You know I like nothing better than a cookbook challenge YUM!! And because Jo & Fouad are coming to Tassie at the end of August – this was a good excuse to cook the book!! Plus it’s great because the recipes are so healthy in the Life Changing Food cookbook too!! I have already made a few delicious recipes from the book but I’m looking forward to trying some I haven’t tried yet too. Bring it on!! YUM!!
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Golden Butter Coffee
Runner Bean & Garlic Braise
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Apple & Pork Belly Hotpot
Coconut-Chai Chia Pudding with Roasted Berries
Jo’s “Best Ever” Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
Roast Vegetable Salad (without avocado or salad leaves)
Cabbage & Bacon Stir-fry
Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce with Cauliflower & Leek Mash
Baba Ghanouj with Garlic Mushrooms
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Fermented Chilli Relish
Apple Cinnamon Nut Porridge
Saffron & Lemon Chicken with Toum (Lebanese garlic dip)
Last night we had a DIY Degustation Dinner for 8 guests – each couple was responsible for 2 courses and a cocktail.
I called my entree “The Sound of The Fat Duck” – I had 4 boxes of “cereal” (flavoured like a full English breakfast) left over from the Fat Duck in Bray – so each couple were given a Fat Duck carry bag (also left over from my previous Fat Duck visits) that had the cereal & 2 squeaky ducks! (The sound of the Fat Duck )
I made macadamia milk to serve with the cereal too. Inside each cereal box was a wooden puzzle that when completed was a little Fat Duck money box.
Thanks to my hubby’s trip to Kmart & my dry ice supplier – I created a Fat duck centrepiece with dry ice so when you poured the water in you had the drama of the cold smoke with the aromatherapy of wild orange to compliment the Heston meatfruit I made using Super Kitchen Machine (Thermomix) post recipe here.
I also made “quackers” duck shaped crackers (which had duck fat in them) to go with the chicken liver parfait (I had wanted to make it with duck livers but my butcher was waiting for their order still) Needeless to say my Thermomix’s have had a major workout the last few days!!
Each couple took home the other half of their meatfruit to enjoy at home. The chicken liver parfait has equal parts butter to chicken livers!! It was frozen into domes & once joined together dipped into the mandarin jelly!! Guess what I’m having for breakfast?
Heston’s Famous Meat Fruit Recipe
For my dessert dish I made the Peter Gilmore Recipe Snow Eggs but used my own flavours rhubarb from the garden with some fresh truffles in the ice cream.
Peter Gimore’s famous Snow Egg Recipe -I used my own flavours of Rhubarb & strawberry for the Fool & the Granita & Truffle Ice cream
I just love Pork Rillettes - they are so easy to make & so tasty, just perfect to pull out of the fridge when you have guests or get a snack attack!! It takes me back to the awesome food markets in Paris - YES!!
1 tbs salt flakes
1 tsp cracked black pepper
6 juniper berries
20 all spice berries
16 cloves garlic
120g brandy or apple cider
1 kg pork shoulder cut into 3 cm cubes
500g pork belly or bacon (rind removed) cut into cubes
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 tbs veggie stock paste
150g dry white wine
fresh thyme leaves optional
fresh bay leaves optional
butter or duck fat optional
Place the salt, pepper, juniper berries and all spice berries into the TM bowl and mill for 20 secs speed 10.
Add the garlic and chop for 3 secs / speed 7.
Scrape out the mixture into a container and add the pork shoulder, pork belly or bacon and the brandy, cover and marinate over night in the fridge.
Place the marinated pork into the TM bowl, add mustard, water, wine, thyme and bay leaves and cook for 1.5hrs /100 degrees/ reverse, speed 1.5 with the simmering basket on top instead of the MC. If you need to shred the pork anymore you can go onto speed 4 reverse for 5 - 10 secs.
Allow to cool and place into sterilised jars.
If your pork wasn't fatty enough you may need to melt some butter or duck fat to cover the mixture.
Place into the fridge to cool completely and serve with cornichons and crusty bread or crackers.