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Tail of fillet of beef classically roasted with a salad of peas, malt vinegar and black pepper, liquorice charcoal and purple potatoes – by Glynn Purnell

21 May 2008

Ingredients
1 tail fillet of beef, on the bone
Ginger powder
Rock salt

For the glaze
100g malt vinegar
100g sugar
20 black peppercorns
Freshly ground black pepper

For the pea salad
150g of peas (frozen petits pois are best)
1/2 shallot, finely diced
1tbs majoram, chopped
Olive oil
Salt

For the purple potatoes and liquorice charcoal
8 purple potatoes
2tbs of cooked peas
100ml marjoram oil
4 liquorice sticks
Liquorice powder

For the liquorice purée 10 Pontefract cakes
A splash of water

METHOD
Make a malt vinegar and black pepper glaze by boiling the sugar and the peppercorns to a thick syrup. Pass through a chinois and add four big turns of pepper to season.

For the pea salad: place all the ingredients into a blender and "pulse" to a coarse consistency adding a splash of olive oil. Season.

For the purple potatoes: cook the potatoes with the skin on in salted water. Cool, then finely dice. They will be warmed up with the marjoram oil to dress the plate.

For the liquorice charcoal: break up the liquorice sticks and dry them out in the oven. Once dry, place in a pan and use a blow-torch to burn them. Pass through a chinois and add a couple of tablespoons of liquorice powder to taste.

To make the liquorice purée, melt down the Pontefract cakes with a splash of water and put in a piping bag.

Before roasting the beef, ensure that it has been out of the fridge for a couple of hours. Place the tail fillet in a frying pan (bone-side down). Place in the oven at 220°C for 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat. Remove and leave it to rest for another 15-20 minutes.

To plate: paint the vinegar glaze on to the plate with a brush. Place a quenelle of cold pea salad on plate. Warm through the potatoes and the peas with the marjoram oil and dress the plate.

Carve the beef on the bone - dust with ginger powder, season with rock salt and place on top of the vinegar glaze. Add a couple of dots of the liquorice purée on the plate, drizzle a small amount of reduced beef stock over the meat and dust the plate with liquorice charcoal.

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