I’ve been trying out different puddings
all week and now it’s all I seem to have in the fridge. First, there
was the jasmine tea panna cotta I’ve been working on for my friend
Henrietta at the Rare Tea Company. It’s a delicious twist on the
original, with milk and cream fusing with fragrant white tip teas to
create my personal favourite. As with all truly creative developments
there were a few which didn’t quite make the grade, so now the fridge
is littered with various experimental panna cotta.
Then there’s the Valentine’s pud that
I’ve been working on for you lucky lot – a spankingly good white
chocolate mousse with passion fruit and pistachio that just needs a
little refining. And finally, a burnt Cambridge cream, the British –
and dare I say it – original version of the crème brulée. It’s
currently spiked with a few sharp plums, but they may give way to
something tarter and more exciting.
While it has been a rather
enjoyable eating week, I am certainly feeling a certain twinge of
guilt. So almost every meal has had a healthy Asian slant. The week
commenced with a first attempt at sticky rice, which ended in
something relatively successful and a little triumphant smile from
I’m just about to try my hand at yum
woon sen, a spicy salad based around the delicate glass noodles which
punctuate so many Asian salads. Sunday’s slow roast shoulder of lamb
has made an appearance in these salads along with the usual suspects
of fish sauce, lime juice, chilli and coriander.
Just to round off the week in
appropriately sweet style, I will be judging the second half of the
Academy of Chocolate’s annual awards. It might sound like fun, but
you try eating 45 chocolates in one afternoon!