SUMMER RISOTTO WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, CORN AND FIGS

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SUMMER RISOTTO WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, CORN AND FIGS
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  • 2 punnets grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups to 5low salt chicken stock warmed
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 2 ears sweet corn kernels cut from the cob
  • 1 punnet figs sliced or quartered 500g
  • 1 handful fresh basil chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly snipped chives
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 punnets grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups to 5low salt chicken stock warmed
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 2 ears sweet corn kernels cut from the cob
  • 1 punnet figs sliced or quartered 500g
  • 1 handful fresh basil chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly snipped chives
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  1. Preheat the oven to 150c. Like a baking sheet with foil. Add the tomatoes and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes, until the tomatoes are deep in colour and caramely and crumpled. Remove from the oven once finished.
  2. While the tomatoes are roasting, heat a large pot or saucepan over medium heat and add the remaining olive oil with the butter. Add the rice and stirring often, toast the rice until it’s somewhat translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the white wine, constantly stirring or at least stirring every minute or so, until the rice absorbs the wine. Once the wine is absorbed, add in 1 1/2 cups of the stock, stirring until the rice absorbs the liquid like it did with the wine. Repeat this 2 to 3 more times, until all stock has been added and the rice is al dente. You want it to appear “hydrated” – and want there to be some liquid left when serving. This process should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Just before the risotto is almost finished, stir in the parmesan cheese. Stir in the tomatoes, fresh corn and figs. Stir in most of the chives and basil. Taste and if desired, add a bit of salt and pepper (this will depend on the saltiness of your cheese and the taste of your tomatoes). Serve immediately with the remaining chives and basil. Top with freshly grated parmesan.
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Asparagus With Ricotta Dumplings

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Asparagus With Ricotta Dumplings
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Dumplings
  • 2 cups ricotta drained (it shield be dry and crumbly
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan plus more (for serving)
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 2.5 teaspoons Sea salt flakes plus more
  • 1/2 plain flour plus more
Asparagus and Assembly
  • 250 g asparagus trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot stalk green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt flakes freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil for drizzling
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Dumplings
  • 2 cups ricotta drained (it shield be dry and crumbly
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan plus more (for serving)
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • 2.5 teaspoons Sea salt flakes plus more
  • 1/2 plain flour plus more
Asparagus and Assembly
  • 250 g asparagus trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot stalk green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt flakes freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil for drizzling
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Dumplings
  1. Pulse 1.5 cups of the ricotta with the parmesan, egg, egg yolk, and salt in a food processor just until smooth. Sprinkle flour over ricotta mixture and pulse again until just combined. Transfer dumpling batter to a medium bowl.
  2. Dust a greaseproof lined baking tray with flour. Using a metal spoon, scoop out 2–3 tsp. dumpling batter and scrape spoon against side of bowl at a 45° angle to smooth batter. Using your finger tip, push batter off spoon and let drop onto baking sheet (this may take a few tries). The dumpling will slightly curve at each ends. Dust tops with more flour. (You should have about 65 dumplings.)
Asparagus and Assembly
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until almost tender, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water; drain and pat dry. Reserve pot.
  2. Meanwhile, bring chicken stock to a simmer in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Return pot of water to a gentle simmer and add dumplings (one by one so they don’t crush each other), stirring occasionally, until they’re almost double in size and cooked through and tender, about 4 minutes (dumplings will quickly float to surface).
  4. Transfer dumplings to pan; add butter and green garlic. Cook, tossing often, until sauce has thickened and garlic has slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add asparagus, chives, and lemon juice and toss to warm asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Serve dumplings with more cheese and drizzle with olive oil.
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Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn

