Chicken Tikka Scotch Egg

Chicken Tikka Scotch Egg

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starter or lunch
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Everyone at some point during their lives should try this chicken tikka scotch egg with cucumber salad and curried mayonnaise. 

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Course: Starter or Lunch 

Oven temp: 180˚c

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves 6

 

ingredients

6 blue shell eggs 

1 normal egg whisked 

480g of chicken thigh

3 tbsp of tandoori spice blend may contain mustard 

1 small bunch of fresh coriander

1 tbsp of mint sauce

1 tbsp of yoghurt contains milk

8 pre cooked popadoms 

1 tsp of maldon sea salt

1 cucumber 

A handful of pea shoots, mint leaves and mustard cress

Good quality mayonnaise or homemade will contain eggs 

1 tbsp of madras curry powder may contain mustard 

 

equipment

 

Magimix food processor with blade 

Deep fat fryer 

4 mixing bowls 

A decent potato peeler 

Measuring spoons 

 

method

  • Place the popadoms into the food processor and blitz until they resemble breadcrumbs. 
  • Boil the eggs for 6 minutes then take out of the water and place straight into cold water. Once cooled down carefully peel the eggs they will be very soft and easy to break as the middle should still be very runny. 
  • Check the chicken thighs for any little bones or sinew, remove and then place into food processor with coriander, mint sauce, yoghurt and tandoori spice blend. Blitz until it resembles sausage meat. 
  • Take a lump of the chicken and spread it out in your hand, place the egg in the middle and carefully wrap around the egg pressing gently together to make a seal. Now roll around in the whisked egg and then into the crushed popadoms making sure to evenly coat the eggs. Once you have them all coated you can start frying them. You want to fry them for a few minutes only to crisp up the coating. 
  • Place the eggs on a baking tray and cook for 16 minutes. If you have a temperature probe push it in carefully until you feel it stop at the egg. If it reads 75˚C you’re good to go. 
  • While the eggs are roasting cut the cucumber in half and peel until you almost reach the middle then turn and peel again until you reach the middle. You should have plenty of fine cucumber strips. 
  • Put the mayo in a bowl and add the madras curry powder. Stir well to combine. 
  • To serve lay the cucumber strips out on your plate, garnish one side with the small salad leaves, spoon a blob of mayo on to the cucumber and place the egg on top. You can slice a little off the bottom of the scotch egg to help it stand up. 

serving suggestion

Serve as a starter as it is or add a green salad and some takefood piccalilli madras for a more substantial lunch. 

 

 

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Scallops and beetroot

Scallops and beetroot


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I love scallops pan fried with a little garlic butter but smoking them slightly just add’s another level of flavour to the dish. Try this at home for your next dinner party or hire takefood to come make it for you. Also great for a wedding breakfast.

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Course: Starter


Oven temp: 170˚c


Preparation time: 15 minutes


Cooking time: 30 minutes


Serves 6

ingredients

12 native scallops 

 

3 strips of butchers smoked streaky bacon 

 

1 large beetroot roasted until soft 

 

1 purple cauliflower or white

 

Dill fronds

 

Mustard frills 

 

Cracked black pepper 

 

100g of good quality black pudding

 

Cold pressed rapeseed oil

 

3 walnuts cracked open

 

 

 

equipment

 

Heavy based frying pan 

Magi-mix | Blender 

Old pan 

Sieve 

Blow torch 

Frying pan 

Foil

 

method

  • Put an old pan on the stove and add in some oak chips or tea leaves and place a sieve over the top. Once it starts to smoke place the scallops and roe in then place a piece of kitchen foil over the top and allow to smoked for 3 minutes. 
  • Smoke the scallops for about 3 minutes then separate the bright orange roe from the scallops, remove the sinew and put the roe in a blender with softened butter and blitz until smooth. Keep in the fridge until required. To serve sandwich between 2 crisp slices of brioche and garnish with dill. You can serve this as “smoked coral brioche toast” canapés or serve it as part of the dish.
  • Blow torch and finish in a hot oven for a few minutes or pan fry the scallops to brown and cook through in the pan with butter and garlic.
  • Lay the bacon out on a tray and cook in the oven until crisp and then break into small shards.
  • Cook the black pudding and crumble into small bits.
  • Puree the cooked beetroot with a little rapeseed oil. Cut small florets from the cauliflower and toss in a little oil and sea salt then roast until al dente. 
  • To serve spread a little beetroot puree on the plate then place the scallops and bacon in the centre. Garnish with black pudding, cauliflower, herbs and mustard leaves, crush a walnut half around the plate and drizzle with rapeseed oil. 

serving suggestion

Serve with a cold white wine or a light red wine if you prefer. 

 

 

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Ducky eggs and grown up salmon soldiers

Ducky eggs and grown up salmon soldiers

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I lOVE TO COOK SMOKED SALMON, ESPECIALLY IN A RISOTTO WITH FRESH BASIL AND PEAS BUT HERE I SIMPLY WRAP AROUND ASPARAGUS AND ROAST FOR A COUPLE OF MUNUTES AND SERVE WITH SOFT BOILED DUCK EGGS FOR A LOVELY BRUNCH.
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Here’s something simple for brunch. It’s quick to prepare and super tasty.

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Course: Brunch


Oven temp: 200˚c


Preparation time: 5 minutes


Cooking time: 7 minutes


Serves 6

ingredients

12 duck eggs at room temperature 

24 asparagus spears trimmed 

12 slices of smoked salmon  

12 large basil leaves  

Cracked black pepper 

 

equipment

 

Baking tray

Chopping board and sharp knife 

Egg cups and spoons

Piece of parchment paper to fit the baking tray

Timer

 

method

Put a deep pan of water on to boil and set the oven to 200˚c

Slice the smoked salmon slices into 2 halves and lay out on the parchment on the baking tray.

Break the asparagus spears near the base where they break naturally and then bunch together to chop all in one go to the same size.

Lay a piece of basil out on each half slice of salmon and then roll spear up in it.

Carefully place the eggs in the boiling water and set the timer to 7 minutes.

When there is just 2 minutes left on the timer place the asparagus into the oven and turn the oven off.

When the 2 minutes are up serve immediately with crusty bread and butter and a pot of earl grey tea.

serving suggestion

Serve with crusty bread and butter and a pot of earl grey tea. 

To bulk it out you can add some avocado and spinach leaves.

One thing definitely worth is trying is next time you go into Ikea go to the small food shop before you leave and buy a small jar of seaweed caviar. Spoon some of the seaweed caviar onto your soft runny yolk instead of sea salt.

 

 

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