Whenever I see Paris Brest on a menu I'm reminded of Tony, my very eccentric head waiter who I worked with for many happy years at The Chalice Restaurant in Bury. I cooked, he was front of house. His first job when he arrived at work (usually late as he stopped to buy things on the side of the road, arriving in with eggs, flowers, vegetables and often a piece of furniture) was to check what was on the menu and then to hand write the copies. His handwriting was awful and his speciality was the deliberate misspelling of menu items hoping that I wouldn't find out before the end of service and allowing him to regale the customers with a verbal description of the desserts of the day. 30 years on I will never forget his squiggle, the r and i in Paris becoming an m. So dear followers, in honour of Tony I give you my recipe for Pams Brest.
So did you know that Justin Sharp from Pea Porridge enjoys chips and bearnaise sauce for his midnight feast, Lee Bye (Tuddenham Mill) enjoys a bowl of muesli and Lola Demille (Darsham Nurseries) goes for a cheap supermarket creme caramel? Just some of the fun facts in Suffolk Feast, a serious food lovers guide and celebration of great Suffolk produce. From field to fork, the book features twenty of the best chefs in the county and their recipes. (They work. I tried them.) Inspiring writing by co-authors Tessa Allingham and Glyn Williams and superb photography, the book includes a directory of farm shops and markets, food and drink producers, places to eat and stay, some of the county’s food festivals and cookery workshops. Buy your copy from one of the featured restaurants or check out the Suffolk Feast website for more details. Coming next is Norfolk Table. I'm so excited!
Landing on my door mat this week was a copy of the recently published Suffolk Cook Book. Featuring over forty five recipes, all submitted by some of the many Suffolk businesses and personalities working within the local food scene. Recipes are diverse, with varying levels of cooking competence required. From a very simple, very do-able and delicious Suffolk Gold rarebit with caramelised red onions (Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses) to a ... drum roll ...Confit pork belly and pan fried mackerel fillet with carrot buttercream, candied bacon almonds, gin spiked blue berries, marzipan and pork jus, which is more challenging. (Executive Head Chef Alan Paton at Stoke by Nayland Hotel). Tempting my own taste buds and with an inspirational story and a recipe as far away from Suffolk as you could imagine is a Prawn, Pork and Cucumber Salad (Red Chilli Kitchen). The book showcases the fine Suffolk produce and ingredients that are available on our doorstep. I set my 19 yr old niece the challenge to cook anything that she would fancy from the book and she chose the Elveden Gluten-free sticky toffee pudding (Elveden Courtyard Restaurant) which was absolutely delicious. The Suffolk Cook Book is £14.95 and is available from the businesses featured in the book, from Waterstones and online at www.amazon.co.uk.
You could win one of two copies of Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen by Martin Morales who is celebrating his new book release with Britain's first ever pop-up restaurant tour, starting in Aldeburgh on July 1st. Of course, we will be there! We have two copies of the cookbook at suffolkfoodie hq and we will be giving them away via the blog and on twitter on July 4th, the date the book launches.
The challenging question for our blog readers is: When did the restaurant Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen open its' doors?
How to enter: Please send your answer via the comments button below - at the bottom of this blog - with a valid email address where we can contact you if you are a lucky winner.
For tweeters it's even easier - no question to answer, but you must be following @suffolkfoodie on Twitter. Don't include the answer via Twitter (derr...) but tweet the following sentence exactly: I’d love to win the Martin Morales Ceviche Cookbook #cevichepopuptour, and we will note your contribution and draw your name out of a hat on the day.
A few rules!
The deadline for entries is 18.00hrs GMT July 4th 2013.
The two winners will be selected from all valid entries from the blog and twitter
Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
The prize is the fab Ceviche Cookbook as shown above, and includes free delivery anywhere in the UK.
The prize cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
The winners will be notified by email or Twitter. If no response is received within 7 days of notification of winning, the prize will be forfeited and we'll keep it.