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Roasted Bone Marrow Bacon and Chicken Liver Pate

Ch-Lvr-Trr-2-webI just love the sweet buttery flavour of bone marrow and with the addition of some rosemary oil  during the roasting for me is a perfect combination.

Roasted Bone Marrow

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, plus 2 rosemary sprigs
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Twenty or so 50mm (2-inch) centre-cut beef marrow bones (ask your butcher)
4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into 10mm (1/2in) pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper

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In a mortar, gently pound the rosemary leaves with the 1/4 cup of olive oil to flavour the oil. Transfer the oil to a large bowl. Add the marrow bones and toss to coat. Season the bones with salt and pepper, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 180C (390F)

Wrap the marrow bones in foil in 2 packets and add bacon pieces to each and arrange them on a large tray and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Open the foil packets, stand the bones on their ends on the tray and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes until the marrow is warmed throughout and starting to sizzle.

Carefully remove the bones from the oven and let them cool down. When cool enough extract the marrow to the bowl of a food processor.

Chicken Liver Pate

Ingredients 

100g (8 oz) butter
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
400g (1 lb.) chicken livers, trimmed and cut in half
1/4 cup of dry Madeira, Sherry or brandy
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf 

Method 

Remove and discard any sinew or unpleasant-looking parts. 

Melt 100g (4 oz) or half of the butter in a pan over a medium heat, then add the onion and fry until softened, but not coloured. 

Add the garlic, bay leaf, thyme and chicken livers and fry the livers until golden-brown all over and cooked through, season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Add the Madeira to the pan and boil until reduced to a couple of tablespoons. Remove the bay leaf and place the liver mixture and 5og (2 oz) of the remaining butter into a food processor along with the bacon and bone marrow. Blend until smooth. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and give it another pulse to combine.

Place the puree into six 100g (4-oz) ramekins or 1 serving terrine and smooth the top. Melt the remaining butter and pour on top of each ramekin or serving terrine, then refrigerate until set. Approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Roasted Beef Bones

I use the roasted beef bones to make a stock. 

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Slw_Lab_Chp-webA wonderful slow cooked winter dish that’s easy to make and full of impressive flavours.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 lamb shoulder or 8 lamb loin chops
Salt & ground black pepper to season
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
2 cups seedless white grapes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon honey

Method

Season the lamb chops with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large stainless-steel or nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat.

Put the chops in the pan and sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of the rosemary in the spaces between the chops. Cook the chops for 5 minutes. Turn and sprinkle the garlic in between the chops. Cook the chops until done to your taste, 3 to 5 minutes longer for medium rare.

Remove the chops and garlic and keep in a warm spot. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan. Add the grapes and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary to the pan. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the grapes soften, about 8 minutes.

Add the wine to the pan and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and any juices from the lamb, the honey, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Serve the lamb topped with the grapes and sauce. I love to serve this with a creamy blue cheese mash.

Batch10 Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

BTCH10-Sauce-web IMG_20170505_0943013/4 cup (190ml) Batch10 Honey Bourbon

1/2 onion, minced fine (grating the onion works well)

4 cloves garlic, minced

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

1/2 cup (110g) packed brown sugar

1/3 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste

In a large saucepan over medium heat on your stove combine the onion, garlic and Batch10.

Simmer for 10 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent. Add the pepper, salt, tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and Tabasco sauce.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer or blitz with a stick blender for a smooth sauce.

Bottle in sterilized class and store in fridge.

BBQ Mexican Chicken Wraps

Chk-Wrp-webI cook this recipe and then slice the chicken and make wraps. Yummy and full of flavour.

4 – 6 chicken legs separated into thighs and drumsticks
Half cup of extra virgin olive oil
½ onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
Juice of half a lemon
Splash of wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon chopped dried chilli
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Method

In a medium sized bowl mix all of the herbs and spices together.

Add the sugar, lemon juice, onion, garlic, vinegar and olive oil, mix well. If it’s a little dry add a little white wine and mix.

Add the chicken and ensure a good covering. Leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Pre-heat your BBQ (Grill) to medium.

Bring chicken to room temperature and BBQ (Grill) for around 20 – 30 minutes turning once after 15 minutes until cooked through.

Sicilian Tomato Sauce with a Horopito Twist

sicilian-tomate-sauce1Nothing beats a good home-made tomato sauce and the smell in the kitchen as it’s cooking is just fantastic.

In this recipe I have added native Horopito leaf that have been ground and added to natural salt and other seasonings.New Zealand Horopito brings a wonderful finish to sauces, slow cooking, marinades, roasted meats and vegetables, wild game, seafood and lots more.

You can use this as a base on pizza, with meatballs, as a dipping sauce and in your general cooking.

Ingredients

1 tsp Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, split into ½ tsp lots
800g (2lb) can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium–large onion, diced
13465967_1042309265856270_989460586271929302_n2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3–5 cloves garlic, crushed with the flat of a knife and sliced thinly
1 cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
½ cup red wine
4 bay leaves
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
200g (4oz) tomato puree
½ cup fresh Italian parsley

Method

Sauté onion in olive oil and simmer over low heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, basil, rosemary and oregano and simmer, covered, for another 5 minutes or so. Uncover and add wine and bay leaves.

Continue simmering until the mixture has reduced by about half. This should take about 30–45 minutes.

Add tomatoes, chicken/vegetable stock, ½ tsp Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, purée and simmer for 1 hour. You can reduce the sauce further and intensify the flavour by simmering over a low heat for another 2 hours. I have let the sauce simmer for up to 4 hours when I want to develop the taste.

