TIP II How to create a tasteful but still slightly naughty dining experience

50 Shades of Grey
How to create a tasteful but still slightly naughty dining experience

From your local hardware store:

– zip ties
– masking tape
– rope (thickness of choice)
– black light
– red light bulbs

For the softer touch

– black velvet cloth
– gold and black silk fabric
– red / black candles
– blindfolds
– peacock feather

The added bonus

– envelopes containing a contract sealed with a wax stamp
– extract of the book printed out and burnt around the edges
– black and white body photography

Now, you can use all of these if you want, but pick and choose what you like and also consider the size of room that you are working with.

It’s time to get creative! Cut strips of silk for additional blindfolds that can also be used to tie hands together, give your guests a little room to play and explore.

For the table, place a black table cloth down, add candle holders of all different shapes and sizes around the middle, this should be simple and elegant (remember what Christian Grey’s apartment looked like). And then improvise, add zip ties here and there along with rope knots that can be places between your candle holders. Have elements on the table that guests can taste, touch, drink etc. This will never leave a silent moment during your dinner, as guests will be continuously stimulated.

The perfect decor will come to life through the lighting in the room and the background music. All the small touches around the room that will grasp people’s attention is what will make it a truly unforgettable experience. Replace your lightbulbs with some red ones and dim the lights right down, light some candles around the room, and see how it all comes together. You want your guests to be playful and interact with each other. Make it a discovery, allow them to look around the room and come across something new every time they turn their head. Be it a certain book, light coming through a cupboard door, a picture on the wall, or a paintbrush replacing their dessert spoon.

For the music, choose something sexy, something that is not repetitive, but rather, even makes you tingle inside.

Something like this works on me : How does it Feel Now by Akua Naru

RECIPE II Raspberry & Mint Berries

Hansel & Gretel
Raspberry & Mint Berries
Left with Two or Three Berries

Ingredients – 

8g Sodium Alginate
3g Xanthan Gum
15g Calcium Lactate
450g Mixed Berry Coulis (blended raspberries)
1ltr Water
50g Sugar
5 mint leaves

Utensils –

1 Deep tupperwear with lid
1 Large surgace tupperwear with lid
Slotted spoon
Electric scale
2 Saucepan

Instructions –

It seems much harder than it really is, so if you follow the steps and make sure not to leave things in for too long plus your measurements are accurate, you should be just fine!

First things first. Make your berry coulis. Do this by adding your berry of choice, in this instance, we chose raspberries. Add them to a blender and mix them up, if you want to have a more liquid consistency, we recommend adding some raspberry juice or other – apple might taste nice too. And don’t forget those mint leaves. Stick them in, so they are blended in with the fruit.

When you have your coulis mix it with the calcium lactacte and xanthan gum in a saucepan and bring to boil.
Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and allow to cool. Push down on the sieve, to get as much liquid through as possible.
Place the ltr of water over a low heat.
Mix together the sugar and sodium alginate.
Add the mix to the water and stir until dissolved, taking care not to boil.
Strain into a deep container and cool.

To form the ‘berries’, scoop some of the calcium lactate mixture with a dosing spoon and carefully place it into the sodium alginate mixture. Repeat the process taking care not to let the ‘berries’ touch each other.

Coat each berry with the sodium alginate mixture and leave for about 10 minutes. Don’t leave them in for any longer, as a hard shell will form over the mixture and it will become really chewy.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the bubbles and place them in a bowl of warm water in order to remove any excess alginate mixture.

Store in water until you are ready to serve. I put these on leaves that I bought from my local garden shop and then treated so they would be hygienic enough to serve food on. But you can serve these on a spoon, you can even stick little micro herbs on them as leaves to completely fool your guests.