Homes of De Dietrich

Monday, July 18, 2016

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It’s often been said that our homes are a reflection of our lives and a showcase of our personalities. In recent years, the kitchen has become a central part of the home, with its space and design warranting as much consideration as the living and private areas of modern families’ abodes. 

Homeowners around the world have also become more well-travelled. They dine well, enjoy entertaining, and are also proud to share travel tales and experiences over a meal with friends and family. Dining at home—whether it’s with a gourmet French spread, an eight-course Chinese dinner, or a communal Indian feast—has become a fabulous way to explore and appreciate different cultures. 

Through cooking and eating, we can embrace the world through the heart of our home—the kitchen. It is therefore our privilege and pride that De Dietrich has been the brand of choice for discerning homeowners the world over. A brand with over 300 years’ experience, De Dietrich’s focus has always been “Not for oneself, but for others”—a simple motto that embodies our commitment to designing kitchen appliances that not only look stylish and modern, but are also highly intelligent and functional. 

Homes of De Dietrich is a fitting showcase of how homeowners from all over the world have incorporated De Dietrich’s products into their kitchens. From cosy chic apartments in Russia to sprawling mansions in Indonesia, these homes are a testament of their owners’ creativity and lifestyles. Just as they’ve spurred us to believe that functionality and purpose are the basis of good design, we hope these homes will inspire you with their style and ideas. To all homeowners, project developers, architects, designers and kitchen specialists who have generously opened their homes and showrooms to us, we thank you for your support and generosity in making this publication possible. We are humbled that you have made De Dietrich a part of your stunning homes, and will continue to strive towards innovation, quality and perfection.

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Duck Breasts with Redcurrant Sauce

Friday, July 15, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Duck Breasts with Redcurrant Sauce

As duck is such a rich meat, it needs something sharp to cut through the fat. Redcurrants are perfect for this and make a lovely piquant sauce. Save the fat that renders out of the skin as it makes delicious roast potatoes. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Duck Breasts, trimmed of excess skin & fat and with the “true-fillet” removed
  • 2 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 2 Glasses of Red Wine
  • 1 Orange, juice and zest
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Punnet of Redcurrants

  1. Start by slashing the top of the skin on the duck two or three times with a sharp knife. This will help the fat render out leaving a crispy skin.  Heat a frying pan until searing hot and place duck, skin side down, in the pan (not too close together or the meat will steam).  When the fat is beautiful golden color, turn the meat over and sear for 30 seconds on the other side then remove to a roasting tray.  This can sit like this until you are ready to cook them.
  2. For the sauce, gently cook the onions and garlic in a little of the duck fat.  Add the wine, grated orange zest, juice, and rosemary and tomato paste and reduce by half.
  3. Heat your oven to 220C and only when it’s hot, put in the duck for seven minutes only. Take out of the oven and rest for at least 10 mins (20 mins would be better).  While the meat is resting, using a fork, push the redcurrants off their stalks into your sauce.  Re-heat and stir until the redcurrants have burst and the juice is combined with the sauce.
  4. Slice your duck breasts on an angle and serve with potatoes wedges cooked in duck fat and your piquant redcurrant sauce.

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Champion of the Wild

Friday, July 08, 2016

In an arena of world-class chefs, Mike Robinson’s undisputed standing is the result of his strong connection to the countryside.

A lifelong dedication to field-to-table cooking sparked by a university degree in forestry; this sums up the story of British chef Mike Robinson. His culinary philosophy, not surprisingly, revolves around the journey of food—from farm to plate—and translates to a mélange of deer, rabbit and pheasant dishes at his personal haven, the Pot Kiln. Located in the heart of Berkshire, the rural idyll specialises in sustainable game and wild food cooked in a contemporary style. “Over here, it’s more than just cooking, it’s about letting people understand where their food comes from,”asserts Robinson.
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Potted Venison

Friday, July 01, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Potted Venison

This is what we call proper traditional English food. Nothing beats potted meat served with fresh crusty bread and a fruity home-made chutney. Great for picnics, light lunches, a started and freezes beautifully, so make more than you need. This needs to be cooked overnight, so think ahead! 


