CEO CookOff Dominique Rizzo with Brisbane's top chefs

CEO CookOff 2016 w Dominique Rizzo – That was some meal!

Brisbane 2016 CEO CookOff

CEO CookOff Chef Dominique Rizzo

At the inaugural Brisbane 2016 CEO CookOff, it was a different night than many of our special guests were used to of late. A few hundred people who are doing it pretty rough at the moment, were served a pretty incredible dinner cooked by a team of amazing CEO’s and ten of Brisbane’s top chefs.CEO CookOff with Dominique RizzoYes it was the OzHarvest CEO CookOff 2016!

It was an awesome experience being involved and working with a team of very keen CEO’s, taking them through their paces to produce hundreds and hundreds of plates of the three-course dinner.

CEO CookOff preparing to serve meals

For starters we served two mixed bruschetta options – one was mushroom and whipped feta and the other tomato and fresh basil. By the time that everyone finished his or her entrée the buzz of conversation was starting to fill the hall.    CEO CookOff preparing meals

CEO CookOff by Chef Dominique Rizzo

While OZHarvest provided the entrée and dessert of mini meringues with whipped cream, each of the ten chefs designed their own main dish. Middle Eastern was my cuisine, featuring spicy grilled chicken on a homemade flatbread with pumpkin hummus, fresh vegetable slaw drizzled with a yoghurt and herb dressing. It was a hit.

By then the buzz of chatting and laughter was getting louder; photos were being snapped of shy smiles and big smiles, as chefs and CEOs wandered around the dining tables meeting their guests.

The best news is the Brisbane CEO Cook Off raised $157,998 for OzHarvest to continue with their amazing work of rescuing good food from being wasted and delivering it to those in need.

 

Be a part of it next year!!! Putting it out there now, calling on Brisbane CEOs to sign up now for the 2017 CEO Cook Off and join with me in giving a hand to those going through rough times.

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5 Tips to get you out of a food rut

5 Tips to get you out of a food rut

Recently I did a radio interview discussing how many of us as stuck in a food rut and a study showing that 51% of people rotate between 5 meals or less for their weekly menu. I had to agree with the survey as I have found that many of us are all excited about the cooking shows and slightly addicted but when it comes to actually getting into the kitchen and putting some of this into practice we shy away and stick to the staples. Now there is nothing wrong with roast on Sundays, Bolognese on Tuesday and steak and veg on Wednesday with a quick stir fry for Friday, but folks there is more to your food life than 4-5 family specials. Here are 5 tips to get you out of a food rut and easy ideas to get the gourmet going in your kitchen:

  1. I know we are all time poor and that you all have shelves of cook books that are being used as dust catchers more than they are being used for
    5 Tips Get you out of food rut - Dominique's Cook Book

    Dominique’s Cook Book

    cooking. So to ease you into the game, pick up the first 3 books you lay your hands on, grab the family or housemates and flick through the pages choosing 2 meals that everyone likes from each cook book, try and choose recipes that you have never tried before. Jot down the ingredients and on the next shop make it a point to include the new recipe, even better get the family or all members of the house in on the cooking.

  2. If recipe books are a little scarce, key in an ingredient or recipe that you have always wanted to try into good old google and let your fingers do the searching. If you start small by integrating one different dish per week you will soon be cooking up a collection of wonderful creations.
  3. We as Australians are such a wonderful melting pot of cultures so if you are even stuck for an ingredient that you haven’t tried, try looking for a cuisine that you have always wanted to taste. When shopping we often go on automatic pilot filling the trolly with the same staples every week. I understand that the husband may only like 2 vegetables and the kids will only eat potato, it may be that they have tried everything else and not liked anything or maybe that they have never tasted any other vegetables so get creative and incorporate one or two new items of food into the trolley per week.
  4. If you are really in a corner with fussy eaters then use what you normally 5 Tips Get you out of food rut - Middle Eastern Banquetget and pick up some different spices, seasonings, herbs and alternate some different cooking methods to bring a little pizzazz back onto the plate.
  5. A wonderful basic recipe can be found everywhere and we are surrounded by fresh produce and many professionals such as butchers, fruit vendors, deli operators who are more than happy to not only give you advice on what to buy and the best deals, they will even give you a taste and also a couple of recipes to take home.

All you need is some simple planning, an hour a week… which is nothing and you could be sizzling up your kitchen with the best of us using these 5 tips to get you out of a food rut.

8 Tips for organising your fridge

Make you fridge the sanctuary of your kitchen…

To me a healthy, organised and clean fridge means a healthy body and an organised kitchen! If you have stumbled with your new year’s resolutions of starting the year on the right foot and making some changes in your eating and lifestyle, and your fridge is still full of left over pizza, soft drink and something unrecognizable growing in the vegetable crisper, then I am here to help. These 8 tips for organising your fridge will have you on the way to cooking with ease, eating a wider variety of healthy foods and give you all the pleasure that you will need from your chilled kitchen companion.

  1. Start by going through all those little bottles and jars in the fridge door, check the use by dates and decide if the ones that8 Tips for organising your fridgeyou haven’t used in the past 3-4 months are ever going to get used…if not then I hate to say but its time to say goodbye. Those of them that you use regularly, sit them where you can see them and if you have two or more of the same product open, then combine them into one jar and think where you can incorporate the relish, mustard, condiment in your next dish, it could be added as a marinade for grilled or barbeque meats, as a condiment to have on the side of your next roast or mixed with olive oil and a little vinegar as a tasty dressing for your salad.
  2. Home made salad dressings are so easy to have on hand and can use up the bits and pieces of left over herbs that you have lying around as well.
  3. Keep all your dairy items together and incorporate a wide variety including yoghurts, cottage cheese, hard cheeses, quark (a German cream cheese – very low in fat and extremely versatile for dips, desserts and spreads) ricotta, cream cheese.
  4. For quick snacks and even quicker dinners have your celery, carrots, capsicum and any other vegetables that you enjoy, prepped, peeled and cut into batons, store them in containers that allow the air to circulate and stay fresh, that way they are ready for you to dice, slice or simply munch on when you get hungry.
  5. Keep a variety of cherry tomatoes, round and gourmet tomatoes for salads, sandwiches and adding to vegetable or side dishes.8 Tips for organising your fridge - vegetables
  6. Instead of having whole fruit in the fridge which I find boring at times to eat, buy one each of your favourite fruits and make a container of fruit salad, keep it stored in an airtight container and it will last the week, that way you have a wonderful mixture of flavours and colours as a high fibre low fat snack to take to work, for the kids at school of for a simple dessert with ice cream or yoghurt.
  7. When you buy your lettuce whole, wash it and break it up into leaves storing it in a lettuce crisper so that it’s easier for you to toss together a delicious salad.
  8. Along with your basic vegetables commit to buying 3-4 other vegetables that you haven’t tried and change them weekly to give you variety. You will eventually make it through all of our wonderful vegetables we have on offer and build up your repertoire of recipes. Aim to cook a different vegetable dish every night using up to 4 different vegetables.

