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Golden Delicious Apple Claufoutis with Derry Clarke

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Every Tuesday in September the chefs will be showing us what to do with all the abundance of veg and fruit in season at the moment.

Lots of people have started growing their own veg and fruit in these recessionary times! They might have garden full of tomatoes or blackberries at the moment but not have a clue what to do with them. Also seasonal food is often cheaper to buy and tastes better.

Today we are going big on up apples with two interesting recipes!

Derry Clarke- head chef at L'Ecrivain
Derry and l'Ecrivain have been awarded many accolades over the past twenty years, including a Michelin Star which was awarded in 2003.

Derry completed his time as Commissioner General at EuroToques, but remains actively involved with Eurotoque, and is also a member of the Restaurants Association of Ireland since 1989.

Derry promotes the use of Organic Food & Non Genetically Modified Foods.

Derry's food ethos is simple. He uses the finest of fresh local produce; he believes that a good dish can only be produced when each & every ingredient used for the dish is of the highest of quality. This is why he spends so much time sourcing his ingredients. He likes using smaller organic and artisan producers, and is very keen on the promotion of indigenous products. Derry believes in keeping food simple. He will not use more than four flavours on the one dish.

. 150g sugar
. 75g ground almonds
. 25g flour
. 3 eggs
. 4 yolks
. 25 ml milk
. 175 ml cream
. 3 apples peeled and diced
. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
. 1 cup raisins
. 1 teaspoon of vanilla pod or essence
. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
. Juice of ½ orange
. 2 tablespoons icing sugar

1. In a bowl add sugar, ground almonds, flour, eggs whisk and add milk and cream till smooth
2. Mix apple, cinnamon , raisins, vanilla and brown sugar and orange juice
3. Butter 4 small oven bread dishes, spoon the apple mixture into each. Add the batter mixture
4. Place on tray and bake in oven @ 180 degrees for 30 / 40 min. remove from oven
5. Serve lukewarm with a little icing sugar drizzled over.

Escalope of Pork Fillet with Apple & Calvados, Roasted Parsnips
. 2 pork fillets
. 2 apples peeled and diced
. 2 shallots diced
. 4 parsnips peeled and halved
. 1 small glass calvados
. ½ cup demi glaze or gravy
. ¼ cup cream
. 1 tablespoon honey
. 1 tablespoon chopped sage
. 50 g butter
. Juice of 1 lemon
. 2 tablespoons chopped chives

1. Cut each pork fillet in half and flatten between two sheets clingfilm
2. On a hot pan add a little veg oil and butter, place pork escalops on pan, turn down heat and sautéed for 4 / 5 min. Add shallots and apples, simmer for 2 min, add calvados and maybe season.
3. Add gravy and cream. Simmer till sauce thickens and add chopped chives.
4. Place parsnips in roaster tray with honey, sage, butter and lemon & season.
5. Place in oven @ 180 degrees for 15 / 20 min turning once.
6. Place parsnips on plate, cover with pork escalope and spoon some sauce over.

Facts of Apples

. 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
. 25 percent of an apple's volume is air. That is why they float!
. Apples contain no sodium, no fat and no cholesterol!
. It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.

More info on apples:
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" Where does this phrase come from?
Wales seems to be the place of origin for this well-known phrase. The February 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine includes this:
"A Pembrokeshire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread."
Variations of the phrase were very popular by the turn of the 20th century. In 1913, Elizabeth Wright recorded a Devonian dialect version and also first known record of the version we use now, in Rustic Speech and Folk-lore:
"Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An' you'll make the doctor beg his bread; or as the more popular version runs: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away."
Apples have a good claim to promote health. They contain Vitamin C, which aid the immune system and phenols, which reduce cholesterol. They also reduce tooth decay by cleaning one's teeth and killing off bacteria. It has also been suggested by researchers that the quercetin found in apples protects brain cells against neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's Disease.

10 Foods for Eye Health

1. Avocados
Avocados are one the most nutrient-dense foods that exist, so it's no wonder they're great for your eyes. They contain more lutein than any other fruit. Lutein is important in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts. They are also a great source of other important eye nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.
2. Carrots
Carrots have long been recognized as an eye food due to their high levels of vitamin A.
3. Broccoli
Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, lutein, zeaxanthin, and sulforaphane.
4. Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of eye nutrients like vitamin A, zinc, lutein, lecithin, B12, vitamin D, and cysteine.
5. Spinach
Another great source of vitamin A, spinach also contains other important eye nutrients including lutein and zeaxathin.
6. Kale
Like spinach, kale is a good source of vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxathin.
7. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and lycopene, two important eye nutrients.
8. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds contain selenium, a nutrient that may prevent cataracts and promote overall eye health.
9. Garlic
Garlic contains selenium and other eye nutrients such as vitamin C and quercetin.
10. Salmon
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining overall eye health. It also contains folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin A.
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