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Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn
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  • 500 g dried linguine
  • 4 ripe roma tomatoes
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves plus more for serving
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • Parmesan for serving
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 g dried linguine
  • 4 ripe roma tomatoes
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon celery leaves
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves plus more for serving
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • Parmesan for serving
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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, following the instructions on the package. Plunge into an ice bath, drain, and let cool. Bring another pot of water to boil. Drop the tomatoes in for about 1 minute, until their skins split. Transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Once cool, peel the skins and remove the seeds. In a food processor or blender, combine the peeled tomatoes, basil, celery leaves, parsley, salt, garlic, almonds, pepper, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Shuck the corn and slice the kernels off of the cob. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the sauce and the raw corn. Serve topped with chopped parsley or grated Parmesan.
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TOMATO, AVOCADO AND MOZZARELLA SALAD ON GRILLED GARLIC TOAST

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TOMATO, AVOCADO AND MOZZARELLA SALAD ON GRILLED GARLIC TOAST
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  • 1 in large baguette slicedhalf
  • 6 tablespoons roasted garlic oil
  • 3 to 4 heirloom tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 avocado thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 balls fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese
  • leaves fresh basil and oreganofor topping
quick herb drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
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Ingredients
  • 1 in large baguette slicedhalf
  • 6 tablespoons roasted garlic oil
  • 3 to 4 heirloom tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 2 avocado thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 balls fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese
  • leaves fresh basil and oreganofor topping
quick herb drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
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  1. Heat the grill on the highest setting. Once hot, place the bread cut-side down on the grates until golden brown and toasty. Remove from the grill and place on a large baking sheet. Drizzle the toast with the roasted garlic oil, about 3 tablespoons for each side. Layer on the sliced tomatoes and avocado. Liberally season the tomatoes and avocado at this point.
  2. Add on the sliced red onion – as much or little as you’d like. Drizzle about half the herb dressing on now, then cover the top with pulled mozzarella. Drizzle the rest of the herb dressing on. Cover with the fresh basil and oregano leaves. A sprinkle more of salt and pepper if you’d like – and serve!
quick herb drizzle
  1. Add the herbs, vinegar, salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Blend until the herbs are finely chopped. Stream in the olive oil until the mixture comes together.
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Pumpkin Cannelloni with Sage Brown-Butter Sauce

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Pumpkin Cannelloni with Sage Brown-Butter Sauce
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Course Entree, Main Dish
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  • 700 g pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 packet oven-ready lasagna sheets
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 700 g pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 packet oven-ready lasagna sheets
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
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  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place pumpkin, along with 3/4 cup water, in a large pan over medium heat. Cover and steam until tender, 20 minutes. Remove to a medium bowl and mash until smooth.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet and sauté garlic until golden. Transfer garlic to a mortar and pestle, then crush to a paste. Stir cheeses, chopped sage, salt, pepper, and garlic paste into mashed pumpkin. Set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook lasagna sheets until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and drizzle with olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking together. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.
  5. Liberally brush a medium baking dish with oil. Place a lasagna sheet on a clean work surface. Add 4 tablespoons pumpkin mixture to centre of lasagna, roll into a cannelloni tube, then transfer to prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining sheets.
  6. Pour reserved pasta water over lasagna and cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and pasta is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Cook butter and sage leaves in small skillet over medium-high heat until golden-brown. Drizzle over pumpkin cannelloni and serve immediately.
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Pasta with Burst Cherry Or Grape Tomato Sauce

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Pasta with Burst Cherry Or Grape Tomato Sauce
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  • 500 g spaghetti
  • Sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 punnets cherry/grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for serving
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 g spaghetti
  • Sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 punnets cherry/grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for serving
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  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan or wide heavy saucepan over medium-high. Add garlic, then tomatoes, pepper, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes burst and release their juices to form a sauce, 6–8 minutes.
  3. Toss pasta with tomato sauce and basil.
  4. Top with Parmesan & enjoy!
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Blueberry Pizza W. Whipped Ricotta + Caramelised Shallots