Taking on these 8 tips for organising your fridge you will notice a huge difference in the way you feel, and the ease of which you can prepare your meals. Aim for a clean out the fridge day every week or fortnight depending on when you go shopping to use up the leftover fruit and vegetables, that way you will not only keep your fridge fresh, you will save money, save on wastage and you body and wallet will thank you.

Get rid of the kitchen clutter! Here are my fantastic tips on how to clean up your kitchen life, save money, save time and breeze into 2016 with a smile and a happy household.

So lets start from the beginning and Get rid of kitchen clutter
Get rid of kitchen clutter - Pantry shelf

 

With the festive season and Australia Day out of the way, we can all finally breath a sigh of relief that again we have made it through another season of celebrations. Although it should no longer come as a surprise and I am not sure why we all seem to get so stressed and exhausted by it all. It happens every year! We should be used to it and have the whole festive season running like a well-oiled machine. Well, with my handy tips you will.

So now what? We have re-worked the leftovers with the handy tips from foodie magazines and chefs alike, put away the decorations and are back to work, back to school and back to life as it was before the holidays.

A new year has always been a fresh start for me. I take the whole New Year’s resolution very seriously, although not so much a resolution but some thoughts on what can I do this year to de stress, de-frazzle and delight my life and I think I have found it.

Get rid of the kitchen clutter with these eight tips.
Get rid of kitchen clutter - shelf plates, teatowels and tea

1. Prepare containers and labels

• When organising and cleaning out the pantry stack cans, jars and packets with labels facing forwards so they are easy to read.
• Stack like items with like so all your tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, legumes, dried flours, nuts, in the same areas that way you can see clearly what you have making it easy for restocking and shopping.
• Take foods out of open packets and boxes and store in airtight containers and jars for better storage and more space.

2. Spice up your life
• Spice jars always seem to get lost so use split level handy storage shelves to give you more space.
• Spice racks on doors or walls assist with organising and storing smaller jars.
• Sort alphabetically or by popularity of use
• Store them in a cool area in airtight plastic or glass containers.
• If you only use spices occasionally, buy them in small quantities or buy whole spices to roast and then grind them fresh when you need them as they will last longer and roasting them gives you better flavour.

3. Rethink that deep back corner in your cupboard:
• Depending on your style of pantry or food storage cupboard, corners can be like black holes where you completely forget about what is in there.
• Store larger bulkier items that you don’t use on a daily basis there.
• Use trays or containers in the corners so that it is easier to pull out the whole tray than a lot of individual items.

4. Plan recipes around current pantry items:
• Aim to cook 2-3 meals a week using at least 3 items from your pantry so that you keep all your pantry items rotating and fresh.
• Look up recipes that you wouldn’t normally cook with ingredients that you bought thinking “one day” and create that one-day dish.

5. Reorder when restocking

• When restocking your pantry, make sure that you bring all the old items forward and place the new items at the back if you have several of each item.

6. Recycle or ditch
• Recycle old jam jars, condiment jars and bottles for use in your pantry for spices, homemade dressings, grains and legumes, label with a sticker, write with permanent pen or place a small labelled piece of paper into the jar.
• Any items that you haven’t used in the past year, you will never use so if they are still within their use-by date, drop them off at a food bank for someone else to enjoy or throw them out.

7. Clean and refresh
• Pantry moths love cardboard, paper and thin plastic bags so transfer your cardboard items into plastic or glass containers or jars sealed tightly either with a lid or with clamps or rubber gaskets;
• Clean down the shelves once every 6 months with eucalyptus oil mixed with a little water to prevent moths from laying eggs, as they seem to dislike the smell.

8. Update your online calendar for a reminder
• To reorganise your pantry every 4-5 months.

 

Getting the Know How on Perfect Lettuce Pesto and Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters

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Listen to the interview on 612 ABC Brisbane here:  Lettuce pesto and Broccoli and Cauliflower fritters

 

And follow the recipes here:

Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters

Makes 20 -25 fritters depending on the size

These are a fantastic vegetarian fritter in which you can use just about any vegetable, I have also made these with sautéed chopped mushrooms and they taste delicious. They make a great addition to a light dinner, as a starter to have with drinks and ideal for kids for the school lunches as you can mask the vegetables that they may not like. Adapt the ingredients to suit your taste buds and make your own fantastic combinations. You could also spray these with olive oil and bake them in an oven of 180c for about 15 minutes until golden.

