Apricot & Coconut Semifreddo

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Apricot & Coconut Semifreddo
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  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 400 g tin coconut cream CHILLED--do not skip chilling it!
  • 300 ml thickened cream
  • 8 good sized Apricots or 10 small
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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 400 g tin coconut cream CHILLED--do not skip chilling it!
  • 300 ml thickened cream
  • 8 good sized Apricots or 10 small
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  1. Prep a loaf pan. If using metal you'll need to line it with cling film.
  2. Beat eggs, sugar and egg yolks with a handheld electric mixer until light and fluffy. Around 5 minutes
  3. Transfer to a heat proof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water. Carefully whisk (on low with the electric beaters) for 6-8 mins or until mixture is thick and pale and the temperature reaches 72C on a thermometer.
  4. Take the bowl off the heat and whisk rapidly on high speed to cool.
  5. Without tipping the can, open the coconut cream, spoon off the thick white mixture into a bowl and discard the liquid.
  6. Use an electric mixer to whip the cream and coconut cream together until stiff peaks form.
  7. Fold through the egg mix.
  8. Use a blender to puree 4 of the apricots.
  9. Pour onto the egg and cream mix and stir through gently. Finely chop another 2 apricots and fold through.
  10. Slice 2 of the apricots and set aside.
  11. Pour the egg and cream mix into the loaf pan on top of the slices.
  12. Cover with cling film and freeze for 8 hours before serving.

The Perfect Strawberry Pavlova

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The Perfect Strawberry Pavlova
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Ingredients
  • 250 g egg whites at room temperature around 7 eggs
  • 500 g caster sugar
  • 20 g Cornflour
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 500 ml thickened cream you may not use it all
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar to flavour the cream and and more to dust
  • 250 g strawberries sliced - or more depending on your strawberry want!
Course Dessert
Servings
serves
Ingredients
  • 250 g egg whites at room temperature around 7 eggs
  • 500 g caster sugar
  • 20 g Cornflour
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 500 ml thickened cream you may not use it all
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar to flavour the cream and and more to dust
  • 250 g strawberries sliced - or more depending on your strawberry want!
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  1. Preheat an oven to 140°C
  2. Place egg whites in a clean, dry electric mixer and add a pinch of salt
  3. Whisk on medium and keep whisking until ribbons start forming on the surface (if you see peaks - stop whisking!
  4. Start adding the sugar spoon by spoon to ensure it gets well incorporated into the egg white.
  5. Increase the mixer speed to high. If you do this earlier you risk over aerating the mix, which can cause more cracks than you want.
  6. Whip for 5 minutes, then turn off the mixer.
  7. Stir in cornflour, trickle in the white vinegar and make a couple of turns with a spatula to fold it in.
  8. Have a baking tray lined with baking paper ready so you can shape the pavlova immediately. If your oven has a fierce fan, dot some meringue underneath the corners of the paper so it'll stick.
  9. Pile the meringue onto the tray, then run a palette knife back and forth over the top to compress it into a beehive shape. This compacts the meringue so it won't stick.
  10. Run the palette knife around the meringue to give it a smooth, round shape, ensuring it has contact with the paper so it has something to spring off, then gently press down from the centre to expand it to 20cm diameter.
  11. Transfer tray to oven, and immediately turn it down to 100°C. Bake for 1 hour - don't open it, don't poke it - then turn off the oven and leave the pavlova to finish cooking as the temperature slowly drops for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. This gives it time to set and helps form a thick crust.
  12. When you are ready to serve - Whip the cream to desired consistency and add icing sugar to taste. using a pallet knife cover the top of the pav with cream (how much is a personal preference), top with strawberries and dust with icing sugar. Enjoy!

Charred Honey Balsamic Glazed Nectarines

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Charred Honey Balsamic Glazed Nectarines
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  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Dash salt
  • 6 medium nectarines halved and pitted
  • Vanilla ice cream. to serve or your favourite flavour
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Dash salt
  • 6 medium nectarines halved and pitted
  • Vanilla ice cream. to serve or your favourite flavour
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  1. In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, honey and salt; cook and stir over low heat until blended, 2 - 3 minutes. Reserve 1/3 cup mixture for brushing nectarines.
  2. Bring remaining mixture to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir just until mixture begins to thicken slightly (do not overcook), 4 - 6 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Brush nectarines with some of the reserved balsamic mixture. Grill, covered, on an oiled rack over medium heat until caramelized, brushing occasionally with remaining reserved balsamic mixture, 6 - 8 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve with glaze and ice cream.

