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It’s starting to feel like winter in Sydney and I was inspired to make something hearty using polenta. I don’t know why I haven’t used polenta before, I’ve had it twice this week.  Once with a calamari ragu and tonight it was particularly with this seafood sauce and prawns.
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Prawns on Polenta

Serves One

    • 50 grams polenta
    • 120 ml cream
    • 1/2 onion and carrot, finely diced
    • 1 tomato, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons olive oil for the prawns
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 250 ml fish or prawn stock
    • pinch of sugar
    • 10 prawns, peeled and deveined
  1. Place the polenta in a pot with around 250 ml of water and bring to a boil then lower to a simmer.  Add a generous pinch of salt.  Stir the polenta every few minutes and cook until the grains have fully opened, around 40 minutes.  If you  feel the polenta is too thick, add some more water while cooking.  The idea is to get it to a texture you like.  At the end of the cooking add 60 ml of the cream.
  2. In the meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions and carrots until soft, around 5 minutes.  Add the chopped tomatoes and a pinch of sugar and cook out for 10 minutes.
  3. To make a roux, add the flour to the onion and carrot mixture and cook out for a minute.  Next add the fish/prawn stock and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens, around 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a large pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the prawns until golden brown.
  5. To plate, spread the polenta on a plate, followed by the bisque and finally the prawns.

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SP Squid
This recipe is roughly inspired by the Salt and Pepper squid bun from Lotus Restaurant in Sydney believe me, a keeper! My husband once went to the restaurant three times in one week for this.  Lucky, you can now make it at home.   You can also watch Dan Hong make squid recipe here.

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Salt and Pepper Squid and Sliders

Serves Six

    • 500 grams squid, cleaned, scored then cut in to strips
    • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
    • Potato starch for coating the squid
    • Oil for deep frying

Spice Mix

    • 1 teaspoon each of salt, white pepper, five spice and chicken powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  1. To make the calamari, dip the strips of squid in the egg white then coat in the potato starch.
  2. Deep fry the squid for around two minutes until pale and crisp.  Drain on paper towels.
  3. Grind all the spice mix ingredients in a mortar and pestle and sprinkle generously over the squid while warm.
  4. For the sliders, mix some siracha and mayonnaise on both sides of a milk bun, lay some fried squid and top with spring onions and coriander.

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For 14 years Baci was a source of joy, companionship and comfort to me and my husband. We had always grown up with dogs in our family but as loved as they were, Baci was the first dog that I invested so much love and time with.

When we first went to the breeder to choose a puppy from the litter I knew immediately she was the one. She was exactly what I wanted in a Labrador. Light yellow, almost to the point of being white, a large face and stock body. I insisted that the breeder paint her toes pink so when we picked her up two weeks later we could easily identify her.

Baci and I went through a lot together. I remember the first night she came home. We let her sleep in the laundry room and did not hear a peep from her the whole night. I thought I was so lucky to have such a brave puppy to sleep through the night without any barking or crying!

I remember the hours spent toilet training where I would take her out to the garden and we would have a stare off that lasted what felt like hours until she did her business and she could come back in.

I remember the first time she got sick and we had to take her to the emergency vet hospital. The doctor has said something along the line of “Well, we don’t know what is wrong with her and we will have to do some checks. The X-ray will cost $200 and the ultrasound will set you back $500 and she will have to stay here overnight so that’s another $250”. My husband said “Okay if that’s the case, can we just stay with her in the room?” The doctor said that there wasn’t a room, and that Baci would stay in a cage that night. Imagine $250 to sleep in a cage?! We learned our lesson and got pet insurance after that.

I remember training her all sorts of tricks – not only did she learn how to shake hands or play dead, she learned how to “bow”, how to raise both her paws in the air (her cue was say “amen”), how to dance and my personal favourite, how to press the button for the stop light.

I remember when we got Bizou our second Labrador and how they used to play by chasing each other around the lounge room. I remember when we got our other Labrador, Pash – how irritated Baci used to get with her but then eventually accepted her as a younger sister to mentor.

I remember when my husband and I used to argue who she loved more. We played this game where we made Baci stand in the middle of us and we would stand on opposite sides and call out to her at the same time. It was always a source of bragging rights when she went to either one of us.

