08 March 09

Hestons Victorian Feast, Absinthe Jelly

I have not had such a good laugh in ages! Thank you Heston it was fantastic!

There are a few ‘cringey’ type moments but its well worth the viewing.

Slightly erotic, I have not seen three grown men giggling so much in all my life!

Heston is a true inspiration to me. He really believe in what he’s doing and he enjoys himself at the same time, it’s brilliant.

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08 March 09

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Crispy Celeriac Gnocchi with Watercress Cream

Making Gnocchi like an Italian mama is an art in itself. I have gone one step further and used celeriac instead of traditional potatoes. I guess that the Italian Mamas will never forgive me! Ross has been the king of gnocchi making in our household and while on holiday he has shown me the tricks and art of making gnocchi. This dish is a real show stopper, perfect to show off or to impress.

Ross did modify the techniques and use the Thermomix for making the sauce and to puree the celeriac. Personally I like the gnocchi best when it’s cooked twice, once blanched in boiling water and then the second time pan-fried until it crisps into fluffy pillows. The rich watercress cream complements the crispy pillows of celeriac gnocchi perfectly as the buttery peppery sauce highlights the nutty flavour of the celeriac. This dish is ideal as a starter

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08 March 09

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Corn on the Cob and Celeriac Fritters

There is a lot of love in our home for corn on the cob. These Corn on the cob and celeriac fritters are just one of many recipes that we make regularly. As novice gardeners we planted corn on the cob last year. It all went well and  we had a fairly good yield from the plants. We have frozen some of the corn, as we like to extend the enjoyment. These fritters have been made with the last two frozen cobs from our harvest last year. The celeriac makes the fritters extra light and gives it an earthy taste. This recipe excites me as it has so many different dimensions, you can serve the fritters as a starter or make it in to a delightful canapé. They are ideal to serve with drinks as a snack or alongside a small cup of soup for a dinner party. Alternatively they

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07 March 09

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Roasted Fennel Salad with Ras-el-Hanout Dressing

Walking through Borough market is truly inspirational. The different cultures, seasons and aromas draw you into this wonder world of food, it spits you out at the other end half bankrupt but wow what an experience!

It does not matter when you visit you are guaranteed to be inspired. Lots of people enjoy Borough market just as much as I do and it can get pretty crowded on a Saturday. I found that if you visit  very early in the morning on a Friday or Saturday you have a better chance to keep all your toes intact.

On my last visit I found The Arabica Food & Spice Company. What a find! I love the warm aromas of the spices that tickle your nostrils, almost making you sneeze, it’s addictive and you want more. I purchased their Ras-El-Hanout spice blend and have been making many delicious recipes with it

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