Tandoori Lamb Cutlets W. Tomato & Cucumber Salsa

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Cutlets
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 100 g Greek yogurt plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 6 lamb cutlets
  • lemon wedges to serve
  • roti or naan to serve
Salsa
  • 2 ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 continental cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander chopped
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Cutlets
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 100 g Greek yogurt plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 6 lamb cutlets
  • lemon wedges to serve
  • roti or naan to serve
Salsa
  • 2 ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 continental cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander chopped
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  1. Mix the garlic and ginger pastes, yogurt, spices and lemon juice with a little seasoning in a bowl until fully combined. Add the lamb chops and mix really well again, then cover and chill for 4 hours but preferably overnight.
  2. Remove the lamb chops from the fridge 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook. Mix together everything for the salsa with some seasoning.
  3. Heat a BBQ or griddle pan to hot. Scrape off the marinade from the lamb cutlets and season. Grill the cutlets for 1-2 minutes each side until really charred. Rest on a plate for 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing, the salsa, roti or naan and a little seasoned yogurt.

Sticky Baked Chicken Drumsticks W. Honey Mustard Sauce

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  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped
Servings
Ingredients
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped
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  1. Preheat oven to 190c.
  2. Remove skin from chicken and pat dry - You can also cook with the skin on and crisp it under the grill - completely up to you!.
  3. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and put the chicken in so it is not completely touching - 2 pans if you need to but don't overload as the chicken ends up boiling not baking!. Season the chicken well with salt and pepper.
  4. In a bowl, combine mustards, honey, paprika and garlic powder until smooth and well mixed.
  5. Pour about 2/3 of the mixture over the chicken. Brush on to cover each piece with the sauce. Set aside the remaining sauce for basting.
  6. Slide the pan into the oven uncovered, and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and baste the chicken with the sauce from the pan. Brush the remaining sauce over the chicken. Roast for an additional 15 minutes and baste again.
  7. Turn on the grill and grill the chicken for several minutes to caramelise the sauce - about 5 minutes, watch closely to avoid burning. If using skin-on chicken this will also help to crisp the skin.
  8. Remove from the oven and baste again with the juices from the pan. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve with roasted sweet potato and green salad

Father’s Day Roast Lamb & Port Gravy

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  • 2 kg bone in leg of lamb
  • 8 garlic cloves thickly sliced
  • 2 leaves rosemary sprigs picked
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • 1 tin of Anchovies
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion cut into wedges
  • 350 ml Port
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp Cornflour
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 kg bone in leg of lamb
  • 8 garlic cloves thickly sliced
  • 2 leaves rosemary sprigs picked
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • 1 tin of Anchovies
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion cut into wedges
  • 350 ml Port
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp Cornflour
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
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  1. Preheat the oven to 200C
  2. Make incisions all over the lamb and stuff a garlic slice with an anchovy and pinch of rosemary leaves (use half of what you have and keep the rest of the rosemary aside) into the incisions. Rub the lemon zest and olive oil all over the surface of the lamb. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Put the onion wedges into a roasting tin, sit the lamb on top and roast for 1 hour. Pour 200ml of the port and 300ml water into the tin and return to the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, transfer the lamb to a warmed serving dish, cover with kitchen foil and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Tip the contents of the roasting tin into a saucepan, together with the remaining rosemary, Port and another 300ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until slightly reduced. Strain everything through a sieve into a jug, pressing through as much liquid as possible.
  6. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a low heat. Stir in the cornflour until you have a smooth paste and cook, stirring all the time, for a minute. Slowly whisk in the strained liquid, a little at a time, until smooth. Simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened. Add any juices that have come out of the lamb while resting and stir well. Carve the lamb and serve with the gravy and your favourite sides.

Mandarin Jam/Marmalade

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Mandarin Jam/Marmalade
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Course Conserves
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small jars
Ingredients
  • 12 whole mandarins
  • 4 lemons juiced
  • caster sugar
Course Conserves
Servings
small jars
Ingredients
  • 12 whole mandarins
  • 4 lemons juiced
  • caster sugar
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Instructions
  1. Put the mandarins (skin on) and lemon juice into a large pot big enough to hold them all and barely cover with water.
  2. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the mandarins are completely soft and just starting to break apart.
  3. Remove the mandarins from the pot (retain the liquid) and set about removing the seeds (if any).
  4. While they are still hot, do this by tearing them apart with 2 pair of small tongs and just lifting the seeds out – not a completely painful exercise but it does take a little patience.
  5. Add the puree back to the water and take a complete measurement of the fruit and water mixture combined. You are now going to add exactly the same amount of sugar to this mixture – so if you have 1 litre of fruit/ water, then add 1kg of sugar.
  6. Place the pot back on a medium-high heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time to dissolve the sugar. Keeping on a steady, constant boil, cook for about 20 minutes then do the setting point test. Use the ‘flake test’ (see notes). Once setting point is reached, remove the marmalade from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal straight away.
Recipe Notes

The flake test - When you are close to setting point, take a tablespoon of the jam or marmalade with a metal spoon and leave it to cool a little. Now tilt the spoon on its side and pour the mixture onto a plate. If the marmalade drips in a solid sheet, it is ready. If it falls in drips then you are not quite there yet.

