The Constant Gardner - my starter for Great British Menu 2017

Nick Brodie

Nick Brodie

6th June 2017

The Constant Gardner - my starter for Great British Menu 2017

The Constant Gardner - my starter for Great British Menu 2017
Equipment: Vacuum pac and bags, vita prep, emersion blender, pots and frying pans, dehydrator and sheets

Ingredients

  • Purple carrot ketchup
  • Yellow carrot ketchup
  • Purple carrot puree
  • Orange carrot puree
  • Carrot foam
  • Baby heritage carrots
  • Raw sliced carrot
  • Carrot powder
  • Red Cabbage Powder
  • Shimeji
  • Szechuan powder
  • Garden Shoots
  • Loin
  • Belly
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Leg
  • Carrot ketchup:
  • 100ml muscat vinegar
  • 100g purple carrot puree
  • 100g glucose
  • 20g sugar
  • 7g salt
  • Pinch clove
  • Xanthan gum
  • Carrot foam:
  • 1l fresh carrot juice
  • 5g soy lecithin
  • Thyme leaves
  • Szechuan powder
  • Baby carrots:
  • 10 baby heritage carrots
  • Carrot juice
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pinch sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • Thyme leaves
  • Tarragon leaves
  • Carrot powder:
  • 300g orange carrot
  • Red cabbage powder:
  • 300g Red Cabbage Leaves
  • Xanthan water:
  • 500ml water
  • 5g xanthan gum
  • Rabbit:
  • 1 Rabbit broken down into
  • Legs
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Belly
  • Loin

Method

Carrot ketchup:
Add all ingredients to vita prep and blend until starting to all thoroughly mix in and mixture starts to heat up. Add xanthan gum and blend until fully emulsified. Store the Ketchup in the fridge until ready for plating.
Carrot puree:
Peel carrots and place in a pan with cold water, Szechuan, sugar and salt. Cook until very soft. Remove from heat and place carrots in the vita prep while retaining the cooking liquor. Blend, if a little too thick add a little cooking liquor and take to the required consistency - the water usually starts to leach a little from the puree so adding a bit of xanthan water to bring together maybe required.
Add all ingredients to vita prep and blend until starting to all thoroughly mix in and mixture starts to heat up. Add xanthan gum and blend until fully emulsified. Store the Ketchup in the fridge until ready for plating.
Carrot foam:
Pour juice into a tall and long container. Sprinkle the soy lecithin powder on top. Cover half of the container with plastic wrap (cling film) to prevent juice from splattering all over you and the working area. Blend the soy lecithin using an immersion blender. Store the carrot juice in the fridge until ready for plating.
Remove the carrot juice from the fridge and create carrot air by blending the juice positioning an immersion blender sideways and slightly above the surface to introduce air and produce tiny bubbles. Let the carrot air rest for 1 minute before scooping it.
Baby carrots:
Peel carrots and place in vac pac pouch with other ingredients. Cook at 88°c for around 1 – 1.45hrs depending on carrot size. If not using immediately place bag into iced water, then once needed reheat at 88°c for ten minutes.
Carrot powder:
Cook carrots to puree stage then blend, spread puree onto silicon paper. Place sliced carrot on dehydrator trays and dry overnight. Using a vita prep, blend until resembling a powder. Pass through a sieve, store in air tight jar.
Red cabbage powder:
Fine slice the cabbage. Place sliced cabbage on dehydrator trays and dry overnight. Using a vita prep, blend till resulting powder. Pass through a sieve, store in air tight jar.
Xanthan water:
Add all ingredients to a vita prep and blend until all starting to thoroughly mix in and mixture starts to heat up, bottle up when finished.
Rabbit:
Break the rabbit down into portion pieces. Taking thigh, roast with a little herbs and garlic. Prep kidney and liver discarding trim, pan fry until cooked pink. Prep loin and put in vac bag, cook at 52°C for 20 minutes.
Paste both ketchups onto a plate, then both purees to give a base plate design, place over pieces of rabbit then finish with other carrot elements and finish with fine herb salad and carrot seeds. To be quite sporadic with the plating to show a little controlled chaos while using similar elements.

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