Recipes for dishes that made up the Smoke & Vapour Menu
Smoke the tea leaves with the smoking gun for 3 minutes then leave under the smoking bell for another 10. Bring water to the boil (enough to cover the eggs) in a small pot. Add the quail eggs and boil over a small flame for 2 minutes. Add the smoked tea to the saucepan with the eggs. Simmer for 2 minutes longer then let it stand for another 10 minutes. Strain off the tea-infused water and wipe the eggs dry. Place them under the smoking bell and smoke for an extra 3 minutes with the smoking gun. Serve in the shell, cut in half, sprinkled with smoked salt and the herbal mayonnaise.
NOTE: Do not peel the eggs, the shell is edible and has absorbed the taste of the smoke and tea.
Place the two egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a blender or mixer. While blending, pour the oil slowly and continuously in a thin stream till the mayonnaise becomes thick and fluffy. Then add the steamed herbs and blend for another minute. Reserve in the fridge in an airtight container.
Peel potatoes into long strips with a potato peeler, then let them lie on a paper towel for a few minutes to absorb moisture. Smoke the peel in the stove smoker for a maximum of 10 minutes. Alternatively, use the smoking gun for 3 minutes. Lay them on the paper towel again. Heat frying oil in a deep fryer or frying pan. Fry the peels a few at a time till crisp and golden brown. Place them back onto the paper towel and sprinkle with salt. If you don't want to serve them right a way, wait till the peel cools and set aside in an airtight container until needed, but no longer than a few days.
Dukkah can be made several days in advance. Mix all ingredients and toast in the oven (under the grill) at 160ºC for 15-20 minutes. Blend with a grinder into a coarse powder. Smoke with the smoking gun using apple wood chips, then leave under the bell for about 10 minutes. If you don't want the dukkah to be very smoky, smoke only 1/2 or 1/3 of the mixture, then mix with the non-smoked portion.
Chop or grind the sun-dried tomatoes into tiny pieces. Smoke with the smoking gun using apple wood chips, leave under the bell for about 15 minutes. Before serving, combine the mustard with the smoked tomatoes. The glue should be easily 'smearable', so go easy on the tomatoes – they're also very salty, best to taste after adding a pinch, then decide how much more is needed.
Cut the peppers in half (if they are as small as the ones we used; otherwise into thin strips). Smoke the peppers with the smoking gun and apple wood for 2–3 minutes. Char the peppers on the 'skin' side using the kitchen 'flame thrower', or directly on the gas of the stove or wood fire, until the skin starts popping and charring. Briefly warm the inside of the peppers using the same technique. The inside of the pepper should still be rather crispy. Spread the smoked glue on the inside of the peppers and sprinkle generously with the dukkah. Just before serving, sprinkle a pinch of popping sugar on each pepper.
Steamed carrot and orange syrup
Steam three peeled uncut carrots over water infused with orange peel for about 20 minutes. Blend the carrots and the juice of the three oranges with an electric mixer. Strain, then simmer for about 30 minutes over a low flame to condense until the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. Season with salt, pepper and freshly chopped coriander.
Crackers with smoked pistachios
(from an old Australian Women's Weekly magazine)
Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, then add sugar and continue gently beating until dissolved. Add pistachios. Spread the mixture in a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven at moderate heat for about 30 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. When cold place the bread in an airtight container and let stand for one or two days. Before serving, cut the bread into slices with a sharp knife. Place the slices in the oven for about 5 minutes till crisp and golden brown. Serve with orange and carrot syrup.
Smoked ice surprises most palates. It doesn't smell smoked, but as it melts it releases the subtle smoky aroma that is only recognised as it reaches the back of the tongue.
Pour the sparkling or filtered tap water into a bottle. Insert the tube of the smoking gun into the bottle (try to seal it completely so not much smoke goes out). Smoke the water with cherry wood chips for about a minute. Close the water bottle with an airtight lid. Shake well, several times over the next 30 minutes. Pour the water into ice cube moulds and freeze overnight. The smoky taste is quite light and only becomes apparent as the ice cubes start melting.
