Chicken with Green Peppercorn Sauce [Serves 4]


The flavor of the chicken and green peppercorns creates an ideal marriage of coloring and taste. The green peppercorns in brine are a better choice than the dry-packed type because they tend to give this piquant, creamy sauce a more rounded, full flavor.

Ingredients – Chicken

4 Chicken Breast Halves, boneless & skinless

¼ Cup Plain Flour

½ Tsp Paprika

½ Tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions – Chicken

1. Sprinkle chicken with salt.

2. Combine flour and paprika in a shallow dish.

3. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.

4. Heat oil over medium heat.

5. Pan fry chicken 5min on each side or until done.

Ingredients – Green Peppercorn Sauce

1 Tbsp Green Peppercorn in Brine, drained

1 Onion, chopped

2 Tbsp Butter

300ml Chicken Stock

½ Lemon, juiced

1 Tbsp Beurre Manié (Cream equal quantities of butter and plain flour together; chill until firm)

3 Tbsp Double (Heavy) Cream

1 Tsp Dijon Mustard

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions – Green Peppercorn Sauce

1. Dry green peppercorns and crush them lightly.

2. Soften onion in butter.

3. Add chicken stock and lemon juice.

4. Bring to boil.

5. Simmer for 15min.

6. Whisk in Beurre Manié

7. Stir in green peppercorns, cream, and mustard.

8. Season.

Fusilli with Blue Cheese & Walnut Sauce [Serves 4]


This is a very quick but indulgently creamy sauce. The blue cheese melts easily with cream to make a simple sauce for a delicious lunch or supper.

Ingredients

12oz Fusilli, cooked and set aside

3½ Tbsp Butter

1.7oz White Button Mushroom, sliced

5.3oz Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled

10 Tbsp Sour Cream

6 Tsp Pecorino Cheese, grated

1.7oz Walnuts, chopped

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions

1. Melt butter and cook mushroom gently for 3-5min, until lightly browned.

2. Crumble gorgonzola into a bowl and add sour cream.

3. Season.

4. Mix thoroughly until combined.

5. Stir cheese mixture into mushroom mixture.

6. Cook gently until melted.

7. Stir in pecorino and walnuts.

8. Toss pasta in the sauce.

 

Lobster Newburg [Serves 4]


This creamy Madeira-flavored sauce originated in America. Its rich flavor will not mask delicate foods.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Butter

1 Shallot, chopped

Cayenne Pepper

300ml Double (Heavy) Cream, set aside 4 Tbsp

4 Tbsp Madeira Wine

3 Egg Yolks

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

¾ Lbs Cooked Lobster Meat, broken into chunks

Cooking Instructions

1. Melt butter and cook shallot until translucent.

2. Place cooked shallot into double boiler over simmering water.

3. Add cayenne pepper and cream (excluding 4 Tbsp set aside).

4. Leave inside the double boiler for 10min.

5. Stir in Madeira wine.

6. Beat egg yolks with the 4 Tbsp cream set aside in a separate bowl.

7. Stir yolk mixture into the hot sauce in the double boiler.

8. Continue stirring in double boiler until thickened.

9. Season.

10. Add cooked lobster and heat through before serving.

Roasted Veal with Sauce Choron [Serves 2]


This classic French sauce is nothing more than Béarnaise flavored with tomato. Perfection with a nicely grilled cutlet.