I remember all the long walks we had, how we taught her how to swim, how she used to jump on the bed and how she would follow me around the house waiting for me to give her a pat or a quick hug

A few weeks ago Baci started losing her appetite. It happened very gradually but it was noticeable given she was a Labrador. At first we thought it was because of her old age she was bored with eating the kibbles we gave her. So we started feeding her chicken and vegetables. When she refused that we moved on to other things – from canned fish, raw meat, premium dog food etc. She’d try to make an effort to eat but had become really picky with her food. About two weeks ago she pretty much refused to eat anything. So we had a blood test done. Turns out that Baci had severe kidney failure which was causing her to lose her appetite. The doctor told me that it was likely she had only a couple of days, weeks at most. “Try to get her to eat anything, whatever she wants to eat, even ice cream”, I was advised. Sometimes she’d eat a bite or two of liver treats and occasionally some sliced cheese but for the most part she just drank water. It was heart breaking to see her eat so little. But Baci was a trouper. She was still alert and loved to go on her daily walks.

I asked her doctor how would I know when it was time for Baci to go. She said “well, you need to speak to her and tell her that she doesn’t need to hang on and if she is ready to go to give you a sign”. I admit I thought that was weird and there was no way I was going to start talking to my dog like that.

On the 31st of January we decided to get Baci on a drip to hopefully clear out the toxins in her body and make her feel better. When we got home I tried to get her to eat more liver treats but even those she refused to eat. In desperation I reached for some of the Sourdough Ice Cream I had made a few days before. At last, she started eating! I was so happy to see her finally eating something/anything (!) after four days.

At the back of my mind I knew that sooner or later I would have to make a decision about when to put her down. Making a decision that is literally about life and death is traumatic and never easy. I knew I didn’t want Baci to suffer and as long as she was walking, alert and wagging her tail, I wanted to spend as much time as I could with her.

Unfortunately, that night things took a turn for the worst. Baci started shivering and started to lose control of her legs. We had to carry her up to the room and you could tell she had a hard time breathing. That night she left our room to drink some water in the courtyard then threw up and could not get up to go back to the room. I cleaned her up and sat down beside her. I whispered to her “Baci, if you are ready to go, don’t worry about us. Thank you for the 14 years of joy and love”.

That morning I called the vet.

My husband and I were with her as she peacefully went.

When I think of all the effort involved in taking care of a dog, it’s a little bit like making sourdough ice cream. It is truly a labour of love. My journey in making this started with me learning how to make a sourdough starter, then how to make sourdough bread culminating in my learning to make my own ice cream. It was an evolution that went over two years but very much worth the effort. I’m not a big ice cream eater but this is addictive – how could it not be when it’s got bits of caramelised sourdough enveloped by a creamy vanilla ice cream base. You can even save some sourdough crumbs and serve it on the side for extra crunch.

Having said that, to make life easier you can easily buy your own load of sourdough and just proceed with the ice cream recipe as written here.

When I look back on my life with Baci, I can honestly say I have no regrets. I want to tell everyone of all the wonderful times we had together but 14 years is a long time and while I can’t remember everything, I feel fortunate to say that there is no doubt in my mind that I could not have cared for her any more than I did, that we have a great life together and that she was loved so much until the very end.

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Sourdough Ice Cream

Serves 8

    • 150 grams Sourdough Crumbs
    • 300 ml cream
    • 170 ml milk
    • 60 grams sugar
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (best quality you can find)
    • 1/4 teaspoon maldon salt flakes
    1. Heat the milk and cream in a sauce pan until the sides start to come to a boil. At the same time whisk the egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale.
    2. Pour a third of the cream/milk into the egg yolks then give it a good stir. Pour the egg/cream/milk mixture back in to the sauce pan and heat until the mixture reaches 76c. Immediately strain in to a container and add the sourdough crumbs. Place this over another container filled with ice water to cool down quickly. When cool, transfer the custard to the refrigerator and allow to rest at least four hours or until you are ready to make the ice cream.
    3. Churn the ice cream following the manufacturers instructions (I churned mine for around 35 minutes) and immediately place in the freezer until ready to serve.
    4. Serve with the extra Sourdough crumbs.