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Blueberry Pizza W. Whipped Ricotta + Caramelised Shallots
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Dough
  • 1 1/8 cups warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Pizza
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 French shallots sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 lemons zested
  • 250 g mozzarella cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
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Pizza
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1 1/8 cups warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Pizza
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 French shallots sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 lemons zested
  • 250 g mozzarella cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
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  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 cups flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 2/3 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hours.
  2. While the dough is rising, heat a large skillet over low heat and add olive oil and butter. Add in the shallots and the salt and cover, cooking for 30 minutes and stirring occasionally and reducing the heat more if they begin to brown too much. Stir in the brown sugar and the garlic and cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add the ricotta to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add in the lemon zest and puree until combined. After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape (sometimes I use baking sheets and do rectangles or free form pizzas - this specific dough will yield one pizza large enough to feed about 3-4 people) and place on a baking sheet or pizza peel. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat your oven to its hottest setting (usually 220C) - or if you're using a pizza stone, follow the manufacturers directions. Spread the ricotta on the dough and cover it with half of the mozzarella. Add the shallots and the thyme, then cover it in the blueberries. Add the remaining cheese. Bake for around 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. (Time will vary a lot depending on oven, so allow up to 30 minutes) Remove and serve with parmesan on top.
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Slow cooked beef ragu with creamy polenta

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Slow cooked beef ragu with creamy polenta
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Ingredients
  • 1.8 kg Beef Casserole Steak
  • 5 slices – 6Pancetta chopped, or 4bacon
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 6-8 cloves garlic thin sliced
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 600 g tin whole tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary crushed (or 1 stalk fresh Rosemary)
  • teaspoon ½dried Oregano
  • 2 stalks fresh Thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
  • 1/2 cup quick cook polenta
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
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Ingredients
  • 1.8 kg Beef Casserole Steak
  • 5 slices – 6Pancetta chopped, or 4bacon
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 6-8 cloves garlic thin sliced
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 600 g tin whole tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary crushed (or 1 stalk fresh Rosemary)
  • teaspoon ½dried Oregano
  • 2 stalks fresh Thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
  • 1/2 cup quick cook polenta
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Season the meat with salt and pepper on all sides and preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. In an oven proof pot or casserole dish on medium high heat brown the steak on all sides with a little olive oil. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped pancetta. Brown the pancetta until crisp and then add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook the veggies until soft and translucent, and then add the garlic. Cook for another few miutes.
  4. Sprinkle the veggies with the teaspoon of pepper and then add the wine, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Let the wine simmer for a minute or two and stir in the tomatoes.
  5. Add the dried and fresh herbs and combine with the veggie mixture. Let the mixture come to a slow boil and then place the beef back into the pot.
  6. Turn off the stove top, put the lid on the pot and place the pot in the preheated oven. Cook for about 4-5 hours in the oven until the beef falls apart. Check for seasoning, adding the teaspoon salt if needed.
  7. Serve over a Creamy Parmesan Polenta and enjoy!
To make the polenta
  1. In a medium pot heat the milk on medium. Stir every once and a while so the milk won’t burn on the bottom. When the milk comes to a slow boil, add the polenta and stir.
  2. Continue stirring the polenta until it thickens to a heavy creamy texture. Take it off the heat and add the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce

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Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Osso Buco
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ¾ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat or butter
  • 2 shallots finely minced
  • 1 carrots finely minced
  • 12 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (you can use tomato paste in its place but the curry paste definitely elevates the dish)
  • teaspoon ⅛caraway seeds
  • 1 cup good red wine (do not use Two Buck Chuck for this people)
  • 2 cups ½beef stock
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or any other fresh herbs you have - rosemary would work well too)
  • crusty bread for serving
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Osso Buco
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ¾ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat or butter
  • 2 shallots finely minced
  • 1 carrots finely minced
  • 12 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (you can use tomato paste in its place but the curry paste definitely elevates the dish)
  • teaspoon ⅛caraway seeds
  • 1 cup good red wine (do not use Two Buck Chuck for this people)
  • 2 cups ½beef stock
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or any other fresh herbs you have - rosemary would work well too)
  • crusty bread for serving
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  1. Preheat your oven to 160C. Dry the meat with paper towels, then tie each shank with twine once around, if you have it (it will help to keep them from falling apart, as they become very tender when fully cooked - if you don't have twine, it'll be fine, but they will probably fall apart a bit - they will still be delicious). Rub the meat with salt and pepper, then with the dijon mustard. Dredge the meat in flour, and set aside.
  2. Add your duck fat (or butter) to your pan over medium-high heat. Place your veal in the pan and sear on all sides for about 4 minutes, until well browned. Transfer the browned meat to a plate and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add another tablespoon of duck fat or butter. Add in the shallots and carrots and stir for 5 minutes over medium heat, until softened, then add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add in the curry paste, then the wine and stock and scrape up any browned bits. Place the meat back in the pan, along with the sprigs of thyme. Place a lid on the pan and place in a 160C for 2 to 2½ hours, until tender. Serve alongside some crusty bread and be sure to scrape out all of the bone marrow!
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Chicken Caesar Salad Croquettes

