Monday, October 28, 2013

Wasabi Mayo


  1. Make 2 egg mayo (i.e. same quantity of oil and mustard but 2 eggs);
  2. 2 tsp Light miso paste;
  3. 1 tsp Rice vinegar;
  4. 1 tsp lemon juice;
  5. 1 tsp wasabi paste;
  6. 1 tsp grated fresh horseradish;
Mix adding vinegar and lemon juice last.

Fish Curry

Ingredients for two people:
  1. 300 gr white fish (cod, haddock etc);
  2. 150 gr prawn;
  3. 1 finely chopped shallot;
  4. 2 cloves finely chopped garlic;
  5. 1 finely chopped chili;
  6. 1 finely chopped celery stalk;
  7. 1 ½ - 2 tbsp mild korma powder (or another mild curry powder);
  8. Thai fish sauce;
  9. 150 ml coconut milk;
  10. S&P.

Soften 3 – 6 in oil in a warm pan ideally a wok. When shallot is translucent add the curry powder and fry until it starts to darken. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce and the fish. Season and let simmer until the fish is cooked.

The coconut milk can be replaced by liquid yogurt.

Buckwheat Blinis

Ingredients for 18 blinis:
  1. 40 gr buckwheat flour;
  2. 125 gr strong plain white flour;
  3. ¾ tsp salt;
  4. 5 gr easy blend yeast;
  5. 150 ml crème fraiche;
  6. 175 ml whole milk;
  7. 2 eggs separated;
  8. 25 gr butter;

  1. Sift together 1 – 4;
  2. Warm 5 & 6 until lukewarm then whisk in the egg yolks;
  3. Mix milk into flour and whisk until you a think batter. Cover with a clean dish cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour;
  4. Beat egg white to stiff peaks;
  5. Fold egg white into batter;
  6. Melt a pinch of butter in a blinie pan and fry about a table spoon of batter for 30 sec a side.

Added a tablespoon of honey (miel de Thyme).

Osso Bucco

Ingredients (for 4):
  1.  4 veal shanks;
  2. Seasoned flour to coat the veal;
  3. 100 gr diced pancetta;
  4. Chopped onion;
  5. Chopped carrot;
  6.  Chopped stalk celery;
  7. 2 large cloves garlic finely chopped;
  8. Zest of one large lemmon;
  9. 500 ml white wine;
  10. 500 ml chicken stock;
  11. 750 ml crushed tomatoes;
  12. 2 bay leaves;
  13. Large sprig rosemary;
  14. Handful Thyme;
  15. S&P.

For the Gremolata (make this at least 2 hrs beforehand):
  1. 100 gr finely chopped parsley;
  2. Zest of one large lemon;
  3. 2 finely chopped cloves garlic;
  4. Handful of toasted peanuts;
  5. EVOO to moisten;
  6. Mix and let stand to infuse.

  1. Dredge veal in seasoned flour (shake off any excess):
  2. Fry pancetta in a large heavy bottomed and oven proof pan, set aside when browned, keep the grease;
  3. Brown veal on medium heat, set aside;
  4. Add more oil and sauté onion, carrots, celery, garlic and zest on medium heat until tender;
  5. Add veal and pancetta back into the pan;
  6. Deglaze pan, add wine and boil off most of the alcohol;
  7.  Add stock and tomatoes, bring to simmer;
  8. Add herbs;
  9. Cover and transfer to 180 degrees C oven;
  10. Cook for 1 – 1.5 hrs or until veal is falling of the bone (may need to top up liquid).

Serve with  risotto alla milanese topped with the Gremolata;

Monday, October 14, 2013

Romesco Sauce

Made the Barrafina recipe romesco over the weekend. I played with the recipe by adding hotter cillis and by using fresh roasted Romano peppers instead of choricero peppers. Came out absolutely brilliantly. 

