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Moroccan Inspired Lamb Shanks

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Moroc-lamb-sh-webServes 4

I served this dish as a main at a bistro I was working at this winter and peopled loved it so much I have decided to share the recipe.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

4 lamb shanks

2 onions, sliced

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 cups beef stock

1 cup fresh orange juice

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/2 cup pitted dates, halved

½ cup prunes, halved

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp cumin

1tsp cardamom

coriander leaves, to serve

Method

Heat oven to 160C (320F)

Heat oil in a large heavy-based saucepan big enough for the shanks to fit in on medium. Brown each shank on all sides and set aside.

Sauté onion and garlic in same pan 2-3 minutes, until tender. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Add the shanks and bring back to a boil. Put lid on and place in oven and cook for 2 ½ hours. Turn shanks and cook for an additional hour.

I serve this on a creamy sweet potato mash or cauliflower rice.

Chilli Honey Roasted Chicken

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Chilli-Roasted-Chicken-webIngredients

1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 ½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 ½ tablespoons whole grain mustard
3 tablespoons honey
1 bay leaf
½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (chilli) flakes, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 size 16 or 18 chicken (3.3lb), cut into 8 pieces
3 cups sliced carrots (10mm 1/2in thick slices)
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
⅔ cup sliced dates
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup chopped parsley, for garnish
2 spring onions, thinly sliced, for garnish
¼ cup chopped toasted pistachio nuts, for garnish (optional)

Method

Quarter the lemon lengthwise, removing any seeds. Thinly slice crosswise into small wedges and add to small pot of boiling, salted water. Blanch for 2 minutes and drain. Reserve slices.

In a saucepan, whisk together lemon juice, orange juice, oil, mustard, honey, salt, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool.

Put chicken in a bowl and add honey mixture. Add carrots, onion, dates, thyme and blanched lemon slices. Turn mixture several times to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, but preferably covered overnight in the refrigerator.

Heat oven to 200 degrees C (400F). Transfer all ingredients, including marinade, to a baking dish with a rim. Chicken should be skin side up. Roast until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes for breasts and 30 to 40 for legs and wings (remove the pieces as they are done cooking).

When the chicken is done, give the carrot mixture in the pan a stir; if the pan looks dry add 2 to 3 tablespoons water. Continue roasting the carrots until they are tender, about 7 to 12 minutes longer.

Spoon carrots over chicken and top with parsley, spring onions and pistachio nuts.

Spicy Cottage Pie With Sweet Potato Topping

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sweet-potato-cottage-pie-webI love my sweet potato topped cottage pie. In winter its a go to as I have leftovers for the next day.

Ingredients

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp butter, more or less
2 tbsp milk, more or less
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 4-oz can green chillies or diced jalapenos (depending on heat preference – I actually used one of each!)
400g (1lb) ground beef mince
2 tsp chili powder, or more to taste
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1 14.5-oz can tomato sauce
1 and 1/2 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used half pepperjack, half cheddar)
fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Method

Preheat oven to 200C (400F) and place a large cookie sheet on bottom rack of oven to catch drips.

Add cubed sweet potatoes to large pot with enough water to cover potatoes completely. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until tender (mine took about 9 minutes). When potatoes are fork-tender, remove them to a large bowl, add butter and milk (eyeball it), and mash with a masher. Season with salt and pepper.

While potatoes cook, heat olive oil over medium low heat in large skillet. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook 7-8 minutes, stirring often. Add green chillies/jalapenos and cook 2-3 more minutes. Remove vegetables to small bowl and set aside.

Turn heat on skillet up to medium and add ground beef mince. Brown beef, breaking apart with wooden spoon until fully cooked. Drain off grease. Mix in chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Season well with salt and pepper. Mix in cooked vegetables and tomato sauce. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring often. Taste and season as needed.

Coat 9-inch pie plate or baking dish with oil. Add beef/veggie mixture evenly over bottom of dish. Sprinkle cheese over top, then spoon mashed sweet potatoes evenly over top.

Bake 30 minutes. Let set 5-10 minutes before serving.

