Hi Everyone first recipe post in a while, on the 11/03/16 I was invited to the Parramasala festival if you haven't heard of it, it is an annual multi cultural celebration. This year they organised several chefs to give live cooking demonstrations. We decided with my formal french training at one of the best restaurants in the world I should do a french inspired dish. So I demonstrated how to cook a restaurant dish: Pan roasted lamb loin with thyme crushed kipfler potatoes, asparagus and sauce paloise. The audience was very engaged and had a great energy about them. As promised here are the recipes, sorry for the lack of photos today I was missing my helper and my darling Jessica.
Hi guys so recently we were at a bacon festival and I gave a talk and demonstration on real bacon, the time it takes and the importance of doing it properely. I actually gave a demonstration on making real “Australian Lamb bacon” I also highlighted the importance of experimenting in the kitchen to keep life fun and open yourself up to new experiences.
So as promised here is my Wiltshire cure recipe it is important to use fresh meat from a reputable supplier, clean equipment and to keep the temperature cold. You will need,
If you love soft chewy chocolate chip cookies you have to try out this delicious recipe. I have made it in a few of the restaurants and cafes that I have worked in, it is always a crowd favourite. They are called cheat day cookies for obvious reasons but maybe make them smaller and take them to the next dinner party you're invited to and have them with coffee, tea or of course milk.
In one of the many variations I have stuffed them with house made peanut butter (pictured below) for a super decadent cookie, your imagination is your limit, even filled with Nutella they would be amazing, but they can also be enjoyed with a warm glass of milk.
This was another dish from the live cooking demonstrations I have recently completed. It was such a great success the butcher sold out of these beautiful lamb roasts the day this was demonstrated...
We went down to see friends in the southern highlands, and offered to cook dinner this made its way onto the menu it was a big success and I haves since heard they have been enjoying the feast the following days meals. click below to see the recipe.
This is a beautiful dish that I actually made for our christmas lunch after Jess had tried it at the demo it was specially requested to share with the family! Ideally you would use the freshest prawns, but if you are unable to source these then allowing the frozen ones to defrost overnight in the fridge will also work, just make sure you get the green (raw) prawns. The inspiration for this dish came after a few days into the demonstrations and I went to the fishmonger to find out what they had on offer and I saw these beautiful fresh prawns starring back at me & I knew they had to be featured! There was a beautiful savoury, element from the salted celery and then the pickled grapes highlighted the sweetness of the prawns with that beautiful acidic note to cut through it all, then the yoghurt dressing married it all together.
This was my first attempt at making some Ukrainian Borsch, I put it on as a special after it was requested by one of my customers, Natalie Troy. it was a great little exercise and it rounds out nicely with the pickled cabbage, fresh green peppers and Creme fraiche. Enjoy
Hollandaise is a very classical sauce it is one of the first you learn in culinary school, it is basically an emulsion of egg yolks, clarified butter and an acidic element, a versatile mother sauce, add chopped tarragon it becomes bearnaise, tomato it becomes sauce choron, or lightly whipped cream it becomes sauce mousseline, click here to see the many other variations.
It pairs well with pretty much anything, one of my favourites is with poached eggs, spinach and bacon on an english muffin, instead of using ghee I like to use a beurre noisette so there's a beautiful nutty flavour added to it!
Here's my recipe, I like to use the best ingredients I can sauce, here I am using eggs from our friends farm, Pepe Saya's Ghee, from his butter making master class at celebration cooking with Jessica Pedemont.
My tip: make the reduction before time and leave in the fridge in a kilner jar, you'll get enough for a few batches of sauce!!
The How To... section will have recipes, handy cooking tips & dish ideas, inspired by what I eat, make & try. I invite your suggestions in and I will put my spin on the recipe and publish