Makes enough for 6-8 generous portions (about 650g)
  1. 1 dried red chilli, soaked in warm water for 2 hours (any chilli will do but naturally the better the chilli you use the better the result. I used Guajillo (relatively mild but with a strong finish, Chipotle meco (a smoked jalapeno) and a habanero for the intense strength.)
  2. 4 dried choricero peppers, soaked in warm water for 2 hours (this is the pepper used to make paprika, you’ll get it in Brindisa or one of the speciality food stores. I could not find any in Chiswick so I used 4 fresh romano peppers that I roasted in the oven)
  3. 4 large ripe plum tomatoes
  4. 100ml olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
  5. salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1 whole head of garlic, halved horizontally
  7. 100 gr blanched almonds
  8. 20 gr roasted almonds
  9. 1 slice of good-quality white bread, about 2cm thick (actually used Japanese panco, works just as well)
  10. 50ml sherry vinegar
Heat the oven to 180°C. Drain the soaked chilli and choricero peppers, then remove the seeds and set aside. Put the tomatoes into a roasting dish. Drizzle them with a tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the two halves of garlic in foil and add to the roasting dish. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. When cool enough, pop the garlic cloves out of their skins and set aside. Meanwhile, in a separate smaller roasting dish, toast the almonds in the same oven for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned. Be careful – they burn fast! Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small frying pan and fry the bread on both sides until golden brown. Put the chillies, choriceros, roasted tomatoes, garlic, blanched almonds, bread and vinegar into a blender or food processor. Add 100ml of olive oil and blitz until smooth. Season with plenty of salt and pepper and keep in the fridge until needed.

When serving sprinkle some of the roasted almonds over the meat.

Monday, January 21, 2013


Posting this here so that I don't have to bother David every time I want to make Anticucho sauce:

Red Anticucho Sauce
  1. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (crushed to powder)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons grated garlic
  5. 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon aji panca paste
  7. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  8. 1 tablespoon sake
  9. 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

Combine in the order listed
Yellow Anticucho Sauce
  1. 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon aji amarilllo paste
  2. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  4. 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoons yuzu juice
  6. 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

Combine in the order listed

Chilli Con Carne

My CCC never tastes the same twice in a row mainly because I never use a recipe. Rather every time I want to make an CCC I start reading recipes. The final result depends very much on where I get my inspiration. Sometimes I will read Heston’s CCC recipe from in search of perfection and be inspired to make something unbelievably complicated or I’ll go with Jamie Oliver’s very simple chili.

I made a particularly good CCC today so I’ve decided to post it here as a reminder and so that poor Jules can be confident that her food tastes as expected.

  1. 1 tsp crushed dried chili;
  2. 2 tsp crushed cumin seeds;
  3. 1 tsp oregano (ideally wild);
  4. 2 tsp smoked paprika;
  5. 2 star anise;
  6. 500 gr minced meat ideally not the low fat version;
  7. 1 large carrot chopped fine;
  8. 1 stalk celery chopped fine;
  9. 2 large onions chopped fine;
  10.  4 cloves garlic roughly chopped;
  11.  2 finely chopped jalapeno peppers;
  12.  2 red peppers cut into 1 cm thick strips;
  13. 1 liter beef stock;
  14.  A double espresso;
  15. 2 400 gr tins chopped tomatoes;
  16.  400 gr kidney beans;
  17.  S&P;

  1. Dry roast ingredients 1 -4;
  2. Brown the meat in a very hot pan;
  3. Soften the onion & celery in the same pan;
  4. Add carrot and red pepper and let soften a bit;
  5. Add all the spices, garlic and jalapeno let fry for a minute or so;
  6. Add the beef and tomato, blend thoroughly;
  7. Add the espresso and stir it in;
  8. Add the stock, season to taste;
  9.  Let simmer for up to 2 hours;
  10. Add beans and let simmer until beans are ready.
  11. Serve with Crème fraise and grated cheese.

Additional ideas:
  1.  Chives;
  2.  Couple of squares of bitter 70% chocolate;
  3. Add the red pepper when there is ½ hour left of the cooking time so that they retain some texture;
  4. Chilli Mix (replaces the dry chilli and Jalapeno above):
    1. Chipotle Morita - 3/5 hot, smoke-dried jalapeño; 
    2. Habaneros - 5/5 hot, this is the source of the spicy background heat; 
    3. Guajillo - 2/5 hot, slightly sweet out in front taste;
    4. Mulato - 1/5, chocolaty, licoricy taste;
    5. Ancho (poblano) Chilli - 1/5, Similar to Mulato not sure I really need both;
    6. Cascabel - 2/5, toasty, nutty flavour.