Wet the mate with cold water, strain. Add ginger and pour boiling water over the herbs. Infuse for 5–6 minutes. When it cools to about 50°C add agave syrup and lemon to taste. Smoke the tea with mesquite chips using the smoking gun and reserve in the fridge. You can sparkle the tea if so desired.
Light the incense ~10 minutes before guests arrive in the solitary space
Boil tap water. Cool and filter to remove impurities. Add the other ingredients. Serve a mouthful in a small lab pipette.
Heat the stones in the oven for about 1/2 hour at 200°C. Boil the water and add the essential oil (divide in 3 flasks: 1 cedar, 1 rosemary, 1 cedar and rosemary, 5–7 drops per flask) just before serving. Place the stones in the space, pour boiling scented water over them 2–3 times.
Heat small round stones (from different parts of the world) for ~5 minutes in the oven with the cobblestones. Try them out for temperature before serving. Give one to each guest to warm their hands.
cube 4 (the fourth rice cube that we didn't serve, but it tastes quite interesting)
Steam rice for about 15 minutes at 100°C. Leave to cool until lukewarm. Divide rice into 4 parts. Mix one part with dulse flakes, another part with Icelandic moss, arctic salt and truffle oil, the third part with bush tomato and fleur de sel (place pickled samphire on top). Mix the fourth part with a few drops of thyme oil (watch out it's very intense!) and add wasabi to taste. Make small cubes of each mixture. Serve in a row with raw samphire brushed with lemon juice.
Gyokuro: Infuse the tea for 2–3 minutes.
Matcha: Mix about 1 teaspoon for 3 dl of water. Froth it up with a tea whisk.
Place all ingredients except tomatoes into a metal dish and pour La Chouffe over them. Place in a home smoker and smoke for 25 minutes. Transfer to a large pot, add tomatoes, and cook for about 1 hour without stirring too much. Let the soup cool down then strain. Put in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid. Line a sieve with cheesecloth, then place the frozen soup into the sieve. Let it slowly strain through the cheesecloth as it defrosts. Warm before serving and add salt and pepper to taste.
Light one stick of Citronelle incense a few minutes before guests arrive.
Boil the water and infuse it with the lemon balm and verbena leaves for 15 minutes till the colour becomes light brown. Strain the leaves. Let the herbal tea cool down, add honey (not above 50°C) and lemon juice. When completely cooled pour the liquid into an ice cream maker and leave it turning until the mixture thickens. Transfer to a container and place the sorbet in the freezer until needed. Serve one small scoop per person.
(Inspired by the 'Vegetables Under the Garden' of the Tippling Club and the 'Vegetable Field' of Noma, 'Yellow Beet in Salt Crust' of In de Wulf and 'Mushroom Dirt' of Martha Stewart)
Garden vegetables ('compost')
Chop all root vegetables in thick slices. Divide 1/2 cauliflower in small florets. Chop one orange carrot and 1/2 beetroot in the thinnest slices on the mandoline. Steam until done (soft, but not falling apart – it will take between 15 and 30 minutes). Steam carrots and beetroot (both thick and thin slices) on red wine in a bamboo steamer. Steam leak, radishes and parsnip with rosemary oil and vanilla. Steam Jerusalem artichoke and cauliflower on milky oolong tea. Shock under icy water to prevent from overcooking. Chop or blend each vegetable in tiny chunks (1/2 cm or less). Keep in separate containers in the bain-marie.
Preheat the oven to 220°C. Mix the salt, flour and water into a dough, roll it out and use it to cover the celeriac (unpeeled). Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 160°C and cook for another 35–45 minutes, depending on the size. Leave to cool down, then store in the fridge overnight. The next day, break the crust (from the bottom is the easiest), peel the celeriac and slice it thinly on the mandoline. Reserve the slices in an airtight container.
For the quinoa: add one cup of water and steam (~5 minutes, 10 minutes resting).
For the lentils: add 3 cups of water and boil it down until all water is absorbed (~20 minutes).
Mix quinoa and lentils and add coconut oil, salt and pepper. Reserve in an airtight container and warm up in the bain-marie just before serving.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat. Mix all powdered ingredients. In a small saucepan, melt butter with truffle oil over medium heat, whisk to combine. Whisk the butter mixture into the powder; spread on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Bake for 5 minutes; rotate baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break into a wet powder with a soil-like consistency. Reserve in an airtight container.