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Chicken Caesar Salad Croquettes
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Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
Croquettes
  • 200 g of chicken thigh
  • 1 lt of chicken stock
  • 20 g of unsalted butter
  • 100 g of plain flour
  • 50 g of Parmesan
  • 30 g of anchovy chopped
  • 2 garlic clove crushed
  • 20 g of parsley chopped
  • salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
Caesar dressing
  • 2 egg soft boiled
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 2 anchovy
  • 100 ml of olive oil
  • 150 g of Parmesan finely grated
  • worcestershire sauce to taste
  • lemon juice
To coat the croquettes
  • plain flour
  • eggs
  • breadcrumbs
To plate
  • 2 leaves romaine lettuce head only
  • 400 g of spinach
  • Parmesan shavings
  • Cress or rocket
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Croquettes
  • 200 g of chicken thigh
  • 1 lt of chicken stock
  • 20 g of unsalted butter
  • 100 g of plain flour
  • 50 g of Parmesan
  • 30 g of anchovy chopped
  • 2 garlic clove crushed
  • 20 g of parsley chopped
  • salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
Caesar dressing
  • 2 egg soft boiled
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 2 anchovy
  • 100 ml of olive oil
  • 150 g of Parmesan finely grated
  • worcestershire sauce to taste
  • lemon juice
To coat the croquettes
  • plain flour
  • eggs
  • breadcrumbs
To plate
  • 2 leaves romaine lettuce head only
  • 400 g of spinach
  • Parmesan shavings
  • Cress or rocket
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  1. For the croquette filling, pour the chicken stock into a small saucepan and season with salt. Add the chicken thighs, bring to a simmer and poach for 12–14 minutes until the chicken is just cooked. Leave to cool in the liquid. Once cool, remove the chicken and chop into small pieces. Reserve the stock for the béchamel
  2. Make a roux with the butter and flour, stirring all the time, and gradually add the stock until a thick béchamel is achieved. Add the Parmesan, anchovies and garlic, then transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth. Fold through the parsley and chopped chicken and season to taste with salt
  3. Transfer the mix to a tray and place in the fridge until set and firm. When the mixture is set, divide into 12 balls and retain in the fridge
  4. To make the Caesar dressing, blend the egg, vinegar and the mustard until smooth. Add the anchovy, then slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream while whisking, as if you were making a mayonnaise
  5. Once emulsified add the finely grated Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce and adjust the consistency with a touch of warm water and lemon juice. The dressing should be a little loose
  6. Prepare three bowls for crumbing: one with flour, one with egg wash and one with breadcrumbs. Roll the croquettes through each bowl, ensuring that the croquettes are completely covered in the breadcrumbs. Store in a tray of breadcrumbs until needed
  7. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and blanch the lettuce and spinach for 2 minutes. Drain well and squeeze out any excess water before transferring to a blender. Blitz until smooth and pass through a fine sieve. Chill in a bowl over ice until needed
  8. Preheat the vegetable oil in a deep saucepan or deep fryer to 180°C
  9. Once the oil is up to temperature, fry the croquettes for 2–3 minutes until golden
  10. To serve, swirl the lettuce purée around the bottom of the plate, add 3 croquettes per portion and a dot of Caesar dressing. Garnish with lettuce leaves, shaved Parmesan, cress and anchovies
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