Big news for Foodies Festival Fans – award-winning chef Neil Forbes will be appearing at Edinburgh Christmas Foodies Festival at the EICC this November 23-25th.
Neil is one of Scotland’s most passionate chefs who describes cooking as an “emotional experience that uses all the senses”.
Born into a family of chefs, it was his granny’s soup that first inspired a young Neil to get behind the stove, and inspires him still.
Like the soup, the menus at his Edinburgh restaurant Cafe St Honoré make the most of good, honest ingredients cooked simply. Neil and his team of chefs pride themselves on producing everything in-house using ingredients sourced from local producers and suppliers.
We managed to get a sneak-peek recipe from Neil ahead of him appearing at this year’s Foodies Festival.
Catch him demonstrating in The Chefs Theatre at Foodies Festival Christmas – click here to buy your tickets now.
- 2 mallard or wild duck breasts, skin on
- 2 large potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed, Roosters are good
- 200g turnip, peeled, diced, boiled and mashed
- 1/3 small red cabbage, cut thinly with a sharp knife
- 1 tablespoon redcurrant jelly
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A pinch of mixed spice
- A small handful of Californian raisins
- 1/3 apple, grated
- 1 star anise
- 1 glass of red wine
- 2 tablespoons of bramble vinegar
- Good salt and pepper
- 2 small parsnips, peeled and blanched in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes and refreshed
- in cold water
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 clove garlic, halved
- 1 tablespoon cold-pressed rapeseed oil for frying
- 50g butter, diced into 1cm cubes
- Around 100ml stock for reducing, chicken, game or beef will do
Heat oven to 180°C
Begin by placing the shredded cabbage, jelly, cinnamon, spice, raisins, grated apple, star
anise, red wine (leave a small amount in the glass for later) and vinegar into a large pot,
season and place onto the hob on a moderate heat with the lid on. Leave for around 2
hours, stirring occasionally. Do not let it burn, if it looks like it’s getting too hot, turn
down the heat and add a splash of water.
Prepare the clapshot by combining the mashed potatoes and turnip whilst they are still
hot. Season with salt, a lot of pepper and nearly all the butter, leaving some for the
mallard. Keep to one side in a warm place.
Heat the oil in an oven-proof frying pan and place the mallard breasts in the pan skin
side down, alongside the parsnips, thyme and garlic and begin to caramelise the duck
and parsnips together. Add a knob of butter and season. Turn the duck and parsnips
over after a couple of minutes, then place the pan in the oven for a minute or two.
Remove from the oven and place the duck on a plate to rest. Continue to fry the parsnips
if they need colour.
Deglaze the frying pan with the remaining red wine until it reduces and incorporates all
the bits of roasting goodness from the pan. Then add some stock, and reduce again for a
few minutes until the sauce is rich and dark. Add a knob of butter and incorporate.
To plate up, place a spoonful of red cabbage on each plate and add a dollop of clapshot
alongside. Then carve the mallard on a slant giving 6 to 8 slices from each breast, and
place that from the knife on to the plate. Lean the parsnip on the clapshot and garnish
with a trickle of sauce.