 

  • 250g broccoli, cut into florets (about 1 small head)
  • 230g cauliflower, cut into florets (about ½ a cauliflower)
  • 2 tbsp. Gourmet Garden Parsley or ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. Gourmet Garden garlic
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 80g cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra bread crumbs
  • About ½ cup Light olive oil or vegetable oil for frying

 

  1. Cook the broccoli and the cauliflower in boiling water until tender and almost breaking apart. Drain and rinse with cold water allowing the vegetables to drain completely before using. In a food processor pulse the vegetables until just combined but not puree; you can also do this with a potato masher, mash the cauliflower and the broccoli until just broken up.
  2. Place the combined vegetables into a bowl and add in the chopped parsley, minced garlic, grated cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs and cream cheese. Season well with salt and pepper and with your hands combine the mix until it sticks together. Taste the mix and adjust the seasoning. Cover with plastic wrap and sit the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour, you will find that the mixture will harden slightly and the fritters will be easier to manage and fry if they are a little firm.  Place the extra bread crumbs into a bowl and take a spoonful of the mixture, roll it in the breadcrumbs and then into a small ball, flattening it slightly with your fingers.
  3. When you are ready to cook them, heat a large fry pan with oil and fry the fritters on all sides until golden about 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towel and serve hot or room temperature with a squeeze of lemon and with salad if you are making a meal out of these.

Lettuce pesto
Lettuce pesto with crackers rsz
Makes 2 cups

 

I love this pesto, it’s so easy to throw together especially if you are growing your own lettuce and have abundance and can’t keep up with the harvest. You can use any type of mixed leaves and even the softer outer leaves that are not great for a salad. You can add in some of your favorite ingredients such as olives, anchovies, chopped salami, and substitute the parmesan for feta, ricotta and even cream cheese or blue cheese… whatever you have in the fridge.  Use this as a dip, stirred through pasta, tossed through a salad… yes that’s right lettuce pesto with lettuce, you may want to add a splash of vinegar to loosen it up for a dressing. This is also great to spoon through a medley of steamed vegetables. So I will leave it up to your imagination on how many ways you can make use of this tasty pesto… it will also make a great picnic spread for bread or crackers.

 

  • 2 big handful of mixed lettuce leaves ( about 4-5 cups, try and use a mixture of leaves, Cos, ice berg, red coral, butter head, red coral, green coral)
  • 1 tbsp. capers, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Handful of lemon basil leaves or basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil, if you want a looser pesto add a little more oil
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

 

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined and chopped together. Adjust the seasoning and store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for about 3 weeks. If the top is covered with oil the pesto will stay fresher for longer.

 

WASTE LESS, SAVE MONEY; 8 Tips for maximising left overs

All the time and energy we put into our sumptuous festive banquets need not go to waste when the day is over, with some careful planning and a little inspiration your following day festivities can also keep the taste buds excited.

Left over’s are a wonderful treat not only because for some reason they always seem to taste just that little bit better the next day they can definitely save you dollars in the pocket and time in the kitchen.

OzHarvest logoThis year I’m participating in Brisbane’s first OzHarvest’s CEO CookOff, where top CEOs, chefs and companies work together to make a difference to Australia’s most vulnerable and reduce food waste. We’d love your support! Click here to donate online to OzHarvest!

8 Tips for maximising left overs   Here are 8 tips for maximising left overs and reducing food wastage!

Meat

  1. Left over roast meats like chicken, lamb, turkey can easily be turned into delicious, pastas, sandwiches or rolls, topping for pizzas and of course a mixed array of salads.
  2. With the addition of wonderfully spiced or zesty dressings, some salad leaves and perhaps the addition of rice, cous cous or burghal or your favourite grain you have a nutritious, filling meal that could feed the multitudes.
  3. Roast meats also make great pies, pasties or filo’s for a quick lunch snack. Saute the meats with onions, leeks, herbs and a white sauce or rich gravy wrap in pastry and bake.

Seafood

  1. Prawns and the seafood platter that may be lingering around can also be used for beautiful seafood crepes for breakfast, tossed through some freshly cooked pasta with a dressing of lemon juice, sliced cherry tomatoes, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic and a touch of chilli makes a quick healthy pasta salad or warm pasta dish for dinner.
  2. Fresh prawns, peeled and served with avocado on toast make a delightful brunch idea or even chopping up the prawns and mixing them with a little mayonnaise, splash of champagne, squeeze of lemon, diced cucumber, avocado and chives and served as a entree or quick lunch with some crusty bread.

Fruits

  1. Our summer fruits lend them selves to these hot days although if you find that you have an excess, chop them up and puree them folding them through vanilla ice cream and re freezing for a dessert treat, simmering pitted cherries, sliced peaches or plums with a little sugar, splash of your favourite wine and a cinnamon stick until they soften and caramelise and serving them with French toast and a dollop of yoghurt cream.
  2. Peaches are also great in salads with some of your sliced turkey, rocket or salad leaves and a chutney dressing of your favourite chutney, a little olive oil, verjuice or splash of white wine and a squeeze of lemon.
  3. Toss this through your salad and enjoy. If you have over indulged on the alcohol, create a fruit spritzer with chopped cherries, peaches, pineapple and any other fruits that you have, add in some soda water, your favourite cordial or some chilled tea and a squeeze of lime, sit back and relax.

Follow these 8 tips for maximising left overs and reduce food wastage!

MY TASTE OF SICILY

Looking for the perfect cookbook to add to your collection this Christmas? Chef Dominique Rizzo’s ‘My Taste of Sicily’ is now fullyChristmas Gift My Taste of Sicly stocked and ready for purchase in store for $39.95. Featuring a selection of traditional Sicilian recipes taken from Dominique’s heritage and recreated with modern flair. Available online, Dominique will also be available to personally sign your copy in-store at her restaurant Putia Pure Food Kitchen or make it out to someone special. You can also find a copy of her book inside our fantastic festive Christmas hampers along with a selection of all natural hand and home products together with a handmade fresh fruit and fig Christmas cake.

It is always refreshing to see passionate home cooks share their love for food and Francesca Morgan has done just that. Recently written on her blog ‘Almost Italian’ Francesca has shared her love for the recipe cuddureddi siciliani biscuits that are featured in My Taste of Sicily. As an avid collector of Italian cookbooks, she described this recipe as ‘the most appealing of all the versions in my collection’ and noted the biscuits ‘contain all the essence of Sicily in one Christmassy filling: almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, figs, sultanas and currants, orange peel and marmalade, cinnamon and cloves, dark chocolate and vanilla, with a pastry moistened with Marsala’. We would like to thank Francesca for sharing such a wonderful piece of writing with the online community and at such a great time of the year. You can read more of Francesca’s great work and the full article including the biscuit recipe at https://almostitalian.wordpress.com/.

