I was doing surprisingly well… I was in the top 9 out of 20,000 applicationsl. The last episode, when I went to Bath, was an amazing experience. I made Salmon En Croute for the first time in my life in a tent in Bath for Jane Austen fans – and they liked it! Truth be told, I had never even eaten anything ‘en croute’, never mind make it! But, it went down well, and they liked my pastry! Then, the food I cooked under Jason Atherton, was described as a ‘Religious Experience’! As a former Religious Education teacher, a comment like that was very apt!
My next task, was to make a one course meal in 1 hour 30 minutes. It could have been anything. However, I was getting a reputation for only cooking desserts – despite having cooked Lamb, Salmon, Ox Cheeks, and Scallops and only two desserts. I felt like I had to cook a main and to push myself. I was trying to decide which two mains to go for – Lamb with Licorice and apricots, or Beef with Onion Ice Cream. I went for the Beef and Onion Ice Cream, because I felt that I could show off what I learned from Jason. (I will post the lamb dish later!).
“Where on earth did you get the idea for Onion Ice Cream?” I hear you asking - well, like I said, I ate it at a restaurant, and I liked how it played on your tongue with the hot beef. I thought that it was unusual, but very much like having a cold onion relish, or a cold horseradish sauce with your beef, which I very often have. John Torode got it… but Gregg Wallace did not. Marmite – you either love it or hate it. A BIG risk, and you can see the nervous laughter I had as I was realising just how much of a risk it was. There is nothing like pushing the boundaries, and creating a bit of stress for myself – oh and the viewers! But, I’m still in! Fortunately, despite being a little bit controversial, I had cooked everything well. I’m in the top 8!! Wow!
So vote in the poll – Onion Ice Cream – in or out?
You can find the recipe that I cooked on tonight’s BBC MasterChef episode 6, for Slow cooked beef with bone marrow persillade, horseradish potato purée and onion ice cream on the BBC website!