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  1. Coronation Smoked Haddock Scotch Eggs by Paul Welburn

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    In honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Michelin-starred chef Paul Welburn has created a regal recipe for Coronation Smoked Haddock Scotch Eggs with Mango Ketchup.

    Paul used our brand new Copper Base 24cm Frying Pan (Stainless Steel interior) for this dish.

    Serves 6 people

    Ingredients

    For the Smoked Haddock Rice:

    • 100g smoked haddock
    • 100g arborio risotto rice
    • 250ml milk
    • 250ml vegetable stock (little more if needed)
    • 10ml rape seed oil
    • 1 onion finely diced
    • 1tsp tumeric
    • 2tsp mild curry powder
    • 1tsp mustard seeds
    • 1tsp garam masala
    • 50g butter
    • 50g chopped sultanas
    • Chopped coriander stalks
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    For the Kedgeree Scotch Eggs:

    • 6 x hens eggs
    • 3 tblsp plain flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 250g panko bread crumbs

    For the Mango Ketchup:

    • 2 x ripe mangos – peeled and all flesh removed
    • 45g cider vinegar
    • 25g sugar
    • 1 tsp salt

    For garnish:

    • Coriander
    • Flaked almonds

    Method (Smoked Haddock Rice)

    1. In a pan poach bring the milk and stock to a simmer , place the haddock in and remove from the heat, cover and allow to poach for 10 minutes.
    2. Remove the haddock from the milk/stock and flake the fish , reserve until needed.
    3. In a copper based pan, on a medium heat add the oil and the diced onion, sweat with no colour for 2-3 minutes.
    4. Add the tumeric, curry powder, mustard seeds  and gara masala and cook out the spices for 2-3 minutes.
    5. Add the rice and sweat for another 2-3 minutes.
    6. Begin to add the stock/milk a little at a time stiring regularly like a risotto.
    7. This will take 8-10 minutes – you may need a little more stock if its becoming dry , once the rice is tender, remove from the stove.
    8. And fold in the butter , chopped coriander stalk, chopped sultanas, flaked haddock and season to taste , once happy, pour into a tray and cover with clingfilm and allow to cool.

    Method (Kedgeree Scotch Eggs)

    1. Boil the eggs for 6 minutes in boiling water.
    2. Place into and ice water to chill completely.
    3. Peel carefully.
    4. Split the rice mix into 6 even amounts, lay 6 sheets of parchment paper and place the rice on each. Spread the rice out evenly to a rough disc that would cover the eggs.
    5. Place an egg in the middle of each rice mix.
    6. Form the rice around the egg and smooth out. Don’t worry if it’s not an even covering as long as the egg is covered.
    7. Place in the fridge to chill.
    8. In a bowl break the eggs and whisk with a fork. Put the bread crumbs in another bowl.
    9. Coat the rice wrapped eggs in the flour and dust off the excess. Then dip into the beaten egg and then into the bread crumbs and make sure each egg is coated well.
    10. In a table top fryer, fill with vegetable oil and set at 180c.
    11. Fry the scotch eggs for 3-4  minutes or until golden brown, remove and drain, and allow to rest for 2 minutes before eating.

    Method (Mango Ketchup)

    1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to a smooth puree.

    To serve…

    1. Cut the scotch eggs in half, sprinkle with coriander and flaked almonds and a spoon of the mango ketchup.

  2. Green Asparagus Custard Tart by Paul Welburn

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    In honour of British Asparagus Month this May, we’re bringing you a wonderful new recipe from Michelin-Starred Chef Paul Welburn. Paul says:

    “This unusual combination works so well, the earthy notes from the asparagus once set in a velvety custard is balanced perfectly with the nut puree and lactic yoghurt.”

