Author(s): Geddes Acland
Megan's is a place for all seasons. A cafe and restaurant in London's Chelsea, it could just as easily be in New York's Upper East Side, Beverly Hills or a Mediterranean enclave. Take this magical ambience home with Friends Around the Table, a relaxed recipe collection whether you're entertaining a group or a special someone. Just because you're feeling summery and relaxed doesn't mean that your taste buds have gone on holiday. The weather shouldn't be an excuse for throwing any old thing together: it should be the reason why you take extra care so the meal can be a memorable one, so try Lunch Alfresco offerings like grilled squid, chorizo and asparagus salad. Cooking for two lets you really push the culinary boat out, so when Two's Company, get the pans out, light the candles and snub yet another TV dinner watching Traffic Cops! Choose from an irresistible pot-cooked beef fillet with pea puree and hasselback potatoes. Eating is a communal activity, so easy sharing plates like falafel with tzatziki mean that the More the Merrier. Finally, catch up with greedy friends and sit down to a banana and chocolate cake or a plate of honey and oat Anzac cookies at Teatime.
Acland Geddes developed a passion for all things edible from a very early age, largely thanks to his mother's homespun Italian cooking. He gave up a spectacularly unsuccessful (not to mention uninspiring) career in advertising to set up a catering service in London. After working as a chef in leading gastropubs in London, he opened the first of two branches of Megan's on the King's Road in Chelsea in 2010.