  • 1 Shoulder of Venison, boned and roughly chopped
  • 1 Ltr of Red Wine 
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 5 Juniper Berries
  • 6 Rashers of Smoked Streaky bacon, rinds removed but reserved
  • 200g of Unsalted Butter, in chunks
  • 1 Garlic Bulb, sliced in half
  • 5 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 2 Sage Leaves
  • 1 Lemon, rind grated
  • 1 Pack of Butter for finishing the dish
  • Small bay leaves for decorating
  1. Start by tying the bacon rinds together with the thyme, bay leaves and sage with kitchen string. Place in the bottom of a casserole dish with the venison, chopped bacon and all the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cover with grease-proof paper and a tight fitting lid and put in the oven on 130c overnight (approx 8 hours).
  2. In the morning, remove all the meat from the casserole, leaving all the herbs and spices behind. Strain off some of the liquid. Melt the pack of butter and pour off the milk solids so you are left with a clear liquid. Pour 1/3 into a Magimix with the meat and a ladle of the cooking liquid. Whiz up with salt and freshly ground pepper until smooth.
  3. Pot into your ramekins and pour over the remaining melted butter to cover the meat. Slip a bay leaf under the butter for decoration. Chill. Serve straight from the fridge with bread and chutney.

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Pheasant Schnitzel

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Pheasant Schnitzel 

This is a simple and delicious way to use up pheasant breasts and popular with kids as well. Serve with sautéed potatoes and savoy cabbage. 


  • 4 Pheasant Breasts
  • Milk to cover
  • 200g Dried Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 Tbsp of Flour
  • Salt & Pepper

  1. Firstly remove the little mini fillet from the bottom of the breasts.  Save these for a stir-fry.  Put your breast between 2 layers of greaseproof paper then whack them thin with a rolling pin. When satisfactorily thin, soak in milk for an hour or two. This whitens the meat and if it is particularly gamey, makes the flavour milder for younger palattes. 
  2. Dry the meat off with kitchen paper, then arrange three flat bowls with seasoned flour, beaten eggs and lastly the breadcrumbs. Make sure you have a tray lined with greaseproof ready for the schnitzels.  Do one breast at a time. Dip into the flour, then shake off any excess.  Dip in the egg, then lastly coat in breadcrumbs. If you have missed a bit, just re-dip in egg and back in breadcrumbs again. Lay out on the grease-proof.
  3.  When ready to cook and they are pretty quick, fill a big frying pan with 2cm sunflower oil and when it’s hot add your schnitzel.  After a minute or two, turn them over to do the other side.  Eat immediately with a wedge of lemon.

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Warm Salad of Pigeon, Bacon & Black Pudding

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Warm Salad of Pigeon, Bacon & Black Pudding 

The salad is the signature starter at the Pot Kiln. We estimate that we have sold over 20,000 pigeon breasts since we opened in 2005! You can make the dressings in advance and keep for other uses, so this is actually a lot simpler than it sounds to make. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 8 Pigeon Breasts, skin off
  • 16 rashers Smoked Streaky Bacon (preferably dry cured)
  • 1 Black Pudding, as firm as you can find
  • Splash of Jerez Vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Mixed Fresh Leaves, washed and dried
  • Thick Balsamic Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Grain Mustard
  • Honey
  • Maldon Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper

  1. Make the French Dressing by mixing 2 parts Extra virgin olive oil to 1 part white wine vinegar.  Add 1 tsp of mustard and 1 Tsp of honey, with a little salt & pepper to season.  Whisk together and set aside. Slice the bacon into lardons and cook until crispy in pan with no added oil.  Drain on Kitchen paper.
  2. Cut the black pudding in bite-size chunks and heat through in a pan with a little olive oil until faintly crispy on the outside but still soft throughout. Rub pigeon breasts with olive oil and salt and pepper just before cooking.  Sear and really hot pan for 1 ½ mins on each side.  In the last 30 seconds, splash a little Jerez vinegar over the pigeon and allow to reduce. Set aside to rest for 3-4 mins.  This will allow the juices to redistribute themselves giving an even pink throughout.
  3. Lightly dress your salad leaves with the French dressing and pile in the centre of each plate.  Sprinkle the bacon and black pudding around the leaves.  Carve the pigeon breast on an angle into 3-4 slices and arrange on top of the leaves.  Drizzle the Balsamic Vinegar around the edge of the leaves with another drizzle of French Dressing.  Sprinkle some Maldon salt and a grinding of pepper and serve immediately.