Lavazza Film Festival 2015

 

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The 2015 Lavazza film festival opened with a bang and on opening night we were

Foodshowered with Lavazza gift packs, Bucci pulled porchetta snacks and a delicious cannoli with the engaging theme of “but first coffee” – always such sound advice to live by. Oh and those Lavazza coffee martinis were divine.

Lavazza film festival 2015 -Dominique at the Film Festival

Dominique Rizzo

Best new director at the Italian Oscars, Edwardo Falcone, treated us to a burst of real Italian energy with the hilarious film “God Willing”.

God Willing

It is one of those gorgeous Italian films with handsome charismatic characters set in a modern family thrown into chaos with an unexpected announcement by his son. Set in Rome, there are wonderful shots of the Roman countryside as well as the fabulous apartment interiors, where in typical Italian fashion, the wealthy parents live in one apartment and their children are in a neighboring apartment with lots of traffic between the two. The array of hand gestures; pouting and posturing that are so wonderfully Italian, enhance the story so well. It’s a feel good movie where the father in particular learns, albeit reluctantly at first, to accept the changes in their lives.

The festival has film styles for everyone featuring love stories, drama and even the family friendly movie “Italo” with the big shaggy dog that is sure to tug at your heartstrings.     Italo

Not to be missed is another comedy, the movie “So Far So Good” that won the Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival in 2014. With that recommendation you have to see it too.

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Nor can you not see “Latin Lover” the mid-festival special movie about the life of Saverio Crispo, a famous Italian actor that is so engaging that it prompted The Hollywood Reporter to describe it as “heavenly moments”.

The 2015 festival in Brisbane wraps up on the 18 October the confirmist2015 with the 1970 Oscar nominated film “The Conformist” described by Michael Atkinson of the Village Voice as “An orgasm of coolness”.

That’s a brilliant choice too.Official

What’s next? A Lavazza of course, and back to the movies!

Lavazza film festival 2015- promo poster

A Fresh Take on Mouthwatering Sausages

1. RSZ Dom with sausage men
Sausages were in the news at the Brisbane Ekka 2015! Long gone are the days when the choice was limited to beef and pork sausages. Now there is a sausage for just about every cuisine from German bratwurst, Spanish chorizo, French Andoulliette to Sicilian sausages. I love them all, but no surprises that I think Sicilian sausages are the best and that’s a good reason to lift the lid and let you see what I’m cooking.

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Take it easy and let the professional butchers like Michael Salm at Carindale, make the best of sausages for you, (seen here with Dom Melrose).

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You can throw them on the barbeque or go for one pot cooking that’s at its best with this tasty dish for sausages, cooked in a simple rich onion and tomato sauce. This was one of my favourite dishes growing up as my mother cooked it many nights as a simple and quick economic dinner option. The roast pumpkin and green pea smash is a great option instead of mash potato and makes a fantastic side for grilled chicken, or fish.

4. RSZ Sausage pumpkin smash

 

Sausages with roast pumpkin and pea smash and tomato and onion sauce

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes.

Ingredients sausage dish:
• 8 x good quality sausages – get these from a butcher who makes his own as they will be lighter in additives and fats or choose a lower fat sausage
• 2 brown onions, sliced
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 x 400 g tins of diced tomatoes
• ½ teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
• 1 teaspoon of tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce*
• Salt and pepper

Ingredients: Pumpkin and pea smash
• 500g pumpkin, seeded and peeled
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 3 spring onions, (scallions) white and green part sliced thinly
• 2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
• Salt and pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat the oven to 200c
2. Cut the pumpkin into largish chunks about 4-5cm and spray or drizzle with a little oil, roast them for 20 minutes until golden and cooked through.
3. Heat a small saucepan and add in the butter, sweat off the spring onions for a couple of minutes then add the green peas and cook for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper and with a fork partially mash the peas with the pumpkin.
4. For the sausages, heat a non-stick pan over a moderate temperature and brown the sausages on all sides, cooking them for about 10 minutes. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
5. Into the same pan add in the sliced onions and the garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add in the diced tomatoes and then fill one tin ½ way with water and swish out both tins adding this water to the pan. Add in the herbs, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Season with salt and pepper and add the sausages back into the pan, continue to simmer for another 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Turn off the heat and let the sausages sit in the sauce for a few minutes before serving with the mash.

Now for the real challenge – make your own sausages! This is my favourite Sicilian Uncle’s recipe for making sausages from my cookbook “My Taste of Sicily”.

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Le Salsicce Di Zio Mario
Zio Mario’s Sicilian sausages

Makes: 40 sausages

Preparation time: 60 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:
• 6 kg pork shoulder coarsely minced (ask your butcher to do this)
• 90 g sea salt
• ¼ cup (40 g) black peppercorns, cracked
• ¼ cup (40 g) fennel seeds
• ¼ cup (35 g) ground allspice of paprika
• 2 tablespoons mixed spice
• 1 large handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
• 1 bulb garlic, cloves chopped
• 10 m natural pork casings (order from your butcher)

Steps:
1. Place the minced port, salt, peppercorns, fennel seeds, allspice or paprika, mixed spice, parsley and garlic in a large deep bowl. Mix well with your hands so that all the spices are blended through. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight so that the flavours have time to develop.
2. If the casings are salted, rinse them under cold running water, then keep in a bowl of water to ensure they stay moist.
3. To make it easier to fill the sausages, remove the meat from the fridge at least 30 minute beforehand to bring it to room temperature; this will prevent the filling from breaking the casings. To test the flavour of the filling, fry a small ball of it in a frying pan over medium heat, then adjust the seasoning accordingly.
4. If you have a mincer of sausage machine at home, using the tube attachment, carefully slide a piece of the casing on the tube. If you don’t, you can use a piping bag to stuff the casings with the meat. A good tip is to fill the casing with about ¼ cup (60 ml) water; this will open the casings as you fill them. Start the machine on low until you get the hang of the pace and stuff the casing evenly with the pork mixture, taking care not to break the casing. Once you have a long sausage, you can either leave it as is and coil it around itself, securing with string (this is more traditional), or twist the casing around at intervals to make your desired sausage length. Repeat with the remaining casings and filling. Refrigerate the sausages for at least 30 minute before cooking.
5. For thick sausages, pan-fry or barbeque for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the sausage is slightly firm to touch, about 15 minutes in total (thin sausages will take about 10 minutes). Alternatively, roast the sausages in a roasting pan at 200 degrees C for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
6. Leftover raw sausages can be wrapped in serving-sized portions and frozen for up to 3 months.

