Summer Party Food Idea, why not canapes, buffet or Luxury finger good ?

Come rain or shine, our mouth-watering Ideal Party foods will make every meal an occasion. So whether you’re indoors or out, throw a fantastic feast for family and friends.

ideal party is our made-to-order food service with more than 85  irresistible products to help you relax and enjoy hosting parties and gatherings. You can order online and put together a menu where you cook a little or not at all, giving you more time to spend with your guests.

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Once you’ve established what type of party you’re hosting and how many people you’ll be inviting, it’s time to plan the menu. The selection on Ideal party offers plenty of choice and mouth-watering ideas:

Buffet – Including quiche, Charcuterie, gravelax Salmon and lots more…

Canapes – Our fantastic selection allows you to choose between everything from cold canapes  and verrine shot glasses to sweet canapes

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Starters – Dressed lobster for four or vegetable milles feuilles terrine for eight Whatever you choose will come beautifully presented

Main courses  – Our oven bakes, meat and poultry joints and en croute dishes can cater for special dinner partiesDessert – Go healthy with a fruit Salad or satisfy a sweet tooth with our delicious desserts, including a range from Bertrand Munier

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This is soon the Season to make your own Quinces Jelly …

  • Quinces  are rather odd fruit; they look half-way between an apple and a pear, they are not good to eat off the tree, they are quite hard, they are loaded with pectin (a natural jelling agent), and they make the most lovely rose-colored jelly.
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  • Wash the quinces, scourer off the down, and then quarter them roughly. Put the cut up quince into a preserving pan with the water and simmer long and slowly until they become soft. It can take over an hour to reduce well.
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    Strain through a jelly bag overnight (by jelly bag, I mean a tea towel or very fine sieve – whatever you have at your disposal that fits within that criteria will be fine). Do not force the juice, as it will make it cloudy.
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  • Measure the juice into the preserving pan, and for each 600 mls of juice add 375g caster sugar. Bring juice to simmering point, add the sugar and the strained lemon juice. Dissolve over a very low heat. Boil fast and begin testing for a set after 10 minutes. When soft set is reached, pour into small, sterislised, hot jars and seal.
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    This jelly stiffens during storage, and looks like a ruby jewel in the jar. It is delicious is served with lamb or boiled or baked pork, or simply as jelly with toast and butter for breakfast.

Thank you enjoy

Bertrand www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

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Chef Bertrand Munier was enthroned as Disciples of Escoffier .

Disciples of Escoffier Award

On the 11th of October 2013 the Association Culinaire Francaise and the Disciples of Escoffier organized their gala black tie dinner dance in the prestigious Landmark Hotel in London.

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Many Chefs and people involved in the Catering Industry were invited by Jacques Pasquier, President of the Association Culinaire Francaise, and President of the Disciples of Escoffier UK, for a 5 course menu .

Prior to the dinner new Disciples of Auguste Escoffier had Been enthroned :

Pascal Aussignac from Club Gascon, David Collard from Colbert, Bertrand Munier from self catering Ideal Party, Pierre Julien Rebuzzi Pastry chef from Landmark Hotel, Nicolas Laridan from le Boudin Blanc, Robert Kendrew from Scotland, Michael Godfrey from Eton College, Thomas Maieli from Mr Duck, Myriam Lombard Sommeliere from Ritz Casino, Mare Wessels Banqueting manager from Landmark Hotel.

Bertrand Munier

Menu

Boudin blanc, cepe puree, trumpet mushrooms, port jus  – Crozes Hermitage Domaine Mule blanche~ ~ ~

Seared and tartar of mackerel,

 horseradish and beetroot – La Cote d”Heux Cotes de Gascogne

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Fillet of Scottish beef ‘Rossini’
, boulangere potato, tender stem broccoli and Chantenay carrot – Chateau La  Lagune Haut Medoc

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Assiette of farmhouse cheese, chutney and crispbreads- Chateau Cherchy-Desqueyroux Graves

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Dark chocolate cone, Vanilla panacotta, macerated raspberries, warm chocolate sauce

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Coffee and petit fours

 We would like to thanks ACF & Disciples of Escoffier UK 

 and  for the fantastic evening.

what About Auguste Escoffier

Now, you can explore the traditions and methods of the father of classic cuisine!

