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With all the thoughtful planning John had put in to this wonderful surprise for his wife, Clare and I thought we should throw in a little surprise for him. We laid on some canapés for them as a little surprise for John.
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One thing I love to make is bread! Home made bread is one thing that can’t be beaten. I was fortunate enough to get an authentic focaccia recipe from a friend of mine who is a food stylist and this was the perfect opportunity to have some fun with a recipe that had been given to me by a true professional.
John mentioned that he and Nicky love scallops and crab so we put hand dived scallops with fragrant crab served with a mango and chilli salsa on the menu.
We are so lucky that we have such a good fish supplier that can get us local sustainably sourced fresh fish on a daily basis.
With all these top quality ingredients it makes my job easy. I made the salsa using the fresh mango and coriander from Tastables of Brighton with plenty of lime. It makes such a difference getting your supplies from a real grocer; it really enhances the flavour of a dish.
After every fish course should come a palate cleanser. It does exactly what the name suggests and helps you go in fresh for the next course.
It is always good to go for citrus flavours to help cleanse the palate, and knowing that John and Nicky like dry wine, we went for the classic gin and tonic sorbet with a little twist of lime foam.
Next was the venison dish. John had requested venison as it was one of Nicky’s favourites, with some chanterelle mushrooms that he had seen in one of my other blog posts (another benefit of using Tastables is they can get hold of fantastic wild mushrooms) that fit the dish beautifully.
For dessert John requested that we put together a trio of desserts. It’s always quite tricky to put together three dishes that trio up together nicely, but we think we nailed it here.
In the glass a limoncello posset with burnt meringue and limoncello filled mini doughnut.
A white chocolate mousse with raspberry spherification.
Finally a lavender shortbread stack with cassis cream.
What do you think?
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