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Savoury Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

Chef Adam Humphrey of Sydney’s Restaurant Arras and Arras Too shares an easy dinner idea using leftovers from the beautiful OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

This is a dish my mother used to cook for my brothers and me when we were young and she needed to feed us cheaply and with minimum fuss, using left over bread and other pantry items. 

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 4

Ingredients
10 slices stale bread, crusts removed (use the crust for crumb)
50g butter
50g mustard, preferably English mustard
350ml full cream milk
50ml cream
2 eggs
Pinch cayenne pepper
100g leftover hard cheese, grated (plus extra for topping)
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Variation: In between the layers of bread, place in any left over ham or mushroom or vegetables or herbs that you have.

Method

1. Grease and ovenproof dish enough to hold approximately a litre.

2. Butter each slice of bread both sides with the butter and the mustard, and then cut in half triangularly. Lay one layer of the bread across the bottom of the dish.

3. Heat the milk and cream in a pan with the bay leaf ensuring it doesn’t boil. In a heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs until well broken down and pale in colour. Immediately add the hot milk mix and whisk until well combined, add in the grated cheese and whisk until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

4. At this stage, add in any extra items (ham, vegetables etc) in between the layers of bread. Ensure that the top layer is finished with the bread. Pour over the cheesy custard mix gradually – If you have time, “feed” the pudding over a period of a few hours with the custard.

5. Top with the extra grated cheese, mixed with the crumbs.

6. In a 180°C oven, bake the pudding for approximately 40 mins until the custard is set and the top is golden brown.

7. Once cooked, let rest for a couple of minutes before serving. Serve with left over salad. This pudding is even great the next day too.

What’s your favourite leftover recipe?

January 20, 2014

Chicken, Roast Vegetable and Macadamia Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for new dinner ideas using leftover roast chicken, you’ll love this easy chicken salad recipe from the OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi’s recipe makes a fantastic summer dinner and leftovers are delicious for lunch.

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 3-4 as a quick lunch or light dinner

Ingredients
100g macadamia nuts
1-2 cups leftover roast chicken meat
2 cups leftover roast vegetables
1 bunch rocket leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Leftover chicken skin, crisped in some hot oil (optional)
Crusty bread, to serve

Method
1. Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry pan over medium heat, moving them constantly with a wooden spoon until lightly coloured. Set aside to cool and then roughly chop.

2. Shred or slice the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Cut the roast vegetables into smaller pieces if need be and add to the bowl. Add the rocket and cooled nuts. Dress with the oil and vinegar and season with salt. Toss lightly and finish with a few grinds of cracked pepper. Add the crunchy chicken skin, if you’re using it. Serve with crusty bread.

What’s your favourite recipe using leftovers?

January 16, 2014

Authentic Malaysian Curry Laksa Recipe

When that laksa craving hits, nothing else will do! Masterchef contestant and Malaysia Kitchen Ambassador Billy Law shares his authentic Malaysian laksa recipe, one of our favourite easy dinner ideas. Make a batch of the laksa paste and it will last in the fridge for about 10 days, perfect for your next laksa craving.

Laksa lemak or curry laksa is a coconut-based curry noodle soup well loved by many Malaysians. This dish is a perfect winter warmer but also great during summer when your tastebuds are dying for some fresh, spicy flavours – slurp up the steaming hot noodles with the coconut curry broth and know you haven’t fully enjoyed this dish if there aren’t any beads of perspiration on your forehead, although you can take the spice factor down a notch to suit your taste. And keep some napkins handy to avoid splashes on your shirt!

Preparation Time: 30 mins. Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

2 L water
500 g raw prawns, peeled and deveined, reserve the prawn heads
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterflied
125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
400 ml coconut cream
200 g fried tofu puffs, halved
2 stalks curry leaves
450 g fresh hokkien egg noodles
200 g dried rice vermicelli, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained
200 g bean sprouts
salt to taste

Laksa paste
5 cm piece galangal, peeled and chopped
5 cm piece turmeric, peeled and chopped (or 1 tablespoon ground powder)
250 g French shallots, peeled
10 garlic cloves, chopped
20 dried red chillies, seeded then soaked in hot water for 30 minutes to soften (less if you don’t like it too hot)
6 large fresh red chillies, seeded and chopped
10 candlenuts
50 g dried shrimp, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes then drained
2 Tbs belacan (dried shrimp paste), toasted
2 lemongrass stalks, white part only, chopped

Method

1. Pour water into a large stockpot and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, add the chicken and let it cook for 20 minutes. Reserve the stock, remove the chicken, set aside to cool, then shred the chicken into small pieces.

2. Meanwhile, put all the laksa paste ingredients in a food processor and blend to a fine paste.

3. Heat oil in a wok on medium heat, fry prawn heads for a minute, then add laksa paste and fry for a further 15 minutes. When it’s done, the paste should be dark brown and a layer of red oil will separate from the spices.

