Month February 2016

Month February 2016

Fresh stone baked pizza in as little as 90 seconds!!

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We were pleased to  launched the F1 countertop pizza oven into the UK market at the Casual Dining Show 2016. It received a fantastic response from people who were amazed by the results it produced.

Please download the following PDF flyer for more details F1 Oven PDF

To see it for yourself contact us now and arrange a demo.

Casual Dining Show 2016

Berto's, Dalmec, Mibrasa, Moretti, News, Pavesi, Venix
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Ascentia Foodservice Equipment Ltd will be at the Casual Dining Show in London on Wednesday the 24th and Thursday the 25th of February.

Come and visit us on stand M540!!

Spiced pork belly, pomegranate & pear salad using my Venix oven

Ascentia's Kitchen
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Spiced Pork Belly, Pomegranate & Pear Salad using my Venix Oven


For The Pork Belly

1kg quality Pork belly (boned, skin removed and set aside, DO NOT score the skin)

1 tbls Chinese five spice

1 tsp Fennel seeds

½ tsp coriander seeds

1 tbls Honey

2 cloves Garlic

2 sprigs Rosemary

2 tbls extra virgin olive oil

Salt n pepper

½ bottle Dry cider


  1. Rub all ingredients (except the cider) onto the pork belly and marinade overnight.
  2. Place pork belly in a vacuum bag

Set the Venix oven to 70’c, full steam

  1. Place in the oven for 16 hours


For Pork skin

Few sprigs of Rosemary

½ tsp Black mustard seeds

Salt n pepper


  1. Finely chop the rosemary and then sprinkle all ingredients onto the fatty side of the pork skin.
  2. Place the pork skin (skin-side down) on the work bench, roll up the skin really tightly to make a swiss roll type sausage and wrap with cling film, tying off the ends.
  3. Place in the Venix oven with the pork belly to steam at 70’c for 2 hours.
  4. After 2 hours take out of the oven place in the fridge to set


You might be asking why we vacuum pack the pork belly and wrap up the pork skin and then place in the oven to steam. Well, by setting up the oven on steam instead of just convection, we can more accurately control the temperature inside the oven chamber, replicating that of a water bath.


Thanks to Venix’s direct water injection system you can generate high density steam inside the oven chamber which makes the temperature very stable, allowing you to work within a degree, turning your Venix oven into a sous vide machine!


  1. After 16 hours remove the pork belly from the oven
  2. Remove the belly from the vacuum bag, saving any lovely juice that comes with it (careful, the pork belly will be super tender)
  3. Portion the belly into 4 equal pieces and place onto one of a GN 1/1 non-stick grill plates


  1. Take the pork skin out of the fridge and unwrap from the cling film.
  2. Slice the pork skin into very thin discs (as thin as you can)
  3. Place slices onto a Venix GN 1/1 non-stick backing dish and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt


Now set your Venix oven to 210’c, fan on full, valve fully open & humidity to 0

  1. Place the pork belly and pork skin discs into the oven and roast until the belly has caramelised (it might look a bit dark but trust me this is a good thing), and until the skin discs have turned a beautiful golden colour and gone ultra-crispy, about 7 minutes
  2. Deglaze the grill plate that you cooked the pork belly on with ½ a bottle of quality dry cider (it’s up to you what you do with the other half) and the pork juices, and then emulsify with a large knob of butter, use this as your sauce.


  1. Serve immediately

I’ve served mine with a pear and pomegranate salad, beautiful.


Top tip

I cook my pork overnight, that way I’m freeing up the oven for other dishes throughout the day.