Pan Seared Salmon on Grapefruit Salad

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Salmon-gfruitServes 4

Ingredients

2 Ruby grapefruit
4 cups mixed salad greens
2 cups snow peas tipped and cut into three
1 cup micro-greens of choice
2 ripe avocados, pitted and sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tbsp sweet balsamic reduction
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
Olive oil for cooking salmon
3 150g (5-ounce) salmon fillets (skin off)
1/2 cup honey toasted walnuts, roughly chopped

Method

 Peel and segment grapefruit with a sharp knife on a cutting board; reserve juice in a bowl.

In a bowl mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic so its combined.

In a large bowl add salad greens and pour the dressing and turn to combine.

Divide salad among 4 serving plates. In a small bowl.

 Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper over both sides of salmon. Coat a large nonstick skillet with oil; heat over medium-high heat. Add fish to skillet, and cook until skin is golden and fish releases easily from pan (about 4 minutes). Using a spatula, gently flip fish and cook about 3 minutes more. Once salmon is cooked rest for 2 minutes and then break each fillet into 8 pieces .

While the salmon is cooking place slices of avocado on top of each salad and then place equal amounts of grapefruit pieces on the avocado to form a bed for the salmon to rest on.

Place the salmon pieces on the grapefruit  and dress with honey walnuts and micro-greens.

Roasted Chicken Legs with Honey and Curry Glaze

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Curry-honey-legs-webIngredients 

6-8 chicken legs

4 tbsp Honey (1/3 cup)

Juice ½ lemon

3 pealed cloves of garlic

1 tbsp curry powder

Salt and pepper 

Method

Preheat oven to 175C. (350 F) 

Mix the curry, garlic, lemon juice and honey into a paste.  

Pat the chicken legs dry and then season with salt and pepper. 

Baste the chicken legs all over with the honey-curry mixture. Place in a baking tray  in the oven and cook for 20 minutes and baste again.

Cook for another 20-30 minutes till the legs are cooked through. 

Once cooked cover with foil and rest for 10. 

I love to serve these on a bed of homemade red cabbage slaw as a brunch.

Mini Fish Bites

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Mini-Fish-Bites-webThis recipe is so versatile as you can make mini-fish cakes or patties for kids or flavour it up for adults.

Ingredients

500g baking potatoes or sweet potato
1 leek or large brown onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp butter, plus 2 tbsp for frying
200g frozen peas
300ml milk
300g firm white fish, smoked fish is also great
4 spring onions, chopped (or chives …or both)1 tbsp
fresh thyme, ½ dried thyme. I love lemon thyme in this recipe
2 tbsp grated parmesan
Salt and black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil, for frying

Additions for adult version

2 tbsp fish sauce
1 chilli, seeded and chopped fine
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

For the coating

4 tbsp plain flour
2 free range eggs, beaten with a dash of milk
8 tbsp fine dried crumbs or polenta

Method

Wash the potatoes well, but leave the skins on and put in a pan. Cover with cold salted water, bring to a simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.

While the potatoes are boiling, cook the leek/onion in a shallow pan in the butter for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add the peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Tip into a bowl and mash roughly so some of the peas break up.

Drain the potatoes well. Allow them to cool a little in a colander so that the excess moisture escapes as steam. When you can handle the potatoes, remove the skin with a small knife – it should scrape off easily.

Pour the milk into the same pan that you used for the leek/onion, thyme, (aduly flavours if using) and place the fish fillets in the milk. Bring to a simmer, then turn the fish over when the milk comes up to the boil. Turn down the heat and cook for a further minute before removing from the heat.

Mash the potatoes roughly, or pass them through a potato ricer. Add the pea mix.

Flake the fish flesh into the potato-pea mix along with 2 tbsp of the cooking milk. Err on the side of a drier mix to ensure that the cakes do not collapse when you fry them.

Add the spring onions and parmesan, then fold all the ingredients together with a spoon. Season well with salt and pepper.

Allow the mix to cool thoroughly and shape into small balls or fishcakes with floured hands – they can be as big or as small as you like.

Arrange the coating ingredients in 3 separate bowls, starting with flour, then the egg-milk mix and finally the breadcrumbs.

Coat the first cake or ball in the flour, then transfer to the egg mix and finally, coat carefully in breadcrumbs or polenta. Place the finished fishcakes on a tray and refrigerate until needed. Make sure they are good and cold. This will also stop them collapsing.

