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Honey Chocolate Sauce

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons Manawa Honey
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
15g butter
1 1/2 tablespoons of water
½ teaspoon mint essence

Put the chocolate in a small saucepan with the butter, honey, mint and 1 1/2 tablespoons of water. Warm gently over a low heat until the chocolate has melted.

Remove the pan from the heat and serve warm.

Serving suggestion

Break up some chocolate brownies and 1/2 fill some glasses. You can put some mixed berry compote of the brownie if you want

Add some ice cream and top with the warm sauce.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Manawa Honey Glazed Cheese Scones

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Ches-scne-webI love a good scone and to achieve this its all about how you bring together the dough.

DON’T ever overwork the flour when you have added the wet ingredients. To get that light fluffy centre kneading the dough will get the gluten activated too much and it will be quite firm when its baked.

Gluten free option below this recipe

Ingredients

2 tbsp Manawa Honey, warmed to a liquid. Add a tsp lemon zest when warming
3 cups Self Raising Flour
1 tsp baking powder
80g cold butter, cubed small
Pinch of salt
100g of mature cheddar or tasty, plus extra for the top.
1 to 1 ¼ cup milk
1 tbsp chopped chives (optional)
3 tbsp fine chopped cooked bacon (optional)
Method

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C or for a fan oven, 200 degrees C. Do this well before needing to bake so its fully up to temp and stable

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then rub together the butter and flour mixture until you have a breadcrumb like texture, then fold through the cheese and chives and bacon if using.

Add the milk and use a knife to get an initial mix and then with your hands bring the mixture together dough. It does not have to be perfect and smooth. Remember don’t overwork the mix.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour then roll out the dough to 25mm thick. No thinner.

Cut to shape with a knife or 5-7cm cookie cutter

Place the scones on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Lightly brush the top and sides of each scone with the honey then sprinkle over a little bit more cheese on the top is desired.

Leave the scones to cool on a wire rack or enjoy warm with butter. I love to have them with a creamy garlic butter.

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Gluten Free Cheese Scones

Ingredients

2 tbsp Manawa Honey, warmed to a liquid. Add a tsp lemon zest when warming
250g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
80g Butter, unsalted, cubed
Pinch of Salt
100g of mature Cheddar or tasty, plus extra for the top.
1 egg
75ml Milk

Method:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C or for fan oven, 200 degrees C. Do this well before needing to bake so its fully up to temp and stable

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then rub together the butter and flour mixture until you have a breadcrumb like texture, then fold through the cheese.

Add an egg and start to bring the mixture together using a knife. Add the milk and use your knife to get an initial mix and then with your hands bring the mixture together dough. It does not have to be perfect and smooth.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour then roll out the dough to 25mm thick. No thinner. Cut to shape with a knife or 5-7cm cookie cutter

Place the scones on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Lightly brush the top and sides of each scone with the honey then sprinkle over a little bit more cheese on the top is desired.

Bake the scones in a preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until they are golden brown.

Leave the scones to cool on a wire rack or enjoy warm with butter. I love to have them with a creamy garlic butter.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Home Cured Pork Belly Bacon

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BK-for-BGR-webDry Cured Bacon

When you make home cured bacon yourself, you are in total control over the quality of the meat and the ingredients you use to cure it! I love the thought of the chemical-free goodness of homemade bacon right in my kitchen.

There are a few considerations that need to be considered and understood when you are “Makin Bacon”.

Processes and Food Safety At Home

There is one primary concern we have to consider when curing and preserving meat, and that is protecting from possible botulism. While botulism is usually related to improper canning/preserving procedures, food-borne botulism also occurs in meats that have been improperly cured. Often this is due to methods and the process used and the possibility can be easily prevented with care and attention detailed below.

To prevent this, most commercially preserved meats contain sodium nitrite, often known as pink salt, which acts both as a preservative and a colour fixer. This also gives store-bought bacon that bright red colour. I am not interested in this colour in my bacon.

Sodium nitrite is toxic in high quantities, and has been linked to migraines in many people.

For me the main concern about the use of sodium nitrite is that when it is exposed to high heat in the presence of protein (nitrite cured bacon) the proteins in the meat will bond with the sodium nitrite to produce the toxic nitrosamines. Studies have shown that certain nitrosamines have been proven to be deadly carcinogens. This can vary from country to country as far as government policy as to their position on the use of nitrates.

For myself at the end of the day, chemical free bacon is better in flavour and cooks in a different way with incredibly better results.

Frying nitrite-cured bacon presents the scenario for nitrosamines to form when the bacon is cooked and then to enter your system. This alone in my view is a good reason to home cure (with care).

The home cook can much better control the variables and handling procedures, and can get those assurances without the addition of nitrites. Purchasing from your local butcher that has pasture raised pork is the start as it will have a documented procedure and correct food handling record. Organic raised pork is the best choice in my opinion.

I would never use home-kill pork because environment and food safety procedures are not controlled. This is important as a poor hygiene environment can contaminate the meat with food-borne botulism and other possible contaminates.

