Perfect Little Sauce for my Haggis Scotch Eggs. I always used to buy Whisky sauce ready made, but tonight I decided to give it a try & I’m so glad I did, so easy and so delicious.
1 shallot – finely chopped
1 knob of butter
15ml of Whisky
125ml beef stock
100ml double cream
1 tsp mace
Salt & white pepper to taste
1 tsp parsley to serve (optional)
- Melt butter in a pan, medium heat
- Add onions and sweat down
- Pour in the Whisky then add the beef stock, reduce to a simmer and let the liquid reduce to about 1/3.
- Add in the double cream and season with mace, salt & pepper
- Warm through and serve.
Sous Vide, Sous Vide, Sous Vide……..oh yes, definitely my favourite method of cooking. This Venison was so succulent and juicy, the flavour was absolutely delicious.
Makes 2 servings
2 large venison steaks
Salt & Pepper to taste
For the Sweet Potato:-
1-2 large sweet potatoes
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil
Few sprigs of rosemary
Salt & Pepper
For the Balsamic Jus:-
1 tbsp butter
2 shallots – thinly sliced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
125ml Merlot Red wine
Few sprigs of Rosemary
1 heaped tsp redcurrant jelly
- Season the Venison Steaks with Salt & pepper. Vacuum pack.
- Heat a large pan of water to about 58-60 deg C, immerse venison into the water and cook for about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, slice the sweet potatoes and place into a food bag, coat with 1 tbsp oil, salt & pepper and rosemary, ensure fully coated. Preheat Crisperplate (if you have one, if not roast in oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on thickness.) Place sweet potato onto crisperplate with butter and cook for 8 minutes, remove, turn over and cook for a further 3 minutes (depending on thickness).
- Remove Venison from the vacuum bag, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan on high heat and seal the meat about 1 minutes each side, remove and allow to rest for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, place 1 knob of butter into the same pan you seared the venison and melt, add in the shallots and soften. Add in the redcurrant jelly and rosemary and caramelise, pour in the wine and balsamic vinegar bring to a high boil and reduce for a few minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
- Slice up the venison, place on top of the sweet potato and serve with the sauce……Yummy!
I’m really liking experimenting with Sous Vide Cooking, Sous vide meaning under vacuum. There are many benefits to this method, here are some:-
Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.
Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.
Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.
Flexibility. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.
For the Duck:-
2 x Duck Breasts
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tbsp oil for searing
For the Vegetables:-
Handful of Cherry tomatoes
Few basil leaves
Couple sprigs of Rosemary
For the Blue Cheese Sauce:-
100ml Creme Friache
50g Blue Cheese (I used Roquefort)
1 tbsp butter
- Season the duck breasts and score the skin. Vacuum pack.
- Heat a large pan of water to between 58-60 deg C, place vacuum pack into the pan making sure its full immersed in the water, put on lid and cook for about 2 hours.
- Meanwhile vacuum pack all the vegetable ingredients and immerse this in the water at same temperature for about 45 minutes.
- Just before serving, melt the butter in a pan on medium heat, reduce to a low heat and gently heat through the creme friache (do not boil), crumble in the blue cheese and mix through until warm.
- Remove the duck breast from vacuum bag. Heat a little oil to high in a pan and sear the meat for about 1-2 minutes on skin side or until slightly crispy and 1 minute on other side, remove and allow to rest for a few minutes. Slice and serve on top of the vegetables with the sauce. Yummy!
This little sauce is perfect with Haggis.
Makes enough for 4
A knob of butter
A splash of oil
15ml of Speyside Whisky (chefs feel that a Speyside Whisky works best to accompany haggis)
125ml of beef stock
100ml of double cream
Salt and ground white pepper, to taste
1. Finely dice the shallots and sweat them in the butter and oil, using a small saucepan.
2. Add the whisky to your pan (watch out, this will produce a flame!)
3. Whilst it’s flaming, add in the beef stock.
4. Set to a good simmer and let the liquid reduce by a third before you add in the cream.
5. Season with ground pepper and a small amount of salt and mace.
6. Finish with some finely chopped chervil. (you can also use parsley or chives)
My healthier eating continues this month. I got some lovely bits of Scottish Salmon recently so came up with this idea of a healthier mash using whatever I had in my fridge. It was delicious. Best bit, it only took 6 minutes to cook and put together.
Makes enough mash for 2-3 people
80g baby spinach
50g garden peas – cooked
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Sea Salt
Garlic clove – minced
1 tsp coriander – dried
1 tsp olive oil
(optional if you like spice, add in 1 tsp chilli flakes)
- Place everything into a blender and mix until just combined.
- Serve. Simple as that!
I steam cooked some salmon that I marinated in Teriyaki Sauce overnight. Yum!
Roux (pronounced “roo”) is one of the basic thickening agents in cooking. Used primarily for bulk up sauces and soups but you can also use this for White Sauces, great for pasta’s which is what I made.
You can add in any flavours or extra ingredients you like which makes it a really good base recipe.
It is usually equal amounts of butter and flour by weight.
40g Plain Flour
250ml or about 1/2 pint of milk (for a thick sauce) more if you want thinner
- Firstly melt the butter in a pan on a medium to high heat
- The sieve the flour into the pan and whisk together until you get a smooth like paste
- Cook for about 2 minutes to get the taste of flour away
- Gradually add in the milk, little at a time, whisking continuously until you get a thickened sauce with no lumps.
This is your basic white sauce recipe or you can then add your flavours:-
For mine I added, salt, pepper to taste. Then I added 40g of smoked scamorza cheese as I wanted a lovely smokey cheese sauce for my pasta dish. You can of course add in any cheese or any herbs, spices etc.
Fresh Pasta is just the best, but I always make far too much, I really need to learn my portion sizes…lol. Today I came across a recipe for balsamic chicken so I decided to try it out but add a little honey to it for the glaze and flavour, it was delicious.
For the pasta: (makes 4 servings)
275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour
3 large eggs
1 tbsp dried basil
- Sift the flour & put basil into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
- Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
- Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
- Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
- Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
- Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
- Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
- Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain
For the Balsamic Honey Chicken:-
2 Chicken Breasts (1 per person)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp rainbow pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp olive oil
- Place chicken breast in a dish. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a seperate dish then pour over the chicken. Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Pre heat your grill to medium heat and gently grill the chicken on the wire shelf for about 16-17 minutes turning halfway through. Tip:- place a tray of cold water underneath to catch any drips but this also adds a little steam to help keep the chicken moist. (I have a chicken breast setting on my oven which I used, this automatically controls the temperature).
- Meanwhile cut some baby tomatoes in half (I used vittoria tomatoes), and place in the dish with remaining marinade sauce and mix. Place in the oven with the chicken beasts and next shelf down (underneath).
- Remove chicken from grill and slice lengthways, tip into the drained pasta along with the tomatoes and sauce and combine. Serve. Yummy!