When ready, remove the pot from the heat and taste. Season with the other ½ of the Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning to taste and serve with fresh chopped Italian parsley can be added at the end.

Tip: If you want to turn this sauce into a base that is great for pizzas, add 10–12 sliced olives (don’t forget to remove the pips) and 1 tbsp capers in the last 15–30 minutes of simmering.

Horopito Seasoned Aged Rump Steak

bal-steakwebRump steak is for me a delicious choice and there’s no need to splash out on an expensive cut. You can mix and match your sides with this recipe and for a crowd its easy to scale. Using the Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning takes this tasty piece of meat to the next level.

For me its very important that the steak is well aged and a thick cut. Have a chat with your butcher, they will be able to help.

Serves 4

13465967_1042309265856270_989460586271929302_n½ teaspoon Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning

600g (1.5lb) thick piece of rump steak

2 cloves of garlic, halved

2 tbsp sweet balsamic vinegar reduction, plus a little extra

Put the beef in a wide shallow dish and rub it all over with the garlic halved and then chop the garlic roughly. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and  the sweet balsamic vinegar. Leave to marinate for 2 hours or covered over night in the fridge.

Make sure your barbecue or grill is really hot before starting to cook.

Barbecue (or grill) the beef for 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on how thick it is. Take off the barbecue and season with the Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb blend and cover with foil for 5 minutes, then slice thinly across the grain and serve with the meat juices.

Serve with sweet potatoes roasted with rosemary and garlic and fresh salads on the side and also seasoned with some Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb right before serving.

Batch10 Honey Infused Bourbon Chocolate Mousse

moo-b-webIngredients

200g 70% cocoa bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup super fine sugar
1 1/4 cups cold whipped (heavy) cream
1/4 cup Batch10 Honey Infused Bourbon
Small chocolate shavings or chocolate nibs, for garnish

Method
In the top of a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pot of hot water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring. Remove from the heat and beat with a heavy wooden spoon until smooth. Return to the heat and 1 at a time, add the yolks, beating well after the addition of each. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl.

batch10-banner-tohIn a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and beat until stiff.

In a third bowl, beat the cream until it becomes frothy. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the Batch10 Bourbon and continue beating until it holds soft peaks.

Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until no white speaks appear. Gradually fold in the whipped cream, reserving about 1/2 cup for garnish.

Transfer to a large decorative silver or cups for individual serves and refrigerate until well chilled.

Batch 10 Bourbon Bacon Jam

2016-bc-jam-webFor my bacon jam I select bacon that has a low fat level. I love to make it with dry cured, smoked bacon. During the cooking of the bacon remove as much of the oils released from the bacon

Ingredients

600g bacon sliced into small pieces, (about 20mm)

2 cups of shallots, finely chopped

1 cup red onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ cup Batch10 Honey Bourbon (125ml)

½ cup maple syrupbatch10-banner-toh

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

Cook the bacon pieces in batches to allow for it to crisp up properly. Cook over medium heat until  brown. You want the bacon a little crisper with as little visible fat as possible. Transfer to paper towels to drain excess fat off.

Pulse your shallots and onions in the food processor or cut them by hand.

Leave about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the fat in one of the pan. Add shallot and onion to the pan, cook over medium heat until they start to caramelize. Add the garlic and cook for about one more minute.

Add the chili powder and smoked paprika, stir to combine.

Increase heat to high and add the bourbon (carefully) and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, stir and scrape the pan so all the little bacon bits comes loose. Continue boiling for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add vinegar and continue to boil for about another 3 minutes.

Using a sharp knife cut the bacon into small pieces. You can also tear it by hand so it looks more rustic, not too perfect.

Add the bacon into the pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, the mixture will thicken.

Turn off the heat and drain any excess fat off the bacon jam by pouring it through a sieve or use cheesecloth to drain it.

Now you have two options, you can pop the mixture into a food processor and pulse until it breaks down more. Or you can leave it chunky, your choice.

Transfer to jars and store in the fridge.

Rolled Roasted Loin of Lamb

lm-rll-webRolled Roasted Lamb Loin

Ingredients

1.2kg (3lb) boneless lamb loin roast, fat trimmed, skin on, trussed (Your butcher can prepare this if needed)

1 large brown onion, thickly sliced

1 large carrot, roughly chopped into 3cm pieces

1 stick celery, roughly chopped into 3cm pieces

5 small rosemary sprigs, cut in half, width-wise

5 cloves garlic, peeled, left whole
Method

Preheat oven to 200°C. To roast lamb, scatter onion carrot and celery over the base of a large roasting pan. Place lamb seam-side down.

Using a small paring knife make 15 shallow incisions scattered all over the top of the rolled lamb loin roast, taking care not to cut the kitchen string. Stuff rosemary and garlic into each incision. Drizzle with oil and roast for 75 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Rest for 15 minutes before carving, to serve with desired sides.

Sunshine And A Plate FOOD Festival 18-26 February 2017

saap-support-hospice-logo-no-datesAbout Sunshine and a Plate

The Air Chathams Sunshine and a Plate food festival confirms Whakatane as the Food Capital of the aptly named Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Celebrate and share in the region’s lifestyle, artisan and wild food, hospitality, history and culture.

Taste, learn, laugh and indulge at dozens of events and cooking demos galore!

All event proceeds go directly to Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty’s care of the community.

Click here for the calendar of events

Or visit the Facebook page for info and updates

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