Chocolate Cremeux with Raspberry Pearls

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Published on: May 13, 2014
 

 My first dessert course for my tasting menu was a Dark Chocolate Cremeux with Caramel Mousse and Raspberry pearls, served on a piece of honeycomb.  This is meant to be a small and light dessert.  The cremeux is the center piece of this dessert, everything else is just in support of it.  This entire dessert can be made well in advance, which was handy because by the time we got to this course we were[…]


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[…]


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[…]


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[…]


Gluten Free Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Cookies

Categories: Bakes, Gluten Free, Recipes, West
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Published on: May 29, 2013
 

 I decided I needed a new challenge.  I’ve got the cookie baking sorted and it is pretty straight forward.  I’m still trying to get my head around baking loaves and I’ve got a fairly good standard white bread recipe but it hasn’t quite become second nature yet.  I’m not really ready to make the leap into cakes but I’m not a massive fan of cake anyway so I’m not really motivated to try.  Instead I[…]


Ribeye Steak with Straw Potatoes and Jim Beam Glaze

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Published on: May 14, 2013
 

 I return to one of my favourites, steak.  You can read my previous article on how to properly cook a steak here, so I won’t cover it in much detail this time. My initial plan with this recipe was to do steak and eggs but I was reminded of the bottle of Jim Beam (white) which is so bad, I can’t even drink it with coke.  It’s like that overly excited aunt or uncle you always see at[…]


The Dessert Burger

Categories: Bakes, Dessert, Recipes, Vegetarian, West
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Published on: April 2, 2013
 

 I’ve always loved the idea of making a dessert burger.  I like making food a little whimsical and I love burgers so when my work’s cake club came around again (I made cookies last time) a dessert burger seemed like a pretty logical next step.  I figured someone, somewhere would have tried it but a quick search on google didn’t come up with much.  In fact, the only good example of a dessert burger I[…]


Aged Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookies

Categories: Bakes, Recipes, West
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Published on: March 27, 2013
 

 I don’t really do much baking… I’m a terrible baker but cookies are so easy even I can’t make a mess of them.  My baking skills are legendary, the “easy” victoria sponge that failed to rise, my brownies that ended up more blackies than brownies (I blame my inconsistent oven) and other baking misadventures. Now that I have a thermomix I’ve started experimenting more and trying to do a little more baking.  White loaves have[…]


The Pigskin Burger

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Published on: February 11, 2013
 

 Following one of my favourite Chef’s Richard Blais, I found a series of Burgers that he is currently showcasing on YouTube for Tasted.  One in particular was the Pigskin burger ahead of the Superbowl; It looked amazing!  See the video here. Sadly there isn’t a detailed recipe for this burger – the video gives us a good idea what it involves but there isn’t an exact method or list of ingredients.  So not only do I[…]


Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse with a Raspberry & Limoncello Granita

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Published on: November 2, 2012
 

 My final dish from my dinner party.  It was a nice, relaxing way to finish the meal as it can all be made well in advance, all that is required is to get the granita out of the freezer a few minutes before serving. My first challenge was to make a dairy free mousse.  I’ve made a mousse without any cream before and it turned out fine, although it was very rich.  This time, I[…]


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