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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Coconut Salmon en Papilote with Asian Greens

This is really easy and can be prepared hours in advance.

1 fillet salmon per person
1 sheet baking paper per fillet (about 30cm long)
3 tbs coconut milk per fillet
2 thin slices ginger per fillet
2 slices garlic per fillet
2 slices lime per fillet
Fish sauce
Raw sugar
Coriander stalks
Minced lemon grass
Sliced chilli (optional)

Pak choy
Bok choy
Grated ginger
Grated garlic
Sesame oil
2 tbs oyster sauce
1 tbs kecap manis

Fold the baking paper in half then cut half of a heart shape leaving as much paper in tact as you can. Place down a few coriander stalks and some minced lemon grass next to the spine of the folded half of the paper. Place the salmon fillet on top of the lemongrass/coriander stalks. Spoon over some coconut milk, a few splashes of fish sauce, ginger slices, garlic slices, lime slices, sprinkle a little sugar, some salt and if using, chilli slices. Fold the paper over the top of the fish and begin folding the paper over on itself until you have sealed the bag. Place on a tray in the fridge until you are ready. When it is time to cook, preheat an over to 220C then baked the fish for 12 minutes and remove to a clean plate.

Cut the base from your pak choy and bok choy, rinse away any grit. Heat some sesame oil in a wok or frying pan, sear the greens in batches, remove then add in some more oil then the garlic and ginger and fry until fragrant. Add the oyster sauce and kecap manis then toss the greans through the sauce.

Load the greens onto your plate then remove the salmon and its juices to the same plate, the kecap manis and oyster sauce mix very well with the coconut milk.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Pork Orange Honey and Blueberry Pasta with Roasted Onion, White Wine and Cream

Sounds complicated but it isn't, quick too. My butcher is unreal and makes these mind blowing pork orange honey and blueberry sausages (you can find them here or on Facebook by searching for Aussie Smokehouse). They're like nothing I've ever eaten before, moist but not greasy at all and the fruit/honey combo works incredibly well. Although I understand that you may not be able to get your hands on them, the method would work really well with any flavoured sausage eg Italian, pork and fennel, chicken and honey etc etc. When I first made this I used 6 or 7 large mushrooms but I was out of them last night. I like to plump up the veg content when I can. As for the onion portion of this recipe, I have a thing for roasted onion wedges at the moment but you could very simply dice and saute them. Also, use whatever pasta you like but the shells catch the mince really easily.

1 kg pork orange honey blueberry sausages
1 onion in wedges and separated
6 mushrooms diced
1 slice bacon diced
1 stalk celery diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 cup white wine
150ml thickened cream
1 packet large shell pasta
Salt and pepper
2 slices grilled prosciutto
1/2 bunch parsley minced
Chilli flakes or fresh
Parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil

Coat onion with a little olive oil and season, roast at 180C for about 15 minutes (keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn - get some good colour though).
Put your salted pasta water on to boil.
Season and saute the garlic, celery, mushroom and bacon in 1 tbs or so of extra virgin until soft. Squeeze the sausage contents into your frying pan, break up and cook through. When cooked deglaze with the white wine. Add in the roasted onion then reduce to a simmer, reduce by half and not smelling boozie. Pour in the cream. Add half of the parsley. Check for seasoning. Cook your pasta, reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain and add to the mince mixture with the some of the cooking water.
Spoon into bowls and top with parsley, parmesan, grilled prosciutto, salt and pepper, chilli and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.