Perfect Festive Pork Belly

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Perfect Festive Pork Belly
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 kg piece boneless pork belly skin scored at 1cm intervals
  • olive oil to drizzle
  • PORK BRINE
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 170g
  • 3/4 cup Sea salt 165g
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 thyme sprig
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 kg piece boneless pork belly skin scored at 1cm intervals
  • olive oil to drizzle
  • PORK BRINE
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 170g
  • 3/4 cup Sea salt 165g
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 thyme sprig
Instructions
  1. Place the pork skin side up on an oven rack over the sink and pour a jug of boiling water over the skin. Pat dry and set aside.
  2. For the brine, place the sugar, salt, garlic, peppercorns, cloves, bay, thyme and 1.5L water in a saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until sugar and salt have dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and chill until cooled to room temperature.
  3. Pour brine into a plastic container and carefully place the pork in the brine, to cover meat but not skin. Chill overnight uncovered in the fridge, leaving the skin exposed to dry out.
  4. The next day, preheat the oven to 220°C. Remove pork from brine, discarding brine and allow the pork to come to room temperature
  5. Rub skin with oil and season with salt. Place pork, skin-side up, on a greased wire rack set in a roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes or until the skin starts to bubble and crisp slightly.
  6. Reduce oven to 150°C and roast for a further 1 hour 10 minutes, then increase oven to 200°C and cook for a further 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the crackling is crisp and golden. Rest the pork, loosely covered with foil, for 30 minutes.

Stone Fruit & Raspberry Ricotta Cake

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Stone Fruit & Raspberry Ricotta Cake
Servings
serves
Ingredients
  • 80 g unsalted butter soft but not melting
  • 180 g sugar split 90/90
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 tsp ground cardamom
  • 500 g Ricotta cheese @ room temperature
  • 85 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt flakes
  • 100 g raspberries
  • 1 peach coarsely chopped
  • 2 apricots coarsely chopped
  • icing sugar to decorate
Servings
serves
Ingredients
  • 80 g unsalted butter soft but not melting
  • 180 g sugar split 90/90
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 tsp ground cardamom
  • 500 g Ricotta cheese @ room temperature
  • 85 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 large eggs separated
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt flakes
  • 100 g raspberries
  • 1 peach coarsely chopped
  • 2 apricots coarsely chopped
  • icing sugar to decorate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced). Line the bottom of the tin with grease proof paper and brush sides with butter.
  2. Mix flour with baking powder and sift. Set aside.
  3. Prepare batter: Mix sugar with lemon zest and cardamom. Using palms of your hands rub zest into sugar to release flavour. Beat soft butter for 1 minute until fluffy. Add 90g of zesty sugar to butter (in 3 lots) and beat until fluffy - about 2-3 minutes. Start adding egg yolks - one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then start adding Ricotta - 2 Tablespoons at a time - mix well after each addition (paddle attachment, low-medium speed, or handheld mixer - low speed). Add flour - in 2 turns and mix gently (lowest speed) only until combined and no flour pockets remain. Set the mixture aside. In a separate bowl beat egg whites until fluffy (1 minute) then add remaining part of sugar (90g) and beat until firm (2-3 minutes), at the end add coarse salt and beat for few seconds. Fold beaten egg whites into the Ricotta mixture. Pour the batter into the tin, gently place fruit on top (make sure there are some spaces in-between so that the cake has a chance to puff up).
  4. Bake at 180C (160C fan forced) for 50 minutes. When baked, open oven door and let the cake cool in the oven for 10 minutes then take out and give the tin a little bang. The cake is going to deflate around 1 - 2cm when cooling. Run thin knife around the edges to loosen, let it cool for 15-20 minutes, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve. It tastes great when still warm or chilled in the fridge for few hours.

Festive One Pan Roast Salmon Fillets & Potatoes W. Avocado Salsa

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Festive One Pan Roast Salmon Fillets & Potatoes W. Avocado Salsa
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Salmon & Potatoes
  • 500 g baby potatoes halved
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt flakes and black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest plus 6 orange slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 small french shallots thinly sliced
  • 40 g baby rocket
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Avocado Salasa
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 8 g coriander chopped
  • 30 g Fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 pinch Flaky sea salt
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Salmon & Potatoes
  • 500 g baby potatoes halved
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt flakes and black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest plus 6 orange slices
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 small french shallots thinly sliced
  • 40 g baby rocket
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Avocado Salasa
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 8 g coriander chopped
  • 30 g Fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 pinch Flaky sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C. In a not stick baking pan, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Place the salmon on a plate and rub with the oregano, paprika, orange zest, lemon zest, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, rubbing the seasonings evenly into each filet.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and push them to one side of the pan. Put the salmon on the other side. Arrange the shallots and orange slices around the salmon. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon olive oil. Return the pan to oven and roast for 10 to 20 minutes more, until the salmon reaches desired doneness.
  4. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.
  5. Toss the rocket with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt.
  6. To serve, divide the salmon and potatoes between plates. Spoon the salsa over the salmon. Add a handful of rocket to each plate and enjoy!