Making sausages is not difficult but maybe a bit messy, so you can refresh your hands using one of Putia’s beautiful sea salt scrubs!

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“My Taste of Sicily” cookbook and Sea salt scrubs are available on-line at
http://dominiquerizzo.com/product/my-taste-of-sicily-by-dominique-rizzo/ and
http://dominiquerizzo.com/product/coconut-lemongrass-and-coffee-detox-body-sea-salt-scrub/

Dominique’s Top Recipes – Ekka 2015

 

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Being on the Fresh Food stage at the EKKA is always fun, exciting with lots of great people in the audience, coming up saying hello to me and our guest presenters. There have been so many requests for my recipes this year. Everyone seems to be inspired by what was on show theDominique's Top Recipes - EKKA 2015 - food stagere, so here are Dominique’s Top Recipes – EKKA 2015 for you to get in and cook yourselves. Let me know your favourites.

1. Chocolate mousse cups with orange segment salad and praline spiced pecans
Makes 4 cups.

1 pkt of Nicholson Fine Foods Chocolate mousse
4 cups raw pecan halves
1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1⁄2 tablespoons chili powder
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1⁄2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 170c.
For the chocolate mousse follow instructions on the packet.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.Dominique's Top Recipes - EKKA 2015 - chocolates on platter
Place pecans and melted butter in a large bowl and toss until nuts are well-coated.
Add remaining ingredients and toss again.
Transfer to prepared baking sheet and arrange in a single layer.
Bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, immediately loosen nuts with a metal spatula and set aside to cool before serving or placing in gift containers.

 

2. Spiced Palmiers
Makes 64 slices

1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 package frozen puff pastry thawed
All-purpose flour (for dusting)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix sugar and spices in a small bowl. Unfold pastry on a lightly floured work surface into a 14×10-inch rectangle, rolling out if needed. Brush lightly with butter. Sprinkle 1/4 cup spiced sugar over. Cut in half lengthwise.
Fold both long sides of 1 pastry strip so that outer edges meet in the center of strip. Brush with more butter; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons spiced sugar. Fold in half lengthwise, forming a 14 inch-long log about 1 inch wide. Repeat with remaining pastry strip.
Place logs on prepared baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 210°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut each log crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Lay slices flat on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
Bake palmiers until golden on bottom, about 8 minutes. Using a thin metal spatula, turn palmiers over. Brush lightly with butter; sprinkle with more spiced sugar. Bake until sugar is bubbly and pastry is golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Transfer palmiers to a wire rack; let cool. Palmiers can be made 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

3. Quick baked buttered Strawberry sponge                           Dominique's Top Recipes - EKKA 2015 - Strawberries_almonds

500g strawberries, large
1 cup verjuice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
1 small sponge cake, sliced into 1 ½ cm slices
4 tablespoons sugar
50g butter
3 tablespoons flaked almonds

Method:
Preheat the oven to 220c

Carefully wash the strawberries and remove the stalks, drain well and pat dry. Place the strawberries into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the cinnamon, lemon zest and grated ginger. Add in the verjuice and stir over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Drain and reserve the liquid and keep the strawberries aside.

Place the sponge slices in a baking dish overlapping them to cover the base of the dish.
Pour the reserved strawberry and verjuice liquid on the sponge and arrange the strawberries on top.

Sprinkle with the remaining sugar, flaked almonds, thin slices of the butter. Bake the strawberries in the oven until they have caramelized on top and turn golden brown.

Strawberries have always been considered to be quite delicious and their sweet flavour has been praised in various Latin texts. Since ancient times, this red berry has been believed to be an aphrodisiac and associated with love stories. According to one legend, the first strawberries grew out of the tears of Venus, the goddess of love, who was crying over the loss of her love, Adonis. Centuries later, in the court of Louis XIV, the King of France, it seems as though ladies would seduce the knights of the court by tossing strawberries at them. The ladies would also eat strawberries paired with the newly invented Chantilly cream.
The strawberry is not the fruit of the strawberry plant? The actual fruit of the strawberry plant are the small yellow seeds that cover the outside of the berries and are called achenes.

4. Quark quiche with bacon and leeks                                                           Dominique's Top Recipes - EKKA 2015- quiches
Serves 4-6

75g butter
2 ½ cups plain flour
2½ tablespoons Quark
3 Tablespoons Water
½ Teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon of butter
1 leek, thinly sliced
150g bacon
½ cup Grated cheddar cheese
1 cup Milk
½ cup quark
3 Eggs
1 Pinch Pepper
1 Pinch Salt

Method

Combine the butter, flour, quark, water and salt in a food processor until the mixture comes together in a soft ball. Knead for a couple of minutes and press into a greased quiche or greased and lined cake tin with removable base. Refrigerate for 10 – 15 minutes. Heat a small frypan and melt the butter, add the leek and the bacon and sauté for 10 minutes until the leeks have softened. Allow to cool slightly.
Preheat the oven to 180c. Blind bake the pastry for 15 – 20 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Into a bowl combine the remainder of the ingredients and whisk well, season with salt and pepper. Place the cooked leeks and the bacon into the base of the tart, pour over the filling and bake for 35 minutes until set to touch and golden brown on top.

