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Exeter Cookery School - A working Kitchen for a Cookery Business

Posted by on March 28th 2019 in Kitchens

Exeter Cookery School - A working Kitchen for a Cookery Business

One area of our business that is not often talked about is designing and installing spaces for businesses – in the past couple of years one of the most rewarding kitchen projects we undertook was with the lovely Jim and Lucy Fisher at Exeter Cookery School.

Set in an 1830’s warehouse down on Exeter Quay, this business has gone from strength to strength and offers a variety of courses from French cooking, Jim and Lucy’s background to breadmaking and Festive treats.

The Kitchen Brief

When we were asked to come and discuss their requirements the first thing on our mind was what a...

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Fish fillet with chorizo, chickpea and cherry tomatoes

Posted by on March 15th 2019 in Kitchens, Recipe

Fish fillet with chorizo, chickpea and cherry tomatoes

Gaggenau appliance: Teppan Yaki and combi steam oven

Temperature: 180°C/100% humidity
160°C Teppan Yaki

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for: 4 servings
Approx 600g white fish fillets or loin, skinned, cut into portion sized pieces
Sea salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
100 -125g soft chorizo, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 tbsp olive oil
250g cherry tomatoes
Salt and black pepper
2 -3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Preparation:
Preheat the Teppan Yaki at 160°C and the combi-steam oven at 180°C/100° humidity. Lightly
grease a solid tray and sprinkle with sea salt, place...

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Crusted salmon fillet with red pepper butter sauce | Gaggenau

Posted by on March 8th 2019 in Kitchens, Recipe

Crusted salmon fillet with red pepper butter sauce | Gaggenau

Gaggenau appliance:  Combi steam oven

Settings: 180°C full surface grill level 2 + humidity

Cooking time: 10 - 12 minutes depending on fish size

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for: 8 servings

8 salmon fillets, skin removed
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Crust

50g unsalted butter
100g fresh white breadcrumbs
2 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped

Red pepper sauce
1 tbsp oil
2 red peppers, deseeded and finely
chopped
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
170ml double cream
175g unsalted butter
2 tbsp chopped chives

Preparation:
Line the solid tray with baking parchment and place the fish on top, season well.

Make the crust by melting the butter in a small pan, add...

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Creamy pot roast chicken | Gaggenau Recipes

Posted by on March 1st 2019 in Kitchens, Recipe

Gaggenau Oven

A delicious Meat Recipe from Gaggenau

Gaggenau appliance: Oven with gastronorm roaster

Settings: 190°C gastronorm roaster

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for: 4 servings

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, finely sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 200g baby onions, peeled
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 200g baby mushrooms
  • 300ml dry white wine
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme
  • Handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 100ml double cream

Preparation:

Place the gastronorm roaster on the pull out drawer system with the separate heating element plugged into the socket at the back of the oven. Preheat the oven on roaster function at 190°C.

Add the oil, bacon and onions and cook for 5 minutes until browned. Add the chicken and brown on...

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Moroccan Lamb | Gaggenau Recipe

Posted by on February 22nd 2019 in Kitchens, Recipe

Moroccan Lamb | Gaggenau Recipe

Gaggenau appliance: Combi steam oven or oven

Settings: 160°C/80% humidity or 160°C hot air

Cooking time: 90-120 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients for: 4 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
550g lean lamb, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
750ml hot lamb stock
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
75g ready to eat dried apricots
75g ready to eat dried prunes
25g ground almonds
3 tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Preparation:
Preheat the combi steam oven at 160°C/80% humidity. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole, add...

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HOUZZ Design of the Year Winner 2019

Posted by on January 25th 2019 in Awards

HOUZZ Design of the Year Winner 2019

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with Top ratings and most popular home designs

We have won “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals.

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular...

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Limited Edition Eames Lounge Chair from Vitra

Posted by on October 31st 2018 in Furniture, Special Offer

SPECIAL EDITION Lounge Chair: Mahogany 
by Charles & Ray Eames

 

This winter, for a short time only, Vitra is offering the iconic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in a special edition Mahogany finish and Sapphire Spaces is proud to be one of the few official retailers showcasing the new finish.

Lounge Chair, Design Charles & Ray Eames © Vitra www.vitra.com

This stunning version of the design classic, available to order between 1st November 2018 and 31st January 2019 only, is made using FSC-certified tropical Sapele Mahogany which is characterised by a gentle grain and...

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Bathroom Design of the Year

Posted by on October 11th 2018 in Awards, Bathrooms

Bathroom Design of the Year

Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2018

It's been an exciting week for us here at Sapphire Spaces, David won Bathroom Design of the Year in the over £15k category and we could not be more proud of him.

The Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, held at the beautiful De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London, are one of the most prestigious in our Industry and receiving one is an absolute honour. Not only does it show recognition from some of the most regarded peers in Interior design and Architecture, many of whom act as judges in various categories, but it reminds...

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A Brief History of the Eames Lounge Chair

Posted by on September 25th 2018 in Furniture

A Brief History of the Eames Lounge Chair

Eames Lounge Chair - A Brief History

If you love design, you are probably familiar with the work of Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife duo behind some of the 20th century's most iconic architecture and designs.

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman, officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671), were originally designed for the Herman Miller Furniture back in the 1950s.

Ray & Charles Eames

Charles's vision was to create a chair with "the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt.” The lounge chair, which takes inspiration from the traditional English Club Chair, is cleverly designed so the...

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We hosted an intimate launch for Exeter Gin

Posted by on September 24th 2018 in Events

Exeter Gin Collection

It is always a true pleasure to host an event in our Kitchen Showroom space; so when Exeter Gin wanted to hold their intimate Crowdfunding launch for their brand, we, of course, wanted to be involved.

Working with the lovely Karen, husband Mick and her daughter Lyndsey the date was set, the food was organised and the drinks? Well, of course, Exeter Gin & Tonics for the welcome drinks and then Gin Cocktails as the evening went on.

The guests arrived in glorious sunshine, were welcomed with Tapas...

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