Sourdough Crumbs

Makes enough for two batches of ice cream – Recipe from David Lebovitz

    • 250 grams old Sourdough Bread
    • 45 grams butter
    • 100 grams sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon Maldon salt flakes
    1. Pre heat the oven to 180c. Tear the Sourdough in to 2 cm pieces and place in a food processor and process until you get fine breadcrumbs.
    2. Melt the butter until and continue to cook until the butter is browned and smells nutty. Take care not to burn the butter. When the butter starts to foam, add the breadcrumbs, sugar and salt and immediately take it off the heat. Stir the mixture to combine.
    3. Please the crumbs in a baking tray lined with wax paper and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until dark brown. Stir often to keep from burning.
    4. When done, allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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Hi!  I know it’s been ages.  You’re probably wondering if I’m here to make an appearance and then disappear after one or two posts… maybe… I don’t know.  But this recipe was too good to pass-up and not share with you.  I know I’ve jumped on the poke bandwagon a little bit late but – this is a revelation.  I have always wanted to have poke bowls for lunch but buying fresh fish and taking it to work has never been an option and the prices for sashimi in the food court at work is ridiculously expensive. So why not buy salmon and cook it sous vide and use that for poke.  The texture is pretty close to sashimi (maybe a little bit on the firmer side) and you can store it for a few days in the fridge if you’re not ready to use it.  Yes, this is super easy to put together and if you aren’t inclined to sous vide your fish – maybe use tofu or prawns instead – even chicken… I don’t know… I don’t even know if this is even a poke bowl anymore… maybe it’s just a soba salad that is disguised as a poke bowl?!?  I’ve brought it to work a couple of times already and it tastes awesome – so yes, you’re welcome.  Haha!

In case, you ARE wondering what happened to me since the last time I posted – well, YOGA took over my life…. and Pilates as well.  In the last year I took a teacher training course in Pilates (two actually but I kinda failed the first one!) and then I decided to take a Yoga 300 hour Teacher Training in Thailand… and now doing another  200 hour training.  I am hoping one day to find a way to blend my passion for food and “movement” (mostly Yoga).  If and only if you ARE interested (and why wouldn’t you be?!) go check out Trissalicious on Instagram. Follow me there – you’ll probably get to see a little bit more of me there.

Salmon Poke with Soba Noodles

Serves Two

    • 2 salmon fillets, sous vide 100 grams each
    • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
    • 2 tsps finely chopped green onions
    • Shredded Carrots
    • Shredded Red Cabbage
    • Edamame
    • Japanese Seaweed
    • Soba Noodles
    • Pickled Cucumber
    • Roasted Sesame Sauce (I used Kewpie)
    1. First Make the Sous Vide Salmon.  I suggest using the recipe here.
    2. Once you are ready to use the salmon, mix around 2 tbsp of roasted sesame sauce and top with black sesame seeds and finely chopped green onions.
    3. Top with the carrots, cabbage, edamame, seaweed, cucumber and whatever else you’d like to add.

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Salmon Tarator

Salmon Tarator

At start of this year I signed up for a 10 day challenge on this site. The idea was each day I would get an email prompting me to take on a small risk, in order to do something that would take me outside my comfort zone. For example:
1. Take a new route to work
2. Try a new exercise
3. Go to an event where you don’t know anyone
4. Reach out to someone and tell them you admire them
5. Try a new food

I particularly liked Challenge 8 which was “try a new recipe”. So here it is. This recipe is from Greg Malouf and I’ve adapted slightly based on the ingredients I had on hand. Sometimes I tend to stick to what I know but I’m glad this challenge prompted me to learn a new way to cook salmon and try new flavours with the “Tarator” crust. To cook this Salmon, you will bake each fillet in a parcel for 12 minutes at 80c then turn the fish over and re-wrap and cook another 12 minutes – then allow the fish to rest. The result is a perfectly moist, cooked salmon. The Tarator crust is as delicious as it is pretty too.

I loved the 10 day challenge, it definitely took me out of my regular routine, I’m thinking that it’s worth doing the challenge once a quarter, just to keep things interesting!

