BBC Good Food Show Spring
Harrogate International Centre
10-12 April 2015
(Promo Code for 15% off at the bottom of this post!)
I'm going to tell you a little secret right now. Please don't judge me too harshly... Right *cough* here goes... I have only ever seen a couple of episodes of the Great British Bake Off.... That's right, nor am I an avid watcher of Masterchef. Shock! Quelle horreur!
HOWEVER, this year I have vowed to become a better cook (a domestic goddess finally?!) and so, I feel, Mary Berry and her BBC pals have a lot to teach me. What more of a perfect opportunity to learn how to sizzle, slice, and saute like the experts could I ask for than the BBC Good Food Show Spring in beautiful Harrogate?!
BBC Good Food is the 'go to' destination for everything to do with food - whether that's inspiration, help and advice, skills, reviews, or ideas - for areas spanning foodie travel, seasonal dishes, and getting children cooking. Over 15,000 visitors attend the show each year seeking to discover the tastiest spring ingredients.
This year Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, John Torode, James Martin, and Brian Turner will be cooking live before the eyes (and hungry bellies) of the audience.
(Paul Hollywood doing his best 'Blue Steel')
CHICKEN WITH COCONUT DRESSING
-50g palm sugar
-50ml fish sauce
-400g can coconut milk
-6 chicken thigh fillets
-2 red Thai shallots
-1/2 red pepper, cut into julienne
-2 small red chillies, cut into julienne
-50g cucumber, cut into julienne
-10g roasted peanuts
-4 lime leaves, cut into very fine julienne
-30 coriander leaves
-6 squares banana leaf, to serve
(Note! I did not use banana leaf, opting for lettuce leaves instead to bulk out the salad. Moreover, I used lime juice instead of lime leaves, and added one block of noodles to add a different texture. My version was less Michelin star, and more me-chillin with cheaper ingredients)
Bring the palm sugar, fish sauce and coconut milk to the boil in a large saucepan, add the chicken and poach until the chicken is cooked through. Leave to cool.
--- I then softly cooked in a griddle pan for 4-5 minutes to brown the chicken, turning regularly---
Mix the other ingredients together in a bowl. When the chicken is cool, cut it into 1cm thick strips and toss into the salad.
Lay a banana leaf at the centre of each plate and pile on the salad. Drizzle with some of the poaching liquid and serve.
The finished result! I look forward to seeing more of John Torode's cooking this Sunday
The Hairy Bikers and Brian Turner will be cooking live on Friday 10th April,
The Hairy Bikers, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will be baking up a storm on Saturday 11th April,
and James Martin and John Torode will be on Sunday 12th April
Go buy your tickets!
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