Great tastes WarnerTimes | 3 OUR CHEFS REALLY KNOW THEIR ONIONS PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS MUSHROOM FOR A STARTER? G The Espresso Martini is a sophisticated little devil – dressed to kill and perfect every time. Invented by the late Dick Bradsell, in the 80s whilst he worked at Fred’s Bar in Soho. Dick is renowned for shaking up the bar scene in London. The cocktail was originally created for a top model who went into Fred’s Bar and asked, “Make me something that will wake me up but also put me in the party mood”. With both coffee and vodka to hand, the Espresso Martini was born, the language used by the model was a little bit more ‘urban’ but we know what she meant. ESPRESSO MARTINI reat ingredients make for amazing dining, but there are often little – known ingredients that simply set the taste buds into overdrive and make what can be a classic dish an absolute revelation. Our chefs’ secret ingredient is the small but perfectly formed shallot, and they use this milder and often sweeter onion substitute extensively. When choosing shallots look for firmness with no mouldiness or damp spots. We love the English shallot and it should be prepared by cutting from end to end then slicing across and removing the root (psst…stand them in boiling water for two minutes to make the slicing far easier) – Try roasting them whole around your Sunday joint, fry them sliced for a couple of minutes to serve with a juicy steak, or add them to rich stews and soups. SPRING MENUS We love this dish so much we had a quiet word with chef to bring you the recipe. It’s really easy to make and oh-so tasty. This is perfect for vegetarians and non-veggies alike. Really quick to whip up and a superstar starter just right to grace any dinner table across the land. Mini Minted lamb Pie, Creamed onions, roasted shallot & minted herb dressing Breaded Mackerel Goujons, Plum Tomato & spring onion salad Homemade Chicken Liver & Sherry pâté, Melba toast & Fig relish Homemade Smoked Mackerel & cream cheese parfait, Citrus mayonnaise, and crusty ciabatta croute’s Individual White Chocolate & Irish Cream Tart, Whiskey cream & dark chocolate sauce Peach & Prosecco Tart, Compote of raspberries & clotted cream PLUS old homemade favourites such as Bailey bread and butter pudding, open apple tarts and clotted cream Cheesecake. Warner chefs are currently working on your spring and summer menu with some classics coming your way such as: MUSHROOMS: THE FACTS • Mushrooms are more closely related in DNA to humans than to plants. Like human skin, mushrooms can produce vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight. Exposing a freshly-cut shiitake mushroom, gills up, to the sun for eight hours can increase its vitamin D content by as much as 4,600 times! • An average serving of five, white, raw, medium-sized mushrooms contains 20 calories, zero fat, 3g of protein and almost no sodium. • Previous evidence has proven that mushrooms exhibit antioxidant, anti-tumor, antivirus, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-diabetic activities. Want to create this dish at home? View the recipe online warnerhotels.co.uk/mushroom GO ONLINE FOR MORE THE SECRET INGREDIENT – THE HUMBLE SHALLOT More news, more stories, latest updates warnerhotels.co.uk