A Sumptuous Meal Thanks to POM Wonderful with La Belle Assiette

A Sumptuous Meal Thanks to POM Wonderful with La Belle Assiette

I don’t know about you, but I am regularly looking for ways to improve our family’s lifestyle and make sure we are striving to be that little bit healthier. A few tiny tweaks to your daily routine could make all the difference.

By simply swapping your usual morning coffee for a glass of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice you could be consuming polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre, potassium, foliate, copper, iron, calcium. Perfect as a breakfast accompaniment, afternoon refresher or non-alcoholic cocktail mixer, a bottle of POM contains the juice of at least six of the Wonderful variety of Californian pomegranates, so it’s packed full of flavour and goodness. Plus, it contains no added sugar, flavours or colours.

Thanks to the wonderful people over at POM, Ross and I were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day early by testing their juice as an accompaniment to an outstanding brunch created by top chef Mikael Perret from La Belle Assiette. Mikael also has his own catering company, Le Frog, based in Devon.

Croissants

Mikael arrived mid-morning and turned out to be an incredible friendly and knowledgeable guy who is clearly passionate about his work – within minutes, he was giving us pointers as to how to better use our oven and make our own triple cooked chips! Also notable is that he brought all of his own equipment with him, from a hot plate all the way through to cutlery, so we didn’t need to provide anything. When it was all done, you wouldn’t have even known he’d been in our kitchen – it was as spotless then as when he had arrived.

We started off with a selection of pastries – pain au chocolat and croissants, served warm with generous amounts of butter, cured meats (pastrami, salami and parma ham) and two jams; the apricot was excellent but the red wine jam was superlative (three bottles reduced into a single jar!) and went just as well with the meat as it did with the pastry.

meats

This was followed by Eggs Florentine, served in individual pots to keep them warm, with a swipe of Hollandaise (using lime rather than lemon) and caviar. This course was warming, filling and seriously sumptuous – Ross and I agreed this was our favourite part of the meal.

Eggs Florentine

French toast (using Brioche), scrambled eggs with cream and salmon followed and was superb, and the meal was rounded off with light and fluffy crepes complimented by fresh strawberries and a generous dollop of chocolate hazelnut spread. The meal was outstanding, haute cuisine served in the comfort of our own home without having to go through the fuss of going out (and the inevitable complications that come with being amongst the public!), and filled us up very comfortably as the main meal of our day – sated and satisfied but not “stuffed”! Mikael did an admirable job, getting the absolute right balance of leaving us to enjoy our meal and happily chatting away with us before and after the meal (with pleasant chatter between courses!) His personality and enthusiasm matches the quality of his food for sure.

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon

We accompanied the meal with POM’s pomegranate juice, which was an excellent companion to the food on offer; different, tasty and eminently drinkable. We will certainly be buying this on a more regular basis now. Ross, having never tried pomegranate juice before, was particularly taken with it!

Crepes, Strawberries and Chocolate Nut Spread

Overall, this was a tremendous experience and we would absolutely recommend both Mikael’s service (more here) and will most certainly be drinking POM Wonderful again.

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95 Comments

  1. Claire Nelson
    March 13, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Grow your own vegetables and then cook with them

  2. Joanna Sawka
    March 12, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    growing you own herbs and vegs

  3. Jessica steele
    March 12, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Don’t keep unhealthy snacks in the house. If you havent got them, you won’t eat them!

  4. Judy Beba-Brown
    March 12, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Have lots of fruit and vegetables available, and make sure everyone has at least 5 a day.

  5. Emma B
    March 12, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Make healthy pack lunches for work so you’re not tempted by unhealthy alternatives.

  6. March 12, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Freeze some grapes for a healthy, fun snack and I always have some ready made spiralised veg for those emergency-i-have-no-healthy-food moments! 🙂

  7. Lesley
    March 12, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I always try to have plenty of nuts and fruit in the house so I am not tempted by unhealthy snacks.

  8. Emma
    March 12, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Make your own meals rather than buying ready meals

  9. Emma
    March 12, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Make your own meals instead of buying ready meals.

  10. Kellie mcintyre
    March 12, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Always cook from scratch so you know what is in your food. Then stick it all in the slow cooker-quick & easy peasy!

  11. Amy Beckett
    March 12, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Fuel your body for exercise

  12. Alisha
    March 12, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Stay away from 3 whites; flour, sugar and salt.

  13. MICHELLE NORTON
    March 12, 2016 / 8:50 am

    have lots of fresh fruit around instead of chocolate

  14. Maria P
    March 12, 2016 / 7:51 am

    try to avoid pre prepared/bottled salad dressings. you would be surprised how much sugar and salt they contain

  15. Mary Baldwin
    March 12, 2016 / 6:48 am

    Plan in advance so you’re not left with nothing ready or quick to cook, leading you to bad choices.

