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Food Glorious Food: Recipe Ideas From Signature 1815 Photoshoot

Tom has kindly shared some tip tips along the way, to make Dinners Made Of Adding Your Own Twist that bit more professional.

We recently launched our Signature 1815 Collection – embracing solo living with small dinner sets for 1 or 2 people. We asked experienced Food Stylist and AEG chef Tom Guise to come up with some recipe ideas that would be ‘perfectly imperfect’ for this new collection celebrating craftsmanship, colour and uniqueness.

Carry on reading for meal ideas and recipe inspiration for ‘pasta for two’, a vegan ‘winter warmer’, ‘daddy and daughter dine’, ‘mother and daughter catch-up’ and something for ‘that special occasion’. Tom has kindly shared some tip tips along the way, to make Dinners Made Of Adding Your Own Twist that bit more professional.
 

Seafood Linguine – Serves 2

 

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 175ml white wine
  • 200g peeled prawns
  • 200g clams
  • 200g linguine
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Basil to garnish
     
 

Method:

  1. Place a pan of water on to boil the pasta. Boil for 7-10 mins until al dente. Drain and reserve some of the cooking water.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, fry the onion and garlic in olive oil until cooked but not brown.
  3. Add the wine and reduce until almost gone.
  4. Add the clams – placing a lid on to steam the clams open.
  5. Once the clams are open, add the prawns and the drained pasta.
  6. Season to taste and add a little pasta water if the dish is too dry.
  7. Finish with more olive oil and basil leaves.

Tom’s top tips for Seafood Linguine:

  • Always choose the freshest, most sustainable seafood you can find.
  • When the pasta’s cooked, save some of the cooking water to loosen the consistency of the dish if it’s too claggy or sticky.
  • Finish pasta dishes with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil – a lovely way to add a bit of luxury to your dish.

Squash and Vegetable Thai Red Curry – Serves 4

 

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red pepper de-seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow pepper de-seeded and diced
  • 1 butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 250ml Thai red curry paste
  • 440ml coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 chilli sliced (optional)
  • Coriander to garnish

Method:

  1. Fry the onion and pepper until browned.
  2. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the coconut milk and a tin of water.
  4. Add the diced squash and cook until tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish with chilli and coriander if desired, serving with rice and Naan bread.
     

Tom’s top tips for Squash and Vegetable Thai Red Curry:

  • Freshly grated coconut sprinkled on top really makes a fab addition to this dish.
  • Thai food should be sweet, sour, hot and salty. Mix and match ingredients such as palm sugar for sweetness, tamarind paste for sour, different chillies for a variety of heat and fish sauce or soy sauce for salty.
  • Try using some coconut milk instead of stock or water for cooking your rice – it’s delicious!
     

Panko Fish Fingers with Minted Pea Puree and Shoestring Fries – Serves 2

 

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 400g Cod or Haddock fillet, skin and bones removed
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g Panko breadcrumbs

For the minted pea puree:

  • 100g frozen peas
  • 20g fresh mint
  • 25g butter

For the shoestring fries:

  • 2 Maris Piper potatoes

Method:

  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into the thinnest strips you can – you could use a julienne peeler or mandolin if you have them to hand.
  2. Place in a large bowl of water to soak.
  3. Preheat a deep fryer to 180°C.
  4. Cut the fish into thick strips roughly 40g each, so you get about 10 pieces.
  5. Place the flour in a shallow bowl, eggs beaten in a second bowl and the Panko breadcrumbs in a third bowl or tray.
  6. Season the flour with salt and pepper and mix well. Coat the fish in the flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, set aside on a tray.
  7. Place the peas in a pan with 1 cm water in the bottom and cook until the peas are hot, and the water has evaporated. Add the chopped mint and butter and puree in a blender or mash with a masher, season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and keep warm.
  8. Drain the fries in a colander or sieve and leave to drain.
  9. Place the fish into the fryer and cook until a light golden brown, 2-3 minutes maximum. Set aside on kitchen paper to drain.
  10. Dry the shoestring fries quickly and add to the fryer. Cook until golden, they won’t take long at all.
  11. Drain the fries onto kitchen paper.
  12. Plate all together with a dollop of ketchup!   
     