5. Roasted Root Vegetables with browned butter                                      Dominique's Top Recipes - EKKA 2015 - Baked vegs
Serves 6-8

For the vegetables:
700g shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise (leave the root intact)
700g turnips, peeled and cut in 3/4-inch pieces
1.5kg butternut squash, peeled and cut in 1-inch pieces
500g parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
700g baby cut carrots
500g baby red potatoes (abut 2-inches in diameter), halved
50g Salted Butter, cut into bits
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
For the Browned Butter:
120 Salted Butter, cut into bits
Sage
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method
Preheat oven to 200c. Combine all of the veg and melt the butter with the olive oil , salt and pepper, toss this over the vegetables and roast for about 50 minutes, rotating the pans and tossing the vegetables every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl.

Towards the end of cooking, make the browned butter: place the butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over low heat with the sage leaves. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter has a nutty aroma and is amber brown.

Just before serving, toss the vegetables with the browned butter.

6. Italian yoghurt flat breads with herbed yoghurt cheese and basil tomatoes                      Dominique's Top Recipes - EKKA 2015- Dom w Country Women's rep.

3 self-rising (self-raising) flour
3 cups natural yogurt
2 tablespoons water
sea salt

2 very ripe tomatoes
Hand full of basil
Virgin olive oil

Combine the self-rising flour the greek yogurt and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment. This can also be done by hand. Mix the 2 ingredients until the dough starts to form. If the dough is dry, add 1 tablespoon of water. Continue to knead and bring the dough together. If the dough is still barely holding, add the second tablespoon of water.
Dump the dough out onto a large, lightly floured surface. Work the dough out into a large disc. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece out until it is about ⅓ inch in thickness and has a 6 inch diameter.
Place a griddle pan on high heat and let it get very hot. Cook the flat breads on each side for 2 minutes until golden. The flat breads should puff up and have a light char colour. If desired, brush each side with olive oil and a small pinch of sea salt. Serve with sliced fresh tomatoes, torn basil and your favourite cheese.

Yoghurt Labne
500g of yoghurt (hung in muslin over a colander for two days in the fridge)
Herbs
2 tblsp Parsley, chopped
1 tblsp Thyme, chopped
1 tblsp Mint, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Olive oil to cover

Combine the labne with the herbs and lemon zest, spoon in=to a clean jar and cover with olive oil. Keep in the fridge for up to a month and use for cheese plates, spreading on breads and crackers.

7. Crostini with roasted grapes, blue cheese, and honey

Serves 20 – 25 pieces

This easy appetizer is perfect for parities

500g Red grapes, removed from the stems
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 French baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
100g Blue cheese
Honey, for drizzling

1. Preheat oven to 170c. Place grapes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle grapes with olive oil and gently toss. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until grapes are soft and slightly shrivelled. Let the grapes cool to room temperature.

2. Place 3 grapes on top of a baguette slice. Top with blue cheese and a drizzle of honey. Serve.

(Toast baguette slices-preheat oven to 200c . Place baguette slices on a large baking sheet and toast until edges are slightly golden and bread begins to toast, about 5 minutes.)

8. Apple and fennel and blue cheese salad                                    veg fennel_cabbage
Serves 4-6

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 large crisp, sweet apple, thinly sliced
1 medium fennel bulb, quartered and thinly sliced, fronds reserved
6 cups torn butterhead lettuce
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add apple and fennel and toss to coat. Chop 1/4 cup of the fennel fronds and add to the bowl along with lettuce and blue cheese; gently toss.

9. Maple Apples, Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza

Makes 2 small pizzas

1 x quantity of yoghurt flat bread recipe

2 small apples, thinly sliced
⅓ cup maple syrup
250g shredded Italian blend cheese
4 slices cooked bacon, cut into thick pieces
½ cup roasted garlic cloves
80g blue cheese

Preheat oven to 260c.

Flatten out the dough onto greased trays and bake until golden and just cooked – about 5-6 minutes. Drop the oven temperature down to 200c.

Place the sliced apples in a small bowl and pour the maple syrup on the sliced apples and set aside.
Layer the pizzas with some of the shredded Italian cheese then top with slices of the apple, half of the bacon, garlic cloves and chunks of blue cheese.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden. Drizzle with additional maple syrup, cut and serve immediately.

10. Blue cheese and bacon salad

For the Blue Cheese Dressing

1 cup sour cream
½ cup real egg mayonnaise
3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
3 teaspoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
80g blue cheese (reserve a few chunks for garnish)
Chopped chives (reserve a few for garnish)

For the salad
1 baby cos lettuce, cut into quarters
4 strips bacon, cooked, cooled and chopped
4 medium size tomatoes, cut into wedges

Method
Add all of the dressing ingredients to a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Remove any limp outer leaves of the lettuce head and then cut in half, then cut each half into quartered wedges. Place each wedge on a plate, drizzle with the blue cheese dressing, top with a few crumbles of bacon, a sprinkling of chives and reserved blue cheese chunks and add a few wedges of tomato on the side. Give one more sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and serve.

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11. Root vegetable hash browns
serves 4

baby red potatoes (or other waxy baby potatoes) – unpeeled and cut in 3/4″ pieces
sweet potatoes (or yams) (1 medium) – unpeeled and cut in 3/4″ pieces
parsnips (or turnips or celery root/celeriac) – peeled and cut in 1/2″ pieces
carrots – peeled and cut in 1/2″ pieces
2 teaspoons sea salt (to boil the vegetables)
4 shallots – root ends trimmed, tops trimmed 3” from the edge and cut in 1/4″ slices
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large sweet onion – skinned and cut in 1/2″ pieces
1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Boil veg together, drain and let cool, smash gently with fork, season and add chopped shallots , herbs. Bring a frypan to high heat with oil and press in hash cake, brown until crunchy then turn over, brown other side, then serve topped with

