“You have 2 hours to create a three course meal with these following ingredients. And your time starts…. Now!”
I have mentioned before that I’m just not cut for Masterchef, despite what others may think; I would never be able to cope with cooking under immense pressure or being scrutinised in front of millions watching the show. I’d probably be one of those contestants that everyone hates because I’d be constantly crying!
One person that we all know that has achieved this is fellow food blogger Billy of A Table For Two. He was the favourite to win the show but of course we all know that the favourites don’t end up winning. It was hilarious watching him on tv though, cheering him on as he cooks through each pressure test and immunity/team challenge and being glued to the edge of our seats awaiting the verdict had never been more nerve wrecking. Since then Billy has been busy developing his cookbook, Have you eaten?, a book which he has placed tremendous effort and hard work into; from writing, cooking, testing, styling and shooting all the 110 recipes in the book.
Earlier in the year, there was a call for recipe testers. I had put my hand up for it and was assigned three delicious recipes to test. I had to constantly remind myself that I needed to follow the recipes to a tee as I tend to veer off and make my own adjustments along the way. The recipes I tested were straight forward and thankfully didn’t involve ingredients that weren’t too hard to source. While I won’t be able to completely reveal the recipes I cooked, I’ll just have to show you what I made so you can guess instead and then you’ll just need to purchase the book to find out.
My favourite recipe has got to be the jamón croquettes, which I’ve made twice now for my and Ant’s family and they both loved it. I mean, what’s not to love with jamón?! Uber crispy on the outside with a little surprise in the centre. The sauce that accompanied these croquettes was amazing as well!
Now you can’t possibly pass up a pork belly dish when it comes to Billy. I was excited to discover that I got to test out of one Billy’s signature pork belly dishes. Having never made roast before
oh wait there was a time when I destroyed a roast beef I was quite pleased about how this turned out even though it wasn’t perfect (that was mainly due to my mishaps) but I’d happily make this dish over and over again.
Hailed as the Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert, during his time in Masterchef, Billy has always been known for creating amazing desserts. Underneath this silky smooth chocolate pot de crème is something that, in my opinion, pairs perfectly together with chocolate. Digging into one of these was like digging into a sea of chocolately goodness to find a pool of hidden treasure.
The cookbook is due to be on the shelves on 1st of September 2012. Check out this link for more information.