Japanese theme menu

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 So back from a Scandinavian theme dinner party in London at 4am the day started again at 7:30 with last minute shopping at the Ranee supermarket in Cheltenham and then a lunch party, then finishing setting up another 5 evening parties as well as this one. As the rain set in it was a quick race down to Berkeley with one dinner party for the guests to serve themselves before going back up to Blockley to serve this one. Epic day!

We served these on large dishes at the table for guests to share between themselves - great for an informal hen party celebration!

 Sweet potato and prawn tempura with dashi dipping sauce [I was partially dressed in tempura batter after this. As was the kitchen work surface. And floor. Messy, but rather moreish!] - from this recipe
Chicken yakitori with tare sauce
Selection of sushi: salmon, tuna, avocado
Sushi doesn't come much fresher - made, cut and straight to the table. Forget the nori wrapping - you've had that everywhere else surely - the tuna was wrapped in cavalo nero leaves (trim out the middle stem), avocado wrapped in sesame seeds and salmon sushi coated in chives & coriander - interesting tastes!
 Tuna tartare and avocado salad with sesame soy dressing

 Beef tataki and raw vegetable rolls with chilli, soy and lime dressing - inspiration from this recipe. Sadly no shiso leaves at the Ranee supermarket.
The hens had decorated the table before we got there. I was obviously so busy getting everything ready I didn't notice till the end of the night the shape of the table confetti they had sprinkled all over. Oh you have to love hen parties!
 Just in case this wasn't enough there was a main course as well......

Chicken katsu curry - from this recipe - so delicious!
Japanese beef and shiitake mushrooms with soba noodles and crispy nori
Sesame crusted tuna with caramel soy dressing
 Crispy duck with edamame beans, crispy shallots and ponzu
Crossed 2 recipes and came up with something different - this one and this. The second is certainly an  interesting way  of cooking duck  - steaming (after marinading for 2 days) then deep frying in a wok to get the crispy skin.
 Pak choi with garlic, ginger and oyster sauce and Japanese kabocha pumpkin
 Vegetable doburi rice - there is rice under there honest! If you've only ever had sushi rice in sushi - you should try it in this as well. Another one where I mashed a few recipes and came up with something else - the flavours of this with a whole load of other vegetables added in with the rice including okra then topped it with raw veg - shiitake and enoki mushrooms, carrots, spring onion, coriander which you can stir into the rice at the table to take the raw edge off slightly. Either way the cooked rice and vegetables and the raw or just off raw topping is a nice mix!

Dessert? Skip dessert and move straight on to cocktails - it's a hen party darling!
They had a cocktail barman for the latter part of the evening who served from the front room, allowing us time to clear up. Job done.

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Other theme menus we have served
Marmite farfalle poached in miso with shiitake and kale


Triple chocolate panna cotta

Monday, November 19, 2012
So we made this for a party last Saturday. 
This is one we turned out this morning to have a look. As you do. Oh and eat it of course. As you do.

We used this recipe - but just altered it to suit working on our 150ml moulds. Divided the mix into 3 and then  alternated white chocolate, milk and dark. Added a bit more dark chocolate to get a better differentiation in colour.

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Passion fruit panna cotta

Canapé party in Cheltenham

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Yes - it's that time of year again: canapé party season!
We served these for 65 people in Cheltenham last Saturday in between running a cookery lesson and 3 other dinner parties.
Cones of fish goujons & chips
Traditional favourites asparagus tartlets alongside smoked salmon blinis

Glazing lemon tart canapés
Strawberry meringue roulade with raspberry 

Cold Canapés
Smoked salmon blinis
Barquette of asparagus
Rosemary scones with parma ham and St. Eadburgh’s cheese

Hot Canapés
Yorkshire pudding with grilled fillet steak and horseradish
Scallops in pancetta with pesto mayonnaise
Cones of fish and chips with tartare sauce
Duck satay with satay dip
Chorizo and butternut squash filo tart

Dessert Canapés
Strawberry meringue roulade
Glazed lemon tart
Chocolate éclairs

Thanks to photography from Steph Wetton