03 March 09

coq

Coq-Au-Vin with Parsnip Cream

Coq-au-vin is an old classic and one of my favourites. The beauty about this  dish is that it can be cooked in so many ways and  presented in various styles ranging from a  fine dining extravaganza  through to a homely winter warming dish.

I have cooked the chicken legs and the parsnips in the water bath. The flavours are unbelievably intense. I have chosen free range chicken legs for this Coq-au-vin dish, as the brown meat carries a lot of flavour. Cooking the legs in the water bath ensures the meat becomes  tender,melt in the mouth, with a incredible amount of flavour.

This recipe might seem to be fairly complicated but once tried you will be hooked for life.

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02 March 09

isreali_couscous_salad

Maple Glazed Parsnip and Israeli Couscous Salad

The vibrant colour of this maple glazed parsnip and Israeli couscous salad attracts a lot of attention around the dinner table. Israeli couscous might be an unusual ingredient for some of you. It was created in Israel as a wheat based substitute for rice during times when rice and coucous were in short supply. Couscous is made from semolina where as Israeli couscous is made from hard wheat that has been roasted.

Cook Israeli couscous just like pasta in plenty of boiling salted water. I add a pinch of turmeric to stain the pearls bright yellow so it looks attractive in a salad. The Assam tea soaked raisins give this side dish a interesting dimension. This salad is perfect to be served either as a main meal, light lunch or as a side dish hot or cold. I like to serve this salad with honey glazed gammon, I deliberately make

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02 March 09

orange_yoghurt_cake

Sticky Orange Cake with Natural Yogurt Topping

This Sticky Orange Cake with Natural Yoghurt Topping is a tribute to my very good friend Fabien. Fabien is an outstanding pastry chef and the two of us certainly have one thing in common and that is striving for perfection. I owe Fabien a big thanks, as he taught me a lot about the art of pastry. This sticky orange cake recipe is one of the first of Fabien’s delights that I had the privilege of tasting. He’s naturally protective over his recipes so I am honoured to have this one.

The ingredients make this cake unique. Using  whole boiled oranges gives this cake it’s sticky dense characteristic and ultimate orange punch. The yoghurt topping garnished with pomegranate seed, pistachio nuts and freshly grated orange zest complements the moist deliciousness of the cake.

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01 March 09

cottage_pie

The Ultimate Cottage Pie

The inspiration for this dish came from my very first couple of weeks working in contract catering. At first, the change  from restaurants to the contract catering world was fierce as I was facing challenges that I had no time to think about. I had clients that wanted simple classical food cooked well. The first request was for shepherds pie. As I love a challenge I thought about the food that I had been taught to cook in the restaurants.Shepherds pie was outstanding as I used shoulder of lamb that I confit in duck fat for 5 hours.The clients could not stop talking about it as I made shepherds pie super posh and super delicious.

I used the inspiration of that dish to develop the ultimate cottage pie recipe. With this meal I use shin of beef ,instead of mince, and I braise the meat slowly for a long period

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