To cook heat up the butter and oil in a large shallow frying pan. Having a mix of butter and oil will stop the butter burning. Carefully place each cake in the pan and fry over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. They can be served straight away or transferred to a low oven until serving.

I serve with a sweet chilli sauce. Sweet and sour sauce is also great.

Asparagus Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

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bacon-asp-webIngredients

400g (1lb)fresh asparagus, root ends trimmed

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & diced

8-10 strips thick center-cut bacon

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

3½ tablespoons olive

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 pinch cayenne, or to taste

coarse salt & fresh ground peppercorn, to taste

shaved parmesan, to garnish

Method

Pre-heat oven to 200C (400F).

Lay strips of bacon over baking sheet & roast for 12-15 minutes, or until crispy and then remove bacon from oven & allow bacon to cool on paper towels.

In a food processor pulse cooled bacon for a few seconds & set aside.

In small mixing bowl toss sweet potatoes, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, 2t olive oil, salt/pepper and cayenne to taste.

On a lined baking sheet in a single layer, spread seasoned sweet potatoes and place in oven for 20-25 minutes, turning potatoes after 15minutes, baking until tender with slightly crisp exterior. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and set aside to cool.

In shallow glass baking dish spread asparagus evenly, in a single layer and drizzle 1½tsp olive oil over asparagus, add garlic, salt/pepper and toss to ensure even coating.

Roast the asparagus uncovered in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until asparagus just tender, stirring intermittently.

When cooked remove asparagus from oven and toss with lemon juice.

Lay roasted asparagus over serving dish or wooden board, top with sweet potatoes, then bacon, shaved parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sweet Potato Rosti

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Sweet-p-rosti-stack-webThis recipe is easy to scale and is a wonderful starter or brunch with the addition of a seasonal fresh salad of choice.

Serves 1

Ingredients

500g (1.1lb) sweet potatoes, peeled, grated and dried

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp fresh chopped thyme or ½ tsp cumin

175g feta like cheese, crumbled. I like goat cheese for its sharpness

2 eggs, beaten

Method

Preheat the oven to 220 C (440 F). Line a baking tray with parchment.

Grate the sweet potatoes, place in a clean cloth and squeeze out the excess liquid, transfer to a large bowl.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until soft and transfer to the bowl with the drained sweet potato.

Add the egg, about 2/3 of the cheese and all the thyme and mix well. Divide the mixture into 3-4 even portions and shape into balls with your hands and then flatten them to about 1cm (1/2 in) thickness. Arrange the patties onto the baking tray.

Roast in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes turning once after 20 minutes. When turning sprinkle the remaining cheese over the patties and return to oven to melt the cheese, about 5 minutes more.

Making A Stack

Its all about choice as to what you add between the rosti’s. I love to add a soft poached egg on top and sour cream and beetroot relish between the layers.

You can add cooked bacon, salmon slices, avocado slices, thin sliced cooked eggplant.  

Smoked Salmon Pate

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smoked-salmon-webIngredients

150g smoked salmon, trimmings are fine

200g tub soft cheese

1 tbsp crème fraîche, only if you have some

juice half a lemon

zest ½ lemon

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

Method

If you aren’t using smoked salmon trimmings then chop the salmon into small pieces. Tip the soft cheese, mustard, crème fraîche (if using) zest and lemon juice into a food processor, season generously with black pepper and blitz to your liking. Add the smoked salmon and pulse a few times if you want the paté chunky or blitz some more if you want the paté smooth and pink.

Stir the herbs into the paté and spoon into a large or four smaller bowls and serve on slices of cucumber or as dip with vegetable sticks.

Egg Poached In Sparkling Water

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Poached-Egg-webWhile visiting AquaSplash In Putaruru where they bottle water from The Te Waihou River I was told that when the water is carbonated to give it a sparkle the ph drops to 4.5 from 7. At the time we were chatting about poaching eggs.

When poaching eggs I add 1tsp white vinegar to lower the ph to about 4 so the egg whites (protein) set and hold their shape.

Today I poached an egg to perfection at Te Waihou Bistro in Te Waihou Reserve Sparkling Water from AquaSplash without adding any vinegar.

TW_SparklingI have googled poaching eggs in sparkling water and have found no reference at all. Maybe a world first. This method will be on the Bistro Brunce menu starting December 13th.

Recipes to come