Making Home Cured Pork Belly Bacon

Ingredients

2kg (4.4lb) piece of pork belly, skin/rind and bones removed
1/2 cup sea salt (not refined iodized table salt)
1/2 cup packed unrefined raw sugar or coconut sugar
1 tbsp. freshly ground black peppercorns
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp toasted fennel seeds
½ cup bourbon, to taste (optional)
½ cup apple cider vinegar

Method

Cut your pork belly into a nice even square or rectangle, bacon-like block. This can be done by the butcher on request

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl until they are well combined and the wet ingredients (if using) in a separate bowl until they are well combined.

Making sure that your hands are well washed and clean coat the meat all over with the wet ingredients (if using) until thoroughly coated everywhere.

Place one half of the dry cure mixture in the bottom of the glass dish. Place the wet pork belly into the dish and press it into the salt/sugar mix.

Carefully sprinkle the rest of the mixture across the top of the meat and press it in uniformly all around, using your hands to thoroughly apply the cure mix into every nook and cranny of your pork belly.

Cover and place the dish in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, until the meat feels firm throughout. (5 days is a good average, but check to be sure. The longer you cure it, the saltier it will be.)

Turn the bacon over every day in the liquid that will accumulate in the dish. Pour off half of the liquid each day. After 5-7 days curing remove the pork belly and wash the salt/sugar mixture off of the pork belly very carefully.

Give the soon to be bacon a good pat dry all over with a clean towels. Place the bacon on a rack over a baking sheet and place in the fridge uncovered for 12-24 hours.

At this point, you can slice it for “green bacon” or you can smoke or roast the whole belly.

If roasting, preheat the oven to 80-90 C. (175-200 F.) Roast the pork belly in the oven to an internal temperature of 65 C (150 F) for about 90 minutes. The meat should be cooked a bit on the outside, but not all the way through.

If smoking, smoke over hickory, cherry or Applewood, a mix is fine at 80 C (175 F) until meat reaches an internal temperature of 65 C (150 F), for about 3 hours. The meat should be cooked a bit on the outside, but not all the way through.

Remove and let the bacon cool to room temperature on a wire rack over the baking sheet, tightly wrap in parchment (butchers) paper, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight to set the flavour and texture. 

Homemade bacon will keep for a week in the refrigerator and several months in the freezer.

22499205_1732146957091602_1812541121412361253_oCold smoking Introduction from my friend Nickie Sattler at Blue Moose Barbeque
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So for bacon, we either cold smoke it or hot smoke it.  To cold smoke it, we use our bourbon barrel and cold smoke generator or place it in our gas BBQ grill with an A-Maze-N tube.  We use either hickory and apple wood chips for flavour (although I want to try maple or pecan as well). 

We cold smoke for about 8-9 hours.  To hot smoke it, we use our Oklahoma Joe Highland offset and try to keep the heat down to 150-175 F.  We will use apple or hickory to smoke the bacon for 2-3 hours, until bacon reaches 150 F internal.

Manawa Honey Turmeric Chicken Skewers

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Ingredients

2 tbsps Manawa Honey
6 chicken thighs cubed, deboned, skin-on
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
½ tsp cumin
Scant 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to season
1 tbsp oil of choice
8 bamboo skewers
Method

In a medium sized bowl add the garlic, Manawa honey, lemon juice, spices, pepper and salt. Combine well and then add the chicken and turn to cover all the chicken pieces. Cover and rest in fridge for 2 hours.

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour. About 30 minutes before heating the grill, remove the chicken from the fridge and let sit at room temperature.

Thread the chicken on the skewers, packing tightly together. Grill on bbq over medium heat, turning occasionally until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Manawa Honey Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato

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Serves 4

Ingredients

4 medium sized Kumara, pealed
8 strips of streaky bacon
2 Tbsp Manawa honey, lightly warmed
2 Tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to season
Sour cream (optional)

Directions

Peal and place sweet potatoes in salted cold water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook till just tender to the centre, 10-15 minutes depending on size.

While they are cooking warm the honey so its just runny, take off heat and add the lemon juice and stir to combine.

Drain off the water and replace with cold water to “shock” the sweet potatoes to cool.

Pre-heat oven to 180C.

Season the sweet potato lightly with salt and pepper all over. Starting at one end wrap with the bacon. Secure with tooth picks if required and baste the bacon with the lemon honey and place on a baking tray. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked, basting once after ten minutes with the lemon honey.

Serve hot as a side with sour cream and diced chives if desired.
Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Manawa Honey Apple Bacon BBQ Sauce

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This is a wonderful semi-sweet honey apple bacon bbq sauce that is ideal to finish a slow roasted pork or lamb shoulder. It also goes well with grilled chicken nibbles.

Many bbq sauces are full of sugar and to me, over sweet. With the yummy fats released with a lamb or pork shoulder these fats combine with the sauce to give a tangy mild sweet finish.

The sauce is also great with sweet, soft cheeses.