Tom’s top tips for Panko Fish Fingers with Minted Pea Puree and Shoestring Fries:

  • When bread-crumbing the fish fingers, use one hand to coat in flour and breadcrumbs, and the other to coat in egg – try not to mix up your hands or things will get very messy!
  • Soak the chipped potatoes in water for an hour or so – this will remove excess starch and stop the chips from changing colour too much before they’re cooked.
  • Save some of the peas to add whole after blending, to give texture to the pea purée.
     

Lemon Drizzle Cake with St Clements Icing

 

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 225g butter
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 golden yolk eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • Lemon zest from 1 ½ lemons

For the drizzle topping:

  • Juice of 1 ½ lemons
  • 100g caster sugar

For the St Clements Icing:

  • 500g icing sugar
  • 250g butter softened
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lemon

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – then add the eggs, zest and flour. 
  4. Mix together gently until a smooth batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and cook in the oven until well-risen and light brown. Testing with a skewer by making sure it comes out of the cake clean.
  6. While the cake is cooking, mix the drizzle ingredients together and set aside.
  7. Next, make the St Clements icing by creaming the butter with the icing sugar and zest of the citrus fruit.
  8. When the cake comes out of the oven prick the top of the cake and pour over the lemon drizzle syrup. Allow to cool completely.
  9. When the cake is completely cool, spoon or spread on the St Clements icing.
  10. Dress with more citrus zest if desired.

Tom’s top tips for Lemon Drizzle Cake with St Clements Icing:

  • Decorate your lemon drizzle cake with candied peel by boiling lemon zest in equal quantities of water and sugar for 15 mins, then drain and roll the zest in caster sugar.
  • When greasing cake tins, after brushing with butter, dust the inside of the cake tin with flour then shake off the excess – this will ensure the cake never sticks to the tin.
 

Roast Plum Pavlova

 

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 1kg plums
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1-pint double cream
  • Mint to garnish

Method:

  1. Pre heat an oven to 180°C.
  2. Split the plums in half and lie cut side upon a roasting tray, sprinkle the plums with the caster sugar.
  3. Add the water to the roasting tray. Cook for 20-30 mins until the plums are soft but not collapsed. If the juices are catching on the tray, add more water and stir round. Set the plums and syrupy juice aside to cool completely. This can be done in advance and the plums put in the fridge.
  4. Turn the oven down to 100°C.
  5. Line a flat tray with non-stick baking paper.
  6. In a very clean stand mixer bowl – add the egg whites and whisk until firm, gradually add the sugar and whisk for 10 minutes until there is no sugar grains left in the mixture.
  7. Dollop out on to the baking tray and spoon out into a circle with an indent in the middle for the cream and plums.
  8. Dry the meringue at 100°C for 1hr 30 mins then turn off the oven and leave to cool completely – don’t open the oven door until cool! Alternatively, you can dry the meringue overnight at 50°C – this will produce a very dry, crunchy meringue.
  9. Place your meringue onto the serving plate, whip the cream and dollop on to the middle of the meringue. Dot the plum halves around on the cream and drizzle with the plum syrup. Garnish with mint leaves and tuck in!
     

Tom’s top tips for Roast Plum Pavlova:

  • Fresh, room temperature egg whites whisk better and easier than fridge temperature eggs.
  • Leave the meringue in the over to cool with the door shut to prevent the pavlova from cracking.
     
How much have you drooled reading these recipe ideas for dinner? Us too! We hope it’s given you some fresh meal inspiration? Make sure to read our ‘Food Photo Hacks: Useful Skills To Takeaway’ blog with some more top tips from Tom Guise.
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