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.
a darker experience. a gorgeous dinner…..
some suggestions for something simple, something perfect, something delicious.
oh and for some innocent fun…….
pancetta, fermented cabbage, pickled figs, rocket, caper and lemon thyme chop
chilled candied burnt navel orange, frozen thyme infused chocolate ganache
fermented cabbage salad
chop 1 cup fermented cabbage, 6 strips pancetta, 4 figs that have been soaked in vinegar and sugar for 1 day, 1 cup wild rocket, 1 tablespoon capers and 2 twigs of lemon thyme, salt/pepper, olive oil, lemon juice. place all ingredients into bowl, mix with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. press into small cup and upturn onto plate.
pomegranate game hen salad
chop into quarters 2 game hens, and soak in 3 cups good pomegranate juice, and 1 tablespoon honey overnight. roast in a hot oven 250C till crispy on greaseproof paper. drizzle with olive oil. in a bowl, toss 2 cups mixed fine spring greens, with finger lime juice, extra virgin olive oil that has been blasted in the food processor with some cracked pepper, and some celtic sea salt. i like mine strong and peppery and salty. put leaves on platter, place chicken on top with 1/2 cup crushed fresh pomegranate seeds, and place dollops of feet curd that has been mixed with lemon rind shavings…yum.
burnt navel orange with frozen ganache
cut 2 sides off 2 oranges making 4 slices. cover in born sugar and place sugar down in fry pan and cook till burnt. place in fridge to chill. melt 1 cup of dark chocolate in a double boiler slowly. heat 1 cup of heavy cream gently. pour over the chocolate and leave for 1 minute and gently work them in together. add 1 tablespoon brown sugar to melt, and stir till fully integrated. pour into deep bowl and freeze overnight. take out of fridge 1 hour before serving and with a large spoon turn out a scoop onto a plate, with a chilled orange segment..
luxury + salmon……
omega 3’s rock my world…… simple steamed, raw, smoked, poached, roasted. crispy skinned.
….. i like to surround with flavours that bring out, not hide. sweet kisses of sweet, sour, crunch, fleshy, smooth.
sweet smoked salmon, pears, pear emulsion, mirin soaked tuna belly, maple soy peanuts, fragrances
its great to think that the elements can shine in a refined salad….
…. home smoked salmon fillet finely sliced and soaked in white balsamic….but only just…
…. sweet pears whipped in my Brevile food processor with olive oil and white balsamic till smooth
…. some delicate tuna belly slow soaked in horseradish and mirin
…. the elegant crunch and snap of some maple soy nuts
…. gentle tickle with baby lettuces and parsley
…. drip some vinegar and olive oil to wet up the base of the plate
this salad…..is the essence of low-fi luxury.
i have returned to australia from the US to find it awash in auburn leaves mid Autumn – fall for all you northerners….
its inspiring to have the colour wash of tones of this gorgeous new season. …..i jumped at the opportunity to cook something tonal and delicious….a beautiful micro gnocchi with shrimp, asparagus and a yellow heirloom, saffron coral reduction. a warm salad for a soft opening to a beautiful season of colour and food….it felt real and perfect to jump into everything the season feels like…..warming up the tones and the temperature of the food we eat.. the freshness of this dish is very wildwithgarnish but also very australian.
the reduction is a favourite of mine. boiled shrimp shells with saffron….i use this a lot to start a dish. spaghetti with blue eyed cod and coral sauce and pureed leeks, open lasagne of lobster and dirty shell sauce, rich creamy crab soup with crab fritters and buttered shrimp….shall i go on….warm stack of buttered squid with prawn head butter sauce and walnut crumbs….
recipe: micro gnocchi with shrimp, asparagus and a yellow heirloom saffron coral reduction
20 shrimp, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 2 cups boiling water, 1 teaspoon saffron, 1 small yellow heirloom chopped small, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, celery salt, salt and pepper, 1 cup asparagus tips and shoots, 4 x snow peas, 1 tablespoon cold butter (unsalted)
in a pan place the peeled shrimp shells and fry them in olive oil, the yellow heirlooms and garlic. caramelise and cover the shells in boiling water and boil for 20 minutes whilst pressing down on the shells and heads with a masher. strain and reduce the liquid with saffron, and vegetable stock. a gentle sprinkle of celery salt and and some pepper works a treat. boil down to about 1 cup splashing and dashing with seasoning until you find your perfect taste. quickly whisk butter into the liquid to smooth it out…wow!