Toast apple wood chips in a pan to release the aromas and pour water over them. Infuse the mixture for 7–8 minutes (longer is OK too, it makes the taste stronger), then strain, discarding the wood. Heat the liquid and whisk in the butter to emulsify it. Keep warm in the bain-marie.
Place a layer of celeriac slices on the bottom of a glass container. Layer each steamed root vegetable with some grit and soil, every few layers place a celeriac sediment in between. On top cover with a thicker layer of soil and decorate with cauliflower florets, sprouts and cress.
(Inspired by the 'Bax Beet Pinot' of the Tippling Club)
Juice, mix and shake.
(Inspired by various home cooks from ex-Yugoslavia)
Mix all ingredients. If the mixture is too crumbly, add some of the remaining egg whites (slowly, 3 might make the mixture too liquid). Leave the dough to rest for 15–20 minutes. Steam for 10 minutes at 100°C.
Dry pumpernickel bread for a couple of days, or a few hours in the oven. Break into small pieces and toast in a pan. Allow to cool. Blend the pumpernickel crumbs in the kitchen blender together with the crackers. Sieve to separate smooth from rough crumbs. Reserve separately. Just before serving, melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the bread crumbs until they become crispy.
Serve with rough bread crumbs on the bottom and fine ones on top of the dumpling. On the side serve cold smoked Creme d'Isigny and warm smoked tomato jam.
Smoked tomato jam
Smoke tomatoes, garlic and onion with smoking gun for 3 minutes or stove smoker for 20 minutes. Place in a baking tray and combine with chilli, cinnamon, orange water, and saffron. Bake in the oven at 180°C for 20–30 minutes till the skin of the tomatoes begins to peel off. Peel the tomatoes, blend with the rest of the ingredients with electric mixer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Smoke the cream in sauce containers with the smoking gun for 1–2 minutes. Keep under the bell jar for another 10 minutes. Serve cold.
For Smoke & Vapour we used the recipe below, but it wasn't satisfactory. The balls collapsed in the steamer into a relatively flat cake. This needs further experimentation (e.g. use recipe above, use only egg yolks, use self-raising flour instead of baking powder, get 'ostro brasno' from Croatia… NOTE: I tried making the dumplings using the same ingredients from S&V a few days later with the recipe above and they worked MUCH better.
Mix all ingredients, add beaten egg-whites at the end. Form balls and steam in bamboo steamer for about 7–10 minutes. In the meantime, melt the butter and add bread crumbs. Stir until golden brown and crunchy. Take the dumplings out of the steamer and cover in a dusting of breadcrumbs.
Served with water infused with sweet basil seeds and a hint of stevia.
Strong smoke: Smoked mushroom wraps
Chop the herbs finely, add salt and pepper. Brush the mushrooms to remove sand and grit, marinate in the 2/3 of herb mixture. Add olive oil to the remaining herb mixture. Chop seitan in 1/2 cm small cubes and mix with the herb marinade. Marinate for a couple of hours. Soak the grill wraps and butcher's twine in a mixture of water and red wine for at least 10 minutes. Combine mushrooms and seitan. Divide them on 8 wraps. Wrap and tie with butcher's twine. Smoke in the Green Egg for 10 minutes.
Mixed smoke: Smoked potatoes
Place purple potatoes in a red clay baking tray, mix with coconut oil, salt, pepper and rosemary and bake/smoke in the Green Egg on low heat (160-180) for 2 hours. Marinate white potatoes in truffle oil with rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper for an hour. Place in alder bag and smoke in the oven for 1 hour. Finally, combine both potatoes on a black plate and smoke for 1 minute with the smoking gun. Serve under the smoking bell, with smoke still present.
Soft smoke: Tea and Spinach
(Inspired by “Spinach steamed in Tea” of Noma)
Remove the butter from the fridge and let it warm to room temperature. Boil the water and whisk in the butter, infuse this mixture with the spices and tea for 4 minutes, then strain.
