I was inspired to make a pea velouté after our lunch at La Mouette. This was served with scallops and a black pudding crumb and I really loved the flavour combination.
I didn’t start watching My Kitchen Rules until recently. Dave and I picked up this show well into its existence . We watched the UK one together . And I watched the most recent Australian version to be aired in South Africa. The second season of the South African competition has just started here. Given the three different countries, I personally prefer the Australian version. But in all three, timing is the key to success. I recently hosted a dinner party for eight people. My menu was as follows – scallops served with pea velouté and a black pudding crumb; osso bucco with truffle mash and glazed carrots; lavender and lime crème brûlée with a tuile. In MKR for their first instant restaurants the contestants get given time to shop. Then they come home, unpack and set up their tables. After this they get 3 hours to prepare their three courses.
Once the guests arrive they have another slot of time (not given) before the judges arrive. At this stage they are expected to serve up their 3 courses, with no time constraints. As the competition progresses timing becomes more and more critical. With this in mind, I decided to time myself from when I started my prep. This time included me setting the table and washing the dishes and making sure everything was ready to go for when my guests arrived. In 3 hours and 52 minutes I was ready to relax. My guests arrived at 18h30 and we spent time chatting and having drinks before I served my starters. At this stage, Dave helped me with cooking and plating. Dessert was served at 20h30 and at no stage did anyone feel rushed! What amazed me is that if I can do this why can’t the contestants?
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- 15g butter
- 15mls flour
- 375mls vegetable stock
- 500g frozen peas
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- Place the butter into a pot and melt over a medium temperature
- Stir in the flour to make a smooth paste
- Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer
- Add the peas and heat until the peas are warm
- Blend until smooth and pass through a chinois
- Return to the heat, season to taste, and allow to warm through before serving
Dave and I are hopefully back from overseas. As today is my first day back, please be patient while I get to all the comments. Did you follow our trip by taking a look at our holiday blog?