week 5. Roast Butternut squash and parmesan custard, ginger bread, meringue, goat’s cheese beignet, smoked seeds, walnut puree.

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Simon Reagan,  Head Chef at the Panorama Restaurant in Killarney’s Five Star Europe Hotel, was a guest lecturer at the I.T. Tralee.

Simon has a wealth of experience in some of Ireland’s leading Hotels and Restaurants .

He brings with him a passion for food, and sources  only the best local ingredients.

In Simon’s own words :simon reagan dish

“Today, when we have an almost unlimited range of ingredients at our disposal and are open to so many culinary influences, it is essential that we as a kitchen team work with a real sense of balance and respect for cultural traditions, whilst at the same time using an open and imaginative frame of mind.

I believe it is essential to stay true to classic recipes and techniques as these can then be used as a platform for modern cuisine.

We try to make perfect, if there is such a thing and my philosophy is very simple, each day we strive to do better.

I believe a great dining experience is finding a perfect balance of excitement, refinement, professionalism and warmth.”

Simon dish I am going to share is

Roast Butternut squash and parmesan custard, ginger bread, meringue, goat’s cheese beignet, smoked seeds, walnut puree..

To download and follow this wonderful recipe, click Week 5 Guest Lecture1

Week 4 Plated Main Courses

Week 3 Starter Dishes

Week 2 Amuse Bouche

Week 1 stock

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Week 4 Plated Main Courses- Celebration of the Sea

Turbot dish

For Plated Main Courses I did a fabulous dish called Turbot, crab veloute, cannelloni, bloody Mary gel, saffron yoghurt, fennel textures.

Turbot lives in shallow waters and when it can, it will enthusiastically eat crab so it makes sense to combine both on a plate.

turbot imageVelvet crab are under appreciated delicacy in Ireland.

They get caught with the better known brown crab and are just as good to eat but people don’t tend to know this .

trawlerIn the recipe I am going to share ,I will  serve them with a kind of  veloute , accompanying the turbot fillet , and also as a cannelloni – a celebration of the sea .

It has many different elements but if you plan in advance, then this dish will really  impress and wow your guests!

Just click Week 4 Plated Main Courses to download full details on how to prepare this amazing dish.

Follow link for week 3 Week 3 Starter Dishes

Follow link for week 2Week 2 Amuse Bouche

Follow the link for week 1Week 1 stock

Week 2 Amuse Bouche

  amuse bouche photo    The definition of amuse bouche could be described as a French term which means a little bit of food which is served before the meal to stimulate the appetite , normally without charge by the restaurant.

Today I am going to share  3 very tasty yet simple Amuse Bouche Recipes , maybe if you have a dinner party coming up these may help get the party off to a very impressive start ,just click on Week 2 Amuse Bouche and Enjoy…

for week 1 click Week 1 stock

Mushroom jelly with mushroom cream

Lamb jelly with cucumber

Szechwan Broth

week 1Stocks and Soups

A stock of quality can’t rely on cooked carcass and left over for flavours, it needs the strength of raw meats, the choice of meat will vary according to type of stock being made.

For a dark stock beef shin, shoulder or oxtail is recommended as these cuts contain plenty of flavour. For a lighter chicken stock, wings are great source of flavour.chicken stock

These cuts also contain gelatine, which is key ingredient for many stocks as when meat cooks slowly, the collagen fibres in the connective tissue break down into gelatine.

As gelatine cools it forms a fragile solid gel.

Fish stocks are straight forward as there is no connective tissue to be broken down.

With a fish stock you are looking to capture the sweet aromatic characteristics of the vegetables and the bones. It’s best to use the bones from white fish.

Crustacean shells contain lots of fragment flavours that will reinforce the delicate aroma of shellfish stocks.

The vegetables used in a fish stock can vary but tend to be the same ones you find in a classic court bouillon.

Soups and the finishing touches of soups are what brings the dish alive. When the soup has cooled slightly you can decide what is needed, the addition of acidity can enhance the flavour especially a rich soup.

When tasting soup check if it would benefit from the addition of sherry vinegar, grated parmesan or maybe flavoured oil.

Perhaps add croutons for crunch, other ideas may be diced sauté bacon, coriander seeds. These flavours will enhance the soup but also give excitement to the palate. red cabbage 2

For my recipe from college of Red Cabbage Gazpacho and mustard ice cream click Week 1 stock to download it.

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