Happy New Year and all the best for 2017!
I hope to post more frequently this year and first up is this lovely recipe for oysters au gratin. This creamy topping and a few slices of baguette is all you need to start off a meal, and it was also the starter I made on Saturday, for my last dinner back in Sweden with my parents. They prefer cooked oysters to au natural and loved these!
Oysters au gratin with parmesan and creme fraiche, serves 3 as a starter
With a heavy main course two oysters were enough as a starter, but with a lighter main I would recommend three per person.
6 fresh oysters
3 tbsp creme fraiche
3 tbsp finely grated parmesan
1 tsp lemon juice
a pinch of cayenne
salt, white pepper
6 slices of baguette
Open the oysters with an oyster knife and discard the top shell. Cut loose the oysters but keep on the shells and place in an ovenproof dish,. Mix creme fraiche, parmesan, lemon juice and spices in a bowl and spoon over the oysters, Place under the hot grill or in a very hot oven (225C) until bubbly and a little brown, approx 3-5 minutes. Serve with baguette and tabasco.
After the summer my friend Gaby gathered her closest friends to belatedly celebrate her 30th birthday with a dinner at Black Roe in Mayfair.
There were seven of us and as the food here is for sharing we divided ourselves into smaller groups, to make it easier to order.
There were three of us in my group; Laura, Ro and me, and we shared all the dishes, except these oysters au gratin that only Laura and I had. If you like oysters, I highly recommend them – they were so nice we were scraping the sauce off the shell.
Black Roe is mainly a poke restaurant (the trending Hawaiian fish dish) so we had their classic ahi poke (Hawaiian tuna with sesame soy marinade. So nice!
Then we shared the sashimi salad which was also really nice but had a little too much dressing for my liking.
Next up were the giant tempura prawns, served with coriander salsa and truffle aioli. I loved these!
Then it was time for the pièce de résistance; whole lobster mac ‘n cheese and it was HEAVENLY. You have to have this if you go. Promise!
Lastly we had the smoky lamb racks which were amazing as well!
I really enjoyed our dinner here and will definitely be back for more of that lobster mac ‘n cheese (and oysters, poke and lamb racks…). It’s not a cheap place but the portions are large so when you share it works out really reasonably. This amount of food was enough for three hungry girls, if that’s of any help.
Black Roe, 4 Mill St, Mayfair, London W1S 2AX