Something I really enjoy but I highly doubt I will ever appear on MasterChef at anytime soon! I do love to cook, mainly meals that I can make in my sleep, that I perfected over time.
Any meals that involve intricate detailing or more patience than I can garner are never going to turn out well – I seem to lose all concentration, shrug and then serve up and inedible mess.
That said, I do like to try new recipes and was lucky enough to rustle up a popular Scandinavian recipe recently, courtesy of Transun teaming up with fabulous chefs from Aveqia… I wish they could have sent me a chef to help me prepare and cook the meal too… would have been so much easier!
Absolutely up my street, I love Langoustine and seafood in general and the meal looks light and a good fit for my diet.
So… all the ingredients arrived, with King Prawns in place of Langoustine and erm… Parsnips instead of Parsley… yeah we will scoot over that, it confused me greatly at the time!
A lot of ingredients for one meal, that I have not actually prepared before. To say I was slightly intimidated was an understatement…but at least there was wine!
The recipe had 4 segments to it and it was quite easy to complete a segment at a time. The time was mainly spent in making sure everything was ready for each part of the preparation.
Making the champagne cream was quite fun, simply mixing double cream and white wine vinegar together – it was actually quite yummy and a great complement. Something I will definitely be making again in the summer for salads and BBQ’s.
There was an awful lot of fennel involved, something I personally have never cooked with before and it was great to get stuck into a recipe that required my full attention… along with lots of head scratching.
The head scratching came about as my finished meal looked absolutely nothing like the original picture of the recipe, it couldn’t have looked any different to be honest – however, it was really, really tasty! I attempted to serve the meal with a little flair with regards to how it was arranged on the plate to make it look pretty. That’s right, I attempted to make a meal look pretty and I succeeded somewhat. It has definitely made me curious as to what other Scandinavian recipes I could rustle up and will be putting my culinary skills to use again soon…