1/3 cup semisweet honey  
1 gala apple (cored and cubed)
1 granny smith apple (cored and cubed)
1/2 large red onion (1/4 inch chop)
Sumac-bbq-sauce-1125g thick-cut bacon (chopped and cooked)
6 garlic cloves (diced)
2 cups tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/3 cup (80ml) cider vinegar
1/4 cup (60ml) Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
½ tsp sumac (use 1 tsp for a tarter flavour) I use Mrs Rogers in NZ
1 tsp horopito powder (optional)
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cups apple juice

Instructions

In a large pot add the wet ingredients with the bacon, apples, pepper and onion. Cook on med-low heat for 30-40 mins, until the apples and onions have become soft. Add the sumac and Horopito if using and cook for another 10 minutes.

In a blender wiz, the sauce to make it smooth and return to the pot. Add 1-2 cups of apple juice to make the sauce thinner (to your liking) and cook at a simmer for 10 minutes.

Bottle while hot into warm bottles or jars and seal tight. Once opened store in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Manawa Honey Nut Bars

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This no bake recipe makes delicious snack bars that are great for kids lunch boxes or as an afternoon snack to keep the 3 O’clock blues at bay.

Mix and match the ingredients to cater to kids likes and get them helping. They are so proud when the take them to school and show their mates what they made.

Ingredients can be purchased from the bulk bins at your local supermarket.

Ingredients

1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup Manawa Honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract(optional)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (raw)
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 cup flax seeds

Directions

Line an 200x200mm (8×8″) baking tray with baking paper, enough so the paper overhangs the edges of the baking pan.  This makes removing the bars a lot easier.

Add oats, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried cherries and dried blueberries to a large mixing bowl.  Toss to combine.

Combine peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in a microwaveable mixing bowl.  Microwave 30-40 seconds, or until honey is bubbling/foamy.  Stir well to combine.

Pour melted peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to stir it all together.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan.  Top with a sheet of baking paper and press down firmly into an even layer.  Really compact it well.  

Refrigerate 2+ hours, or overnight.  Slice into 8 bars and serve.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Oven Baked Manawa Honey Pork Spare Ribs

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Ingredients

2 tbsp Manawa Honey
2 tsp brown sugar
1/3 cup of olive oil
juice of a lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground pepper
4 cloves of garlic crushed
2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp yellow mustard
4 tbsp bbq sauce of choice

1 1.5kg rack of pork ribs

Directions

Preheat oven to 120C degrees.

Mix all of the glaze ingredients together in a large bowl except the bbq sauce, whisk well. Add the pork ribs and massage the glaze all over the pork ribs thoroughly.

Place ribs meat-side down on aluminium foil. Prick back of rib rack several times with a knife.

Generously apply coating of glaze to all sides of rib rack.

With rib rack meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. Transfer to large roasting pan.

Bake in preheated oven until tender and cooked through, about 2 hours. Remove and cool 15 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 175 degrees C.

Open foil, drain and discard any accumulated juices and fat. Brush barbeque sauce on all sides of rack.

Place rack meat-side up and return to oven, leaving foil open. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and brush another layer of barbeque sauce on meat-side only. Repeat baking and brushing with sauce 3-4 more times, for a total of 50 minutes baking time.

Cut rack into individual rib segments and serve with more barbeque sauce.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Manawa Honey Balsamic Reduction

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Manawa Honey Balsamic Reduction

Instead of buying a sweet balsamic reduction sauce, lets make this yummy, homemade glaze that will add a sweet yet tangy flavour to meals. Wonderful on chicken, pork, lamb or fish.

Brush it over meat or root vegetables in the last few minutes of grilling meats and vegetables so it doesn’t burn.

Refrigerate unused glaze in airtight container for up to 1 month.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup Manawa Honey
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 tablespoon cold water

Directions

In saucepan, bring vinegar and Manawa honey to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, giving it a stir every few minutes until reduced to 3/4 cup (175 mL), about 15 minutes.

Mix cornflour with water and stir into glaze and boil until thickened, about 1 minute. Let cool and store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one (1) month.

Smoked Fish With Manawa Honey Balsamic Glaze

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Serves 4 as a main

Ingredients

4 medium brown onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup Manawa Honey Balsamic Glaze
Salt and pepper to season

4 by 200g fillets of smoked fish. I love using smoked Kahawai in this recipe.

Directions

In a saucepan add oil and heat over medium high. When just about smoking add the onions and stir to coat evenly with the oil. Reduce to medium low and caramelise the onions for 15 to 20 minutes, giving it a stir every few minutes. Season with salt and pepper after 10 minutes to taste

Add the Manawa Honey Balsamic Glaze, stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is syrupy.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours in sealed container before using.

In an oven pre-heated to 150 C warm the smoked fish fillets for about 20 minutes or until warm but not roasting. Prepare your choice of sides while the fillets are warming.

In a small pot warm the Manawa Honey Balsamic onion over a low heat till its hot but not boiling. You can add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the Remove from the heat.

Place the warmed smoked fillets on four warmed dinner plates, top with some of the Manawa Honey Balsamic Glaze and serve straight with your preferred sides. Roasted root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips go well with this.