4. Tip everything in the wok into the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Pour in coconut cream, season with salt, add curry leaves and fried tofu puffs, then lower the heat and let the soup simmer until you are ready to serve.

5. Half fill another large pot with water and bring to the boil. For each serve, grab a small handful each of hokkien noodles and rice vermicelli, and a few prawns. Put them into a wire mesh strainer or a sieve and dunk the noodles and prawns into the hot water for 1 minute. Drain and shake off any excess water, then transfer to a serving bowl. Top the bowl of noodles with bean sprouts and chicken then ladle the hot laksa broth along with a few tofu puffs over the top.

What’s your favourite Malaysian dish?

January 15, 2014

Pete Evans’ Green and White Smoothie Recipe

Celebrity chef Pete Evans shares one of his favourite summer smoothie recipes, which is not just healthy and packed with vitamins, but tastes delicious. It’s the ultimate superfood smoothie to get you back on track with your new year health goals!

Ingredients

1/4 bunch of organic kale, stems removed
1/4 bunch mint, picked
1 young coconut, flesh and water
2 organic white flesh peaches, pips removed
1 juice of 1 organic lemon
10 macadamia nuts (soak them for a couple of hours if you like it extra creamy)
1 banana
1 raw organic egg
1 tablespoon maca (optional)

Method

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?

December 31, 2013

Neil Perry’s Soft Tacos with Smoky Shredded Pork Recipe

Once you slow-roast the pork, celebrity chef Neil Perry’s soft tacos couldn’t be easier to make, and are one of our family’s favourite quick dinner ideas.

Recipe and image from Simply Good Food by Neil Perry, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99.

Too easy – this sauce is great with any fresh tacos. You can also just fry the tomatoes and when they start to melt, add a spoonful of chipotle chilli powder, cook for a minute longer, remove from the heat and squeeze in fresh lime. Cabbage salad, guacamole, sour cream, tortillas and a margarita…heaven. 

Ingredients
800 g boneless pork shoulder
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 brown onion, quartered
sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
255 g raisins
16 corn tortillas
guacamole, to serve
sour cream, to serve

Roasted tomato chipotle sauce
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
9 roma (plum) tomatoes
3 chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt

Method
1. Place the pork in a medium saucepan with the garlic and onion. Add a good pinch of salt, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, for about 2 hours on medium–low heat or until the pork is tender. Allow to cool before shredding the meat with your hands.

2. Preheat the oven grill. For the roasted tomato chipotle sauce, heat a heavy-based saucepan over high heat and add the unpeeled garlic. Roast for 15 minutes, turning halfway through, until the outsides are blackened. Remove from the heat, squeeze the garlic flesh out of the skins and roughly chop.

3. Place the whole tomatoes under the grill and cook until the skins are dark and blistered on all sides. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly before peeling.

4. Place the tomatoes and garlic in a food processor and blend. Add the chillies one at a time and process to combine. Taste the sauce as you go and, depending on the heat level you prefer, add more.

5. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce has slightly thickened. Season to taste.

6. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add the shredded pork and cook until it is crispy and golden. Add the raisins and roasted tomato chipotle sauce and cook for 5–6 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

7. To serve, microwave the tortillas for 10–20 seconds, or according to the packet instructions, to soften and warm through. Place a large spoonful of the pork in each tortilla and top with the salsa, guacamole and a generous dollop of sour cream.

Note: Marinate and grill fish or chicken to add more elements to your feast. The tortillas can also be steamed or warmed in a frying pan.

What are your favourite midweek recipes?

December 11, 2013

Ben O’Donoghue’s Prawn Jambalaya Recipe

Prawn jambalaya can take hours to make, but Fairy ambassador and celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue shows us how to turn this delicious rice dish into one of your new go-to easy dinner ideas. Think of it as cheat’s paella! With just a few ingredients you’ll have an aromatic pot of surf and turf rice on the table in 30 minutes.

Serves: 4

Ingredients 

500 gm green school prawns, peeled, reserving the heads
2 chicken thighs
1 chorizo sausage
1 large onion
1 green peppers
1 celery stalk
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon tomato puree
500 mls chicken stock
1 bunch of thyme
2-3 bay leaf, fresh
2 spring onions
2 green chillies
black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Method 

1. Fry the chorizo and chicken in a heavy bottomed saucepan.

2. Remove and cook the prawn heads in the oil from the chorizo, squashing them with a spoon. Then remove the prawn heads after a few minutes.

3. Add the vegetables and the garlic to the pot and sauté until soft.

4. Add the tomato puree and the bay leaf and cook for a minute. Then add the rice, the chorizo and chicken thigh meat back to the pan along with the stock. Season with the cayenne pepper and cook, covered, over a low heat for about 10-15 minutes.

