Today is my first birthday in the blogging world, so as is customary I will give you a run down of my favourite dishes. The most searched and any other trivia I can come up with.

1) My favourite dish:

Guinea Fowl, Morel Sauce and Tarragon Gnocchi Every part of this dish was sublime. It does involve making a chicken stock from scratch, which is worth it if you have the time. If not, any shop bought will be good and still create a mouth watering dish for you and your guests.

2) My favourite dessert:

Brown Bread Ice Cream and Marmalade Cake. This was my own conception. I don’t like marmalade but love fresh brown toast spread with marmalade. Hence, I wanted to turn this combination into a dessert. It had all the tastes you’d expect, but with caramelised breadcrumbs in the ice cream this lent a crunch to the dessert too.

3) Most Searched for Dish:

Savoury Macarons|Fine Dining at Home.

Savoury Macarons. I still get a hit for these everyday. I did search for a recipe myself before I made them and realised it doesn’t exist. Hence after a few trials and errors, I came up with a method that produces a savoury macaron. The texture is identical to a sweet one, but without the sugar making the egg white glossy its very difficult to create a perfectly smooth top. I have been working on that and I’m close to perfecting them.

4) Best Starter:

Meat Fruit. A great conversation piece. If you and your guests will eat chicken liver parfait you have to make these alternatively,  try the chicken liver creme brulee.

5) Best Vegetarian:

Cauliflower Risotto|Fine dining at Home

Cauliflower Risotto with Chocolate Jelly. As much as I love my protein, I could eat this dish everyday. If I had a restaurant it would be the first thing on the menu and probably never come off. Best risotto I’ve ever eaten, if I do say so myself.

6) Most Controversial:

Ras el hanout Lamb, Falafel Scotch Egg and Baba Ghanoush.|Fine Dining at Home

Ras-el-Hanout Lamb Loin, Falafel Scotch Egg and Baba Ghanoush. This dish was entered into ITVs new cookery show, Food Glorious Food. The prize is £20,000 and your dish to go on the shelves at M&S. It needs to have a family story to it though, it is Simon Cowell after all, as he likes a good sob story.They came to my house, filmed for two hours, tasted the dish and left.

The following day I received email notification telling me I’d been succesful but that I still needed to attend a local audition. This has been discussed previously and I had told them of my availability being a busy pilot in the summer season. So my acceptance letter says I needed to attend the North-West audition in “Harrogate” on 15th September. I was unable to do this but the following weekend I was willing to travel anywhere in the country.

Nothing was said until I received a letter on the 14th, saying they had reviewed the T&Cs of the competition and as I was unable to attend the North-West audition they were no longer pursuing my application!

Not sure if I was going to win, but I haven’t seen anything yet that will beat it. It is on 8pm Wednesdays. ITV1.




  1. Well I think M&S and the programme, Food, Glorious Food missed out big time not having you there. Forget them and go for Masterchef next year instead. Although it may not be right for someone who doesn’t want a full career in the industry. Love your blog and here’s to another good year

  2. Congratulations! Here’s to many more years of good food and good drink.
    All your creations are fabulous and worth any TV show.


  3. OMG! What beautiful creations!! I can spend hours browsing through the fabulous food you make. Which is exactly what I am going to do.

    Congratulations on your anniversary 🙂

  4. Happy blogiversary David, I love the round up! How incredibly cool that you might have won that show! I’ve won a couple of contests but I’ve not entered my food; not as creative as you are. Do let us know if you’re featured on TV so we can find the show on line to watch!

  5. Happy blogiversary! Loved the recap. That cauliflower risotto with chocolate jelly sounds incredibly interesting.

    • Dave Crichton

      Thanks for stopping by Lea Ann, the risotto is sublime. You don’t need the chocolate to be a jelly, even a sprinkling of 100% cocoa powder will do.

  6. Alice Walsh

    David congratulations on completing your first year. I love reading the recipes even though I haven’t managed to cook any. I agree with you the Lamb dish you entered in the competition sounds wonderful.
    Wishing you good luck in the future

  7. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, David! Your blog is wonderful, so much drool-worthy food! Definitely different from the rest I’ve seen since it’s fine dining recipes, awesome! 🙂 Thank you for the link!

  8. Hello David, Happy one year blogiversary! I love your round up of dishes and I have to admit your Guinea Fowl, Morel Sauce and Tarragon Gnocchi is stunning. Would love a plate of that right now. Congratulations on getting recognized and I am sure there will be many more opportunities that come your way. Its a real drag when our real job actually gets in the way of our passions. You and I have the same theme. I just moved to this theme about a month ago and still learning about its new features. Thanks for the retweet on twitter. Have a super weekend. BAM

    • Dave Crichton

      Thanks Bam, unfortunately work gets in the way of life. I actually quite enjoy being stuck at 36,000′ so I can have some thinking time and create some new dishes.


  9. Congratulations – a blogiversary is a very special milestone – and look what you’ve got to show for it…..awesome.

  10. Congratulations on such a great year…it will be hard to top but I know you will. I have had duck liver cream brûlée as well as ice cream…both were delicious.

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