A musical young couple loved Authentic Indian food. As an ex pupil of Ipswich high school, wanted to get married there. Between us we developed an Indian main course alongside some of their favourite ingredients for canapes. The kitchen was amazing. With three massive double rational steam ovens. Brat pans, large deep fat fryers and enough workspace for 10 chefs. Easily capable of turning out 400+ school meals a day. I had used equipment like this in a prison kitchen……(that usually makes peoples jaw drop) where I temped for 6 months as a paid employee not an inmate) working alongside prisoners preparing 1000 meals a day. So using these fabulous facilities for authentic Indian food for 70 was a joy.
It was the weekend of the rugby world cup final. We had manged to borrow a friends part restored Thames Barge moored at Pin Mill. Where we and four members of staff stayed overnight so we could lay up and do some prep: lamb leg marinating, black bean dahl 12 hour cooking etc . This meant we could watch the rugby and still arrive in plenty of time to cook the larger than ordered legs of lamb.
We made everything freshly on site, apart for the red onion chutney I had made that week. Canapes were Parmesan shortbread with beetroot pesto and micro cress. Smoked salmon blinis with horseradish and dill. Pea and mint croquettes. Deep-fried brie with red onion marmalade and thyme.
One guest had a severe allergy to egg so we prepared his canapes first before getting the eggs from the fridge and used the deep fat fryers to cook his food first.
Lamb Raan: whole leg of lamb on the bone marinated and slow cooked, Chicken tikka. Black lentil dahl. Onion bhajis. Naan. Basmati rice. Tandoori broccoli. Fresh green chutney. Mint riata. Fresh sliced chillies. All served to the table to be shared.
Dessert was a plated New York style passion fruit cheesecake made from scratch on site.
We were leaving to fly to Grand Canarias on the Monday to join our friends on their yacht before cooking/sailing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. So quite a lot to do before getting on the plane.