Salmon Tarator

Serves Six

  • 6 pieces salmon filets, skin on (250 g each)
  • 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • Fragrant Salt

  • 1/2 tsp each cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom seeds, fennel seeds and nigella seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sesame, toasted
  • Tarator Crust

  • 100 grams pine nuts
  • 2 small red onions, finely diced
  • 1 cup coriander, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, finely shredded
  • 3 tsp sumac (I substituted dukkah)
  • Tahini Sauce

  • 100 grams greek yogurt (I substituted labneh)
  • 30 ml hulled tahini
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove, diced, mixed with 1 tsp salt
  1. Make the fragrant salt by dry roasting the cumin, coriander, cardamom, fennel and nigella seeds in a frying pan for 1 to 2 minutes. Cool. Place the salmon in a tray and spread the salt all over the filets. Cover with plastic and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. For the Tarator, toast the pine nuts in the oven at 160 c for 10 minutes or until golden. Once cool, finely chop the pine nuts and mix with the red onion, shredded coriander, mint and sumac (or dukkah). Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Prepare the Tahini sauce by mixing all ingredients together.
  4. To cook the fish, pre-heat the oven to 100 c and place each fillet (skin side down)along with 20 ml of olive oil in a sheet of baking paper and wrap in to a parcel. Cook the salmon for 12 minutes then remove from the oven and turn the fish over and wrap again. Cook for another 12 minutes. Once the fish is done, allow to rest for another 10 minutes.
  5. To serve, place the fillets on a serving tray, top with the tahini sauce and press the tarator crust in to each of the fillets, on top of the tahini sauce. Mix the 80 ml of olive oil and the other half of the lemon and drizzle over the fillets.
Salmon Tarator

Salmon Tarator

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Prawn Kataifi

Prawn Kataifi

I used to work with a guy whose name I couldn’t pronounce. For months, I managed to avoid calling him by his first name until one day I was in a teleconference call and someone suggested that I introduce everyone. So around I went, introducing each one of them until I reached “Paraic” and I was like “uhm, how do you pronounce your name again?” Turns out it was an Irish name and pronounced something like “Pho-rac” (to date, I’m still not 100% sure).

I told my other officemate about it and he said he also didn’t know how to pronounce his name. In fact, for months he used to refer to Paraic as “the finance guy”.

The other name I can never get my head around is the guy from River Cottage. As much as I love that show, I always call him “Hugh something-something”. This evening I tested my husband (who claims he is also a massive fan of the show).

“What’s the name of the guy from River Cottage?” I asked him.

“Google it.” He said.

“No, just tell me!” I said.

“Hugh Whitley?… or Whitely? … or Fernley?” He guessed.

I burst out laughing. Turns out he was just as bad as I was.

This is one of those recipes where I am totally unsure of how to pronounce the ingredients. Kataifi? Ajvar? Don’t even ask me to try. All I know is that the combination is delicious! The inspiration was from a dinner I had a few weeks ago at Efendy in Balmain. The Ajvar is a Serbian relish made with roasted capsicums, roasted eggplants and some chili. It’s a delicious accompaniment to the prawns and it’s also amazing with fresh sourdough bread topped with goat’s cheese.

The herbs come from my newly planted edible balcony, but more on that another time.

Oh, and for the record – the River Cottage guy? His name is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Prawn Kataifi

Prawn Kataifi

Prawn Kataifi with Ajvar Sauce

Serves 6

  • 12 large prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 100 grams kataifi pastry, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes
  • 50 grams butter, melted
  • zest of one orange or mandarin and 1 tablespoon of it’s juice
  • Ajvar sauce (I used Mama’s Brand) to serve
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 210c. Mix the orange/mandarin zest and juice with the melted butter and pour over the kataifi pastry.
  2. Line a tray with foil and spray with some olive oil.
  3. Carefully spread around 2 tablespoons of the pastry on a wooden board and place a prawn on one side of the pastry and roll the pastry over the prawn to cover.
  4. Lay the prawn carefully on the lined tray and repeat with the remaining prawns.
  5. Place the prawns in the oven and bake for around 15 minutes, turning halfway until the prawns are golden.
  6. Serve with ajvar sauce.

