Venison with sucked tomatoes & buffalo mozzarella
( SERVES 2 )
The term 'suck' comes from the air-drying process, where the veins of the tomato stand out.
- In a boiling saucepan of water, blanch the tomatoes for 25 seconds, then place into ice water.
- Peel the tomatoes and make a deeper slit in the crosses cut on top. Slide in a slice of garlic and a sprig of thyme.
- Place into a 100 degC oven for one-and-a-half hours until the tomatoes have shrunk. Drizzle with a little olive oil and salt.
- Combine the black doris plums (stones removed), ground star anise and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan, reduce to a light sauce consistency and puree in a liquidiser.
- In a hot saute pan, add a little high-heat oil, season the venison (trimmed and cut into medallions) and sear all over for 3-4 minutes.
- To serve, smear a spoon of plum sauce on to a plate and top with venison.
- Stand a tomato, a wedge of mozzarella and a scattering of baby rocket next to the venison.