- Heat up the oil and butter in a wok or large pan over medium heat. Sauté leek and garlic for about 5 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
- Deglaze with the wine, cook for a minute then add the blue cheese and stir until completely melted. Stir through the cream, bring to a boil then toss the mussels through. Stick on the lid and cook for about 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally until the mussels have opened up.
- Remove mussels with a slotted spoon into serving bowls (discard any unopened mussels). Cook sauce until reduced by a third and check for seasonings (though it should be salty enough from the cheese and brine). Spoon sauce over mussels, garnish with herbs and serve hot with crusty bread.
10ml Pedro Ximenez Sherry
20ml Rhubarb compote
15ml Fresh Lemon juice
10ml Sugar syrup
Dash of egg white
Soda to fill
Contains 17 grams of alcohol per serve Instruction 1. Add all ingredients, minus the soda, to a shaker and dry shake. 2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds as hard as you can. 3. Strain into a chilled 300ml fizz glass. 4. Top up slowly with soda.
- Prepare all the seafood by first opening the oysters into a sieve over a bowl to catch the juices. Trim and slice the salmon into 6 equal-size square chunks. If the scallops are large, cut them in half lengthways. Peel and devein the prawns if needed.
- Place the strained oyster juice and fish stock into a shallow saucepan and bring to a simmer. First add the salmon and poach for 1 min. Add the prawns and oysters (if using large ones) and poach for 1 min more. Add the scallops and poach for 1 min more, then add the oysters (if small) and simmer everything for a final min until just cooked.
- Carefully tip the fish and poaching liquid into a sieve over a large saucepan or bowl, keeping all the salmon chunks intact.
- Heat half the butter in the cleaned shallow pan and add the shallot. Cook very gently for 5 mins until soft but not coloured, then pour in the alcohol and boil until reduced to a few tablespoons. Pour in the poaching liquid and boil down until reduced by half, about 20-25 mins. Stir in the cream and, once more, reduce by half. Turn down to a gentle simmer and whisk in the rest of the butter.
- Gently add the seafood to the sauce, taking care not to break up the salmon. Simmer lightly until heated through, then add most of the herbs, squeeze over the lemon juice and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling water until just done, about 3-4 mins, then drain well and add back to the pan with a drizzle of olive oil and the rest of the herbs. You are now ready to plate up.
- Use a roasting fork to twirl a neat bundle of spaghetti. Stand the bundle in the middle of a warm large pasta bowl. Alternate the salmon and seafood around the pasta. Spoon the sauce over the seafood, top the pasta with the chervil or parsley sprigs and serve immediately.
A velouté sauce, along with tomato, Hollandaise, Bechamel and espagnole, is one of the sauces of French cuisine that were designated the five “mother sauces” by Auguste Escoffer in the 19th century, which was a simplification of the “Sauce Carême” list of Marie-Antoine Careme. The term velouté is from the French adjectival form ofvelour, meaning velvet.
In preparing a velouté sauce, a light stock (one in which the bones used have not been previously roasted), such as chicken or fish stock, is thickened with a blond roux. Thus the ingredients of a velouté are equal parts by mass butter and flour to form the roux, a light chicken or fish stock, and salt and pepper for seasoning. The sauce produced is commonly referred to by the type of stock used e.g. chicken velouté.
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12 chicken mid joints (or other chicken parts; for drumsticks, marinade overnight for more flavour)
freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) honey
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) soy sauce
2 tbsp sake
1. Rinse the mid joints under cold water and pat dry.
2. Combine the seasonings in a ziploc bag.
Tip: Keep the measuring cup upside down to get the last drop of honey while you do the next step.
3. Prick the mid joints all over with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
4. Add the mid joints in the ziploc bag and squeeze the air out, zip up the bag. Coat the mid joints with marinade all around by rubbing them. Marinate for at least 30 to 60 minutes and of course you can marinate overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Place the mid joints in a baking pan. Make sure the mid joints are not overlapping each other and the skin side is up. Pour the marinade liquid over the top. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
6. Baste the mid joints a couple of times during the baking. If the mid joints are done and the top is not browned, you can change the oven setting to broil until the top is nicely browned. If the top is browning too fast while baking, cover with a sheet of aluminium foil to stop the chicken from burring. Serve immediately