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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Lime and Lemongrass Panacotta

Years ago I went up to Wharepuke - a restaurant and accomodation complex near Kerikeri. We stayed in a small cabin in a clearing in the sub-tropical forest, and ate a wonderfully sublime fruit called a casimiroa which we found under a tree, and which I have never tasted the like of before or since. One evening we had a meal in the restaurant. I don't recall the main, but the lime and lemon grass panacotta was heaven. In fact, the whole place was heaven... One day I'll return.

(This is a photo from a Facebook friend who went there recently.)

6 comments:

  1. Sounds very good; I'm a Lime/Lemon person.

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    1. Somewhere I have the recipe that I made up that is almost as good as the original. Scurries away to find it ...

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  2. Well folks… I have just looked up the comments of other visitors who have left reviews about Wharepuke, and I need to correct something.. the panna cotta gets its limey flavour from infused kaffir lime leaves, not lime. How I think they make it is: they infuse the leaves in lemon juice and sugar (not too much sugar), made a layer of this plus gelatin with a few extra lime leaf bits (slice them extremely thinly as they are tough) in the bottom of the ramekin (becomes the top when turned out) and when set, pour the creamy milk infused with lemon rind (remove after infusing) + sugar and egg yolks (gently cook to thicken) plus gelatin. They serve with a sharp plum juice and plums.

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  3. Pannacotta is one of my favourite Italian desserts. My absolute favourite is white chocolate pannacotta, but I'd be more than willing to give the lime and lemongrass version a try! I am very fond of lemongrass tea.

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    1. Mmmm, white chocolate pannacotta, Jay.

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