Click for more ….  http://www.escoffier.edu/about/about-auguste-escoffier/

BOUCHÉE À LA REINE

I always loved ‘bouchée à la Reine’ – this classic starter is exactly what I love about French cuisine – elegant and old-fashioned. I like to have it simply as a main course with a salad on the side. My simplified version of this small puff pastry includes chicken, morel mushrooms, onions, white wine and a bechamel sauce. If you can’t find morel mushrooms, you can replace with any mushrooms of your choice whether they are fresh or dried

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Ingredients 

  • 4 vol-au-vent shells
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 large chicken or turkey breasts
  • 4 oz. small or medium button mushrooms
  • 10g of Morel
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup creme fraiche (or double cream)
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 12 oz. chicken stock
  • Pepper

Procedure

  1. Place the chicken stock and the bouquet garni in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to infuse 10-11 minutes
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into small dice.
  3. Wash the mushrooms rapidly and cut in halves or quarters depending on the size.
  4. In a sauteuse (or a frying pan), melt the butter on a medium-high heat and add the chopped shallot. Cook for about 1 minute stirring.
  5. Add the flour and cook 1 petite minute, mixing with a whisk or a wooden spoon, without browning.
  6. Add the chicken stock little by little and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  7. Add the diced chicken and the mushrooms and cook for 5 – 6 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (gas mark 6) and bake the vol-au-vent shells for 5 – 10 minutes or as directed by the manufacturer, without burning them.
  9. In a bowl, mix the cream with the egg yolk. Increase the heat under the sauteuse and add the egg yolk/cream mixture, beating to combine well with the sauce and lower the heat as soon as it reaches a boil. The sauce should be unctuous and should coat a spoon. Do not salt, only pepper.
  10. Remove the vol-au-vents from the oven. Fill rapidly and serve without delay as they cool rapidly.

Notes

This entrée has been somewhat neglected but is one of the great classics of French gastronomy. It is usually served as an entrée (introductory course) but may also be served as a plat principal (main course) for an evening meal, for example, accompanied by a green salad. It can also be made with seafood or even snails. For holidays one may also add sweetbreads, truffles or morels. This dish is sometimes confused with Vol-au-vent financière but the latter is quite different with quenelles, cockscombs, cocks’ kidneys, truffle slices, fluted mushroom caps and black olives bound with a Madeira sauce.

Bon Appetit

Bertrand

Paris-Brest Recipe, The French Plaisir …..

 The  Paris-Brest

History

The pastry was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race. Its circular shape is representative of a wheel. It became popular with riders on the Paris-Brest cycle race, partly because of its energy-giving high calorific value, and is now found in patisserie all over France

Recipe 

Choux pastry:
Quarter liter of water
200 g flour
100g butter
A pinch of salt
4 whole eggs
Praline butter cream:
8 egg yolks
250 g of sugar
250 g of softened butter
120g of  praline paste
finish:
100 g sliced almonds
50 g icing sugar
1 egg yolk (gilding)
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To make this recipe the Paris-Brest, first prepare all the ingredients.

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Place water, butter and salt in a saucepan on the fire.

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 boil it .

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Remove from heat and add the flour all at once.

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mix all

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stirring with a wooden spatula, until it pulls away from sides of the pan and it forms a ball.

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Cool 5 minutes. Add eggs 1 by 1 …

Paris-Brest - 8 mix it
Paris-Brest - 9 Add remaining eggs 1by 1.
Paris-Brest - 10 choux pastry is ready
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Fill a pastry bag with a choux pastry.
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Lay the puff pastry as a crown.

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Have two strings of dough side by side …

Paris-Brest - 14  then a third on the top
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Brown surface with egg yolk, using a brush.

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Sprinkle a few slivered almonds …

Paris-Brest - 18 … over the entire top .
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Backe at  (180°C – 356°F) 30 minutes
Paris-Brest - 20 The dough will rise and brown.
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Mix sugar with a little water.

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Bring to a boil and cook until 121 ° C. Using a probe thermometer

Paris-Brest - 24 Put the yolks in mixer bowl. When the sugar is cooked pour it gently at low speed mixer to the egg yolks. Make sure the yolks are at room temperature.
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When the sugar is fully incorporated into the egg yolks beat until completely cooled high speed mixer.

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Make the preparation cooled ….
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Gradually incorporate … the butter .

Paris-Brest - 28  Stir in the last praline paste. The amount will depend on the intensity of flavor that you want.
Paris-Brest - 29 Using a knife saw, divide the crown in two
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fill up the piping bag with praline cream

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Paris-Brest - 33 decoration is finish!
Paris-Brest - 34 add the top
Paris-Brest - 35 the finish touch. icing sugar !leave it for 4 hours in the fridge before to serve .Bon appetitBertrand Munier

www.bertrandmunier.com