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e cooks: like a michelin starred chef

Quite the modest title, right? I just didn’t know how else to put it!

For his birthday celebrations, E cooked the most epic meal that had him slaving away in the kitchen, on and off for days.

He really wanted to cook something elaborate that he doesn’t often have time for, and to treat our friends to something special.

Drumroll, please…

Ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon with a lemongrass and chervil veloutΓ©

Gratin Dauphinois

Beef Wellington with parma ham, foie gras and mushroom paste

Let’s just say that the meal had a wow factor. I didn’t help with the cooking at all, just the odd bit of washing up and a bit of potato slicing with the mandolin – he also did a side of caramelised carrots with garlic and tarragon which were delicious. We were all thoroughly impressed, and thoroughly stuffed!

He did let us take over for dessert, requesting his two favourite – the best tiramisu ever made by C, and the secret recipe brownies that I was given from his childhood friend’s family.

We had a wonderful evening – hilarious conversations, Telestrations fun and lots and lots of laughter.

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  • Reply To The River

    When are u gonna host E to share the recipes?:) I'm interested in everything, but in Beef Wellington particularly and u didn't exaggerate with the title, on the contrary. In my country the old ladies say for the young unmarried girls that they can get married when they master some special cooking skills (making some particular food). So if E is a girl and not married in my opinion he would go directly to the wedding altar. Like this, I can only say u are very lucky woman. Looks great! xx

    February 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply jennie

    Wow! He is super super talented! xo

    February 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Jane

    wow. amazing! the title fits!

    February 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    This looks delicious! He is obviously very talented. The puddings look pretty good too though πŸ™‚ B xx

    February 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Ice Pandora

    My my what a chef cook he is! Lucky you πŸ˜› The food lucks great, especially the first courseand the tiramisu! Xx

    February 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Ummmm is he a real person I don't understand how this can be possible. It looks sooooo amazinggggg like a professional restaurant in your house!! I agree with To The River, he should share his recipes (or you can share them for him haha). The crust on that Beef Wellington OMGGG. I'm going to send Ilhan over there so he can learn a thing or two haha.

    February 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Angela from The Awkward Blog

    amazing! well done E! the beef wellington looks perfect!

    February 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply miho

    i have asked him if he wants to write about his own cooking on here – but for now, he prefers to stay in the kitchen πŸ˜‰ that is such a funny tradition, and i'm sure has applied in different countries in the past – i laughed reading your comment about E being good wife material!! xx

    February 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply miho

    it's not a bad hobby to have, is it? for the people who get to eat his food! x

    February 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply miho

    haha he says thank you! x

    February 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply miho

    i have to say, the tiramisu especially was phenomenal – we polished off the leftovers easily just the two of us! x

    February 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply miho

    i think the ravioli was my favourite as well! x

    February 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply miho

    haha he generally uses proper recipes (these were mainly from gordon ramsay) with his own tweaks and additions. it's his second passion in life i think (first being me… no i'm kidding, i mean his career) which is lucky for me! x

    February 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Oh my god, this looks amazing! I adore beef wellington. Yummy! xxQuite Frankly She Said – UK Lifestyle Blog

    February 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply miho

    he swears by using a meat thermometer – perfectly cooked medium rare! x

    February 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply his little lady

    Oh my, this just looks heavenly!!!xo TJhttp://www.hislittlelady.com

    February 6, 2014 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Ambi Page

    looks yummy πŸ™‚ great pics ! xxwww.ambifashion.com

    February 6, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Emma

    Wow, this just looks incredible!You are one lucky lady πŸ™‚Hmm maybe…

    February 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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