Pierre Résimont

L’Eau Vive

Arbre is a small municipality near Floreffe in the province of Namur, Belgium. Here, amidst the wonderful, lush, green of the Ardennes, you will find Pierre’s restaurant with its two Michelin stars. Having initially chosen to study Greek and Latin, Pierre later decided that he wanted to become a chef and went to catering school. He pursued an impressive career, working in famous restaurants until 1990, when, on the way to Floreffe, he fell upon the perfect building for his own restaurant. He has since been awarded two Michelin stars, and Pierre is completely taken with veal. He works with it a lot: “I love working with the kidneys. I remove part of the layer of fat and after I have mixed it, I wrap it around the kidney again; then roll it tightly in a cloth made from nettles. When you fry it the next day, the flavour is incredible. I never use bones to make stock, instead, I use the meat off the shanks that I prepare like stewing meat. The liquid is beautiful for making sauces. I have veal on the menu in as many ways as possible, the whole year round.” Pierre is full of tips about cooking with veal: “When you are frying the meat, make sure it gets a good crust. The temperature should never exceed 52°C/125°F and you should always leave the meat to rest for a while after it’s cooked.”

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Sweetbreads with onion and coffee and licorice root gravy

Blanch the sweetbreads, clean well, compress and put to one side. Wrap Cévennes (sweet) onions in foil and bake in the oven on a bed of coarse sea salt at 180°C/355°F. Remove onions from the foil and peel. Blend one onion until smooth and put in a small squeezable bottle. Slice the rest of the onions in thick rings; dip in flour and deep-fry until golden brown. Cook the pearl onions in water until done, slice in half and fry the flat side until nice and brown. Wash the wild mushrooms, dry well and fry in sizzling butter until golden brown. For the gravy, reduce the bouillon and the coffee beans and licorice root, strain through a fine-mesh sieve and season to taste. Divide the sweetbreads into portions, season with salt and pepper, lightly cover each side with flour and bake in sizzling butter until golden brown. Place in the centre of the plate surrounded by the various vegetables, add droplets of gravy to finish.

Serves 4
600g sweetbreads (calf), 200g pearl onions, 4 Cévennes onions, 150g chanterelles, 50g shiitake mushrooms, coarse sea salt, baby spinach, blood sorrel, olive oil, butter, flour.

For the gravy

200ml chicken broth, 1 stick of licorice root, 5g coffee beans.

Tartare of veal tenderloin with scallops, foie gras and walnut vinaigrette

Generously season the rib with salt and pepper and brown well in a large pan. Cool and seal with the melted butter and quatre-épices for the sous vide.  Continue cooking for 90 minutes in warm water at 56°C/130°F. Cool again and re-heat in the oven for 7 minutes at 200°C/390°F before serving. For the liquorice meringues, beat the egg whites and powder with the liquorice paste, ink, salt and cream of tartar. Add the sugar and beat into stiff peaks. Spread on a silicone mat and dry for about 3 to 4 hours in a drying chamber at 65°C/150°F. For the sauce reduce the verjus with the shallot, add the Tonka bean, the liquorice paste and the fond brun and reduce by 2/3. Add cold cubes of butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. For the mousseline, peel the potatoes and cook in salted water, then cool, dry, and rub them through a tamis. Blanch the cabbage leaves, drain and chop finely. Mix with the chopped garlic and add to the potatoes. Add butter and season with salt to taste. Place the warm rib of veal on a beautiful cherry wood board, add some pieces  of smouldering charcoal and cover with a glass cloche. Allow to smoke for  a few minutes, slice the meat in front of the guest and serve with the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with sprigs of ice plant and winter purslane.

Serves 4
8 scallops (washed), 1 bunch of spring onions, 1 small pumpkin, 200g duck foie gras, butter.

For the tartare
200g veal tenderloin, olive oil, flat parsley, capers, 50g cooked tuna.

For the vinaigrette

100ml walnut oil, 40ml balsamic vinegar, 20g walnuts, 15g pistachio nuts, 1 shallot, 10g flat parsley.

The new tête de veau

Blanch the calf’s head and rinse very well. In the meantime, make a bouillon with the spices and vegetables, and use it for cooking the calf’s head. Leave it to cool in the bouillon. Pull off the meat, press into rings and leave to cool even further. Cut the potatoes into 8, 5mm slices, and boil in salted water until done. Slice the anchovy fillets in half, put half of a fillet with a slice of potato on the bottom, and on the top of the meat, the return to the fridge. Bring the parsley juice with agar-agar to the boil, cool slightly and pour a thin layer into the rings that are filled with the meat. Allow to set. Soft boil the eggs and peel carefully before cutting the top off. Remove the ring from the meat, put on the plate with the egg and serve with a nice salad, some capers and the tartar sauce.

Serves 4
4 eggs, baby lettuce, sherry vinaigrette, caper berries, tartar sauce, 4 Ratte potatoes, 4 salted anchovy fillets.

For the calf’s head
1 deboned calf’s head, 3 carrots, 3 onions, 1 leek, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, parsley juice with agar-agar.

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