April 27th 2010
Donna was one of six guests at Heston Blumenthal’s Gothic Horror Feast, part of series 2 of Heston’s Feasts on Channel 4.
The show combines Heston’s culinary science with a degree of theatre and fun, challenging guests to take their dietary habits to new extremes as they try out the chef’s inventive new dishes.
Dr. Jekyll’s Magic Potion
- gin and tonic spheres, set in cold oil
- herbs, spices and rose petals, crushed dry ice and cucumber juice, vaporised through tonic water
- layered over lemon-flavoured ice in a martini glass
- hot gin-laced foam on top
Dracula’s Blood Risotto
- blood pudding – pig’s blood, spices and cream, blended and thickened
- spelt risotto with meat and madeira stock, beetroot juice and blood pudding
- tempura-battered garlic and parsley snails
Doctor Frankenstein’s Monster
- spinal column – baked hollowed hearts of palm, filled with savoury mousse (horseradish, red wine and mushroom)
- slow-cooked 72-hour short ribs of beef
- calves’ brain and sioux pastry fritters
- marrowbone and anchovy-filled bones
- serve on a replica skeleton
Marquis De Sade Dessert
- An edible graveyard, containing:
- caramel and edible-earth-filled chocolate coffins, with chocolate breasts
- pistachio ice cream, raspberry sauce and chocolate-filled marzipan tombstones
- white chocolate ‘Death’ tarot card, placed in the tomb
Donna’s Fellow Diners
- Ulrika Jonsson, who seems most shocked to see a midget serving the dessert: “Oh my god, look at the creepy man!”
- Colin Murray, who looks rather disturbed at being forced to take a bite of Ulrika’s titties.
- Nicholas Parsons, broadcasting legend who confirms that the G&T balls do, indeed, smell like bat poo.
- Actor Phillip Rhys, who says of the risotto: “If this is what blood tastes like, sign me up. Sign me up.”
- Laila Rouass, who doesn’t look too keen on anything that contains blood – especially once the word ‘blood’ itself is mentioned.