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. 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:
5) Best Vegetarian:
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 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.