Heston & Hospital week…

Edible Garden Salad, recipe from Heston Blumenthal at Home

This week brings two big events. The first one will be a trip to the hospital, (not me!) but my loved one who goes under tomorrow to have his wisdom teeth removed. Therefore, it’s safe to say I’ll be blogging about soups, jelly, ice-cream and stews for the remainder of the week, getting excited aren’t you?

The second event is a one night only ‘Live’ Theatre event, with my favourite culinary genius of all time Heston Blumenthal. I’m not sure as to what will be happening, but it’s a fair certainty he’ll be cooking, entertaining and hopefully letting us in on the secrets to being a Michelin superstar chef. Sadly as I live on the other side of the world here, it’s no.1 on my Foodie Bucket list, so fingers crossed I’ll get there one day to sample their fine food in the UK (note to self, buy lottery ticket)

Here’s a little more on The Fat Duck and a few inklings into the creative genius behind the restaurant!

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Which brings me to the next question…have you ever wondered what a Three Michelin star chef might cook at home? Here’s a little intro by the man himself to his latest cookbook Heston Blumenthal at Home


In honor of this great chef and the fact it’s my (sweetheart’s last solid meal for the next few days) I endeavored to tackle no less than three recipes from his cookbook. The results were greatly appreciated and I hope you’ll forgive that I’m trialling these for the first time so they’re not picture perfect, but hey, you know what they say about practice…

mise en place vegetables, from this…

…to this, Heston’s edible garden salad of Gribiche Sauce, olive and (walnut) soil and baby veggies

Now we love our chippies in this house, but why cook them once when you can thrice cook these beauties! They’re described as having a “crisp, glass like interior,” yes please!!!

Triple-cooked Chips

And lastly but not least, a beautiful dish, so lovely I was surprised by its simplicity too. Vanilla butter & Sea Perch. Vanilla butter & Seafood is my new vice!!!


Hope you enjoyed my little experiments and stay-tuned for more recipes coming your way from Hospital & Heston week soon!

Giaff x

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  1. says

    Loved every bit of this post! Heston is a genius…or maybe even more than that! I don’t own any books by him. About time I think! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    • says

      I’d always bought his books and series for other folks, such as my dad and brother (books) and my mum (the dvd’s) then one day a really kind friend bought me one as a birthday gift and then I realized I had to beef up my collection! (no pun intended)

      I’m seeing the show tonight so will have a post up and running after that :)

      • says

        I can’t remember which year it was, probably last year or the one before, Heston’s Christmas Special blew my mind! I watched every re-run of that episode. He is a magician!
        Our Food Network doesn’t have him on this year. Think I need his book so I can at least have him in the house? :D

  2. says

    I lost 5kg in a few days after having my wisdom teeth out! Still can’t eat jelly, had such a glut of it after having the teeth out. Your edible garden is so pretty, you are very clever.

    • says

      Wow! 5 kg in a week- that sounds like a lot of tooth pain! As for jelly I secretly love the packet stuff and my patient seems to have a penchant for the Lime flavour. I was definitely pleased with the edible garden, it didn’t look perfect but it sure tasted good! That’s the most important thing at the end of the day!!!

  3. says

    I think all the credit can go to the latter! I can’t wait to see what new techniques I learn on Tuesday night at his cooking demonstration/Live show! I used to get excited by costumes & now I get excited by other chefs!

    • says

      Do it Deb!!! It’s really an amazing combination. There’s something about the floral scent of the vanilla that truly comments the sea tones of the fish. In the cookbook (Heston) describes the first time he tried it with poached Lobster and once my patient can eat a proper meal, I’m thinking of using the left over butter for poached lobsters and vanilla too :)

      Also white chocolate and sea scallops is another combination…

  4. says

    waaaaaahhh… i detest the dentist!! haha.. I’ve always had dental phobia and that sounds sooooo scary! lol. So sweet of you to lend your loved one lots of support! :)

  5. says

    Extractions are painful! :( But it’s a great excuse to have ice cream for all three meals… :p Can’t wait to see more posts on jellies and ice creams!

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