Asparagus is in glorious abundance in May, so I was asked to create three asparagus recipes for Farmison the other week. Their asparagus is from the Wye Valley – thick stemmed, crunchy and 100% British.
I had a bunch of leftover basil and a couple of passion fruits and I didn’t know what to do with them, so I thought about creating an infused panna cotta – which is essentially a blank canvas of a dessert (sorry panna cotta – you are literally ‘vanilla’). The result? It was super easy to create (and eat), and a fun exercise for for flavour/sauce pairings. How about cardamom and vanilla? Chocolate and chilli? Raspberry and salted caramel? Earl grey and lemon? Continue reading →
The final of my Thai themed recipes that I wrote about for Farmison in April is an Isarn (Northeastern Thailand) pork speciality. We had this dish twice while travelling and I’d never tasted quite like it – a compellingly juicy, smoky grilled pork neck fillet, much like char siu, but served with a spicy and tangy dipping sauce called jaew. I couldn’t find any neck fillet so replaced it with slow roasted ribs for this version.
The next in my Thai themed recipes for Farmison is a Thai red duck curry. Although it’s apparently one of the most popular Thai dishes outside of its native country, I had never tasted it until our Thai adventure. What I loved about the version I tried was that it had pineapple and lychees alongside aubergine and red peppers. A lovely fruity curry base to go with the rich duck. Continue reading →
My next Thai themed guest recipe for Farmison is inspired by a lunch that was cooked for us when we went on a trek in the Khao Sok National Park. That lunch consisted of succulent pork chunks on bamboo skewers, slow roasted over a fire by our guide. I tried to remember the guide’s seasoning recipe and replicated it for these ‘jungle’ style chicken skewers. Sadly when cooking I had no open fire, but a Sainsbury’s disposable BBQ had to do.