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Pheasant Curry

Monday, June 06, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Pheasant Curry 

The key to this dish is using freshly ground spices. We use an old coffee grinder that belonged to my mother and these are incredibly useful. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Pheasant Breasts, sliced lengthways
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • ½ Tin of Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tsp of Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin Seeds
  • ½ of Cinnamon Stick
  • ½ Tsp of Fennel Seeds
  • ½ Tsp of Dried Chilli
  • 1 Tsp of Turmeric

  1. For the sauce, sauté off the shallot and garlic as before.  Add a touch of the wine from cooking the pheasant, then the stock, cream and rosemary.  Reduce until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.  Remove the rosemary, season and add the whisky.  Keep warm.
  2. Blanch your ravioli in boiling salted water and remove into a bowl.  Mix the sauce with the ravioli and serve with grated parmesan and some rocket salad.

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Muntjac Ragu with Fresh Tagliatelle

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Muntjac Ragu with Fresh Tagliatelle

Not many people realise you can eat Muntjac. These little Chinese deer came over to the UK with the Duke of Bedford for his deer park at Woburn Abbey. They quickly spread and can now be found almost everywhere. The meat is dense and flavoursome. It can be treated like lamb in lots of ways as it is delicious both pink and slow cooked. We use it in this recipe as it holds its texture very well and makes a wonderful winter feast. Buy fresh dried Tagliatelle for this. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 1 Muntjac haunch, boned and diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 4 Sticks of Celery, diced
  • 2 Glasses of Red Wine
  • 100ml Fresh Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tins of Chopped Italian Tomatoes
  • 10 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp of Redcurrant Jelly
  • 1 Tbsp of Tomato Ketchup (we favour Tiptree)
  • 1 Tsp of Tomato Paste
  • Salt & Pepper

  1. The great thing about this recipe as it cooks overnight and the meat doesn’t need searing first, so it can be thrown together and left alone to make its magic.  Gently sauté off the veg until soft then throw in all the rest of the ingredients.  Give it a good stir, then put a greaseproof cartouche (circle lid) over the liquid and follow with a tight fitting lid.  Put in a low oven 130c for 8 hours.
  2. In morning, check the seasoning, give a good stir and it can be frozen or re-heated from this point when ready to serve.  Mix well with the tagliatelle before serving (don’t just plonk it on top). Shave good quality parmesan over before serving and a drizzle of Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Rabbit Lasagne

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Rabbit Lasagne

The dish was created for the last Tuscan night at the Pot Kiln and was a roaring success. It is melt in the mouth tender and worth every bit of effort to make it. This is a dish for when you have time to get stuck in. It can be made in advance and finished in the oven when you are ready for it. 

Ingredients (Serves 8) 

  • 4 Wild Rabbits, offal removed and jointed up
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Duck or Goose fat to cover
  • 8 Rosemary Sprigs
  • 4 Garlic Bulbs, cut in half across the equator (skin on)
  • 4 Leeks, cut down through the middle then sliced into half moons
  • Fresh Lasagne Sheets (buy more than you think you need, you can freeze what you don't use)
For the Sauce:
  • 100g of Butter
  • 3 Tbsp of Plain Flour
  • ½ Pint of Full Fat Milk
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Cloves 
  • 200g of Parmesan (24 month aged parmesan has the best flavour)
  • Salt & Pepper

