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..
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
i make this salad for Alimentari (car william and paddington streets, paddington sydney). it runs out the door. this gorgeous salad is a really pure event. nothing but, shrooms, basil, micro upland cress, parmesan powder lemon and oil….oh and my favourite. fregola. …little bombs of bliss…..
fregola with mushrooms, lemon flavours , parmesan powder, basil and cress
this recipe is ridiculously easy…….. easy and fresh food is something we love. fregola is the gorgeous of pastas. little delicate and gorgeous it is perfect for a gentle salad that is a little bit different but very fresh.
i do this by the bag of fregola.
boil i bag of fregola till al dente. rinse in cold water till cool.put in a big bowl. slice 6 large button mushrooms and 1 small onion finely into slices and drip olive oil and sprinkle salt over. heat a frypan till really hot. drop the shrooms in and turn off letting them cook but cool at the same time. don’t stir. when cool put in with the fregola with: grated lemon rind from 1 lemon and then squeeze the juice in, 1 handful baby basil leaves, 1/2 cup really fine grated parmesan, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. stir and put into bowl. season op with pepper and sprinkle more parmesan some more baby basil leaves, and some upland cress.
amazing with a roast chicken or just on its own. enjoy!
eggs are one of my favourite foods and have a certain feeling of nurture and yumminess. from a thumb in the mouth soft and squishy sandwich to comforting frittata, a spa salad, and a ridiculously good slow cooked hash or a sweet broth with a crispy fried egg on top that cracks and oozes into the dish when broken…….i am sort of always wondering what i can put an egg in or on top off.…..
when i had “Pond” restaurant with Guillaume we had a very high profile client that demanded an egg with his beef and merlot jus. Guillaume flatly refused and after some major to and froing back from the dining room to the kitchen, the well heeled patron went out and bought a cheeky half dozen and demanded he cook it himself. there were some interesting words spoken but the patron won…very funny. sort of…..
here are some dishes that i have made over the last two years that reflect what i like to use eggs in. of course there are a million ideas. and ill list some more at the end of this post…….
soft egg sandwiches with egg white mayonnaise
i buy one white sliced loaf and get it sliced lengthways. boil 1 dozen eggs till hard (10m mins.) peel the eggs and use 1 of the white to mix in with 1 cup good mayonnaise. add a squeeze of lemon juice salt and pepper to taste and then add the mayo to this and squish with a fork, so the mixture is lumpy but not massively. spread on half the slices and top with the other. cut the crusts off and cut into 6 sandwiches cutting across going half then into thirds. (make sense?) being gentle not to squash them. serve chilled on a platter in a row. gorgeous..
lazy susans with a micro green olive salad
ignore the lazy connotation…even if my name is susan. i have cooked these for my children since the first day they took breath. I’ve just made in adults food. cut 2 thick slices of wholemeal or sourdough and cut the crusts off. dig a little hole out of the middle. drizzle some olive oil in a pan and cook one side of the bead, and crack an egg into the hole. whilst its cooking, make a little salad of micro greens, celery, witlof, leeks, and finely sliced green onions. sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper and turn it over. cook for a second longer and take off ensuing the the egg stays soft. place on plate, sprinkle with salad on a corner and drizzle with olive oil.
Note: i do stuff sour cream or ricotta in there too….yum!
fiorre de latte with lemon oil, egg white and nasrturniums
this is a really sexy dish. i do it all the time as a drinks thing. cut the cheese into slices. boil an egg and smash it into pieces. turn the cheese into a flower by curling them into a circle. put the smashed egg onto a platter and curl the cheese around it. sprinkle some cut up white onion, drizzle some olive oil, some lemon juice and place nasturtiums all over it.
boiled eggs with celery salt and asparagus
another great dish. perfect with a roast chicken with aoli and walnuts.