    Serves 8-10 people

    Ingredients

    For the Sweet Pastry:

    • 100g   icing sugar
    • 200g butter – softened
    • 1  egg
    • 340 g  plain  flour

    For the Custard Tart mix:

    • 100g   icing sugar
    • 200g  butter – softened
    • 1  eggs
    • 340 g  plain  flour

    For the Chocolate Crumble:

    • 100g   icing sugar
    • 200g  butter – softened
    • 1  eggs
    • 340 g  plain  flour

    For the Pistachio Puree:

    • 150g Pistachios
    • 250ml water
    • 200g caster sugar

    For garnish:

    • Natural yoghurt
    • Slices of asparagus dropped into hot stock syrup

    Method (Sweet Pastry)

    1. Pre heat your oven to 180c
    2. Cream the butter and sugar until pale
    3. Add the egg and incorporate
    4. Fold in the flour until thoroughly mixed, wrap the dough in cling film and allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes
    5. Roll the pastry out into 3 mm thick and line a 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin with some overhang.
    6. Press the pastry into the tin (leaving the excess draped over the sides), put onto a baking sheet and chill for 10 mins.
    7. Line the pastry with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 20 mins, then remove beans and paper.
    8. Bake for another 15 mins until golden and sandy all over. Trim the edges of the tart with a sharp serrated knife.

    Method (Custard Tart Mix)

    1. Turn the oven down to 110c
    2. Bring the milk, cream and asparagus to the boil and allow to infuse in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight if possible.
    3. After, strain the milk and cream squeezing as much milk as possible
    4. Check you have 800ml of the milk and cream mixture (if not just top up with milk and cream)
    5. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Put the infused cream and milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour onto the eggs, whisking as you go.
    6. Sieve into a jug.
    7. Put the baking sheet with the  tart case onto the pulled-out oven rack, then pour in the custard, right to the top. You may not need every last drop, then slide gently back into the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hr.
    8. When it’s ready, the tart should be just set . remove from the oven allow to cool completely

    Method (Chocolate Crumble)

    1. In a food processor add the dry ingredients and pulse, add the butter and just mix until bread crumb stage.
    2. Place the mixture on a baking sheet and in to  a pre heated oven set to 150c and bake for 10 minutes.
    3. After, remove and cool

    Method (Pistachio Puree)

    1. Cover the pistachios  with the water and sugar, bring to the boil and cook over a low heat for 30 mins
    2. Drain the nuts, place in a liquidizer and blend to a smooth puree adding the syrup a little at a time
    3. After, remove and cool

    To serve…

    Cut the tart into slices, sprinkle the serving plates with chocolate crumble, add the tart slice, spoon on the yoghurt, add dots of pistachio puree and arrange the sweet slices of asparagus and serve.

  3. An Evening at Jude Kereama’s Kota Restaurant in Porthleven

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    Over the Easter weekend we were lucky enough to visit chef Jude Kereama’s flagship restaurant Kota in the heart of coastal Porthleven, Cornwall. It was a truly phenomenal culinary experience that went beyond its Michelin Bib Gourmand and 3 AA Rosettes.

    If you want to extend your stay, Kota even has some gorgeous accommodation that can be found here and we thoroughly recommend exploring Porthleven and surrounding areas including Marazion (home to St Michael’s Mount!)

    We did the 6-course Tasting Menu with paired wines and thoroughly reccomend. Here’s what we had…

    Cocktails and Oysters 

     

    We kicked things off with some refreshing cocktails, one Yuzu Sake and Cucumber Martini (House infused wakame vodka, yuzu macerated sake, lime, sugar and cucumber), and one Kota Fizz (House infused cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, cucumber twist).

    Now, when you’re eating in a harbour on the Cornish coast, you absolutely must have oysters (or we think so anyway!) We ordered two of each, one a Tempura with baby gem, wasabi tartare, and pickled cucumber and the other a Natural oyster with rice wine cucumber granita, ponzu lime dressing. We were advised by the staff to ‘chew’ the natural oyster rather than the traditional ‘down in one’ approach to oysters and boy was it a treat! The granita was such an intense burst of flavour it really brought the oyster and its flavours of the sea to life. And this was just the beginning…

     

    Amuse Bouche

     

    The Miso Butter with the Amuse Bouche was another show-stealer and we could have had a whole starter portion of the soup which was zingy and had a great depth of flavour.

