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The Thomas Keller Affair

As we got ready to move out of our house in Santa Clara, I wanted to cook a final meal in our fancy kitchen before we left it behind. Since we were going fancy I decided to go all the way and cook a bunch of recipes from the various Thomas Keller restaurants and cookbooks.

Salmon Cornets (The French Laundry)
Salmon Cornets (The French Laundry)

I started out with one of his signature French Laundry dishes – the salmon cornets that I first had in Per Se in 2010. The recipe is pretty straightforward and doesnt need any exotic ingredients. The main caveat that the fancy cones should be made while the batter is hot which often leads to burnt fingers.… Read the rest

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Chilli-Lime Chorizo in Corn Foam recipe

One of the most interesting things I ate last year was the Esquites at Californios. It consists of some butter poached lobster and corn kernels sprinkled with mexican spices and then covered with a warm corn mousse on top. I loved the flavour profile of the dish with the contrasts between the sweet mousse and the spiced corn/lobster at the bottom. Nithya and I liked it so much that we decided to make our own version below.

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Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • 1 cups Corn (for cream)
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup Corn (for roasting)
  • 200g Chorizo
  • 1-2 limes
  • Chilli powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter

Required Equipment

  • Blender
  • Sieve
  • Whipping Siphon

Steps

  1. We will start by making the corn cream.
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Potato Dinner

After a year long hiatus from doing my home tasting menus, I got the urge to a do a new one around the humble potato which led to last weekend Potato dinner. We have a total of 7 diners which did slow down the plating, but having done this several times I have gotten much better at managing my time and we were done with the 7 savory courses in just under 3.5 hours despite this meal including some fairly complex dishes as well as one multi-item course.

Hot Potato Cold Potato
Hot Potato Cold Potato is a classic Alinea appetizer that has a hot ball of butter poached potato that is dropped into a cold potato soup made with truffle juice.… Read the rest

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Egg Dinner

One of the dinner themes I have been toying with for a while is “Eggs” and I finally got to try it out over the weekend. It ended up being a 13 course meal over 6 hours where everything included eggs, looked like eggs or looked like something that should have eggs in it. It was fairly successful with only a few minor hiccups along the way despite several of the dishes being first time attempts. The spectacular photos were all taken by Nithya using her DIY lightbox setup. The following is a description of the dishes with any tips and tricks I discovered along the way.… Read the rest

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Spaghetti Carbonara Dessert

One of the concepts I have been toying with is creating a dessert that looks like a savory course but is actually sweet in taste. Since my next fancy meal is going to have “Eggs” as its theme, I decided to try making a new version of Spaghetti Carbonara as that is probably my favourite egg based pasta. The end result is what you see below, Spaghetti Carbonara Dessert with white chocolate spaghetti, candied bacon, crystalline honey, black pepper and lava salt.

Spaghetti Carbonara Dessert

The first step was to make white chocolate spaghetti using the recipe from the Molecule R kit (175ml water, 2g agar agar, 85g white chocolate, boil, extrude).… Read the rest