We are delighted to be able to host the first release of 'Cuvée Koizumi Yakumo' International Wine Challenge Gold Medal 2014 from Breaky Bottom, our much-loved English sparkling wine producer, from Lewes in Sussex. Peter Hall has established an international reputation as a winemaker. He is the great-great nephew of the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn, also known by his Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo. In the week which marks the 110th anniversary of his death we would like to honour the man who forged links between the East and West with this exciting dinner at Moshi Moshi.
Caroline first met Peter Hall as a small child when she was fortunate enough to be playing with piglets in haystacks on his beautiful farm in the middle of the rolling Sussex Downs. They subsequently reconnected in adult life thanks to a mutual appreciation of the Slow Food movement and good food, and Moshi Moshi has happily listed Peter's heavenly sparkling wines ever since.
Breaky Bottom is an isolated farmstead set in a beautiful secluded valley in the South Downs near Lewes. Peter Hall planted the vines in 1974 when there were only about a dozen vineyards in the UK.
He made elegant still Loire-style wines with the variety Seyval Blanc. More recently the classic Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier have also been planted but Seyval Blanc is still the principal variety. Since 2004 the vineyard produces 100% sparkling wines following the Méthode Champenoise. Breaky Bottom is served at official Government receptions and was selected as part of the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympic celebrations.
Lafcadio Hearne (1850-1904) was born on the Greek island of Lefkada to a Greek mother and Anglo-Irish father and was brought up in Greece and Ireland. When he was nineteen he moved to the USA and then on to Japan in 1890, where he spent the rest of his life teaching and writing. Hearn was one of the first great interpreters of things Japanese for western readers. His long residence in Japan combined with his perfect insight and sympathy, keen intellect, poetic imagination and clear writing style have insured him a devoted readership. among both foreigners and Japanese for over a century.
20th Birthday Celebrations come to a close!
It was an emotional roller coaster turning 20 again and we were delighted to have received so many entries for our Haiku, green tea and what will we be eating in the future? competitions. A big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to make an entry!
It seems green tea has reached all far corners of the world in various guises, ranging from a boutique range of beauty products to seemingly the most popular application in a Green Tea Kit Kat! The winner has gone to the most curious use though, from James at Drusilla's Park in Sussex who informs me 'Lemurs kept in captivity can sometimes suffer from iron storage disease, if tannin is included in their diet this can help reduce any problems. Therefore as a precaution, we give our lemurs green tea as part of their diet.'
Thank you James!
What will we be eating 20 years from now?
Responses ranged from the apocalyptic to the desire for better food systems with plenty of molecular gastronomy and skullduggery in the middle. Worryingly the optimists were few on the ground, so we've chosen Wendy's contribution, as she shed a ray of hope, and we concur that under utilised species or parts of fish hitherto discarded will necessarily become more valuable.
Wendy's entry said:
I think your Cornish kabayaki will be very popular in the future especially when eel itself is becoming very endangered
We were overwhelmed with your responses, so many beautiful thoughts out there on how your lives have changed in 20 years. It wasn't easy deciding, so many personal journeys , but in the end we went for one we feel we can all relate to. Thank you LJ for your winning entry!
It took twenty years
To know things that matter most
Love, Health, Fun, Friends, Food.
Click here for a selection of some of our favourite entries.
That's all from me, but I'd love to hear from you if you have any comments on the menu or a recent experience.
Caroline Bennett Founder & owner
Great Deals with a Moshi Membership
As a Member Moshi card-holder, you will be entitled to a range of monthly offers communicated to you via email which may include complimentary tasters of our seasonal menus or our popular £2.50 plate offer. New Members are also entitled to a monthly draw for a dinner for two worth £50. At the beginning of the month of your birthday, we will send you an email inviting you to choose your birthday gift.