Scallops, Chorizo and Apple

Scallopes, Chorizo and Apple

A deliciously simple starter of seared scallops, fresh chorizo and sautéed apple served with potato purée.

For the best potato purée, bake the potatoes in their skins before passing.

This dish is best made with fresh chorizo as cured can be a little overpowering.

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Potato Purée: 4 Baking Potatoes, 75g Unsalted Butter, 50ml Single Cream, Whole Milk, Sea Salt, Fresh Nutmeg

For the Scallops, Chorizo and Apple: 12 Scallops (Roe and Skirt Removed), 2 Fresh Chorizo Sausages (Diced), 2 Red Apples (Diced), Juice 1/4 Lemon, Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

1) First make the potato purée. Bake the potatoes in a hot oven until tender. Remove from the oven when ready and allow to cool slightly. Remove the flesh from the skin and pass through a ricer into a clean pan. Place the potato skins in a small pan and add a good amount of whole milk and bring to a simmer. Place the pan with the riced potato over a low heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the single cream and beat the potato. Strain the whole milk into the pan, little be little whilst beating until the desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste with sea salt and grated nutmeg. Keep warm or reheat before serving.

2) Fry the chorizo in a small pan until crisp. Meanwhile, season the scallops with a little sea salt and lemon juice and fry in a little olive oil over a high heat for around 1 minute each side or until well seared and just cooked – set aside to rest for 1 minute. Whilst the scallops are resting, sauté the apple in the pan the scallops were fried in for 30 seconds until lightly browned.

3) Serve the scallops on top of some potato purée with a little chorizo and diced apple. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.

Enjoy!

Venison Loin, Pea Purée

Venison Loin, Pea Purée

A delicious and simple dish of roasted venison loin with pea purée, buttered sprouting broccoli, pancetta and black pudding.

Great served with spiced wedges and charred shallots.

Venison Loin, Pea Purée
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1kg Venison Loin, 400g Fresh Peas, 50g Unsalted Butter, 350g Purple Sprouting Broccoli, 10g Salted Butter, 75g Pancetta (Diced), 200g Black Pudding (Cubed), Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, Fresh Thyme, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 190c. Remove the venison from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature for around 20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the peas in a pan of salted water until tender and drain (reserving the cooking liquor). Transfer the peas to a blender, add 25g of the butter and enough cooking liquor to loosen. Blend to a fine purée and pass into a clean bowl. Season to taste with sea salt and keep warm.

2) Season the venison with sea salt and black pepper and seal in a hot pan with a little oil for around 3 minutes each side. Add the remaining butter and baste the meat with the melted butter. Transfer to the oven and roast until cooked to your liking.

3) Meanwhile, crisp the pancetta and black pudding in a little oil in a hot pan for around 10 minutes and set aside.

4) When the venison is cooked, remove from the oven and wrap in kitchen foil – allow to rest for around 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly steam the broccoli before combining with the salted butter and season to taste with sea salt.

5) Slice the venison and serve with the pea purée, broccoli, pancetta and black pudding. Top the venison with a few thyme leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Enjoy!

Lamb Saddle, Lemon Purée

Lamb Saddle, Lemon Purée

A decadent sunday lunch – lamb saddle is stuffed with spinach and wild mushrooms and served with a tangy lemon purée.

Great served with braised peas and pancetta.

Lamb Saddle, Lemon Purée
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

For the Lamb Saddle: 1 Lamb Saddle (Double Loin, Boned, Fillets Separate), 6 Sage Leaves, 2 Bay Leaves, 15g Unsalted Butter, 1 Garlic Clove (Crushed), 1 Shallot (Finely Chopped), 200g Fresh Spinach, 100g Wild Mushrooms (Chopped), 50g Dried Morels (Rehydrated and Chopped), 1 Egg Yolk, 1tbsp Cream Cheese, Sea Salt, Black pepper, Nutmeg

For the Lemon Purée: 4 Organic Lemons, 75ml Honey, 1/4tsp Sea Salt, 150ml Water

Method:

1) Prepare the stuffing for the lamb. Place the butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry the garlic and shallot in the butter for 2 minutes until soft. Add the wild mushrooms and morels and cook for a further 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the spinach and toss lightly in the butter – cook for 2 minutes until slightly wilted. Remove the mixture from the pan and place in a sieve over a bowl. Allow the mixture to cool and then press the majority of the liquid from the mixture into the bowl beneath (discard the liquid). Place the spinach mixture in a bowl with the egg yolk and cream cheese and beat well to combine. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper and a good amount of grated nutmeg.

2) Line the centre of the saddle between the two eye muscles with the sage leaves. Pile the stuffing along the centre of the saddle. Roll up tightly and tie with string both on the horizontal and vertical – place a bay leave at either end under the string to stop the stuffing from escaping. Transfer to the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.

3) Preheat the oven to 180c. Sear the saddle in a hot frying pan before transferring to the oven. Cook for around 20-30 minutes until cooked to your liking – internal temperature of each eye muscle should be around 50 degrees c for medium. When cooked, remove and wrap well in tin foil. Allow to rest for at least 20 minutes.

4) Meanwhile make the lemon purée. Peel the skin from the lemons and scrape way the white pith. Juice the lemons. Place the peel, honey and water in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 30 minutes or until the peel is tender. Place the mixture in a blender and add the lemon juice and salt. Blend to a fine purée. Check the taste and add more honey if desired. Set aside.

5) Remove the string from the lamb and slice into equal portions. Serve with the lemon purée. Great served with some braised peas and pancetta.

Enjoy!

Pork Loin, Apple Sauce

Pork Loin, Apple Sauce

Pork and apple – a perfect marriage. With a windfall of apples in the garden, now was the time to make a big batch of apple purée.

Pork Loin is pan seared on the bone with a little garlic and thyme and served with my recipe for the perfect apple sauce.

For the sauce, spiced apple purée is combined with fresh, diced apple. This can be made in a big batch to be kept in the freezer.

Pork Loin, Apple Sauce
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Pork: 4 Bone in Single Loin Pork Chops (French Trimmed), 1tbsp Rapeseed Oil, 75g Unsalted Butter, 4 Garlic Cloves (Bashed), 3 Thyme Sprigs, Sea Salt, Cracked White Pepper, Small Handful Sage Leaves (Chopped)

For the Apple Sauce: 8 Small/Medium Cooking Apples (Peeled, Cored and Diced), 25g Unsalted Butter, 75g Caster Sugar, 2 Cinnamon Sticks, 3/4tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg, Small Pinch Sea Salt, 3 Sweet Eating Apples (e.g. Gala) (Peeled, Cored and Diced), 1tsp Grated Lemon Zest

Method:

1) Make the apple sauce by placing the diced cooking apples in a medium saucepan with the butter and a little splash of water over a medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks and cover. Turn the heat down low and simmer for around 30 minutes until the apples have cooked out and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the caster sugar to taste and remove from the heat. Allow to cool slightly and add the diced eating apple, nutmeg, sea salt and lemon zest – stir well to combine. Set aside until ready to serve or store for later use.

2) Place a large frying pan over a high heat and add the rapeseed oil. Season the pork chops well with sea salt and cracked white pepper. Fry in the pan with the garlic and thyme for around 5-6 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Add the butter to the pan and allow to melt. Baste the pork chops well on each side with the butter for 2 minutes. Remove chops from the pan, cover and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.

3) Slice the pork loin from the bone and serve with the apple sauce and the chopped sage. Great served with roast potatoes and kale.

Enjoy!