  16. Solange
    March 12, 2016 / 2:46 am

    Plan meals in advance

  17. Susan Hoggett
    March 12, 2016 / 12:21 am

    prepare healthy meals at the weekend

  18. Stevey H
    March 12, 2016 / 12:14 am

    Best to cook from scratch so that you can control exactly what goes in to a dish. It’s much cheaper too!

  19. Rich Tyler
    March 11, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Slow-cooker food so you dont get tempted to get a takeaway

  20. angela sandhu
    March 11, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    use a slow cooker and pack in loads of veg

  21. Val Swift
    March 11, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Plan meals in advance

  22. Lola Bellouere
    March 11, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Smoothies

  23. Jennifer Rhymer
    March 11, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Always have some fruit in the fruit bowl 🙂

  24. Jenny B
    March 11, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I always bring loads of fruit to work so that I’m not tempted by the vending machine later on

  25. Victoria Prince
    March 11, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Buy frozen veg 🙂 It makes it so quick and easy and it’s just as nutritious (sometimes more so) as fresh

  26. March 11, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    I try to have ready made healthy nibbles in the fridge so I reach for them instead of chocolate. I also buy lots of fruit and veg

  27. Alison Barker
    March 11, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I use my blender to get more fruit and vegetables into my diet.

  28. claire little
    March 11, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    don’t go shopping on an empty stomach.

  29. Jade
    March 11, 2016 / 12:42 am

    I like to prep healthy snacks and fruit ahead to leave in the fridge.

  30. Theresa M
    March 10, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Crikey, to be honest I am not really the person to give healthy eating advice. In fact I may have been the originator of the phrase ‘I shouldn’t really but..’ I would simply echo the earlier comments of little and often, balance, variety and freshness which in my opinion are all bywords for healthy eating.

  31. Emma Riches
    March 10, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    At the moment I’m into caulirice, quick and easy and 100% vegetables

  32. Hannah Smith
    March 9, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Substitute potatoes for sweet potato, it’s much better for you

  33. Sarah Rees
    March 9, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Cook every thing from scratch so you know what goes into everything

  34. fozia Akhtar
    March 7, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Plan meals in advance

  35. cathyj
    March 7, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Buy lots of fruit and veg

  36. Kama H
    March 7, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Always cook from scratch and never keep sugar in the house (stevia all the way)!

  37. Jen Rogers
    March 7, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I eat Avocados and other ‘healthy fats’

  38. leanne weir
    March 7, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I avoid the sweet aisle in Tesco. Pretend it does not exist!

  39. Kat Lucas
    March 7, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Don’t impulse purchase food and plan ahead and stick to it

  40. A.E. ADKINS
    March 7, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Smaller plates & more “made from scratch” meals so you know what has gone into them

  41. Phil Darling
    March 7, 2016 / 7:33 am

    I use smaller plates

  42. Holly Gibson
    March 6, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Ensure that half of the plate is fruit or veg

  43. Greig spencer
    March 6, 2016 / 10:33 am

    smaller portions and more fruit and veg is what i do xxx

  44. El
    March 5, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Healthy breakfasts are such a great way to start the morning!

  45. March 3, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I would love this, I’m always the cook and would love the evening off!

  46. Rebecca Taylor
    March 3, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Everything in moderation

  47. Christine Reid
    March 2, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Protien chips are a good snack standby and do little damage to the diet

  48. Anthea Holloway
    March 2, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Microwave some of your blackcurrants, redcurrants, raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries which you have stored in the freezer from the summer with little Stevia sweeter and use them on your muesli or porridge at breakfast.

  49. Bryanna M
    March 1, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Portion size bowls are an easy way to get on the right track!

  50. Michelle O'Neill
    March 1, 2016 / 11:54 am

    cook with no fat or oil, use mayonaise in mash instead of butter x

  51. jamielmdjs
    February 29, 2016 / 11:43 pm

    implement ‘veggie night’ – a vegetarian meal a week, focus on lots of veg like a stir fry, veggie lasagne etc.

