With my parents in town for a few days we had some dinners out planned but also wanted a more chilled out dinner at mine, and this is what I cooked. We decided together in Whole Foods that cod loin was a good way to go and it most certainly was, with new potatoes, carrots and samphire. And generous helpings of the most amazing brown butter hollandaise sauce ever.
Cod loin with new potatoes and brown butter hollandaise, serve 3
450 g cod loin
500 g new potatoes
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into batons
100 g samphire
salt and black pepper
Boil the potatoes in one pan and the carrots in another. Place the cod (cut into portions) in an oven tray and season. Bake in 100C oven until the inner temp is 43C. Leave to rest under tin foil. Cook the samphire in a little water with a knob of butter added for a few minutes until a little soft. Drain. Keep the vegetables warm while making the sauce.
Brown butter hollandaise, serves 4
4 egg yolks
100 g cold butter, cut into cubes
100 g browned butter
1 lemon, juice only
Gently heat the egg yolks in a non-stick pan while whisking. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice and stir until the yolks starts to thicken. Add the butter cubes a few at the time, stirring as they melt. Repeat until all the butter cubes have melted. Add the brown butter little by little while the sauce thickens. Season to taste and add more lemon juice if needed. Continue stirring with the whisk until pouring the sauce into a cold serving bowl. Add the chives and serve.
I have raved about How to cook like Heston before, and I’m still determined to try quite a few of the recipes. Like his version of scrambled eggs which I tried at the weekend. It is regular scrambled eggs recipe using eggs, milk, cream and butter. Normally I just use cream and butter, but there is not a vast difference.
Heston cooks his scrambled eggs over a bain marie, and that was the only thing I didn’t follow. Instead I cooked the eggs on very low heat taking the pan off and on the hob to imitate using a bain marie. I find this easier, but if you haven’t tried it before I recommend a bain marie.
To season the cooked eggs with nutty brown butter and sherry vinegar was a hit, and I will definitely do this more often. And I have a sneaky feeling I will put brown butter in just about everything from now on.
Heston’s scrambled eggs with brown butter and sherry vinegar, serves 1
Adapted from Heston Blumenthal’s recipe.
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp double cream
1 knob of butter
salt, white pepper
brown butter (see below)
Mix milk, cream and egg with a fork in a bowl. Pour the egg mixture into a pan over a bain marie and add the butter. Stir while the eggs slowly cook. Once they are still a bit too wet remove from heat as they will cook into perfect consistency on the after heat.
Add salt and pepper, brown butter and sherry vinegar. Serve immediately!
Melt butter in a saucepan while whisking. Once the butter has melted continue stirring until the butter changes colour into brown. Remove from heat and pour the butter through a muslin cloth or similar to get rid of the sediment. The liquid is your bron butter. Keep in the fridge.