WINTER 2010I sea& iI23 gourmetgossip MINI MENU: BEST OF BERRIES ( SERVES 4) steamed pudding 2 punnets blueberries, 100ml honey, 100g butter, 100g sugar, 21/ 2eggs, 100g flour, 1tsp baking powder Cover the base of 4 dariole moulds with blueberries and 25ml of honey. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs individually, then fold through dry ingredients. Add to moulds. Steam for 25 mins or until cooked. wild berry shooter 100g each of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, 85g sugar, 8 black peppercorns, 1/ 2cinnamon stick, 2 star anise, 2 cardamom pods, 50ml Absolut raspberry vodka Gently heat all ingredients until berries release liquid. Don't squash the berries, and avoid boiling. Allow to cool. Adjust flavour with sugar or water. Refrigerate. lemon cream Zest of 4 lemons, 75ml lemon juice, 150g sugar, 100g butter, 150g eggs, 100ml whipped cream, 2 punnets blackberries Bring the lemon zest, juice, sugar and butter to the boil. Pour onto eggs, return to heat, stir continuously until it boils. Immediately remove from heat and cool. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour the wild berry shooter into shot glasses. Pour the lemon cream over the blackberries. Reheat the steamed pudding, and serve with sable biscuits.
24Isea& iIWINTER 2010 SELLING THE DREAM Laurent Perignonchats to Joe and Luciana Vittoria, the owners of Mirabella V, to get their take on sailing, selling, recessions and the ups and downs of the yacht industry J oe and Luciana Vittoria have been fervent sailors for decades, and both were heavily involved in the build of Mirabella V. As such, they have a unique insight on their latest yacht, as well as the superyacht industry in general. sea& itook the opportunity to conduct a double interview, asking both Vittorias the same questions independently. Their answers define them as much as they reflect their approach to Mirabella V. While Joe Vittoria is a man of vision and projects, his wife has a very hands-on approach to yachting matters. The combination of their personalities is undoubtedly what secured the successful execution of such a unique project, and also confirms why they are soon to celebrate 50 years of happy life together. Why the name Mirabella? Did you perhaps visit the Lorraine region in France and enjoy the fruit there? JV: It is more Italian than French. It loosely translates as " beautiful vision". LV: Mirabella means " beautiful sight" or " she looks beautiful" in Italian, and as we're of Italian origin we thought it was quite appropriate. There has been a Mirabella I, II, III and V. What happened to IV? LV: Joe didn't like the acronym IV, as it means intravenous. JV: I didn't think IV would look nice on the transom. What about Mirabella VI? JV: Who knows? mirabella V