I'd been waiting for an opportunity to make Raymond Blanc's tomato flavoured liquid gold. I modified his recipe by omitting the celery, adding green peppercorns for a fresh, spicy taste and using a mixture of red and yellow cherry tomatoes in a 2-1 ratio as opposed to all red . And then I cured some salmon and employed the help of wonton skins to bring my ravioli together with other ingredients. Smoked salmon works well if you have neither the time nor inclination.
And if you don't feel like making your own ravioli - storebought works well! —Kitchen Butterfly
12 - 14 ravioli
Seafood Ravioli in Tomato Essence Consommé
6 king prawns, shelled ( about 200g)
50g cured or smoked salmon
1 teaspoon microplaned lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped coriander/cilantro stems
1 1/2 tablespoons creme fraiche
Salt and chili sauce, to taste
24 - 28 wonton skins, defrosted if frozen
Portion tomato essence (recipe below)
Pesto to serve
750g red and yellow cherry tomatoes, ripe and washed
1 small shallot, peeled and finely chopped
1 baby fennel, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced
½ sprig lemon thyme leaves, chopped
5-6 basil leaves, washed and chopped
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons caster sugar
3-4 drops Tabasco
2-3 drops Angostura bitters
10 - 12 fresh green peppercorns (or brined - rinse before using)
With a knife, roughly chop king prawns and salmon till bitty. Put in a bowl with the lemon zest, coriander stems, cream fraiche. Season to taste with salt and finish with a touch of chili sauce - I used some homemade yellow chili sauce.
Lay 12 - 14 of the wonton wrappers out on a flat work surface (the other 12 - 14 will form the lids). Fill a small bowl with water and then wet the edges of the wonton wrappers. Using a teaspoon, mound some filling in the centre of each wrapper. Top to cover with the remaining wrappers, placing them so they align with the squares beneath. Press down to seal, ensuring you press out the air. Using a crinkled cookie cutter, shape the ravioli into circles. Sizes will vary but I used a large cutter such that only only 1mm or 2 was snipped up from the sides.
Bring 2 litres of water to a strong boil in a large saucepan. Salt and then carefully place the ravioli in the water, moving them gently at first so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan. After a minute or so they will float to the top. Continue boiling gently for about 3 - 4 minutes till the wonton wrappers pucker and turn translucent.
While the ravioli cooks, gently warm up the tomato essence.
Remove the cooked ravioli with a slotted spoon and add to the tomato essence. Let simmer together for a couple of minutes.
Dish into bowls and top (if you like ) with a tiny dollop of pesto.
Do this in 2 or 3 batches.
For each batch: In a food processor, blitz all the ingredients together 5 times for 2 seconds each, using the pulse button. Repeat for all batches. Combine all batches into a bowl and stir.
Refrigerate and allow to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes, or longer - up to 3 hours.
Line a sieve with cheesecloth/muslin and place over a large bowl, to collect the liquid gold. Pour in tomato mixture and refrigerate overnight.=Do not be tempted to squeeze the muslin to hurry up the process - the result will be cloudy and red. Instead, wait till the morning when you can decant you liquid gold into a jar and use tomato pulp for something else or discard. Mine awaits great revelations in the deep freezer.
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen!
Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.
Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!