Salad Niçoise

I love to make this salad because you can get your hands dirty. I generally don’t make a habit of being intimate with food but I’m quite captivated by this recipe. Serves 2 Ingredients Extra virgin olive oil 125g can of a good quality sliced tuna 2 tomatoes 1 half red onion 2 cloves of…

Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi

Ingredients 1 kg Kent or Butternut pumpkin 150g (whole milk) ricotta 3/4 cup (100g) plain flour 4 egg yolks Pinch of nutmeg Salt and pepper 1 1/2 cups finely grated vintage (or other non animal rennet) cheese Method Preheat the oven to 180C. To make pumpkin puree cut a small to medium pumpkin in segments, scoop…

Atlantic Salmon with Brie in Filo

Serves 2 Ingredients 2 Atlantic salmon fillets, skin off 125 grams of brie 1/2 cup shallot (spring onion) finely sliced on an angle 1 tsp finely chopped fresh basil 1 tsp finely chopped fresh marjoram 1 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano (alternatively use 1 tbs mixed Italian                                     herbs) 1 bunch…

Pistachio Ice Cream with Berry Coulis

I love this quick way of putting flavour into ice cream. My favourite combination is pistachio with berry coulis. Use whatever you have on hand. Almonds, peanuts or walnuts work well too. Ingredients 500 ml of a good quality vanilla ice cream 90g of unsalted pistachios For the coulis: 300g of whatever berries you like…

Crispy Avocado

Ingredients 2 (just ripe) avocados 1 cup lemon juice Egg wash 1/2 cup cornflour 1/2 cup plain flour 1 tbs turmeric powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika A pinch of cayenne pepper For the crumb, combine: 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/2 cup tri-coloured quinoa 1/4 cup sesame seeds Method Remove avocado carefully from shell and slice…

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…

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…

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….