We thought we would share this lovely message from one of our international clients! Her American Salad company prides itself on Tuscan Goodness, American Taste. And she’s English!
I was on one of your smoking courses in August last year, which I enjoyed thoroughly, by the way. However, I had to wait ’til this Christmas for Santa (commonly known as “Dad”) to bring the equipment I needed to put in to practice all those great ideas you gave me!
You may remember that I am a chef over here in Italy, which is one of the reasons I wanted to learn to smoke. Well after the annual New Year’s hell of catering until stupid hours, I unwrapped my Eco smoker and cold smoke generator, sat down with a cup of tea, read your book, (which incidentally is brilliant!) then went to my local market for some inspiration. I wanted to keep things simple for my first time, but also experiment with whatever took my fancy. So along with the classic piece of salmon, Emmental and garlic, I also smoked chickpeas and pumpkin. I have to say I am gobsmacked at how well everything turned out! I was particularly pleased with the pumpkin, which I made into soup after roasting it. It was so delicate, yet the flavour was much deeper than when the pumpkin is not smoked. Then, as I specialise in making different hummus’, I thought that smoked hummus would be interesting – and boy isn’t it?! I will play around with smoking times, but what a sensational taste.
I wanted to share this with you as a little ‘Thank you’ for your inspiration, ideas and your excellent teaching skills. I famously have a 3 second memory, so I was worried what you taught me way back in August would have seeped out ages ago. Not so, and with a little revision through the help of your book, it went swimmingly.
I’ve been recommending your courses left, right and centre – in fact, last night we were invited to dinner at a friend’s house and a Scottish ex-pat mate was there. I bought some of the salmon along. They all thought it was incredible, but he went absolutely bonkers!! I might be able to make this a little side line!!
Anyway, thanks so much again. I’ve got lots more ideas I want to give a go – I’ll let you know how they go.
A very Happy New Year to you both.