Place the potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and salt in a large heavy-bottomed pot and fill with enough cold water to cover the vegetables by 2″. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, fast-simmer uncovered for 6 to 7 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Drain and let cool for a few minutes. Place the vegetables in a large bowl and slightly crush with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the scallions and stir to distribute them evenly. Set aside.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and the onions. Toss well and sauté for 2 minutes until the onions have softened. Add the root vegetable mixture and the salt and pepper. Toss well and flatten the vegetables with a spatula so that they’re compact in the pan. Reduce heat to medium/medium-high and sauté undisturbed for 8 to 10 minutes until browned. Shake the pan to loosen the vegetables, then invert them onto a large platter. Return pan to stove and add the balance of the olive oil. Slide the vegetables back into the pan, uncooked-side-down, and continue to sauté undisturbed at medium/medium-high heat for 6 to 7 minutes until browned. Slide the hash browns onto a serving platter and serve immediately.
Cook’s note: The hash browns can be made up to 4 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. Keep the hash browns in the frying pan and re-heat over medium-high heat until hot. Alternatively, transfer to a baking sheet and re-heat at (220°C) until hot, about 6 to 8 minutes.

12.  Polenta and Blue Cheese Butter

Soft Polenta
4 cups water, plus more as needed
4 cups milk, plus more as needed
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups polenta
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions
In a large saucepan, bring the water, milk and butter to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons of salt to the water and whisk in the polenta. Whisk constantly for 3 to 4 minutes to prevent lumps. Simmer for 45 minutes, partially covered and stirring every 10 minutes, until the polenta is thick, smooth, and creamy. Add the creme fraiche and Parmesan. Check for seasoning and adjust consistency by adding milk or water to the polenta. Polenta may be made up to 20 minutes ahead of time and kept covered until ready to serve.

Blue cheese butter sauce

1⁄2 cup butter softened
1⁄2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove garlic, minced

In a small bowl combine butter, blue cheese, parsley, basil and garlic.
Set aside.
Grill steaks to desired doneness.
Top each steak with a generous amount of the butter mixture.
Chill the remaining butter for another time.
(Try the butter mixture tossed with hot cooked vegetables).

13. Vegetable Caponata and Buttered Herb Pistou

3 large onion, chopped
1 celery, including leaves, chopped
1 cup olive oil
5 capsicum, deseeded and diced
2kg aubergines, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) chunks
3 tbsp salted capers, soaked in water for 10 minutes, then drained
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
55g (1 3/4 oz) concentrated tomato paste
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley

Blanche the onion and celery in lightly salted water for a few minutes, then drain.

Toss the eggplant chunks and the red capsicum with the ½ the olive oil and roast in a hot hot oven until golden brown. Add the onion, celery and all the remaining ingredients. Stir well, then cover and cook for about 15 minutes, removing the lid of the pan towards the end of cooking. Should the sauce require extra moisture, add a tablespoon or two of water during cooking. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss with chopped parsley to serve

Buttered Herbed Pistou

1 1/4 cups flat-leaf parsley
1 cup fresh chervil leaves
3/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
Kosher salt
1/2 garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Blanch herbs in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer herbs to a medium bowl of ice water to cool. Drain. Squeeze dry; chop. Purée herbs, garlic, and 3/4 cup ice water in a blender until smooth, about 3 minutes. With machine running, gradually add oil. Season with salt.

Blend some of the herb pistou with softened butter and serve with the lamb.

14. Branded Beef JBS Brazilian Tri Tip beef      

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The tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin sub primal cut It is a small triangular muscle, usually 750g – 1.2kg in weight. It’s a lean cut texturally, it resembles a flat cut brisket, though it doesn’t have nearly as much outside fat. It’s not huge on beef flavour or fat, so it’s a generally good idea to season it generously and serve it with a flavourful sauce.

Brazilian Roast Tri Tip Beef with Santa maria salsa

For the beef
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dark or light brown sugar
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 whole tri-tip roast, (about 1 ½ kg) or 1 top sirloin roast

Combine pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and oil in a small bowl to form a paste. Set aside.

Rub steak with paste, sear on all sides and then roast for 20 minutes turning and flipping occasionally until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the steak registers 55c for medium rare, 20 to 30 minutes
Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice thinly and serve.              sausages

Salsa

2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
1 stalk celery, peeled and diced
4 green shallots/ spring onions chopped
1 fresh green chili diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt

Combine tomatoes, celery, shallots , chili, coriander, garlic, vinegar, and Worcestershire in a medium bowl and toss. Season to taste with salt. Let the salsa sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

 

15. Spicy Beef Short Ribs                          meat display 1
Marinade

1 tablespoon cumin, toasted & ground
1 tablespoon coriander, toasted & ground
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon chilli, dried
1 tab hot chilli, (bonnet) chopped
1 onion, sliced
1 cup beer
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger
4 fresh bay leaves
2 cups white wine
2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
2 cups honey
¼ cup thyme, chopped
Salt and Pepper
3kg of ribs bone in.

Method:
In a small bowl, combine mustard, sugar, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt. Sprinkle the mixture all over the ribs, rubbing it in with your fingers, and set aside for at least 20 minutes, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Preheat the oven to 170c. Cover a large baking sheet with aluminium foil and place the ribs on it. Bake in the middle of the oven until the ribs are fork-tender and the meat has shrunk away from the ends of the bones, about 2 hours.

When ribs are tender, prepare a grill for medium-heat cooking. Mix the barbecue sauce with a tablespoon or two of water (this will make basting easier). Place the ribs on the grill and cook, turning them and basting them frequently with the sauce, until well browned and nicely glazed, about 15 minutes. (Be careful not to let the sauce burn; move the ribs to a cooler area of the grill if they begin to char.) Transfer to a platter and serve.

16. Grilled Pork loin tortillas with bean salsa and spicy achiote aioli      tortilla rsz
Serves 4

4 pork loin steaks
2 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
¼ tsp ground chili
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp of sunflower oil

For the salsa
2 round tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1 lebanese cucumber, deseeded and finely diced
2 tblsp coriander leaves and stalks, chopped
½ red onion, finely diced
2 eschallots ( green onion) finely sliced
1 cup cooked black beans ( you can use turtle beans or black eye beans)
2 tblsp olive oil
2 tblsp lime juice
Salt and pepper

Achiote paste
Whole egg aioli

Pat dry the pork sirloin steaks and set them aside on a plate. Combine the brown sugar and all the spices together rub this into the pork steaks leaving them to sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Combine all the ingredients for the salsa and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place this in the fridge while you are cooking the steaks.

