Hi James, I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for what was incredible activity on Saturday. The girls had such a brilliant time and it was exactly what we wanted. The canapes were fabulous and all the girls have commented on how brilliantly you organised us all! You have such a wonderful business and we wish you well!
[There's a PS right at the end of this post - wait till then.......]
|The 'before' team shot - Let's go!|
|Snowy Cotswold hills from the terrace of hill house - like you're transported to the Dolomites|
As always they had their trusty recipe booklet with all the info and I was going round everyone to give a bit of help, support & tips.
|Complete with recipe booklet|
Mini Yorkshire puddings with roast fillet of beef
|Beetroot and potato on the mandolin to make beetroot rosti|
|Making smoked salmon rosettes to go on rosti & cutting brie for risotto balls - eyes down!|
|When you run out of space in one kitchen you overflow into the next kitchen. Making asparagus puree here.|
|Yorkshire puddings fresh from the oven - haven't they risen well!|
|Seasoning sushi rice - vitally important you taste it! Their's tasted great!|
|Plating up time (note the beer bottles - these events are relaxed affairs!)|
|And when you run out of space in both kitchens you spill over into the dining room to make your sushi!|
- Vegetable sushi
- Mini beetroot rosti with smoked salmon and dill mustard
|The hen with her beetroot rosti & smoked salmon. "Good enough to be on Ready Steady Cook!" I quipped. Actually she had been. "Ainsley Harriot!" gushed the hen's mother "Such a lovely man - gave me a great big hug!" Everyone loves Ainsley!|
The english team on the left again, and the welsh on the right. Equal points on taste - it's just so good. But on presentation - maybe the english teams rosti could have been a bit more bite size - such a good effort & labour of love though! Great result from the welsh team!
- Saffron risotto balls (arancini)
Well presentation-wise the welsh teams were much more uniform shape. Also turned out more flavoursome risotto. The english team's risotto maker had added a lake of stock half way through to try and speed it up. Turns out it's better just to wait and let the rice absorb the stock naturally - rice ends up more creamy: well you live and learn! :)
- Mini Yorkshire puddings with roast fillet of beef
- Spoon of scallop wrapped in pancetta with asparagus puree and shiitake mushroom
|Welsh team above and below right. English team below right. On this one both were as good each other! A national tie!|
Final results though as I added up the marks - the welsh team won by 5 points - hoorah! for Wales. And hoorah for all my canapé chefs and their wonderful creations - you all did a wonderful job! Amazing what you can do really - isn't it!
|The 'after' group team photo - cheers!|
Yay - fun time was had by all!
|PS - Thanks for choosing Wales as winners - always good to get one up on the old enemy!|
Well... 'choosing' had nothing to do with it - it's a fair & honest contest!
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