Amuse Bouche

A little pre dinner taster, in the bottom of the glass are some diced Finesse pickled baby carrots, this topped with an intense carrot cream & this is topped with a coriander foam. All quite intense flavours to awaken the palate before dinner, the foam is made by blending blanched coriander into a mix of…

Lemon tart

As you will have seen if you have been following the blog for a while the lemon tart has had many incarnations, but after working on textures and flavours for many summer months I have finally found the right balance of textures & flavours. The lemon creme is the same but it’s now on a…

Dorade Royale

light summery main course from dinner tonight aboard the Finesse. Dorade Royale known as Sea Bream in the U.K, served with bok Choc, asparagus, sous vide braised baby fennel &sauce vierge with some yellow cocktail tomatoes added to the classic recipe. A classic sauce vierge is made up of extra virgin olive oil, concase tomato…

Wecome aboard a barge with real ‘Finesse’

The finesse is now in her ninth week of cruising in her maiden season & now have some great pictures that show just how beautiful she is. This is a picture of her moored up on the canal du centre in her new colour scheme, but she never always looked like this she was rescued…

Lamb Provencal

Lamb dish from this week on the Finesse, local lamb fillet which has been cooked sous vide at 56 degrees for 45 minutes before being seated very quickly in a frying pan, lamb needs to be well seared in a pan to create the caramel on the meat. The lamb is served with courgette, aubergine…

Cuisses de grenouille

A little fun canapé aboard finesse while trying to keep classical regional cuisine on the menu, frogs leg lollipops are a great pre dinner nibble with drinks. Frog legs are sautéd in garlic & butter, when cooked the meat is stripped from the bones, seasoned & formed into balls, then breadcrumbed in breadcrumbs that have…

Chocolate sphere

desert for Friday’s gala dinner was a tempered chocolate sphere, one half of which was filled with chocolate, hazelnut & almond praline which was topped with a chocolate caramel mousse, the other half was filled with a sharp apricot gel topped with an apricot mousse, after the two halves were put together the sphere was…

Sous vide egg & Orthinogale

A starter aboard Finesse this week featured Orthinogale, also known as wild asparagus. A sous vide slow cooked hens egg, cooked at 63 degrees for an hour served with Orthinogale, local cured ham crisped in the oven & a hollandaise purée. The egg cooked in its shell in a water bath for an hour is…

Lemon tart

Dessert on the Finesse menu was my modern take on lemon tart, an intense free standing lemon cream like you find in a lemon tart, a gluten free almond biscuit to represent the pastry case, an isomalt sugar glass to replace the glazed top on a traditional lemon tart, lemon fluid gel, fresh raspberries, dehydrated…

White chocolate mousse

A new dessert on the Finesse menu is a white chocolate mousse scented with Darjeeling tea, cinnamon, star anise & vanilla. It is served on a bed of chocolate soil, fresh orange segments, orange scented chocolate ganache made with 66% mexique chocolate, orange sorbet made with fresh orange juice & mint sprigs. The chocolate mousse…

Scallops & Romanesque Broccoli

After many scallop & cauliflower dishes aboard the barges, a variation from the brassica family is scallops with Romanesque broccoli served as a starter aboard the Finesse. Also known as Roman cauliflower, chartreuse in colour it creates a very very smooth pure a little nutty in flavour, it pairs with the same things as cauliflower,…

Foie Gras

At the end of the week on Friday on the Finesse we have a last evening gala dinner, this week the starter was a pressed foie gras & raspberry terrine served with fresh raspberries, raspberry purée & pea shoots. A whole lobe of foie gras is bought to room temperature & then gently deveined, then…