Manawa Honey Lemon Chicken Wings

Kids and adults alike love the humble chicken wing for party snacks and the old finger licking goodness at home in front of the fire. This recipe makes it even easier by soaking some bamboo skewers and threading each of the wings on one. Easy to cook and even easier to eat. 

Makes 8 skewers

Ingredients

3 tbsps Manawa Honey, lightly warmed
8 chicken wings, pointed tip removed, 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 wings and turn to cover all the chicken. 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. Heat the grill in your oven or bbq on medium.

Thread the chicken on the skewers and glaze them with the remaining marinade. Grill on bbq or in the oven over medium heat, turning occasionally until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

 




Honey and Avocado Dessert Smoothie

A rich and refreshing blend of fresh avocado and coconut milk makes this a great finish to a meal or as a yummy snack by itself.

Makes 2 large or 4 small servings. 

Ingredients 

6 tbsp Manawa Honey, you can adjust depending on your desired sweetness
1 large, just ripened avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup whole Greek vanilla yogurt
1½ cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup baby spinach leaves
½ – ¾ cup crushed ice, optional 

Method 

Combine all ingredients except ice in blender and then blend until its nice and smooth.   

If desired, add crushed ice and blend until desired smoothness is achieved.  Serve immediately or chill to serve later. 

If serving later, place cling wrap directly over surface of smoothie to prevent any possible colour change from the avocado being exposed to air.




300 Gram Burger Pattie Stacks

There is over 300g of meat pattie in each stack and they can be cut in two and pinned with a bamboo skewer.

Serves 4-6 with sides

Pattie Mix

300g each of lamb and beef mince
2 slices streaky bacon, diced fine (dry cured is the best)
½ brown or red onion, chopped finely
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary
½ cup grated carrot
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
100g (4oz) sharp or taste cheese of choice, finely
2 -3 tbsp olive oil

Sauce

1 400g tin diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp each dried rosemary, basil, oregano and thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp dried chillies flakes (optional)
150g smoked or tasty cheese, grated

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the oil. Using your hands, mix throughout, but gently. I use my thumb when I am mixing as it allows me to push the ingredients into the mix to make sure its all distributed evenly.
Lightly oil the palms of your hands, and shape the mixture into one large ball.

Turn out onto a chopping board and cut and weigh into 4 balls. Two x 200g each and 2 x 100g each. Shape into patties, cover and rest in the fridge for a couple of hours.

In a pot heat the oil on the stove on medium and add the onion. Cook the onion for 5-10 minutes until they are soft. Add the garlic and dried chillies and cook stirring for another 2-3 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the tomato, paste herbs and stock. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce can be made ahead and stored, sealed in the fridge for a couple of days until needed.

Pre-heat bbq or oven grill to medium-hot and cook the patties for 6-7 minutes on each side. Remove from heat when done and rest for 5 minutes. (Smoker cooking directions below)

Preheat oven to 180C. In an oven proof dish or skillet place a smaller pattie on top of a larger one. Put 2-3 tbsp’s of the sauce over each stack and top with a smoked or tasty cheese. Bake in the oven to finish for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with desired sides. Slaw is a great choice.

Cooking using a smoker

Get your pit going and heat to 230 Deg F. Add patties to the smoker on a tray and cook for 60-75 minutes or until the internal temp reached 160 Deg F.

Make the stacks and top with the cheese, return and cook until the cheese has melted.

Plate and top with sauce. I use a mix of apple and oak wood compressed logs from Commodities NZ for flavour.
Eezilite firelog apple or oak 10kg compressed smoking logs.




Rendang Spice Paste

Rendang Spice Paste

3/4 cup grated coconut
15 dried chillies
10 shallots, sliced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
20g fresh ginger, sliced
1 tsp turmeric
2 stalks lemon grass, bashed and sliced
4-6 bird chillies, optional for extra heat

Beef Rendang

500g rump steak, sliced into 12-15mm (half-inch) cubes
1 1/4 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
2 kaffir lime leaves, torn
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Place the coconut in a wok over a medium heat and dry-fry until golden brown. Cool slightly before grinding finely in mortar and pestle, or in food processor.

Snip chillies into 25mm lengths. Soak in hot water until softened. Discard half the seeds and place the chillies in electric blender jug with shallots, garlic, ginger, galangal, turmeric and lemon grass. If you want a hotter rendang, add bird chillies. Add 1/2 cup water and grind to a paste- but not too finely.

Place spice paste, beef, coconut milk, and water in a roomy wok. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat, stirring now and then until mixture is well reduced and thick and oil surfaces—at least 45 minutes.

Add ground toasted coconut, kaffir lime leaf, salt, sugar. Cook another 5-10 minutes, taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve with rice.




Courgette and Tomato Cheese Bake

3 medium courgettes
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4–5 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
extra virgin olive oil
200 g mozzarella, sliced
3 medium vine-ripened or truss tomatoes
freshly chopped basil, to taste
1 cup mixed herb Coating, tossed in 1–2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 175 °C.

Trim both ends of each courgette. Cut them in half; then shave lengthwise into thin flat strips using a potato peeler.

Place in a colander and sprinkle with sea salt. Set aside for 10–15 minutes. Press with dry towels to extract some of the moisture.

In a 25-cm pie pan (or gratin pan or baking dish), layer the courgette strips in an overlapping pattern. Season with pepper and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and layer with mozzarella. Slice the tomatoes and place on top of the mozzarella. Season the tomatoes with sea salt, pepper and fresh basil.