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Mussel Kinilaw

Mussel Kinilaw

A few years ago I planted a little calamansi fruit tree in our balcony… and then I waited… and waited… and waited some more. My tree never seemed to bear much fruit. If I was lucky, I would get three or four calamansi and I was ready to give up – the tree was taking up space but not giving me much to work with. I was ready to uproot the tree and plant something else.

A few months ago I noticed a few calamansi budding from the branches and so I waited a little bit more (after all, what was another month after waiting all those years) and suddenly the fruit just kept coming and wouldn’t stop! I managed to collect over 3 large bowls of the fruit, much more than I would immediately need so I juiced them and froze them in little ice cubes to be used in the future.

For those who are unfamiliar with calamansi, they are a native citrus very common in the Philippines. When I lived in the PHilippines I used to enjoy an ice cold glass of calamansi juice (sweetened with a little sugar or honey). I’ve also seen some people use it in desserts like a calamansi curd for macarons. Me? I prefer to use it as part of a “sawsawan” or dipping sauce. Usually the “sawsawan” will be some sort of combination of fish sauce, soy or vinegar which we then use to flavour our dishes. Think deep fried crispy piece of fish served with a dipping sauce of calamansi and fish sauce… or pork belly grilled over charcoal and served with soy, vinegar and garlic. Now you get the idea!

The recipe below is as simple as it gets. I’ve used the juice of the calamansi in a “Kinilaw” which the Philippine’s version of a ceviche. The dish is served a “pulutan” (which means to “pick up”) or appetizer and is usually made with fresh fish (I like to use snapper). For this recipe I’ve made it with some mussels which I’ve cooked first and then doused in the kinilaw marinade right before serving.

Calamansi

Calamansi

Mussel Kinilaw

  • 1 kilo mussels, cleaned and debearded
  • 1 long red pepper
  • 1 long green pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cm ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic gloved, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vinegar or cane vinegar (any Filipino brand will do)
  • 2 tablespoons calamansi juice
  • salt to taste
  1. Place the mussels in a pan and a splash of water. Gently heat until the mussels are cooked (careful not to overcook them)
  2. Once the mussels are cool enough to handle, remove them from their shells and place in the refrigerator until they are cold.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the mussels right before serving.

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Tuna Poke

Tuna Poke

Every few months or so, I’ll discover a restaurant that quickly becomes my new favourite. It always plays out the same way, I’ll go back several times in a month and think how handy it would be to have a “standing reservation” every week. My husband prefers to try different restaurants so by the third or fourth time, he is pleading we try something new. A restaurant that made it to the favourite list and one we visited more than the usual was a restaurant serving Japanese pub food in Surry Hills called Izakaya Fujiyama.

They are famous for their charcoal grilled fish head which is limited in availability. They manager mentioned that it’s only available usually once a week. Naturally, when we found out that there was a tuna head was available, we had to order it. We asked the waitress for it and she put in our order. A few minutes later she came back with bad news. “Chef says that you cannot order it. It’s too big.” She told us. Given that we had already ordered four other dishes, she tried to persuade us that there would be too much food. We said we didn’t mind and we really wanted to order it so she went back to the chef to place our order. Forty minutes later this monster of a fish head arrived in our table. The head was so large that all our other dishes had to be cleared because the wooden serving plate covered the whole of the table. Of course there was no way we could finish the dish. In fact, we shared it with the table beside us and still had half to take home!

We rolled out of the restaurant thinking we would need to take at least four or five people to join us next time. Later on my husband told me that when the waitress went back to tell the chef we were insisting on ordering the dish, he saw the chef laugh and shake his head.

Equally as impressive, this tuna dish is definitely more manageable. Tuna Poke made with sashimi grade tuna marinated in soy, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil, over a bed of seaweed and topped with crispy wonton strips.

Tuna Poke

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  • 250 grams sashimi quality tuna
  • 100 grams seaweed
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Dash of shichimi togarashi
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame
  • strips of fried wonton wrappers
  1. Diced the tuna into 1 cm pieces. Set aside.
  2. Mix the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, shichimi and toasted sesame in a bowl and spoon over the tuna.
  3. Lay the seaweed salad on a serving plate, top with the marinated tuna and finally the wonton wrappers.

