Monday, 3 March 2014

Chicken liver salad, Ox heart tartare, Braised Pig cheeks.

Saturday 1st March 2014

Chicken liver salad, Ox heart tartare, Braised Pig cheeks.

After a late duo of OC's at the back end of 2013, and with winter hibernation now over, where better to start up 2014's culinary journey than with an invite out to the Suburbs, and Dan's new house in Bowden.  Sadly with numbers diminished due to a flurry of weak last minute cancellations, and the inevitable restrictive door policy that Bowden operates for people from Manchester, many missed out on the awesome tastes on offer.  However having jettisoned the lightweights, that left us free for some old school OC entertainment.  Back in the early noughties when this all started (before internet and blogging), offal club invariably ended with shouting and 4 player matches of Goldeneye on the N64.  It was a sign of real technological progress then that the modern equivalent had us playing Defender clone Resogun on the PS4 on a gigantic projector screen with ear crushing sound system in Dan's basement.  Oh, and we also, tried Battlefield 4, with Simons cack-handed bullet sponge persona now equally matched by Dom looking at the sky and spinning round repeatedly until death brought relief for him and all those witnessing it.  

Chefs: Dan.

Venue: Dan's house.

Members present: Simon, Jason, Dan, Dom.

Dans Chicken Liver Salad

400g Chicken livers
150g of diced Streaky bacon
Lambs lettuce
60-70g Peas
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing:
2tbsp Cider vinegar
4tsp Dijon mustard
4tbsp Olive oil
4tbsp Vegetable oil

Cook the bacon pieces in a dry pan on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until crisp. Add the chicken livers and cook on a high heat for a few minutes. Whisk the ingredients together for the dressing and season. Arrange the lambs lettuce on plates and scatter over the bacon, liver and peas. Dress to taste.



Ox Heart Tartare Puttanesca

We used Chris Cosentino's fantastic recipe that can be found HERE. For a muscle that spends all its life exercising, this take on the classic beef dish was surprisingly tender and tasty.



Braised Pigs Cheeks

Does this even count as offal these days? When its this tasty it doesn't matter (and it was the perfect aperitif following raw heart!).  Try THIS.



Excuses of the night:

I'll be revising (Mark)
I'll be in London (Jon)
I'm doing a 10K run the next morning (Iain)
I'm on a romantic city break with the wife (Jock)
I've not been to bed (Howie)
I usually play with a mouse and keyboard (Dom)

Quotes of the Night:

That heart looks the bollocks (Jock)

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