Breakfast with Phil Howard at Nespresso
|Phil at work|
Despite coming from a coffee drinking family and despite my first job in the UK being in the coffee industry, I am not an expert, nor have I ever cooked with coffee so it was interesting to hear Phil’s views on how coffee works with particular meats for example. Having recently experimented with coffee myself (making soap), Phil’s words were definitely of interest.
The first dish we tried, with a very good gran cru espresso, was a really delicious granola with fresh yogurt and honey. The granola had been flavoured with coffee grounds, which gave a delicate aroma and texture.
This was followed by my favourite dish of the morning – a perfectly balanced scotch egg with brown sauce. Phil explained he had mixed smoked venison meat with the usual sausage meat. As I only recently became a Scotch Egg fan, I was keen to try this – it proved to be a very good one!
|The scotch egg and brown sauce|
The brown sauce Phil had made using coffee was deep, rich and very flavoursome. He had used Arpeggio espresso, thanks to its roast which gives it woody and cocoa notes. If there is one thing I will try to recreate out of this event, it will definitely be the brown sauce. There is even a video to help out.
After the egg, another very rich dish – which I totally indulged in as I do no usually eat liver (yet it seems to becoming a habit!). Duck liver parfait with cherry chutney and salted, coffee peanuts. The peanuts was a stroke of genius, as their saltiness went hand in hand with the creamy parfait and the sweet cherries, while yet again the coffee was more of a hint, completing the whole dish.
I still had room for the final course… or just about. What was one the best creme brulee I have ever had (with tonka beans) and a chocolate and coffee pave, accompanied by a black coffee (Roma). We ended the breakfast in style.
I thoroughly enjoyed the morning. The chance to meet Phil and chat to him was one to be cherished. The food we tried was absolutely fantastic, the surrounding very smart and learning more about Nespresso and how to use coffee in cooking was a great opportunity.
Thank you Weber Shandwick and Nespresso for inviting me to such a special event.
Another post on this event is by my fellow blogger Hot & ChilliDisclaimer: I no longer endorse Nespresso products due to the impact the capsules have on the environment; I am now more informed and no longer buy aluminium pods, preferring compostable compatible pods by independent coffee roasters. I am however grateful to Nespresso for inviting me to their events in the past and introducing me to the brand.