boil 2 eggs, steam some asparagus till still crunchy. cut the eggs in halves and place on top of asparagus in a bowl with paper in it. sprinkle celery salt and pepper over it and top with some herbs or micro leaves. lastly drizzle some garlic or plain olive oil over the dish.. serves 2
lamb hash, pan juices, crispy olive oil egg and onions
in a large oven crock pot, place a shoulder of lamb with 2 cups of beer, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup maple sugar and 1 chilli. salt and pepper the death out out of it and seal with the lid and cook for 3 hours on 200C. using a fork strip the meat away from the bone and let it sit. crispy fry 2 eggs in a shallow puddle if good extra virgin olive oil sunny side up. chop up a small handful of onions. place the meat on the bottom of a shallow bowl and put the egg on top. spoon the juices around the bowl with a sprinkle of the onions. serves 2 and them some with the lamb.
a salad of radicchio, peas, smoked trout, lemon, and a soft boiled egg.
i think this was the first dish i ever blogged. i was in a hotel room in Auckland working on a fashion shoot, trying to get over a month of hard core deli, extreme pizza and steak eating in new york. i went for this for the cleanse. it worked a treat. new zealand smoked trout, nothing finer.
soft boil an egg (2-3 mins). hold in shell. put onto the plate 1 handful finely sliced radicchio, some baby peas, 1/2 cup flaked smoked trout and some grated lemon rind. peel and cut open the egg in the middle. squeeze lemon juice and olive oil all over it.
root vegetable broth, micro basil, peppered fried egg
another dish that makes me feel amazing. crack the egg into the broth and slurp away. incredible for hangovers. i promise…..
boil 1 parsnip, 1 carrot, 1 white onion, and 1 turnip with 2 vegan vegetable stock cubes and 2 cups water. strain, and boil down by half. crispy fry an egg in a shallow puddle of good olive oil with a generous spray of cracked pepper in a really hot pan so it crisps up fast and doesn’t lose its runny value in the yolk. place a deep puddle of broth in a bowl and submerge the egg on top. sprinkle with micro basil or anything fragrant and herbaceous.
potato and shrimp frittata
heaven. quite simply. i have a small spring form baking tin. i line it in greaseproof and get the dish under way. line the bottom with sliced boiled potatoes, then a layer of cooked small shrimps, some salt and pepper, some mixed cheese, and then crack two eggs on top. make a mixture of 1 egg with a splash of cream and some thumb twigs. stir and pour that over filling up the tin. bake till firm about 30 minutes on low 150C. eat immediately on its own with some tomatoes melted in unsalted butter in a pan or a small salad of leaves a splash of oil and balsamic with some smoked salmon. also a good splurge of ricotta chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon is great with this also.
down south in Australia its getting warm…its time for some really cool fresh food ideas for the coming season
lets have a…fresh…new…start.
sweet smoked salmon, citrus, nasturiums, chipped zucchini salad with white onion oil
simply gorgeous. soak a fresh fillet of smoked salmon in white vinegar sweetened with a pinch of sugar, and turn into a rosette by curling it around your finger.flash fry till dark, some chipped pieces of green zucchini in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. let go cold with a crush of pepper and sprinkle on top. smash some white and red onion in olive oil and sprinkle on top with some finely sliced lemon and lime rind, mint, parsley and lemon verbena (anything will actually work). delicious with some fresh ricotta on the side and crunchy bread…or nothing at all
seaweed with sesame flavours, marigolds and wasabi oil
i love this, and it is so easy and fresh. i squeeze lemon juice and sesame oil over some good japanese seaweed and place in the middle of a big white plate. drizzle sesame oil mixed with wasabi around the edges and sprinkle with marigold leaves.
caviar pie with calendula flowers
a complete favourite. boil 6 eggs to hard. smash with some cold unsalted butter and salt to taste. put into the bottom of a small removable spring form tin. put a layer of peppery sour cream over the top and refrigerate. serve out of the tin with a layer of caviar on top and some calundula flowers sprinkled around the plate, ad some crisps and crackers.