  52. linda curtis
    February 29, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    smaller portions and more fruit and veg

  53. Jo McPherson
    February 27, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Add as much veg to your meals as you can, eat less meat and never add salt to cooking water or to your dinner without tasting first – most of the time it doesn’t need it

  54. ema j lowe
    February 26, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    use a smaller plate so you are having smaller portions

  55. Claire Toplis
    February 26, 2016 / 5:51 am

    Make your own soup

  56. jo shrew
    February 25, 2016 / 10:12 am

    don’t be afraid to use packets of things, or things that you can easily microwave in a couple of minutes – ie. a packet of rice

  57. Alex Saint
    February 24, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Frozen vegetables make life 200% easier

  58. Sandra Bald
    February 24, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Make your own soups

  59. Meena Hindmarch
    February 22, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Brown rice and pasta – really yummy and much healthier

  60. Margaret Clarkson
    February 21, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Cook from scratch wherever possible but if you buy something ready made, make sure you recognise all the ingredient in it.

  61. Anne Alexis O
    February 20, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Eat the colours of the rainbow! Reds, greens, yellows…..that way I know that my nutrition is packed with flavour and full of variety!

  62. Diane Wood
    February 20, 2016 / 8:13 am

    In the summer I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast – I like fruit but don’t always bother to eat it, making a smoothie means I’ve had my 5 a day without thinking about it, it gives me energy for the day, unlike toast, as I use banana and pineapple but also it’s soooo delicious!
    My other tip, that we’ve just started doing, is only have crisps (our favourite snack) on a Saturday night – it means that you are not denying yourself to the point you want it all the more, gives us something to look forward to and we savour them more, meaning you eat less of them

  63. Hazel
    February 20, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Simply add a leafy side salad to each meal!

  64. marianne
    February 20, 2016 / 6:53 am

    cook at home and drink water!

  65. Otilia Neagu
    February 20, 2016 / 1:20 am

    Cook your own food and try to use as many natural ingredients as you can 🙂

  66. Jo Yule
    February 19, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Scramble egg in microwave is a 2minute meal so no excuse for missing breakfast ! If you have time for Facebook you got time for scrambled egg

  67. Sarah Smith
    February 19, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Always try to cook from scratch as much as possible and substitute unhealthy snacks for nutritious yummy ones!

  68. Ruby Spiteri
    February 17, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    smoothies for breakfast

  69. February 17, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Mine is just not to buy crisps, biscuits, etc in the first place – it’s harder to give in if you have to go out to buy it first 🙂 x

  70. Jan Beal
    February 16, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    The main meal of the day should be 50% vegetables, 25% each of meat and carbs (rice, pasta, potatoes)
    That’s a good balance to keep your gut (and you) healthy

  71. Jane Willis
    February 16, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Eat a rainbow every day – that way you get a great balance of nutrients. (Note – I don’t mean a REAL rainbow, just a rainbow’s worth of different coloured natural foods )

  72. Carrie Truckle
    February 15, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Always have lots of fruit in the house. We leave it in a fruit bowl so our son can take it when he wants. We also try not to buy the unhealthy stuff. If we dont have it in the house we cant eat it!

  73. February 15, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    I make my own milkshakes for the family – quick and easy, milk, banana and strawberry – takes 2 mins.

  74. February 15, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Introduce smoothies for the kids at breakfast and add fruit to their breakfasts

  75. Sheila Howes
    February 15, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Cook with less salt and use oil sprays rather than oil.

  76. Alix Smith
    February 15, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Just eat real food – good quality meat, veg, fruit & nuts – Easy!

  77. aaron broad
    February 15, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Try and avoid processed foods

  78. Natalie Crossan
    February 14, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Lots of home cooked meals xx

  79. February 14, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    I just do my best to avoid processed food. I don’t want to use palm oil anyway because of the environmental devastation it causes, and processed food is the worst culprit.x

  80. Monica Gilbert
    February 14, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Make your own desserts. You can cut down unhealthy ingredients and make substitutions. And there are no preservatives!

  81. Hon Cheung
    February 14, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    Check the ingredients on what you eat. You’ll be surprised at what’s in there, sometimes!

  82. Emma Lane
    February 14, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Prepping meals in advance – I stick to healthier eating once I have food already made ready

  83. Charlene Keddy
    February 14, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Cook more than you need so you can freeze some for a second healthy meal later in the week xx

  84. frances hopkins
    February 14, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Don’t buy the crisps and biscuits

  85. Nicki Evans
    February 14, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Cut out ready made sauces which are often high in salt and sugar.

  86. Matt McAndrew
    February 14, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Have fruit and vegetable smoothies.

  87. February 14, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    drink smoothies – great source of fruit

  88. clair downham
    February 14, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    lots of fruit and veg thankyou

  89. wanda
    February 14, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Use fresh ingredients and always cook from scratch.

  90. Janet Humphrey
    February 14, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Use also cooker for delicious meals with lots of vegs

  91. Lynn Heath
    February 14, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    I use the fry light sprays rather than traditional oil when browning meats.

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