If you can get vanilla pods
, split them length ways and scrape out the seeds.
MACERATED STRAWBERRIES 500g strawberries, hulled 100g caster sugar 40g water 1 vanilla pod
, split and seeds scraped 4 black peppercorns One cinnamon stick 60g blood orange juice 300g strawberry puree 10g basil 10g mint METHOD Halve or quarter the strawberries depending on size and place in a large bowl.
Remove the vanilla pods
, pour the mixture into the moulds and place in the fridge to set for three hours or more.
Split the vanilla pod
and put into the milk and bring to a gentle simmer.
Slice vanilla pods
lengthwise and scrape the seeds into a mixing bowl.
This will keep in the fridge almost indefinitely, and is a good place to put used vanilla pods
To make the panna cotta, place 400ml of the cream in a saucepan with the milk and one of the split vanilla pods
Ingredients 150g/5oz caster sugar 600ml/22floz double cream 150ml/5floz milk 2 vanilla pods
(optional) split in two lengthways 3 leaves of gelatine 2 tablespoons rum 4 sticks of rhubarb plus 50g/2oz caster sugar method1.
INGREDIENTS 20g unsalted butter, softened 60g plain flour plus pinch to dust flan dish 1 500g tin black pitted cherries (drained well) 1 measure of cherry brandy or kirsch 100ml milk 1-2 vanilla pods
4 eggs 120g caster sugar 1 pinch salt 150ml double cream, lightly whipped Icing sugar, to dust METHOD 1.
I like to store my vanilla pods
in my sugar - they impart a sweet scent to it that makes puddings and creamy coffee taste wonderful.
ingredients 4 ripe pears 55g/2oz unsalted butter 100g/3 112 oz caster sugar 2 vanilla pods
, split in half lengthways grated zest of / 4 orange 500ml/18floz red wine (Cabernet) 4 tablespoons creme fraichemethodPreheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 3.
Vanilla was discovered by Aztec Indians in Mexico who used vanilla pods
to flavour their chocolate drink, Xoco-latl.