Ingredients – Roasted Veal

2 Veal Loin Chops

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions – Roasted Veal

1. Preheat the oven at 350°F.

2. Season the veal with salt and pepper.

3. Sear the veal over high heat.

4. Transfer the veal to the preheated oven and cook for 5-6min.

Ingredients – Sauce Choron

3 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar

2 Tbsp Water

1 Small Onion, chopped

Tarragon Sprigs

Chervil Sprigs

1 Bay Leaf

6 Black Peppercorns, crushed

1 Stick Butter, creamed till softened

2 Egg Yolks

1 Tbsp Chopped Herbs: Tarragon, Parsley, and Chervil

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Tomato Paste

Cooking Instructions – Sauce Choron

1. Simmer vinegar, water, chopped onion, herb sprigs, bay leaf, and peppercorns until liquid reduces by half.

2. Strain and cool the liquid.

3. Stir in tomato paste.

4. Whisk egg yolks and cooled liquid in double boiler until color pales and texture light and fluffy.

5. Add creamed butter, ½ Tsp at a time.

6. Whisk until butter has been incorporated before adding more.

7. Add chopped herbs.

8. Season.

Asparagus with Mousseline Sauce [Serves 4]


A truly luscious sauce, that is subtly flavored, rich and creamy.

Ingredients – Asparagus

2lb Asparagus, trimmed

Salt

Cooking Instructions – Asparagus

1. Bring salted water to a boil.

2. Cook asparagus for 3min.

3. Drain and refresh in ice water.

4. Chill until needed.

Ingredients – Mousseline Sauce

2 Egg Yolks

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

6 Tbsp Butter, softened

90ml Double (Heavy) Cream

Extra Lemon Juice

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions – Mousseline Sauce

1. Whisk egg yolks and lemon juice in a bowl over simmering water / double boiler, until thick and fluffy.

2. Whisk in butter a little at a time, allowing each piece to melt before adding the next piece.

3. Whisk until butter is completely absorbed with consistency of mayonnaise.

4. Remove from heat.

5. Whisk cream until stiff peaks in separate bowl.

6. Fold whipped cream into sauce.

7. Season to taste with extra lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.

Salmon complemented by Watercress Cream [Serves 2]


The delicate green color of this cream sauce looks wonderful against pink-fleshed fish, such as salmon or sea trout. The flavor is complementary, too.

Ingredients – Salmon

Butter

2 Salmon Fillets

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions – Salmon

1. Butter steamer racks and place in simmering water.

2. Season salmon with salt and pepper.

3. Steam for 10min.

Ingredients – Watercress Cream

1 Bunch of Watercress

1 Tbsp Butter

1 Shallot, chopped

⅛ Cup Plain Flour

75ml Fish Stock, heated

75ml White Wine

½ Tsp Fish Sauce

75ml Single (Light) Cream

Lemon Juice

Salt

Cayenne Pepper

Cooking Instructions – Watercress Cream

1. Blanch watercress in boiling water for5min.

2. Drain and soak in cold water.

3. Drain and remove excess moisture.

4. Chop watercress finely.

5. Melt butter over medium heat.

6. Fry shallots for 3 – 4min.

7. Stir in flour.

8. Cook for 1 – 2min.

9. Remove pan from heat.

10. Stir in fish stock and white wine.

11. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.

12. Simmer for 2 – 3min, stirring occasionally.

13. Stir in watercress, fish sauce, and cream.

14. Season with salt, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice.

Poached Atlantic Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce [Serves 2]


This rich, warm sauce goes particularly well with a light supper of poached fish. The barely-cooked egg yolks used in this recipe mean that it is not suitable for young children, pregnant women, the elderly or anyone with a weakened immune system.

Ingredients – Poached Salmon

1 Cup White Wine

2 Cup Fish Stock

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 Large Slice of Onion

2 Atlantic Salmon Fillets, 2.5cm thick

Cooking Instructions – Poached Salmon

1. Boil white wine, fish stock, lemon juice, and onion slice together.

2. Reduce heat to simmer.

3. Place salmon fillets in single layer in the poaching liquid.

4. Poach for 7min.

5. Drain on paper towels.

Ingredients – Hollandaise Sauce

½ Stick Butter, melted

1 Egg Yolk

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Salt

Ground White Pepper

Cooking Instructions – Hollandaise Sauce

1. Whisk egg yolk, lemon juice, salt, and white pepper until smooth.

2. Pour melted butter in steady stream into egg mixture, beating vigorously.

3. Add more lemon juice if necessary.