The illicit flavour of tonka bean

Tonka has a flavour that seems just out of grasp, like trying to remember a name that’s on the tip of your tongue. Vanilla, almond, a tantalising hint of cherry. A fleeting resemblance to the warmth of cinnamon. In a silky creme brûlée it’s an affair that’s over far too soon.

Tonka bean, sometimes known as the love bean, has been technically illegal in the US since 1954, which leads to the odd farcical raid of a high end restaurant in New York. You won’t get arrested for enjoying it here, though.

Tonka bean creme brulee, cod cheek, chorizo and chick pea stew (sustainable of course) and an amazing pudding that’s gluten free, whilst packing a punch of 83% chocolate.

These are on for the menu for this week in Chesham, which is fully booked. Ashley Green is full too, but there are a handful of seats at Hyde Heath on 1st and 8th November.

December 20th in The Temperance Hall, Chesham is full, but we have some space in the 12 and 13 December in Ballinger.

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Menu for this weekend at Temperance Hall

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Tim Zekki is a chef. Tim runs Duende, a catering co and pop up restaurant and The Lop Eared Pig, which goes out to festivals and other events. Duende and The Lop Eared Pig are registered trademarks.

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