     

     

     

    Scallop

     

    The first course was a Scallop with crispy onions, leeks and XO Sauce. I’m not sure I’ve had XO Sauce before and it was a real delight. Sweet and spicy, it lifted the scallop and was one of my favourite dishes of the night – such an inspired combination of flavours!

     

     

     

    Venison Tartare & Katsu Panko Fish Goujon

    We parted ways on this course and had one meat option and one pescatarian. The first was a venison tartare, hazelnuts, apple, celeriac, gochujang dressing and the pescatarian alternative was a Panko coated white fish goujon, katsu curry sauce, carrot & daikon pickle. The apple and celeriac cut through the naturally rich venison deliciously whilst the goujon was hands down the best fish goujon we’ve had!

     

     

    Monkfish

     

    The favourite dish of the menu was the Monkfish dish: Crispy Kataifi wrapped monkfish, hake, lemongrass, kafir lime leaf & coconut bisque, yuzu saffron mayo. The bisque was velvety, and to-die-for whilst the Kataifi wrapped monkfish was unlike anything we’ve seen before. Just as with the cocktail back at the beginning, yuzu was used in such an inventive way, elevating all the flavours.

     

     

    Beef

     

     

    Next was a Moorland dry aged sirloin, short rib, beets, and horseradish. Just look at the colours on that plate! We think it speaks for itself! Such incredible flavours…

     

     

     

    Honey & almond cake

     

    Ok, coming up is one of the most interesting (and delicious) things we’ve ever tasted. We’d not had it before but the goat’s cheese sorbet was fantastic. It wasn’t too sharp, the sorbet was soft, and it was the perfect accompaniment to a honey-based cake. The whole dish consisted of lemon, thyme & honey syrup, goats cheese sorbet, and a walnut crumb. As if this wasn’t the perfect ending to an amazing tasting menu, there was more…

     

     

     

    Baked Alaska

    This chocolate, hazelnut & cherry baked alaska was delightful. The mousse inside was so light and technically really impressive. Served with a 10 year-old Tawny Port, it was a magical ending to the menu. The cherries and crumb gave such a satisfying crunch – a real, indulgent treat!

    Despite being very full, we still managed some delicious petit fours afterwards (see left).

     

    All in all…

    This is a meal we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Jude’s team took such great care of us and we couldn’t recommend visiting Kota more. Check out the menu here and book now. There are lots of great options but if you can, go for the six course tasting menu. You won’t regret it!

  4. Seafood Penang Curry by Jude Kereama

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    If you’re following Great British Menu this year then you must surely remember the inspiring culinary delights of Jude Kereama from last year. Jude represented the South West in the heats and made it all the way to the coveted banquet, cooking the canapes and pre-desserts.

    Jude runs his restaurants Kota and Kota Kai in Porthleven, Cornwall. Kota means ‘shellfish’ in Maori, a nod to Jude’s Maori and Chinese Malay heritage. We’re lucky enough to be sharing a mouth-watering seafood recipe from Jude: a Penang Curry.

     

    Equipment

    Jude used our lovely Copper Tri-Ply range!

    Ingredients

    Serves 4

    CHILLI PASTE
    10g diced, soaked and seeded red birds eye chilli
    25g shallots
    3 garlic cloves
    50g Fresh red chilli
    4 tablespoons veg oil


    SPICE PASTE
    10g shrimp paste
    100g shallots
    50g garlic
    3 stalks lemongrass
    3 diced, soaked and seeded red chilli
    20 white peppercorns
    5 tablespoon coriander powder
    5 tablespoon oil

    STOCK
    1.5 litres prawn stock
    75g Palm sugar
    200ml coconut milk

    GARNISH
    Fish of choice
    Mussels
    Prawns
    Cooked yellow noodles
    Tofu
    Mange tout
    Spring onions
    Bean sprouts
    Vietnamese coriander
    Coriander
    Mint leaves
    Lime wedges

