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Taking flight

Adam Handling’s restaurant, Ugly Butterfly, has taken residence at Carbis Bay Estate, showcasing British food, inspired by Cornwall.

Starter: Scallops, Apples & Hazelnuts

Serves 2


For the scallops:

6 scallops, shucked from their shells

Oil for frying

Pinch of salt

Knob of butter

1 tbsp lemon juice

For the apple pickle:

½ an apple

80ml water

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tbsp sugar

Pinch of salt

For the vanilla apple:

½ Granny Smith apple, diced

Vanilla pod

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp sugar

25ml water

For the burnt apple puree:

1 Granny Smith apple

This is a great starter because so much of the preparation can be done beforehand. When you’re ready to eat, you can cook the scallops and make the puree in about 10 minutes! The scallops should only be cooked on one side – make sure they are golden brown before coming off the heat. Adding burnt apple puree and acidic fresh apple brings the scallops alive.


The day before cooking, make the apple pickle and vanilla apple. For the apple pickle, slice the apples thinly (if possible, use a mandoline). Place all the ingredients except the apple into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and add the apple. Leave for 5 minutes then add the mint. Leave to cool then place in the fridge to marinate for 24 hours. Make the vanilla apple by adding all of the ingredients except the apple into a small saucepan. Bring to the boil then remove from the heat. Infuse for 24 hours.

10 minutes before you’re ready to eat, make the burnt apple puree by quartering the apple and placing on a small baking tray lined with tin foil. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until darkly coloured. Allow to cool then blitz in a food processor until smooth.

Pass through a sieve.

At the last possible minute, prepare the scallops for cooking. Place a frying pan on a medium heat with a touch of oil. Season the presentation side of the scallops with a pinch of salt. Place the scallops in the frying pan, presentation side up, and cook until golden brown. Add the butter and baste. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

Main: Beef Wellington

Serves 6


For the Chicken Mousse:

250g chicken breast, diced

1 egg white (keep the egg yolk for the pastry)

200g haggis

80g double cream

3g table salt

1g black pepper

Prep time: 20 minutes

For the Crepe Mix:

100g plain flour

2g table salt

2 eggs

50ml semi-skimmed milk

1tbsp sunflower oil

Prep time: 10 minutes

For the Beef:

1 beef fillet

2tbsp Dijon mustard

2 sheets of puff pastry sheets (1 sheet for latticing)

1 egg yolk

Prep time: 25 minutes


For the chicken mousse, place the chicken breast into a cold blender, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Mix with haggis and refrigerate, until needed.

For the crepe mix, put the plain flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack 2 eggs into the middle. Pour in the milk and oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Ladle into a pan and spread the liquid, so that it creates a thin layer. Cook on each side for 1 minute, at 170°C.

For the beef, seal off the beef in a frying pan (reserve the beef fat). When golden, take the pan off the heat and rub the mustard into the meat. Leave it to cool down. Lay the crepe out on a surface. Spread the chicken and haggis mousse on top of the crepe. Place the beef on top and roll it into a cylinder. Lay out the pastry and egg wash. Place the rolled beef cylinder on top of the pastry and roll again to form a neat cylinder. When the wellington is set, add your lattice pastry on top.

Pre-heat your oven to 200°C and place a large tray into the oven until it gets really hot. Remove the tray from the oven, place the Wellington on the tray and put it back into the oven (be as quick as possible with this step). Cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until you see the pastry turning golden brown. Reduce the heat to 180°C and cook for a further 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and probe the centre of the Wellington. When the core temperature is 35°C, remove the Wellington from the oven and leave to rest on the side for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the two ends of the pastry to release the steam. This needs to rest for 20 minutes. The pastry will act as a very hot blanket and continue to cook the Wellington.

Dessert: Chocolate Orange Torte

Serves 10


For the Base:

200g butter

90g icing sugar

50g cocoa powder

200g flour

For the Torte:

375g 72%+ cocoa chocolate

2 gelatine leaves

150g glucose

900g double cream

2g salt

50g water

25ml orange oil

Method for base

Beat butter and icing sugar together until fluffy, ideally in a mixer, then add the flour and cocoa powder gently and mix thoroughly

Roll the mix between two sheets of greaseproof paper to about 3cm thickness and leave in the fridge to set for around half an hour.

Take the mix out of the fridge and cut into 10 rectangles the same size as your moulds and cook on a baking sheet at 180°C for 8 minutes.

Allow to cool thoroughly before placing into the bottom of 10 rectangular moulds lined with greaseproof paper.

Method for torte

Soak the gelatine in iced water until its softened.

In a medium saucepan bring the water and glucose to the boil

In a separate pan, bring the cream to the boil and then combine with the other liquid, then pour hot cream mix over the chocolate to melt, and mix until completely combined. Add salt and orange oil

Mix thoroughly and pour into the lined moulds, and leave to cool completely before serving.


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