  1. Put the rabbit joints into a large dish and cover with the fat.  Push in the rosemary and cover with grease-proof paper so it touches the fat.  Put on a tight fitting lid and cook in the oven for 3-4 hours until meltingly tender. At the same time, put the garlic bulbs into aluminium foil parcels, drizzle with a little olive oil and scrunch them up so they are sealed.  Cook for 1 hour in the oven. Gently sauté the leeks in butter until they are soft but not coloured. Cool.
  2. Make the béchamel sauce by heating the milk with a bay leaf and the onion skinned and studded with the cloves.  Add a few whole black peppercorns.  Melt the butter and stir in the flour, then cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat, stirring to prevent burning.  Slowly add the milk through a sieve and stirring to combine. When all the milk has been added check the consistency.  It should be runny enough to pour but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  If too thick, add more milk until correct.  Grate half the parmesan into the sauce.  Cool with greaseproof touching the top to prevent a skin forming.
  3. When rabbit has cooled slightly, pick all the meat off the bones and discard the bones.  Tear the meat into bite-sized pieces and mix through the two thirds of the sauce with the leeks.  Squeeze the flesh from the garlic bulbs into a bowl and squash slightly before adding to the sauce as well.  Season well.
  4. In your lasagne dish, start layering the meat with the pasta sheets, starting with the meat and finishing with a layer of pasta.  Spread the remaining white sauce over the top and grate the remaining parmesan over the top. When ready to cook, put in pre-heated oven at 180c for 20 mins or until bubbling and golden.  Serve with fresh salad leaves. 

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Pave of Venison with Pomme Puree and Green Peppercorn Sauce

Monday, March 21, 2016

Recipes by Mike Robinson: Pave of Venison with Pomme Puree and Green Peppercorn Sauce

People travel from far and wide to come to the Pot Kiln and eat this, our most famous dish. It was inspired by the French form of butchering a "slab or tile" from the haunch of beef or lamb. It involves separating the primal muscles from the thigh, then trimming off all silvery sinew and fat until you are left with a piece of meat that looks like fillet but has the flavour of rump. All the muscles are different sizes and depending on which you have cut down into paves the size of your fist. Depending on which species of deer you have the haunches will be completely different sizes, so is hard to be specific about how many you will get from any particular beast. We would expect to get 11 paves from on haunch of Roe Deer, which is one of the most tender and delicious of all the British species. 

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 4 Paves of Venison
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme
  • Pepper
  • 3 Desiree Potatoes
  • 200ml of Double Cream
  • 150g of Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Trimmings from Paves
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 2 Celery Sticks, chopped
  • ½ Red Wine bottle
  • Splash of Port
  • Splash of Brandy

  1. Rub the paves with oil and tear off some of the thyme leaves and a good grinding of pepper. Don’t season with salt at this stage or it will draw out the juices from the meat.  Set aside (not in fridge as you need meat to be room temperature before cooking).
  2. For the sauce, fry in a little olive oil the trimmings and mirepoix (carrots, celery and onion) until dark browned but not burnt.  Add the wine and cook for an hour on a low temperature at a gentle simmer.  Strain out the meat and veg and return to a clean pan.  Add the port and brandy and reduce by half.  Stir through the marmite, ketchup and jelly, then add the peppercorns just before serving.
  3. Peel, chop and boil the potatoes until just cooked through. Strain and leave to steam for a couple of minutes so any excess water is removed. Push through a sieve, mouli or potato ricer to ensure there are no lumps. This is known to us as Dry Mash and can be stored like this for a few days.  Just before serving, heat the cream and butter in a saucepan with salt and pepper.  When hot, stir in the dry mash and beat until emulsified and soft.
  4. Heat a frying pan until searing hot and have your oven hot at its highest temperature (230c).  Sear the paves, one at a time, then put into a roasting tray with the rest of the thyme and roast for no more than 5 minutes. Take out of the oven and rest for at least 5 minutes on a wooden board.
  5. When ready to serve, have the potato and sauce hot, then smear your potato over the bottom of the plate.  Sit any green veg you have blanched on the potato, then slice the pave onto the veg.  Drizzle with sauce and serve immediately.

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