A Masterclass on life, cooking and mentorship . I had the privilege to share a day with the Legendary Chef Marco Pierre White. This are a few excerpts from our conversation. I wanted my students from Le Cordon Bleu to witness what legends are made of.
Pomelos originated from Southeast Asia, but are now grown in different countries around the world. The U.S. is now one of the biggest producers of pomelos, beating China, Mexico and other countries.
The regions where these trees grow are characterized by their warm, tropical climate, like Florida, where temperature ranges from 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (25 to 30 degrees Celsius). The pomelo tree can grow up to 15 meters high, with some varieties having thorny branches.
Being the largest citrus fruit, the pomelo measures between 10 to 30 centimeters in diameter, and can weigh up to 3 kilograms. The color of its skin ranges from light green to yellow, with a thick pith that protects its flesh. The flesh of the pomelo also differs in color, depending on the variety. Their color ranges from white to rose-red.
As for the taste, some people say that pomelos taste like grapefruit, but without the tartness. It actually has a sweeter flavour than other citruses.
RECIPE - Serves 1
I large pomelo - Segmented and brûlée with blow torch to give it a char
100gm Mixed cherry tomatoes - Ive used a variety of yellow, russet and grape.
7 Sorrel leaves
10gm pomegranate pearls (fresh ) -optional
10gmAlmond flakes toasted
25gm Goat cheese feta
5gm bell chilli - Wafer thin sliced
For Oven Baked kale chips
1 small bundle curly green or purple kale
1-2 Tbsp melted coconut
Preheat oven to 110 C. Use convection bake if you have it to speed cooking time and help chips crisp up even more.
Rinse and thoroughly dry kale, then tear into small pieces and discard any large stems
Add to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with oil and seasonings of choice. Toss thoroughly to combine, using hands to distribute the oil and seasonings evenly
Spread the kale over 2 large baking sheets , ensuring the kale touches as little as possible to help them crisp while baking
Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the tray around and lightly toss/stir kale to ensure even baking. Bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until kale is crispy and very slight golden brown. Watch closely as it can burn easily
For Honey Mustard vinaigrette
1tsp whole grain mustard
pinch smoked lavasalt
100ml olive oil
1lemon, juice and zest
Whisk all ingredients until it makes a smooth dressing. Add smoked Lavasalt and adjust seasoning to your liking.
Scatter the halved Cherry tomatoes randomly on the plate. Now add the chilli.
Take about 7 charred pomelo and add them in the gaps on the plate.
Follow this with crumbled chunks of the Goat cheese feta.
Nestle the baked kale chips , ad dress the pomelo with the honey mustard vinaigrette.
Add Sorrel. Do not over dress the salad.
Garnish with the toasted almond flakes and serve.
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