An evening with M&S and Jane Devonshire

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an event showcasing the Marks and Spencer summer range with the chance to meet Jane Devonshire, the winner of Masterchef in 2016. Jane is releasing a new gluten-free cookbook ‘Hassle Free Gluten Free‘ in September this year, so it was great to talk to her about her inspiration! Her son has coeliac disease, and having attended events for Coeliac UK, she found herself cooking gluten free at home. She was aware of the low FODMAP diet, having attended similar events in the past, so we discussed the positive effect the diet has had on those of us suffering with IBS. Having followed a gluten free diet for a couple of years now, I can’t wait to see her recipes!

The event was held at the White Building in Southampton, in collaboration with Southampton Bloggers (below) and Grayling South.

On arrival to the event, prosecco in hand, we were served an array of delicious M&S treats! I obviously headed straight for the cheeseboard, featuring some tasty Blacksticks Blue, Camembert and even Seaweed Cheddar! Grayling South kindly identified all of the gluten/nut/onion/garlic free items so I could try lots of the products. My favourite were the Stuffed Cherry Peppers with Goat’s Cheese. Although a little high in lactose these were absolutely delicious! I also loved the mini meringues and new popcorn flavours (yes, that does say Eton Mess Popcorn!)…

One of the reasons for the event was to introduce Jane’s burger created in collaboration with M&S, as part of the launch of their Best-Ever Burgers (which are not only gluten free, but they don’t contain any FODMAPs!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane created a ‘Best Ever Surf & Turf Rosti Burger’ combining the best ingredients from where Jane lives in leafy Hampshire. Seafood from local waters, watercress from nearby Alresford and Hampshire new potatoes, topped with an egg for a brunch-style burger. I collected all of the ingredients from my local Hedge End store (kindly arranged by Grayling South), and cooked up a feast for my family…

Best Ever Surf & Turf Rosti-Burger (by Jane Devonshire)

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 M&S Best Ever Burgers
  • 375 g Charlotte potatoes
  • 200 g M&S Madagascan prawns (the original recipe stated to use 100g crayfish tails and 100g shrimp, but this was unavailable. I actually found the prawns delicious and wouldn't change them!)
  • 25 g Butter
  • 80 g Watercress
  • 125 g Mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Splash of rapeseed oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 4 burger buns (for a gluten free burger, I used the new Genius brioche bun)
  • sea salt

Instructions

  • Grate the potatoes and squeeze as much water as you can out using kitchen roll or a tea towel until the potato is quite dry. Place in a bowl. 
  • Chop the prawns into small pieces and combine with potato. Season well with sea salt and black pepper - set the rosti mix aside
  • Place the burgers onto the grill and cook according to packet instructions (18-20 minutes flipping regularly)
  • Heat a frying pan with the butter and oil, until the butter is frothy but not spitting. Split the rosti mixture into 4 equal portions and drop them into the frying pan (I used a circular metal cutter as a template). Using your spatula, shape until they are roughly the size of the burger buns and similar thickness. 
  • Gently fry the rosti until a deep golden brown then using a spatula, carefully turn over and repeat the process until you have 4 crispy potato cakes. 
  • Make the watercress mayonnaise by blitzing in a blender 40g of the watercress with 125g of the mayonnaise and a splash of lemon juice. (Finely chop and mix if no blender). 
  • Fry the eggs to your preference (again I used the metal cutter for burger-sized egg), lightly toast the burger buns, spread watercress mayo over the bottom half of the burger bun and add a sprig of fresh watercress. 
  • Place the burger on top, followed by the rosti, the fried egg and the bun top. Enjoy!

The burgers were absolutely delicious, my whole family loved them. The combination of the salty prawns, with the peppery watercress mayo was divine, and the M&S burgers themselves were incredible. So meaty and exactly how a burger should be – just meat, nothing else! The rosti added a real crunch, while the runny yolk added an extra depth of flavour. A truly fantastic burger. We had ours with some homemade potato wedges and fresh salad courtesy of my Grandma (lettuce and cucumber from her garden!)

For dessert, I made a Cardamom Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Cherry Compote, using the Marks and Spencer recipe (also featured below). With such a diversity of berries available, it’s exciting to celebrate provenance – there is no better location where berries thrive other than in the South, so as I live in the South I decided to give this mousse a try! To make this mousse suitable for the low FODMAP diet, I personally only had a few cherries, you could easily substitute the berries for blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or blueberries, as they all go well with chocolate!

Cardamom Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Cherry Compote

Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the chocolate mousse

  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 175 g dark chocolate
  • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 15 g butter
  • 4 medium eggs

For the cherry compote

  • 350 g cherries
  • 5 tbsp pink port
  • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (I used a half a tsp of vanilla essence instead)

Instructions

For the chocolate mousse

  • Bruise the cardamom pods. Separate the medium eggs. Break the dark chocolate into small pieces. Stone the cherries.
  • To make the mousse, steep the cardamom pods in 1 tbsp of boiling water per pod for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the water into a heatproof bowl and discard the cardamom pods. Add the chocolate.
  • Sit the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and stir occasionally, until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, followed by the butter.
  • Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff, then gradually add the sugar, whisking between each addition.
  • Fold into the chocolate mixture and spoon into 6 dessert glasses. Chill for at least 2 hours.

For the cherry compote

  • To make the compote, put the sugar and port in a small pan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Stir them into the port mixture and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cherries and continue to simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until just tender.
  • Chill until the mousses are ready to serve, then spoon over the compote.

These mousses are really easy to make and so indulgent. The rich chocolate flavour really compliments the sweetness of the cherries. They are also dairy free (if you use dairy free butter and the M&S dark chocolate). These were an ideal light summer dessert to follow the hearty burger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Grayling South, Marks & Spencer, Southampton Bloggers and the lovely Jane Devonshire for holding this event, and for sharing these delicious recipes. All of the products featured are available to buy in Marks & Spencer. Let me know if you give them a try. Also, make sure you follow my Instagram, as I’ll be sharing my family’s reviews there too!

Alice x

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