4 potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces, 1 cup of ricotta, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoons plain organic flour, pinch parmesan, 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
boil the potatoes drain and bind in a magi mix with ricotta, flour, parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper. roll into strings and cut and roll into tiny balls….boil in gentle salted water until they pop up to the top. strain
flash cook the shrimp and a cup of baby asparagus shoots and tips in the liquid. add the gnocchi a few snap peas and parsley….serve hot to warm with a splash of lime and maybe some chilli.
i love a cheeky smear…it underscores a dish and signatures flavour.pure and simple produce can be taken to the next level by just the addition of a cheeky smear of a pureed fresh ingredient.
i do a quick swipe with red miso underneath some gorgeous chilled lemon scented white blue eye cod and some micro watercress, lemon pieces and a gentle sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts….. or this dish….
beetroot essence, kingfish crudo, lemon myrtle mayonnaise, nasturnium radish, sprouts and crispy onion
you can tell how easy this dish is to make. a deconstructed salad. it requires, a fresh piece of kingfish, some pureed beetroots that have been steamed and pureed and strained, a mayo that has finely chopped lemon myrtle herbs ground into a good basic mayonnaise, slow oven roasted onions, and gorgeous fresh leaves, and lastly some fine discs of radish..how simple and how gorgeous is this dish
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a lovely soft meander through the fields of my asparagus and crooxetti, flavoured with sprinklings of white truffle oil and a fine shave of pecorino – delicious…love the video….
asparagus and white truffle corxetti
i bought these heavenly disks from Eataly in NYC the other day wanting an excuse to eat them….soft grated pecorino falls over these discs that are only flavoured with fresh asparagus stalks, white truffle oil olive oil, pepper and salt…all to taste
keep it personal
……too simple…..too much heaven….!!!
we are still in summer here and its march. beach, drinks, fresh food. And with that comes some classic Australian dining. Something we do really well here in Australia is fish and chips. the Brits would argue but bugger them…..a light batter made with beer and self raising flour, it gently coats our most gorgeous seafood. its crunchy, its soft, its salty…all those great things.grab some lemons off the tree and a beer from the fridge and its a cracker!…
Here i get the classic and do a cheeky twist……sometimes i don’t want everything fried so i keep the rest of the meal fresh ad chilled. a good bit of crunch with some big flavour snaps. and do a quick lobster fry with egg white mayo and some sweet pickled onion wedge.bringing some of my old faves back, as an idea, i serve it with an iceberg lettuce wedge with cold crispy apple and a red miso drip and some cheeky smashed potatoes with salt, olive oil and kaffir lime leaf….and its a sweet dreamy lunch or dinner…….so simple and so easy.
lobster fry, egg white mayo, sweet pickled onion, home grown green lemons off the tree
chilled iceberg wedge, shredded granny smiths, red miso drip
potato, salted first virgin olive oil, kaffir lime leaf chop
isn’t this the freshest most delicious lunch/dinner ever???
lobster: pull the meat out of two halves of a large uncooked lobster. using one cup of self raising flour, whip till a paste with a good beer or cider. plunge pieces into very hot oil till crispy (do a test for the batter. if its too thick add more beer, if too thin add more flour). blend a good mayo with the white of two boiled eggs andd some salt. cut a rough wedge of white onion and soak for 30 mins in white balsamic thats has had a good pinch of icing sugar mixed through it or a good dash of agave nectar. serve hot.