Spinach and herbs
Rinse the spinach and parsley thoroughly to remove all the dirt. Steam the parsley for 1 minute in 4 tablespoons of tea emulsion. Then add the spinach and the remaining emulsion, steam for another few minutes until just wilted, and season to taste. Take the spinach out, cool it down and reduce the emulsion into a syrup, then let cool further. Add lemon juice to taste. Mix spinach and emulsion. Keep in an airtight container until serving. Push through a rectangular mould directly onto the plates.
Served with Tim Adams' Tempranillo
Juice apples and celery, add lemon juice and mix. Juice parsley stalks. Mix 2/3 apple and celery with 1/3 parsley juice. Sieve through a coarse tea strainer. Serve in shot glasses.
Use the smoking gun to smoke the Comte and Folie Bergere with the apple wood chips for 3 minutes. Smoke the goat cheese and mozzarella with the smoking gun using hickory wood chips for 3 minutes. Leave the cheeses to stand under the glass bell until served.
(Inspired by a traditional Balkan recipe)
Boil chestnuts and peel them. Steam peeled chestnuts over milk, vanilla and rum infusion for about 5 minutes. Warm the milk and sugar, combine with chestnuts and blend into a velvety cream. Chop marron glacé. Serve with a splash of sweet cream and tiny cubes of marron glacé.
(Inspired by a traditional Italian recipe, and flavour pairing techniques from molecular gastronomy)
Combine espresso, 2 tablespoons spirits, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl.
Caramelise garlic with a bit of the sugar and pinch of coconut oil on low heat until soft and transparent. Mix in a few teaspoons of coffee and cocoa. Smoke using the smoking gun for a few minutes, leave to marinate for 1/2 hour under the smoking bell.
Beat egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of spirits, and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water until tripled in volume, 5 to 8 minutes. Use a whisk or, to make things easier, a handheld electric mixer at medium speed. (Do not stop beating until removed from the heat). Remove bowl from heat then beat in mascarpone cheese until just combined. Whip egg whites in a bowl until it holds stiff peaks. Once the yolk-mascarpone mixture has cooled a little, gently fold in half of the whipped whites into the yolk-mascarpone mixture, then the remaining half just until fully incorporated.
Blend the Savoiardi in the kitchen blender to coarse powder. Add the coffee with spirits and spices, as well as the smoked garlic mix, blend for a few seconds.
In small bowls spoon 1 part of the Savoiardi mixture on the bottom and 1.5 part of the mascarpone cream on top. Dust with cocoa powder. Cover with a large plate or plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Leave out at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving.
(Inspired by a traditional Dutch recipe for poached pears)
Slice quinces in small parts. Poach quinces in wine, orange juice, orange peel and spices until soft. Remove the quince from the liquid, then reduce the liquid until it becomes a syrup. Sieve out the spices and orange zest, pour over quince parts and reserve in the fridge.
Combine butter, sugar, marshmallows and condensed milk in a heavy-based pan over gentle heat, letting everything melt while stirring. Then boil the mixture for about 8 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate, salt and vanilla seeds. Spread the mixture inside a square container. Let it cool, then put in the fridge overnight. Cut into square pieces before serving.
(from Chocolate: 100 Everyday Recipes, by Paragon Books)
For the pastry, combine the flower and butter in a large bowl. Work it with you fingers till crumbs start to form. Add sugar and a spoonful of cold water and mix well to produce a thick dough. Cover the dough evenly across the bottom of a greased baking tray, pricking here and there with a fork. Bake in the oven at 190°C for about 20 minutes, then let cool. In the meantime melt the butter, sugar and milk in a cooking pan while stirring constantly. Cook for another 8-10 minutes till the mixture starts to separate from the sides of the pan. Pour the caramel evenly over the baked pastry base and let cool. Cut into different forms and decorate with the smoked walnuts.
Break cherry branch into small 4–5 cm pieces. De-bark the sticks. Smoke with cigar leaves using the Smoking Gun for a few minutes. Pour all other ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with smoked ice (see recipe above). Serve with smoked cherry 'stalk'.
A traditional Indian digestive made out of dried and smoked betel leaves mixed with fennel and aniseed. A small pinch of the leaves per person is sufficient to refresh the mouth and aid digestion.