sweet root vegetable and rice broth, lime oil and deep fried parsley
the total cleanse, and a flavour surprise. please try. make a broth from turnips, parsnips, white onion, pumpkin and carrots. boil and strain. reduce by half and add a tablespoon of jasmine rice and gently boil till absorbed. squeeze lime juice mixed with olive oil over the top and serve with quick fried continental parsley, serve in small bowls.
celery salted ricotta, slow baked heirloom tomato, honey oil and flora
an unbelievably fragrant start to any meal day or night.cut massive heirloom tomato in half and cook on 100C for 1-2 hours or until it start to fall down. grill till the top bubbles. mix a good quality ricotta with celery salt to taste. (i like mine salty). serve with a tiny drizzle of exceptional first pressed extra virgin olive oil mixed with a tiny amount of organic honey and some gorgeous fragrant, flora greens, like chervril, parsley and or basil.
Baccamotto Osteria is my favourite dining of choice in sydney. i don’t normally do reviews but i am going to have to with this one.i have been here many times now, lunch and dinner and it is still amazing. i am travelling and working at the moment and i miss my children and i miss this restaurant. well mainly the children…but anyway…..
owned by mauro marcucci and michael stevens, chef valerio boncompagni and designed by chris connell it has everything i need in an italian restaurant. made in house is the key here. gorgeous cannelloni, pickled onions, flat bread, liver puree, homemade foccaccia. plus the food is remarkably simple but cooked incredibly well. octopus tentacle has been tickled and teased so that is this single taste sensation nestled into a warm nest of potato. try giving any one anything of this dish. i have stolen most of everyone’s tart but gorgeously sweet baby onions with garlic rubbed toasts, and hoarded the proscuitto with flat bread. significantly though, i am obsessed with the pork chop with white beans. every time, and failsafe. a modest but cranking pork chop rubbed in coriander seeds, crisped up and served on warm simple beans. oh…my…god. a smart raddichhio, orange and olive salad sprayed with good olive oil and sprinkled with salt and I’m done. others have had the salmon, the lamb etc but the main stealing goes to the cannelloni with fresh ricotta and nettles. if i wasn’t so obsessed with the pork chop i would have the cannelloni but I’m too loyal and my breath quickens as it comes to the table. there was a remarkable custard tart to finish which we gave the baker a standing ovation for and my favourite, a simple washed rind goats cheese which we fought over viciously.
it is a small menu, which i love, the pasta is always perfect (the risotto with gamberi, ricotta and orange was a mind blast), they don’t serve too much bread, which i love, and it is not overcrowded and noisy, which i love. oh and the wine list is perfect, and it wasn’t expensive, ($60 per head for main, wine and cheese), which i love. Perfect dining
HOT TIP: have an aperol with prosceco and green olive to start. you will be the life of the party. i promise.
212 riley street Darlinghurst. ring to book. +612 92155140. great with big tables, drinks with the girls, or an intimate dinner. streamlined, busy, gorgeous. feels a bit new york but gorgeous dining in Sydney…..and i love that……
i love this leaf. i hope it loves me back….we’ve been involved for a long time….although ive abused it terribly. smashing it, pureeing it, pesto’ing it, even simmering it. But it still comes back to me………mmmmmm.
Tall anchovy garlic mustard dressed arugula, crisp parmesan wafer, garlic roasted almond powder.
1 bunch arugula kept in tall leaves, washed and dried gently. Dressing: of 1 desert spoon olive oil smashed into 2 anchovies, 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, I teaspoon white vinegar, whisked. Parmesan wafer is 1 handful grated parmesan laid out on baking paper in rectangle. baked till melted and gold wrapped around thin bottle making a tube.
Insert arugula into crispy wafer. Drizzle olive oil around edge of plate and sprinkle vinegar soaked white onion (finely sliced and set in cold white vinegar and icing sugar). The garlic roasted almond powder: is 1 clove, cut, and 12 almonds, oven dried on grease proof paper in low oven and ground in mortar and pestle till fine. Spread out on greaseproof paper and roast till brown in hot oven. when cold grind in mortar and pestle until powder forms. extract, and sprinkle the excess powder over all over plate. crack pepper over the plate.