mexican food is my weakness. my dirty little secret…i love it because the cuisine there is authentic, pure and healthy….. the realness and the minimalist ethic of its clean flavours keep my idea of amazing food with a easy honest approach going….. from moles to dirty chicken, through to the salsas and fish crudos….there are so few ingredients in the culture so it cool to be creative….ive added a touch of me in there…….
salads are my thing and this is a gorgeous chilled meal for all time….
…plus I’ve added a nasty little tipple to kick it off..
a new frontier splash
shaved zucchini, cucumber and green apples, lime vinegared tomatoes, rosemary oil and boiled egg salad
chilled red mole, brined shredded chicken, lime ricotta, jalapeno oil, tortilla salad
chilled pulled beef shin, slow cooked carrot, avocado, dirty lemon risotto, pickled thyme salad
jellied berries, hard vanilla custard, lime leaf and sweet vodka salad
recipes for 4:
1 cup off good vodka, 1 jalapeno sliced into 1/4’s, 3 cups of grapefruit juice, 1 lemon sliced, 1 orange sliced, 2 tablespoons icing agave nectar, sprigs of thyme. mix and serve.
shave 1 cucumber, 1 zucchini, 1 green apple into a bowl, mix with olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice salt and pepper. stir gently with 1/2 cup odf sliced baby tomatoes that have been mixed with white vinegar and a good squeeze of lime juice, and place on platter. place sliced apple on top with a perched boiled egg. drizzle with olive oil, that has been stored with rosemary in it overnight. sprinkle the plate with poppy seeds.
chicken, mole and ricotta salad:
mole: boil 1 can tomatoes, 1 cut jalapeño, 6 squares dark chocolate, 2 cloves chopped garlic, then add salt and pepper to taste. chill. soak 1 chicken in 1 cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon each of salt and sugar. roast on high for 20 mins and chill. flake into pieces. mix 1 cup ricotta with 1 squeezed lime. blend 1 jalapeño with 1 1/2 cup olive oil. make a circle on the plate with the mole, add shredded chicken, dollops of ricotta, add some jalapeños and tomatoes, top with coriander sprigs and a shard of tortilla.
shin, carrot, avocado and risotto salad:
pepper the outside of a piece of beef shin and place in a an oven dish. blend, 2 cups of chicken stock with 4 cloves of garlic. cover the beef with the stock and put 2 carrots in there as week. cook for 6 hours on 150C covered in greaseproof paper. chill down. in a chines cooker, cook 2 cups of lemon infused risotto with the stock from the beef. sit 4 sprigs of thyme in 2 cups of vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons icing sugar. serve cut avocado with the skin on, a big spoonful of the cold risotto, shred the beef and place the carrot on top, finishing of with the thyme.
jellied berry salad:
mix 1 cup of cream mixed 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence and 2 egg yolks. mix 1 tablespoon gelatine with 2 teaspoons hot water until dissolved. gently mix with the vanilla custard. place in fridge for 3 hours until hardened. cut into small rectangles. in a bowl stir together 2 cups of cranberry juice with 1 cup of vodka and 4 teaspoons of gel tin mixed with 1/2 cup boiling water to dissolve. in a large ramekin or 4 small, distribute the juice with 2 cups of mixed berries and the rectangles of custard and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped kaffir lime leaf. place in refrigerator for 1/2 a day. serve cold.
i think we have finally moved from www.wildwithgarnish.wordpress.com….i hope everyone is enjoying the cooler layout and the story lines in pictures. i am loving it and am determined to publish better and more composite stories…. again thank you to all who have been following me for two years and i hope we have more fun…..!
i am in New York to see my directing reps and plan to show you some pics of the gorgeous food I’ve been cooking with my friend Tana who is training at Flinders Lane in the East Village with a really cool Australian chef Chris Rendell….Modern Australian cuisine and so delicious.com i had their sausage rolls with sambal mayo yesterday and was blown away…….especially as an australian….goes straight to the heart for me…childhood to adulthood…there are some foods that bring you straight home…and its sausage rolls for me….anyway check it out…. http://www.flinderslane-nyc.com
Tana and i worked her fridge the other night. buying up before i arrived in NYC she had some gorgeous friends over and we workshopped the fridge down to some gorgeous sides and a really cool rib eye….it follows
roasted and collapsed pure tomatoes, garlic shoots, ground red onion, lemon butter
vinegar soaked eggplant in biscuit crust with sweet white miso mirin
hommous, dry fry of chive and corn, cumin dust and sour shallots
fast roasted eggplant stuffed with hot mushroom salad
sprouts in ponzu, tomatillo, pepper and cucumber shred stack
green shred (asian cabbage hearts and leaves, celery, cilantro root, mint) with 3 vinegars and tamari
mozzarella, yellow beets and basil salad, with green chilli, beet fast fry and green apple oil
we also had the butter on our rare rib eye but had had too much red by then…..ooooooops…!
we sat down with friends ate everything at once…the most perfect selection of cool defined flavours that rock the palette but don’t assault……the rib-eye was last on the table and there was no time to photograph…..we just had to eat….my bad?
you can imagine how much fun it is to work with someone who has your mind for adventure with food. most of these ideas were Tana driven and then i would slash a dressing or alter the shape of the vegetable, or stack the salad ingredients up against each other instead of mixing and tossing………she loves to play with shapes and order like me….the best…..
this food is so ‘wildwithgarnish’…smooth, random, delicious, fun and free…….who says there are rules….?
i have made this dish forever and its a hot tip. its flash, its sexy and its a salad. sexy tuna, who would believe it…i serve it in glasses as its really gorgeous to see the colours, or as a tall shape on a plate. it is a perfect dish as a starter or even a canapé walking around.
my crisp of choice to serve with it, is a fried triangle of corn tortilla that salted. it suits the sweetness of the pickled ginger. a sort of sweet and sour thing.
tuna tartare with pink ginger, wasabi and lime flavours
so clean, so sharp, so easy, so fast, so crisp, so sexy….
2 cups of tuna belly, 1 handful coriander root, 1 handful baby mint leaves, 1 tablespoon water chesnuts, 1 handful bean sprouts, 1 tablespoons pink japanese ginger, 1 desert spoon shallots
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon ginger liquid, 1 desert spoon wasabi (i like it hot), a splash of sesame oil, the juice of 1 lime and the grated zest of 1/2 lime. (i like to add red chilli here but it depends on yr palate) go nutsso…….
gently toss everything together and serve in a cup or in a pile on the plate. i like i said serve these with deep fried tortilla pieces. yum.
not: add some chopped cucumber skin and nuts and seeds for extra crunch………