Heat a griddle pan, fry pan or barbeque and drizzle the sunflower oil onto the steaks. For a perfectly cooked pork sirloin steak, cook the steaks on one side for 6 minutes without turning. Turn the steaks over and cook on the other side for 2 more minutes, this will cook the steak to a perfect white, if you prefer them a little pink in the middle then reduce the cooking time. Remove the steaks from the pan and allow them to rest for 2 minutes. Serve the steaks with the salsa and toasted flat breads. Combine the aioli with the achiote paste and adjust the seasoning. Serve with the pork.

17. Slow braised spiced pork belly w roast pumpkin, green beans and ginger soy dressing

1 kg pork belly, skin on
1 large pinch of sea salt
½ cinnamon stick
5 cloves
2 star anise
1 tsp fennel seeds

Braising liquor
1 litre chicken stock
3 tbsp shaoxing wine
3 tsp miso paste
12 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 bird’s-eye chillies, deseeded, roughly chopped
½ cup coriander roots, washed, roughly chopped

Dipping sauce
½ cup kecap manis
½ cup light soy sauce
½ cup malt vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chilli paste
2 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
Coriander leaves for garnish

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

To make the spice mix, toast the ingredients in a dry frying pan for 5–10 minutes, or until fragrant. Leave to cool then place in a spice grinder or mortar and grind to a powder.

To make the braising liquor, whisk the stock, wine and bean paste together in a mixing jug, then add the remaining ingredients.

Use a very sharp knife to score the skin of the pork belly in parallel lines, about 1 cm apart. Rub the spice mix and sea salt into the skin, working it well into the incisions. Lift the pork belly into a deep roasting tray that is just large enough to contain it snugly. Pour in enough of the braising liquor to come to just below the skin, so the meat is submerged (make sure all the aromatics are evenly distributed around the pork).

Cook covered overnight until tender, cover with baking paper and set in the fridge until firm. Cut into portions and season with spice mix, return to a hot oven of 200c to heat – about 20 – 30 minutes. Combine the dressing ingredients and arrange the pork on top of roasted pumpkin and green beans, drizzle over the dressing and top with coriander.

18. Italian style crumbed pork cutlet with fresh fennel and apple slaw                Dom food stage rsz

Serves 4

4 pork cutlets
1 egg
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
Zest of 1 lemon
Handful of parsley
1 clove garlic
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
Salt and pepper
125ml Litre olive oil for frying

1 bulb of fennel
1 apple
Squeeze of lemon
1 carrot carrot
3 long green shallots
Hand full of mint leaves
2 tbsp good quality mayonnaise, unsweetened
1 tblsp verjuice
1 tblsp lemon juice
Drizzle of olive oil
20g flaked almonds toasted in a dry fry pan until golden

Using a meat mallet, slightly flatten out the cutlet and season it lightly with salt and pepper.
Whisk the egg into one bowl and in another bowl combine the bread crumbs with the lemon zest, chopped parsley, garlic, grated parmesan, fennel seeds and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place the cutlet into the egg mix then press it into the crumbs. Heat the oil in a large pan over moderate heat and fry each cutlet until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. Place the cutlets onto a tray and into the oven for a further 5-6 minutes.
Shred the fennel, apple and dress with the lemon juice. Into a separate bowl combine the shredded carrot, thinly sliced shallots, mint leaves, then whisk together the mayonnaise, verjuice and lemon juice. Toss together the salad and serve this with the cutlet garnished with the toasted almonds.

19. Diced Pork stirfry with sticky chili ginger baked vegetables, lemongrass rice      

3kg diced pork marinated with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic and ginger
Vegetables
2 bunches shallots
5 cobs of corn, kernals removed
3 eggplants, diced
3 capsicums, deseeded and diced
2 heads of broccoli, florets
4 bch bok choy , shredded and blanched
1kg bean sprouts
2 bunches of coriander
2 stalks lemon grass
1.5kg rice

Dressing
½ cup kecap manis
½ cup light soy sauce
¼ cup malt vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chilli paste
5 cloves of garlic
2 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
Coriander leaves for garnish

Season the pork and fry off in batches until golden but still tender.
Toss all the vegetables except the bok choy and the bean sprouts with vegetable oil and bake in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Toss the vegetables with the blanched bok choy and fresh bean sprouts and toss with the cooked pork. Pour over the reduced dressing and serve with the rice and

Cook the rice in the cooker with bashed stalks of lemon grass.

beetroot rsz20. Cauliflower cream and beetroot relish

1 large cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
1 bayleaf
Enough milk to cover just cover the cauliflower
ground white pepper
2 tablespoons of butter

Method

Put the cauliflower, onions and bay leaf in a large pan, then pour in enough milk to almost cover. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 mins, or until the cauliflower is completely tender.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cauliflower and onion to a blender with a ladleful of milk, and blitz until smoothly puréed. Add more milk if you like, mixing to soften to your preferred consistency. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made to this stage a day ahead. Keep chilled and reheat before serving.) Serve with a knob of butter melting on top.

Beetroot relish

Ingredients
750 g beetroot
1 brown onion, peeled and diced
2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup water
3 tsp yellow mustard seeds
2 cup sugar
2 whole cloves
2 peelings of orange rind
1 pinch sea salt *to taste
1 pinch ground pepper *to taste

Method
Peel and process beetroot and onion in a food processor. In a covered frying pan, fry mustard seeds in a little oil. Add all ingredients to a large deep frying pan or large saucepan.
Place over medium heat, cover and bring to the boil. Cook for 30 minutes or until the beetroot is soft and the liquid has reduced and thickened slightly. Pour into sterilised jars, seal and let cool.

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