Broccoli & Cauliflower & Carbonara

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Broccoli & Cauliflower & Carbonara
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  • Sea salt flakes
  • 500 g Macaroni
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup thickened cream at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 cups Freshly grated Parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 1 large garlic glove crushed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cups chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish
Servings
Ingredients
  • Sea salt flakes
  • 500 g Macaroni
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup thickened cream at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 cups Freshly grated Parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 1 large garlic glove crushed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cups chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish
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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. During the last minute of cooking time, add broccoli and cauliflower. Reserve 1 cup pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl combine eggs and yolks, cream, olive oil, parmesan and garlic. Mix well with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drain pasta and vegetables; add back to pot. Stir in cheese mixture and parsley, then quickly toss together to evenly coat the pasta and prevent the eggs from scrambling.
  5. Add additional pasta water to make a creamy sauce.
  6. Garnish with parsley and pepper. Serve immediately.

Best Ever Cream Of Mushroom Soup

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Best Ever Cream Of Mushroom Soup
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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 950 g sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves for garnish or to taste
  • Chopped parsley to serve
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 950 g sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves for garnish or to taste
  • Chopped parsley to serve
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  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat; cook mushrooms in butter with 1 pinch salt until the mushrooms give off their juices; reduce heat to low.
  2. Continue to cook, stirring often, until juices evaporate and the mushrooms are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Set aside a few mushroom slices for garnish later.
  3. Mix onion into mushrooms and cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Stir flour into mushroom mixture and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes to remove raw flour taste. Tie thyme sprigs into a small bundle with kitchen twine and add to mushroom mixture; add garlic cloves. Pour chicken stock and water into mushroom mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 hour. Remove thyme bundle.
  5. Transfer soup to a blender in small batches and puree on high speed until smooth and thick.
  6. Return soup to pot and stir in cream. Season with salt and black pepper and serve in bowls, garnished with reserved mushroom slices and a few thyme leaves or chopped parsley.

KOREAN STYLE HOT DOGS WITH KIMCHI, SLAW & KICKIN’ KETCHUP

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KOREAN STYLE HOT DOGS WITH KIMCHI, SLAW & KICKIN' KETCHUP
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Hot Dogs
Ingredients
FOR THE HOT DOGS
  • 8 don skinless franks
  • 8 top sliced buns
  • 450 g of your favourite store-bought Kimchi
  • FOR THE SLAW DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce use Sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ½ salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
FOR THE SLAW
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 jalapeño or green chilies julienned
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced on a mandolin
FOR THE KICKIN' KETCHUP
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low salt tamari
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
FOR THE KICKIN' MUSTARD
  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low salt tamari
  • 3 tablespoons Kickin’ Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Servings
Hot Dogs
Ingredients
FOR THE HOT DOGS
  • 8 don skinless franks
  • 8 top sliced buns
  • 450 g of your favourite store-bought Kimchi
  • FOR THE SLAW DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce use Sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ½ salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
FOR THE SLAW
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 jalapeño or green chilies julienned
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced on a mandolin
FOR THE KICKIN' KETCHUP
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low salt tamari
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
FOR THE KICKIN' MUSTARD
  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low salt tamari
  • 3 tablespoons Kickin’ Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
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FOR THE SLAW DRESSING
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a pint jar, screw on the lid tightly and shake it until mixed together thoroughly.
FOR THE SLAW
  1. Toast sesame seeds for 2 minutes, until slightly golden in colour, and set aside.
  2. Thinly slice the purple & savoy cabbage, and place in a very large bowl
  3. Peel & shred carrots, and add to bowl.
  4. Remove seeds & veins from jalapeño peppers, then julienne and add to the bowl.
  5. Add thinly sliced red onion and gently fold all ingredients together until well-mixed.
  6. Prior to serving, add the Slaw Dressing to the bowl and gently fold it into the slaw.
FOR THE KICKIN' KETCHUP
  1. Combine ketchup, sriracha, tamari, and minced ginger, and mix thoroughly
FOR THE KICKIN' MUSTARD
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly
TO GRILL AND ASSEMBLE
  1. Heat up griddle pan or BBQ to medium heat
  2. Score each hot dog 3-4 times on one side
  3. Grill dogs for 8 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes (this will allow hot dogs to heat thoroughly without over-cooking or drying out).
  4. If desired, toast hot dog buns, cut side down on the grill for 30-45 seconds, watching them closely.
  5. Place around 50g of kimchi in each bun, then the hot dog, then top with Slaw. Drizzle the dogs with Kickin' Ketchup and Kickin' Mustard, and serve warm.