24th May 2013
What better way to mark National Vegetarian Week than as a guest on a cooking show? It was wonderful to share the very last What’s Cooking? of the series with presenters Lisa Faulkner and Ben Shephard.
Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman made us an absolutely delicious wheatberry, goat’s cheese and seasonal green salad. I’m always on the lookout for alternative grains to use in dishes so I will definitely be buying some wheatberry, which has a lovely subtle nutty taste.
Chef Jun Tanaka made a beef fillet in a salt herb crust which I didn't try of course, but I wish I'd snuck over and sampled his garlic roast potatoes!
Fellow guest singer Josh Groban and I also took part in a taste test called ‘Guess the Gelato’. Morelli’s head of product and marketing, Gino Soldan, brought some unusual flavours he had whipped up for us to try. We all tend to call it ice cream, but Morelli actually sell gelato. What’s the difference? Gino says gelato is made with milk not cream, so it’s softer and lighter; less fatty.
The first flavour (on the far right in the above photo) was basil sorbet – it was surprisingly sweet and very moreish. The second was marmalade on toast, which had a lovely bitterness. As I don’t eat fish, I couldn’t taste the third flavour – it was salmon and chives! My love of gelato was most definitely noticed as I got given some avocado-flavoured gelato to take home!