Tempura Prawns with Ponzu Dressing

Before starting, place stainless steel bowls and whisk into freezer. Make sure you have ice cubes and chilled soda water. Serves 2 Batter 1/2 cup cornflour 1/2 cup plain flour 1 free-range egg yolk lightly beaten 1 cup iced soda water Method For the batter, sift cornflour & plain flour into a bowl. Whisk egg…

Pizza

The best thing about making your own pizza is that you can put together whatever flavour combination you like. I have two go-to-pizzas that I make regularly. Remember to take your dough out of the fridge half an hour before using. Serves 2 Tomato, Olive and Basil 1 pizza dough 3 tomatoes 1 clove of…

Pizza Dough

I make pizza at least twice a week and more if I can help it. This recipe for dough is really simple and the more you make it, the better it gets. It’s a win win. 1 ½ cups of plain flour + extra for kneading and rolling out Pinch of caster sugar ¼ teaspoon…

Iceberg

The iceberg lettuce is a kitchen staple, not because of its taste, but as a result of its commercial attributes. The ‘Crisphead’, as it was originally named, was the lettuce of choice for New York grocers in the 1920s because the cabbage was fast growing and retained much of its crispness 21 days after it…

Fresh Ricotta

This is a very simple recipe on how to make fresh ricotta. I’ve seen other recipes that use cream and lemon juice but I’ve found this recipe really delivers. This requires your full attention. Serving is for 1 cup. Pour 1.2 litres of full fat milk into a heavy based saucepan and bring gently to…

Salmon Patties

This recipe was developed over a few days and then perfected over many years. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve made these, they were the most requested item on the cafe menu. They go perfectly with a simple dressed leaf salad or on a roll with dressed leaf and lemon mayonnaise or…

Seaweed, a Forgotten Food?

I’m a food history buff and longtime listener of the BBC Food Programme. Their episode on ‘Seaweed, a Forgotten Food?’ dives into the history, medicinal and nutritional value of seaweed. The podcast moves from Ireland, where doctors prescribe seaweed for medicinal purposes, to New Zealand where seaweed is a symbol for fertility, and finally to…

Well Seasoned

Seasoning adds layer and complexity to a salad. Tomatoes are a perfect vehicle for flavour. When in season, I look for ripe rubenesque tress tomatoes. They’re often the most juiciest which means I can use them as part of the salad dressing. To begin, I cut the tomatoes into wedges and place them in a…

Baked Feta and Tomato with Mushroom

This is a great recipe for when you’re wanting something quick, simple, and wholesome. I often have a few mushrooms set aside each week to make this for a weekend lunch but you could just as easily make it for breakfast or dinner. The baked feta is subtle in flavour and creamier than you expect….