Some people I have been told just buy a Thermomix to make cocktails – I am only new to the world of cocktails – I know I’m a bit late to the party!! It’s only the last couple of years I have been trying some amazing recipes mainly thanks to Dani Valent LOL!! Anyway as I try more recipes I will update this post – It’s a tough job but someone has to do it 🙂
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 ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>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!!
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?
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.
- 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 water
- 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.
Don’t tell me you have never heard of a “Truffle Off”?? Ok so I made it up, because my friend Rita & I both bought a 20g truffle at the same time & didn’t realise it so we decided to have a truffle off & cook as many different things as we could with our truffles. I will update my pics as I go through the delicious challenge. Bring it on!! YUM!! (If you need more truffle drooling see post from 2017 truffle season)