Johnny Hamman, the mastermind behind pop-up dining concept Slippery Spoon, is more creative genius than chef, and he’s explored the concept of pairing food with fabric for us. Here he fashions a dish inspired by leather.
For the beef
500g beef fillet
30ml vegetable oil
For the ginger-soy glaze
75ml soy sauce
50ml white-wine vinegar
1 shallot, finely sliced
zest of 1 lime
50mm knob of fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, sliced
For the tomato leather
For the whipped egg yolk
5 egg yolks
½t each salt and pepper
1t lemon juice
200ml olive oil
Rub beef with oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a heavy-based frying pan and fry beef for one minute on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
To make the ginger-soy glaze, mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Place the meat into the bowl and massage the marinade into it. Transfer meat and marinade into a sealable plastic bag and refrigerate for at least two hours.
To prepare the tomato leather, slice a cross on the end of each tomato with a sharp knife, then place in boiling water for one minute. Following this, plunge the tomatoes into ice-cold water. Peel off the skin of each and place it on a non-stick silicon mat in an oven preheated to 100˚C until translucent and crispy.
To prepare the whipped egg yolks, place yolks, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until the yolks achieve a light and fluffy consistency.
Heat the olive oil to 150˚C in a sauce pot. While the yolks are whisking, slowly add the hot oil to them. Remember to do this very slowly – almost drop by drop – or you will overcook it and end up with scrambled eggs.
After all the oil has been added, keep the mixer running until the yolks have reached room temperature.
To serve, cut the soy-glazed beef into slices around one centimetre thick and arrange on a salad platter with the tomato leather peels and drops of whipped egg yolk. Serve hot with chips.
Watch this space to find other dishes inspired by fabrics (more specifically, velvet and gold sequined cloth).