I love Heston's Feast. The first season was insanely good already and my work mate and I discussed and dissected every dish. I was expecting a lot from this second series, and I was definitely rewarded. Episode 1 was based on Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and boy was it good. I was smiling throughout the whole show.
I've decided to catalogue the recipes as they're pure genuis in terms of the technique and probably the flavours as far as I can tell from watching the celebrities eat them.
Heston started with the lickable wallpaper, which was always one of my favourite elements from the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory book. I was wondering how Heston would do this, and the way he did it in the end was pretty good.
*Prawn cocktail sauce dried, and then separated into oil and solids using centrifugal force.
*Prawn flock made from the prawn cocktail oil mixed with tapioca, sushi nokio and prawn crisp flavouring.
*Prawn solid mixed with glucose and pectin to make sticky base on wallpaper
*Flock stuck over base through stencil.
*Glue made from apple sauce.
Wallpaper with lickable prawn cocktail, pineapple, tomoato soup and sausage.
The magic mushroom was to give the guests the sensation of eating something totally "magical" without the hallucinogenic effect. Heston went to Italy to source some special Caesar mushrooms and outbid the locals for some.
*Bottom layer of Caesar mushroom puree.
*Stock of mushroom, madeira, herbs, blended with veg broth, frozen and melted through muslin. Smoked water added to stock. Add gelatine and heat. Mushroom consommé is made. Fridgeds until jelly. Add over Caesar mushroom puree.
*Sherry and Madeira cream.
*Painted enoki mushroom with red food colouring and white chocolate dots.
*Dry ice placed under moss and woodland mushroom scent poured over.
*Leaves made from caremelised puff pastry.
Dish of mushroom with woodland mushroom, leaves and woodland scent.
Duck a l'orange
This part was hilarious, where Heston tried to "smoke bomb" his duck with orange flavour by literally putting a bomb inside a duck with orange flavouring. How cool would that be to try. The final product was a trickery of the mind.
*Mousse made of duck liver, red and white port, brandy, madeira and thyme. Casing of concetrated orange juice, glucose, essential oil orange, gelatine.
*Duck breast cut into round discs brushed with concentrated duck sauce rolled in chop dry orange zest. Celeriac slices rolled in black truffle
*Duck skin based with oil, cut into crisp shape, sachet salt and orange zest. Woodchip smoke passed through orange oil.
*Sauces frozen slightly.
Duck Pastilles, Chocolate Orange, Smokey Duck Crisps, Lollies in Dispenser
I think everyone that's ever read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory has fantasized about swimming in the chocolate waterfall. You can't quite swim in Heston's waterfall but it sure is beautiful.
*Chocolate, wine, cherry and passionfruit puree mixed with liquid nitrogen to give chocolate dirt.
*Distilled “magic” chocolate water.
*Chocolate bar with cherry chocolate and kirsch, spray with chocolate, add to thin slice of shortbread biscuit with a layer of cherry compote.
*Dried corn starch with indentation, add kirsch syrup, dust with more starch, leave to dry, covered in gold leaf
Waterfall with flowing chocolate, giant lollipops, edible rocks, chocolate bar, golden ticket and chocolate water.
As you can see from this episode, Heston's Feast is pure fun, pure imagination and pure genius. I loved this first episode and can't wait for the next one.