to eat really healthily and only having a small amount of the food I create (up to 5 dishes a day) as otherwise i will pile the weight on! So if I can’t enjoy a chocolate biscuit right now I want you to do it for me. I will keep you updated with the project as it continues and when I can reveal all, I will!


Find the recipe here.


Chocolate Biscuits

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This is a tribute to my amazing mum.

Feb 11

Mum was diagnosed with a brain tumor during the summer of 2013. Bravely, she faced surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, all of which she sailed through with the kind of cheerful courage that only she could possibly show. Sadly, she started to deteriorate in November and was admitted to St. Leonard’s Hospice in York on Christmas Eve. It is the most wonderful place and they strove to make Mum as comfortable as possible, showing extraordinary compassion and sympathy. On the 8th of January, Mum passed away, leaving her whole family in shock and sadness. She was a wonderful, exceptional woman who not only raised, and put up with, me and my four siblings but she inspired us all to achieve whatever we wanted to do. This was particularly true for me, she being such a great inspiration to my cooking – I simply could not be where I am today without her. Going forward, I will strive to do her proud in everything I do. Even so, I can’t imagine how tough it’s going to be without her by my side, telling me to add a bit more seasoning, a touch of this or that, or just to chuck it away and start again. I know it will be hard, but in special remembrance of her, I will keep producing food and recipes that you all can enjoy.


Finally I would just like to share this poem, that my sister wrote and recited at Mum’s funeral. It’s a beautiful reflection on how important she was to us.


Before I let you go I want to thank you

For every single thing you’ve ever done

For each and every thought and act of kindness.

For being just the most fantastic mum.


Thank you for the school runs and packed lunches,

For the doorstep sandwiches we could barely eat.

Thank you for the parents’ evenings and school plays,

For rewarding good reports with thoughtful treats.


Thank you for the bulging Christmas stockings,

That you dragged upstairs in the dead of night.

Even when we were grown-up with our own kids,

And Santa would long ago have taken flight.


Thank you for the cakes you baked with kindness,

For the wedding cake that you made for me.

And for all the birthday cakes and everyday cakes,

That meant our friends would always stay for tea.


Thank you for the egg hunts in the garden.

For taking time to hide them all around.

For laughing at our scramble to locate them,

And for the Mini Eggs that we never found.


Thank you for coming to my rescue,

With food and love and comfort when babes were small.

For filling up our fridge and endless cuddles,

And for making it look like no effort at all.


Thank you for the bedtime stories,

For the books you read at breakfast, lunch and tea.

For the stories and the poems that you wrote us,

And for reading to my children endlessly.


Thank you for the notes and cards and letters,

A hello – well done – I love you – I’m so proud.

For the endless texts and emails that you sent me,

The inbox now so quiet but once so loud.


I don’t know what I’ll do without you,

Without your wisdom, warmth and patience,
Spark and wit.

But all you’ve done and were lives on within me.

And I’ll try to carry it on a little bit.



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