Tuesday 28 April 2020
Cookbook lunch: Ols Halas and Giffords Circus Cookbook
Join us for a cookbook lunch with Ols Halas, chef and co-author of the Giffords Circus Cookbook as he talks about the recipes and stories from a Magical Circus restaurant celebrating two decades of delicious communal cooking alongside the story of the circus itself and its vibrant community.
In a vaudevillian circus tent on site and run by head chef Ols Halas, the travelling Circus Sauce restaurant changes its menu weekly to feature seasonal and produce from the locality being visited.
Ols will be at Homewood to chat about what has gone into creating the Giffords Circus Cookbook that he has co-written with the late Nell Gifford; he will point to the collection of 100 joyful, hearty fare recipes and what they mean to him. The cheer and fun of the circus is conjured with dishes such as Pork belly baps with poached rhubarb, for example, BBQ corn with sweet chilli butter and Lobster and squid ink lasagne for instance. Other imaginative takes on classics come with desserts such as Eton mess, Queen of puddings and Rum babas with roast pineapple.
Accompanied by the stories, personalities and images which trace the circus’ slow journey through the English summer countryside, the Giffords Circus Cookbook is a colourful celebration of 20 years of fun and good food. It was in summer 2000 that Nell and Toti Gifford unveiled their vision: a traditional village circus with a uniquely British charm, blended with extraordinary acts from all over the world. Touring the south of England every summer, Giffords Circus has undeniably become an institution.
Ols Halas ran away with Giffords in 2013, after working at various Cotswold restaurants and a stint in the Alps. Between the circus tours he spends his winters travelling, inspired along the way towards creating and sharing additional unique recipes’.
Homewood’s two-course lunch will showcase Giffords Circus Cookbook recipes and a book selling and signing session will follow Ols’ talk.