Langoustine and Lobster Cannelloni

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Published on: October 10, 2013
 

 This was the fourth course from my tasting menu, a Langoustine and Lobster Cannelloni with a Saffron sauce, braised baby fennel and pink grapefruit pearls.  Had this been at a different time of year I would have used blood orange to make the pearls but they are out of season.  I wanted pearls that would look like fish roe but also provide an acidic hit to counter the seafood and saffron sauce. This was the dish[…]


White Gazpacho Martini

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Published on: October 9, 2013
 

 Course three of my tasting menu; a white gazpacho Martini with vanilla oil.  This recipe is borrowed from Hubert Keller, I saw him produce this as a dish on Top Chef Masters a year or two ago.  I like gazpacho, I did one for a picnic awhile ago and it went down really well.  Gazpacho is a summer dish so doing one in Autumn is a bit of a risk.  But rather than the typical[…]


The Forest Floor – Partridge Confit

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Published on: October 8, 2013
 

 The second dish from my tasting menu.  “The Forest floor” is the concept for this dish which consists of confit partridge leg, partridge pate, candied rosemary, beetroot jelly, a porcini and walnut soil and a moss like side salad.  I’ve added an additional bit of presentation by serving it on a banana leaf.  This dish turned out to be one of the favourites of the night or at least it had one of the favourite[…]


Beetroot Jelly

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Published on: October 8, 2013
 

 I love beetroot, it’s a wonderful vegetable.  Beetroot and stovies, beetroot in stews and beetroot in jelly.  Beetroot jelly reminds me of when I was a kid, one of our neighbours discovered I liked beetroot (he grew a lot of his own veg in his garden and would always give me something to take home).  He told me about jelly beetroot, it sounded strange to me but the next time he made some, he gave[…]


Candied Rosemary

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Published on: October 8, 2013
 

 Candied rosemary is easy to do.  It makes for a nice addition to teas and desserts or in my case, my Forest Floor recipe.  This particular recipe is more “sugared” than “candied” but it doesn’t make much difference.     Ingredients: 16 sprigs Fresh Rosemary 8 sprigs Fresh Thyme 200g Sugar 250ml Water   Method: 1.  Bring the water to a boil in a small pan. 2.  Steep the thyme sprigs in the water for[…]


Smoked Salmon Sashimi with Watermelon & Wasabi Sorbet

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Published on: October 7, 2013
 

 This was the first dish from my tasting menu.  The key feature of this recipe is the watermelon and wasabi sorbet.  It is something I have wanted to do for a long time, ever since having wasabi ice cream a couple of years ago at Whatley Manor (probably the best meal I’ve ever had).  With that as my inspiration I felt that this would make for an excellent amuse bouche.  I love sashimi but it is[…]


Tasting Menu – Thanks to everyone!

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Published on: October 6, 2013
 

 First of all I’d just like to say thanks to everyone for coming!  It seems like everyone enjoyed eating it as much as I enjoyed making it – that makes it all worthwhile.  Special thanks to Martin and Hilda for hosting, helping with the cooking, setting out a beautiful table and washing up behind me as I proceeded to turn their kitchen upside down!  You made something special, extra special.  Thanks also to my wife[…]


Sesame Chicken Noodles

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Published on: September 18, 2013
 

 A quick and easy dish that anyone can try.  Noodle dishes are my way of slapping together a quick dinner in the middle of the week.  They don’t need much in the way of ingredients and most of the stuff you need, you can keep in the cupboards for months on end. I like to use different kinds of noodles, ramen, soba, udon, rice vermicelli, cellophane, ho fun, etc… There are so many types of[…]


Tropical Cocktail Competition

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Published on: September 12, 2013
 

 I’ve finally succumbed to the lure of running a competition.  In my defence, this competition has a purpose – cocktail ideas for my old man in Malaysia.  The challenge?  To create a cocktail involving tropical fruits.  Apparently the drinks cabinet in Malaysia is not moving very fast and needs to see some use.  So what’s in it for you?  A full cocktail shaker set, the same one I use at home, worth £60.  The set[…]


Gluten-Free Stilton and Port Pork Pie (The Portman Pie)

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Published on: July 25, 2013
 

 I’ll be honest, I had my doubts that a proper gluten-free pork pie could be done.  I don’t really do pies and I’d never used a hotwater crust so the thought of doing a gluten-free one seemed like a step too far.  But I was asked to try it out and I figured the worst that could happen is that the crust ends up as little more than a fancy way to hold a pork pie filling. […]


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