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Fizzy tomato and basil aspic (Fizzy) January 21, 2019

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Fizzy Theme - Andrew's EntreeThis was an experimental dish served as the entree for the Fizzy dinner. It was inspired by setting sparkling wine in gelatin and this recipe for jazzing up a tin of condensed tomato soup. While the recipe on the night didn’t turn out to be fizzy, three previous experiments with the recipe had worked. I think the main issue may have been the type of mold used to set the liquid in – a flat container may have made it go flat!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 75mL water
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3-4 mini roma tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 250mL condensed tomato soup
  • salt and pepper
  • 175mL soda water
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves (torn)

Method

  1. Ensure that soda water is very cold, e.g. give it an extra chill in the freezer. Also ensure that the molds that you’ll use later to made the jelly are also chilling.
  2. Chop the red onion very finely, mince the garlic, and chop the mini tomatoes into small pieces.
  3. In a small container, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and set aside.
  4. Prepare an ice bath, or just a sink with cold water in it.
  5. Place a small saucepan on medium heat, add some oil, and when hot fry the onion until well softened.
  6. Add the minced garlic, stir for a bit, then add the tomatoes, brown sugar and rosemary. Continue to cook until it is soft, aromatic and beginning to turn into a jam consistency.
  7. Pour the condensed soup into another small saucepan and heat over a low setting. When hot, stir in the onion jam mixture, then the gelatin mixture, and bring to a simmer for 1 minute.
  8. Remove the soup from the heat and place in the ice bath. Stir occasionally until the soup has cooled to room temperature.
  9. Get the mold ready. Stir the basil leaves into the soup, then add the soda water and gently but briefly mix to combine.
  10. Pour the soup into the molds and place in the freezer for a few minutes, before moving to the fridge to allow to complete the setting process.
  11. Once set, remove from the molds by pouring very hot water on the outside of the mold. The aspic should slip out.
  12. To serve, gently place on cream cheese, top with fresh basil leaves, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and present with crackers.

 

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Sparkling BBQ Salt (Fizzy) January 21, 2019

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This was the seasoning for the oven-baked potato chips in the Fizzy dinner. It was inspired by the reference to sparkling salt on the Ideas in Food blog and this seasoned potato chips recipe. It has a fun fizzing taste that complements the slightly spicy hit from the chilli.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1 /4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt flakes

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix while crushing the ingredients together.
  2. Sprinkle over hot chips. (Better if chips are not too wet/oily.)

Fizzy January 21, 2019

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On Monday 14th January, we celebrated the start of recipe club for the year with a Fizzy-themed dinner. Andrew hosted, and made the dishes together with Pam.

Drinks

 

Andrew served up Donna Hay’s Apple and Elderflower Fizz and Pam made a pop rocks mocktail!

Entree

To begin the meal proper, Andrew served a fizzy tomato and basil aspic with cream cheese and crackers.

Mains

   

For the main course, Andrew made creamy champagne chicken, oven-roasted potato chips with sparkling BBQ salt, and classic leaf salad with lemon prosecco vinaigrette. Pam made slow-cooked coca-cola BBQ ribs.

Dessert

To finish our fizzy meal, Pam made an amazing Wizz Fizz frozen yoghurt cake.

Fire January 5, 2019

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On Monday 3rd September, the theme of the dinner was Fire. Pam hosted, also providing savoury dishes, with Andrew providing drinks and dessert.

Drink

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Andrew made flaming Bailey’s Comet cocktails with cinnamon sparks, and flaming sugarcubes in lime floating in ginger beer (not shown).

Entree

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To begin the dinner, Pam served blow-torched asparagus with pistachio puree, and blow-torched sous-vide steak salad.

Mains

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For main course, Pam made a delicious sukiyaki.

Dessert

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Andrew made a dessert consisting of milk and white Belgian chocolate fondue with hazelnuts, glace ginger, toasted marshmallows and fruit, and with desiccated coconut and peanut butter powder.

Layers January 5, 2019

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On Monday 16th July, as the winter weather had set in, we held a dinner on the theme of Layers. Kerri served dessert, and Andrew cooked the savoury dishes and hosted the dinner.

Mains

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Andrew served up Thomas Keller’s Confit Byaldi, a gluten-free Feteer Meshaltet (egyptian), and Rakott Krumpli (hungarian).

Dessert

Layers Theme - Kerri's dessert

For dessert, Kerri made an Archeology Trifle.

Commonwealth Games June 9, 2018

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For Monday 9th April, the Commonwealth Games was in progress up on the Gold Coast, so it seemed like a suitable theme to celebrate Australia and the other countries of the Commonwealth. Jacinta hosted, and cooked the savoury dishes, with Andrew providing the sweet ones.

Drink

Jacinta got us in the green and gold mood with a pineapple mojito.

Entré

We began the meal with a not-so-traditional green and gold damper.

Main

  

Jacinta continued the theme with a vegemite meat pie served with green and gold vegetables, specifically peas with pancetta and bocconcini, and roast carrots, pumpkin and parsnip.

Dessert

 

To finish, Andrew served a matcha roll cake with blueberries (the colours green, white, and blue for the Sierra Leone flag) and a Maltese almond and chocolate pie made with Maltese rusks (with white and red being the colours of the Maltese flag).

Boozy Christmas January 3, 2018

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On Monday 18th December 2017, Andrew hosted the Christmas dinner which this time had a Boozy theme, i.e. that alcohol should be used as an ingredient. Pam cooked the savoury dishes and Andrew hosted, provided drinks and the dessert.

Drinks

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Andrew served two Christmas-themed cocktails: a gingerbread martini and prosecco with raspberries and limoncello.

Entre

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Pam made platters of vegan foie-gras, an onion chutney, vegan cheese, and a yoghurt dip.

Mains

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For main course, Pam served up a bourbon-brined grilled chicken, potato salad and flambéd spinach salad.

Dessert

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Andrew served a dessert of a two-tiered chocolate pavlova sitting on a Bailey’s marshmallow base, filled with Bailey’s whipped cream, and topped with fresh cherries and cherry syrup.

Seeds January 3, 2018

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The theme of the dinner on Monday 4th September 2017 was “seeds”. It turns out that a large number of things are seeds, but we were pretty traditional in our interpretation. Andrew hosted and made the savoury dishes, and Laura made the sweet dishes.

Entre

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To begin with, Andrew made sunflower seed dip.

Mains

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Andrew then served two dishes for main course: mustard baked chicken with poppy seeds and Yotam Ottolenghi’s roast pumpkin with cardamom and nigella seeds.

Dessert

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To conclude the meal with style, Laura made a chocolate chia seed pudding, a lemon poppyseed cake, and sesame seed biscuits.

Oozy August 12, 2017

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We decided to go for a textural-type theme, and on Monday 5th June, Pam hosted an Oozy dinner. Pam served the savoury dishes and Andrew provided dessert.

Drink

What can be more oozy than ouzo?

Entré

To start the dinner, Pam served up home-made Xiao Long bao.

Main

Pam’s main course was a lentil and roast veg dish with an oozing poached egg.

Dessert

To conclude, Andrew served a Gary Rhodes’ recipe for apple pie icecream (the icecream is inside the pie) and creme anglaise.

Ukrainian August 12, 2017

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For Monday 3rd April, Laura hosted the dinner dedicated to Ukrainian food. Laura cooked the savoury dishes and Andrew made the desserts.

Entré

Laura began the meal with a traditional bowl of borsch.

Main

  

The main course from Laura was kovbasa, deruny and a radish and walnut salad.

Dessert

 

For dessert, Andrew made a syrnyk cake and a makovyi cake.