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Prawn Pasta with Bisque Sauce

Prawn Pasta with Bisque Sauce

This is one of those recipes that wasn’t meant to make it to the blog. On my way home from work tonight I thought that, since my husband was working late, I might kill time by making some fresh pasta. I stopped by the fish monger and found some fresh prawns and thought that a nice creamy bisque sauce would work well with it. I was wrong. It didn’t work well with it… it worked SUPER DUPER WELL with it!

It was so good, I knew I would do you a disservice if I didn’t share it. So – here it is – prawn pasta with a bisque sauce. Have you got a favourite seafood pasta recipe? Well, now you do!

Recipe for fresh pasta can be found here.

Prawn Pasta with Bisque Sauce

Prawn Pasta with Bisque Sauce

Prawn Pasta with Bisque Sauce

serves 2

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, roughly chopped
  • 45 ml olive oil plus another 30 ml to fry the prawns.
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 12 large prawns
  • 100 ml cream
  • salt to taste
  • chopped parsley for garnish
  • 100 to 150 grams fresh pasta per person
  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil and add the onion, carrot and celery. Cook until the onions are translucent, around 5 minutes, then add the garlic cloves. Season with salt.
  2. Peel and devein the prawns. Chop the meat into large pieces and set aside for use later. Place the prawn heads and peel with the vegetables and saute for around 5 more minutes. Add 750 ml of water and allow to simmer until the liquid havles, around 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. When the sauce has reduced, strain the sauce and add the cream, continue to simmer until the sauce thickens. Taste and season as required.
  4. Heat the 30 ml of oil in another pan and fry the prawns until cooked, around 3 minutes. Add this to the bisque/cream sauce.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of water until boiling. Salt the water once it reaches a boil and add the fresh pasta. Cook until al dente. Drain the pasta and add to the bisque sauce.
  6. Place in serving bowls and sprinkle with parsley.

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Dinner by Heston

Dinner by Heston

One of the downsides of being in a relationship with someone as competitive as yourself, is that this normally extends to even food choices.  On our recent London trip, we had lunch at Heston Blumethal’s restaurant, Dinner.  The menu was developed by Heston and Ashley Palmer-Watts who heads the Dinner  ktichen, and focuses on historically inspired British dishes.  According to their website, the name “Dinner” refers to the “main meal” of the day – whether that be lunch, mid day or actually dinner time.  According to San Pellegrino, this restaurant is the ninth best in the world, topping Heston’s other restaurant, The Fat Duck (which ranks 13th).

So what happens when you try to compete for the best order?  Four starters, two mains and two desserts happens.  I highly doubt this but the waiter said that no couple had ever ordered that much before.

Entrees

My Order: Meat Fruit (mandarin, chicken liver parfait with grilled bread)

His Order - Roast Marrowbone

His Order – Roast Marrowbone (marrow, snails, parsley, anchovy and pickled vegetables)

Verdict: I win.

My Order - Buttered Crab Loaf

My Order – Buttered Crab Loaf (Crab, cucumber, pickled lemon, herring roe and stone crop)

His Order - Salamugundy

His Order – Salamugundy (Chicken oysters, salsify, marrow bone and horseradish cream)

Verdict: He wins.

Mains

My Order - Cod in Cider

My Order – Cod in Cider (with chard and fired mussels)

His Order - Fillet of Aberdeen Angus with triple cooked chips

His Order – Fillet of Aberdeen Angus (with mushroon ketchup & triple cooked chips)

Verdict: I win.

Dessert – 

His Order – Tipsy Cake (Roast Pineapple) – sorry forgot to take a picture of that one!

My Order – Ice Cream Trolley – now this isn’t on the regular menu – but the waiter insisted we order it.  By mixing liquid nitrogen and vanilla custard, we were treated to instant ice cream! How could I NOT order this?

My Order - Ice Cream Trolley using Liquid Nitrogen

My Order – Ice Cream Trolley using Liquid Nitrogen

My Order - Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order – Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order - Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order – Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order - Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order – Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order - Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

My Order – Nitro Ice Cream Trolley

The Verdict:  Do you really have to ask?

But then again… I always win.

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