Top with the mixed herb coating. Bake for 35–40 minutes until the courgette is fork-tender and the topping is golden brown. Set aside for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Herb crumb: 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs and 2 tsp of my italian herb mix
(add 1 tbsp each of dried marjoram, thyme, basil, oregano and rosemary to a jar, then seal and shake well to blend the herbs together).




Honey ANZAC Cookies

Manawa Honey ANZAC Cookies

125g unsalted butter
1/4 cup Manawa Honey Honey
pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cups desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour

Method

Preheat oven to 150ºC and line baking trays with baking paper.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and honey, stirring until the mixture starts to bubble. Add a pinch of salt.

Combine the bicarbonate of soda with boiling water and add to butter mixture and then combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.

Pour melted butter mixture and the vanilla into dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon to combine well.

Roll 1 teaspoon of mixture into a ball and place on tray. Repeat with remaining mixture, allowing room for spreading.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool on trays before transferring to a wire rack. Store in airtight container.




Fruit and Berry Compote

Mixed Berry Compote

Serves 4

3 small apples, peeled, diced
3 cups frozen mixed berries
1 small 1cm piece of pealed fresh ginger
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 cup honey, a floral blend not manuka.
1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
pinch of salt

1 cup cream
3 tablespoons honey

about 600ml vanalla bean ice cream

Directions

In a medium saucepan, add apple, mixed berries, ginger, star anise, cinnamon stick, salt, honey, and lemon juice.

Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat until the compote has thickened, about 10 minutes.

Before serving, let it cool and remove ginger nub, cinnamon and star anise.

In a bowl add the cream and whisk on high. Slowly add the honey and whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside until ready to top.

Brind the dessert together by putting two scoops of vanilla bean icecream into a small shallow dessert dish. Top with a scoop of apple-berry compote. Garnish with a dollop of honey whipped cream. Serve immediately.




Dutch Oven Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce

Coming into winter there is quite often pork roasts on special somewhere. In this recipe I combine the flavour of Mrs Rogers Smokey BBQ Seasoning in a sauce and season the pork with Southern Mediterranean flavours.

Sumac is used in the rub and adds a lovely sharp lemon citrus hit to the roast. It also helps balance the seweet flavour of the pork fat as it renders with the slow cooking.

The rub and sauce can be made ahead of time.

For the pork

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  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 apple cider vinegar

For the rub

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepperPlace all the ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Store sealed in your pantry and use as required.

     

For the sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups of tomato purée
  • 1/3 cup fine chopped red onion,
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Mrs Rogers Smokey BBQ Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon saltPut the tomato purée, onion, cider vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, crushed red pepper, garlic powder and salt in a heavy, medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.Reduce the heat to very low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Remove from the heat.

Bottle in a warm jar with lid and store in the fridge. Use within two weeks.

Method

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.

Coat the pork all over with the rub and place in the Dutch oven. Pour the stock and cider vinegar around the pork. Cover and cook in the oven for 4 hours to 4 hours and 20 minutes, until the pork is cooked through and easily breaks apart with a fork but still looks moist.

Remove the pork from the oven and place in a shallow baking dish, reserving the pan juices.

Set aside to cool for approximately 15 minutes, then shred into bite-sized pieces using two forks.  

Mix the pan juices and some of the sauce and warm to on the stove.

Serve the pulled pork in buns with caramelised sauce or with your choice of sides.




Tomato Kidney Bean Sauce

MB-Beens-webI love my kidney beans and in this recipe I have combined my kidney bean sauce with some yummy herb cheese meatballs

Tomato Kidney Bean Sauce with Meatballs

Ingredients  

Sauce

1 400g (12oz) can diced Italian tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup stock (broth)
1 tsp  dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp  dried thyme
1 tsp  dried basil
1 400g tin well drained kidney beans
½ cup tomato paste
Salt and pepper to season  
½ cup chopped Italian parsley 

Meatballs

400g beef or lamb mince
½ onion chopped finely, red onion is great
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs, gluten free if required
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp grated carrot
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 -3 tbsp olive or coconut oil
200g mozzarella cheese, the dryer the better, diced into small chunks (Optional)

 

Method 

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs except the oil. Using your hands, mix throughout, but gently.  I use my thumb when I am mixing as it allows me to push the ingredients into the mix to make sure its all mixed evenly.  

Lightly oil the palms of the hands, and shape into medium sized, 3-4 cm meatballs.  Push back any mozzarella pieces that poke through the meat – they can melt and burn.  

Heat a medium sized frying pan large enough to hold the meatballs.  If this is not available, work in batches.  Sauté meatballs over medium-high heat, turning as you cook, to brown all sides.  When browned, lower heat and cook, covered, for ten minutes turning frequently. Remove from the heat, leave the meatballs in the pan and set aside. 

Sauce  

In a pot over a medium-high heat combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and reduce be half. Once reduced pour over the meat balls and combine to coat the meat all over. Place over heat and simmer for ten minutes, turning often. 

Serve the meatballs over rice or pasta and top with the remaining sauce, sour cream and garnished with parsley or chives.




Honey Cheese Balls

Chese-ball3 teaspoons Manawa Honey
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts of your choice. Pecans, walnuts or cashews are my choice
1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
125g crumbled feta cheese
125g cream cheese, softened
1 cup Gruyere or strong tasty cheese, grated
lollipop sticks

Directions

Mix the nuts and cranberries on a shallow dish and set aside.

In a food processor, add the feta, cream cheese, Gruyere, and honey. Pulse until well combined.

Use your hands to form tablespoon size balls and roll in the cranberry/pecan mixture.

Place on baking paper and repeat with the rest of the cheese mixture. Top each ball with a lollipop stick and place in the fridge for an hour or so to firm up.