iceberg wedge: cut a quarter wedge of iceberg for each person. finely shred some cold granny smith apple and put on top. drip a dressing made off 1 teaspoon of good red miso with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and a dash of white balsamic. bring up the sweetness with a pinch of icing sugar or a dash of agave nectar.
potatoes: boil 2 large peeled and chopped desires. strain and chill. cut up 6 kaffir lime leaves and in a bowl stir to mix well, the potatoes and a good splash of extra virgin olive, a good crack of pepper and a very good pinch of salt (i like my potatoes salty). serve chilled.
i like my fish and potatoes salty. we grind our salt in a mortar and pestle. i buy hand harvested coarse celtic sea salt….it actually tastes sea watery…
– oh and add chilli and a smash and lick of lemon or lime anywhere. i want to eat this now…..
the opera house sydney australia
I’ve been every where man! and its true…at least all the way around Australia……I’ve been shooting Virgin Tourism with Tourism Australia and we did 14 locations in 18 days…..unbelievable tour of what gorgeous things this country has on offer…not just as a tourist but food and wine! we went to Montalto Winery on the Mornington Peninsula, Bruny island Cheese and Get shucked on Bruny Island, Chow in Darwin, Frasers in Perth and many many other places of physical but also culinary beauty. Fresh gorgeous resources right here is Australia….im committing to show it all!
luna park sydney australia
I truly had an epiphany about the food this place and i feel i should showcase more of what this massive untouched gem of a country has on offer….for me to cook and also to visit……I’m going to be going to the US a lot more as well….ive singed up as a director with Giraldi media in New York to shoot beauty and food commercials and i plan to do some cooking with my gorgeous friend Tana Hardwick….we will extend my cooking and private chef work into New York….
so excited about this year…I’m going to go super nuts with the photography as well….some fine art food pics for buildings and hotels in on the cards as well……some more cookbooks (apart from the 7 on Kindle/Amazon) and some more of everything….more more more!!!
so to do a late kick off for 2014 here we go!!!
‘the toaster’ sydney harbour australia
its summer down here is Australia. here is a delicious light brunchy summer menu. so simple and easy to make, concentrating on fresh market garden vegetables and pure eggs and yoghurt. its a gentle time of year!!
garden salad feta in parsley, and frest duck eggs
just a delicious fresh garden salad for warm days. boil 2 duck eggs till hard. slice across the bias some small carrots and slice some cucumbers down the lenthg with a potato peeler. form some soft feta into balls and roll in parsley. assemble on plate using a cut duck egg as the focus. sprinkle with olive oil, white onion oil (oil steeped in a wedge of white onion) and some white balsamic. i do like to eat the eggs warm but its up to you. i also like a slop of mayo…mmmm….
courgette tart with caramelised onions, ricotta and cheddar
little bombs of deliciousness. i bake these for a cafe every day. they have a gorgeous centre of caramelised onion which is hidden.
peel 2 zucchinis with a potato peeler. cut 2 pieces square of shortcrust. place the pastry in 2 tins which are oiled up. make circles with the strips. fry with a splash of white vinegar and a teaspoon of icing sugar, 1 finely cut onion. cook till brown. place the mixture into bottom of pastry lined dish. put a blog of ricotta, a handful of grated cheddar, and top with a small round of zucchini. fill the pastries up with 2 eggs whipped with a pinch of salt and 1/2 cup cream. cook at 160 for 30 minutes. eat hot with oiled parsley and lots of pepper
mango cheeks, yellow box honey, vanilla sugar frozen yoghurt
so simple and so fresh. i mix a full tub of greek yoghurt (approx 2 cups) with 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar, and a splash of vanilla syrup. (i do like it to be spiky). swirl it around. place a sheet of greaseproof paper in a small tin and put the yoghurt in. drip yellow box honey over it. freeze till it becomes less runny. (approx 2 hours). in a gorgeous glass put a cut mango cheek in and a large spoonful of the yoghurt. drip honey over it and serve. (i do like to chill my glasses). decorate with flowers.