James shows how anyone can impress their dinner party guests with some simple home-cooked recipes that look like restaurant dishes. He cooks a stylishly simple beef wellington, a show-stopping passion fruit delice, and a clever custard souffle using ready-made custard as a cheat.
Historian Ivan Day looks at macedoine jelly, a Victorian dessert with the real wow factor. Norwegian artisan producer Ole Hansen explains how his family’s passion for perfect smoked salmon led him to start his London-based business.
James Martin recipes:
1. Teriyaki mushroom risotto with red mullet and lime leaf foam
Jazz up a mushroom risotto with a fried fillet of red mullet and some Japanese flavours.
2. Cinnamon madeleines with winter caramel sauce
Delight your guests with a cinnamon twist on the usual dainty madeleine, served with aniseed flavoured caramel.
3. Tarragon stuffed crown of lamb with duchess potatoes
It might be a 70s throwback, but it’s no less delicious for it. If you want the full effect but don’t have the white caps for the bone ends you can use foil instead.
4. Lemon tart
The classic lemon tart served with a glazed top and a dollop of crème fraîche.