    Method

    1. Make the spice paste: Blend all ingredients into a paste. If the mix is not blending, add
      some water until it is smooth.
    2. Make chilli paste: Blend all the ingredients

    To make the curry sauce:

    1. Stir fry spice paste to release the aromas, add all stock ingredients and bring to the boil. Season.
    2. Let the stock simmer and season with the chilli paste to your taste.
    3. Add prawns, mussels, fish and mange tout until just cooked.
    4. Place yellow noodles and tofu at the bottom of the serving bowls and
      spoon the fish and curry on top.
    5. Garnish with bean sprouts, coriander, spring onions, Vietnamese coriander, mint and lime. Add as much garnish as you feel like. It all depends how hungry you are and of course how much
      punch you would like from the herbs.

  5. BBQ Pork Loin cooked in Cider with Vegetables

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    A delicious recipe for sweet and savoury pork loin slowly cooked outdoors on a bbq in cider with vegetables. Served alongside roast potatoes and fine green beans, it’s a delicious dinner for four.

    BBQ Explorers love everything about cooking and the outdoors, and even cooking on the BBC!

    Equipment

    Knife

    Chopping board

    35cm Stainless Steel Roasting Pan

    Cooking thermometer

    BBQ with a lid and charcoal

    Ingredients

    1.5kg boneless and skinless pork loin

    2 large onions

    6 medium carrots

    5 celery sticks

    1 tbs light brown sugar

    900ml dry cider

    Potatoes

    Fine green beans

    Method

    1. Light your charcoal and let the bbq temperature stabilise at around 160 Degrees C. Roughly chop the onions, carrot and celery and spread evenly across the roasting pan. Sprinkle the light brown sugar over the vegetables and place the pork loin on top. Finally, add the cider.
    2. You must not place the roasting pan over direct heat on the bbq. Cook the pork loin over indirect heat for approximately one hour and forty minutes. Check the internal temperature of the pork at the centre of its thickest part. It should be at least 65 Degrees C.
    3. Once cooked remove the pork loin from the heat and let it rest for twenty minutes before carving. Check the vegetable mix in the roasting pan, if it isn’t completely soft let it cook for further 20 minutes.
    4. Slice the pork and serve with the vegetable mix, roast potatoes, fine green beans and the pan sauce.

     

  6. Vegetarian Ragu

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    Whether you’ve been a vegetarian your whole life, just fancy a change, or are looking to cut down on your meat intake, this veggie ragu is perfect! Packed full of vegetables, red wine, and with quorn mince, you’ll be returning to this recipe again and again. It’s even a one pot dish!

    Equipment

    It’s a one-pot dish!

    Copper Tri-Ply 20cm Saucepan

    Ingredients

    Serves 4 or 2 plus leftovers to freeze

    1 x carrot

    1x white onion

    1 x celery stalk

    Handful of celery leaves

    500ml passata

    1 bottle of red wine

    1kg quorn (or meat substitute of your choice)

    Lea & Perrins

    Salt and Pepper

    Method

    1. Finely chop the onion and fry in a little oil for 5 minutes, or until soft.
    2. Add the garlic and heat for 1 minute.
    3. Add the celery and heat for 1 minute (or longer if you’re also using the stalks). Add extra oil if it’s looking a little dry.
    4. Next, add the carrots and heat for 2 minutes (or as long as they take to soften) and then turn down the heat.
    5. If you’re making non vegetarian ragu then remove half of the vegetables at this point.
    6. Add the pack of quorn mince (or another alternative) of your choice.
    7. Add 1/4 of the bottle of passata, 1/4 of the bottle of red wine and mix in.
    8. Add enough vegetable stock, a little at a time, to make a stew-like consistency.
    9. Cook on a high heat until the alcohol has evaporated.
    10. Add a couple of shakes of Lea & Perrins, a tablespoon of salt and some pepper.
    11. Once all the alcohol has evaporated, turn to a low heat and leave to stew (with the lid on) for 30 minutes.
    12. Check on it after 5 minutes and then check every 10 minutes.
    13. Serve with your choice of pasta, rice, lentils, potatoes, you name it!