How to cook your asparagus? my Tips !

Green British asparagus, with its intense, complex

flavour, is considered – by the British, at least – to be the finest in the world. It’s deep, verdant flavour is attributed in large part to Britain’s cool growing conditions. ( The green asparagus are better served hot with chicken, veal and soup).

White asparagus preferred in Europe ( France and Germany) has a delicate flavour and must first be peeled before use. Trim the woody ends and starting from the bottom and using a vegetable peeler, peel a very thin strip toward the tip. Often, only the lower half need to be peeled. (The white asparagus are better served warm or cold with hollandaise & mayonnaise sauce.

My Tips!

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

My favorite !  is It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly.

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious  cold and hot starter https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/starters

a bientot

chef Bertrand Munier

My French recipe of the Orange Drizzle Cake.

The orange drizzle is an English institution in the UK and I love it! I’m pleased to share my home recipe with a touch of French flavour. In France, we have the same cake that we call  Le gateau a l’orange . The recipe is from Lyon in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. 

The Orange Drizzle is perfect for an afternoon tea or for a Picnic . 

Ingredients

4 orange 

4 eggs (large ) 

300g of butter unsalted 

300g of sugar 

10g  baking powder 

230g  white flour 

Icing 

250g icing sugar

3 large spoon of orange juice 

1 cake ring for  about 10 people 

Preparation time 30 minutes

Cooking time 20 mins

Serves 10 t0 12 people 

1/ Wash the orange, With a zester burner, 4 oranges zest keeping the 4 oranges for the juice 

2/ Melt 300g of unsalted  butter in a pan 

3/ Flour and butter the cake pan

4/ In a mixer, add  300g of sugar and 300g melted butter. Mix until Creamy.

5/ Chop the Orange zest in very small bites

6/ Add the juice of 4 oranges to 2 eggs 

7/ Sift in the flour, baking powder and add the zest of the orange. Mix until well combined.

8/ Add the last 2 eggs, one at a time,

9 / Line a loaf tin with grease-proof paper, spoon in the mixture and level the top.

10/ Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan/Gas Mark 4. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes until a thin skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

11/ While the cake is cooling in its tin , pour over the juice of 3 oranges on  the cake.

12 / For the icing, mix the orange juice  with the icing sugar.

Prick the warm cake all over with a fork and  drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake, and top with candied orange 

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious Desserts https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/desserts/dessert  by Chef Bertrand Munier

Healthy Food Trends for Your canapes Party! Fabulous canapes and Vegetable Displays

Spring is here, and there’s nothing better than gathering a few friends together for a casual get together with some canapés and cocktails featuring the fresh produce of the season mini stuffed tomato with olive tapenade, asparagus with parma ham and parmesan cheese are a few of my favourites that start popping up in April and May with the first bloom of Spring.

How to Make a Tantalising Crudité Platter

Crudités are a superb choice as this is a fun, colourful, healthy and tantalising appetiser. Creating an attractive platter can be challenging, but with a bit of advice, you can create one which your guests are sure to love.

Are you hosting a party in the near future? If it’s true, then you will want to dazzle your guests with some tasty dishes, but knowing what to serve is tricky. A crudité platter is an excellent choice for an appetiser as it can look fantastic and is incredibly healthy.

It’s a platter that consists of raw vegetables that you cut into small pieces or served whole. It often includes celery sticks, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, broccoli, bell pepper strips and fennel. They are then dipped in a vinaigrette or similar dipping sauce. In addition to being very healthy, crudités can also look amazing with so many bold colours and different shapes.

To make a platter that will satisfy your guests, it is important that you use a wide range of vegetables – four or more is ideal. Try using what is currently in season for the freshest taste and select vegetables that are bright in colour to make it visually appealing. In addition to vegetables listed above, consider throwing in a few of these alternative types:

Radishes

Asparagus

Tomato

Zucchini

Lettuce

Beetroot

Butternut Squash

It is wise to purchase the vegetables on the day of the party or perhaps the night before. This ensures that they are fresh, bright and flavoursome. If you are unable to purchase them on the same date, ensure you follow the storage instructions to keep them fresh. On the day, do not cut the vegetables earlier than a few hours before the party to retain their freshness. When cutting, try experimenting with different shapes to add variety and texture to the platter.

In addition to vegetables, make your platter stand out by adding some meat or cheese (first ask if any of your guests is a vegetarian). You could also serve bread on the side to make the dish slightly more filling. When it comes to assembling the dish, try to be creative and arrange the vegetables in different ways to make it aesthetically pleasing. Alternatively, you could arrange by colour for a neat and tidy look.

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Chef Bertrand Munier