5. Just before the rice is cooked add the peeled prawns and thyme. Cover and cook for another minute.

6. Serve with chopped spring onions and green chillies.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

December 10, 2013

Kylie Kwong’s Blue Eye and King Prawns with Lemon Honey Onions

Entertaining this weekend? Pick up some fresh, local seafood for this spectacular summer recipe from celebrity chef Kylie Kwong.

The combination of salty, sweet and sour flavours is evident in so many cuisines – Asian, Middle Eastern, European – and it’s a trio  of tastes that I adore. In this recipe, the lemon and honey onions work as a beautiful relish for the delicate flavours  of the prawns and fish. In cooler climes, haddock or cod can be substituted for the blue eye.

Ingredients

16 uncooked king prawns
pinch sea salt and cracked pepper
400 g blue eye fillet, cut into large pieces
1 oxheart tomato, roughly sliced
small handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley

Stock
3 garlic cloves
8 slices ginger
1 tablespoon sea salt
½ cup (125 ml) olive oil
1 stick of celery, sliced
1 small carrot, peeled and finely diced
1½ tablespoons sliced lemongrass
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
small handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, cut in half crossways
½ cup (125 ml) white wine

Lemon and honey onions
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
10 small salad onions, trimmed
1 small red onion, sliced
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method

1. Peel and devein the prawns, but leave the tail intact. Reserve heads and shells for stock. Butterfly the prawns by making a shallow cut along the back – this helps them to cook quickly and evenly.

2. To make the stock, pound garlic, ginger and salt with a mortar and pestle until you have a fine paste. Heat oil in a small heavy-based saucepan, add garlic paste, celery, carrot and lemongrass, and gently fry for 2 minutes, or until aromatic. Stir in tomatoes and parsley, then add reserved prawn heads and shells and gently fry for 1 minute. Pour in wine and simmer for 2 minutes, or until alcohol has evaporated. Add 1 cup (250 ml) of water and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Have ready a fine strainer over a large bowl. Ladle stock into strainer, gently pressing the ingredients to extract as much liquid as possible. Set aside.

3. For the onions, heat oil in a frying pan and add onions and salt. Gently fry for about 2 minutes, or until onions are lightly browned. Add honey, reduce heat and simmer gently over low heat for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened and caramelised.

4. Season prawns with a little salt and pepper, and cook in a heated, oiled frying pan until lightly browned and just tender. Remove prawns from pan and cover with foil to keep warm while you poach the fish.

5. Return stock to a small saucepan and bring to the boil; add fish pieces and reduce heat. Poach very gently, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until just tender. Place sliced tomato in the centre of a large, shallow bowl and arrange prawns and fish on top. Spoon over stock and top with onions. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

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November 28, 2013

Matt Moran’s Citrus-Cured Salmon Recipe

Save this recipe for Christmas: celebrity chef Matt Moran shares an elegant summer entrée of citrus-cured Yarra Valley salmon with caviar and baby beetroot from his show Paddock to Plate. Curing your own salmon is really straightforward, and is sure to impress guests around your table.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 small side of salmon (about 900g), belly trimmed
150 g white sugar
100 g table salt
20 black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
20 coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
1 lemon rind, finely grated on a microplane
1 lime rind, finely grated on a microplane
1 orange rind, finely grated on a microplane
½ cup dill, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 teaspoons white sugar
3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
500 ml water
8 baby beetroot, small tender leaves trimmed and reserved

To serve
2 oranges, segmented
Handful of endive leaves
Crème fraiche
50 g Yarra Valley salmon caviar
Juice of ½ lemon
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Mix sugar, salt, crushed peppercorns and coriander seeds, citrus rinds and half the dill in a bowl to combine well. Spread half the curing mixture in the base of a tray large enough to fit the salmon snugly. Place salmon, skin-side down, in tray, then spread remaining curing mixture over the flesh, rubbing in as you go. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to cure (you’ll need to cure for at least 12 hours for a light cure and up to 24 hours for a more intense cure).

2. To cook the baby beetroot, stir the sugar, vinegar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and then bring to the boil. Add the beetroot and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. To check if ready, pierce with a skewer, then set aside to cool in the liquid. Drain beetroot and peel (use disposable gloves if you want to avoid stained hands), cut into halves and set aside.

3. Rinse curing mixture off the salmon under cold running water, pat dry thoroughly with absorbent paper. Remove pin-bones with fish tweezers, then spread mustard over salmon flesh with the back of a spoon. Scatter remaining dill over and press to cover.

4. To slice the salmon, starting at one end of the salmon fillet, cut straight down through the flesh with a thin sharp knife until you hit the skin, slicing at 2mm intervals (don’t cut all the way through, the flesh should still be attached to the skin). To remove the skin, cut down through the first incision then slice between the skin and the flesh, keeping your knife flat and cutting along to remove the skin in a single piece (discard skin).

5. To serve: arrange six or seven salmon slices on serving plates, divide beetroot among plates and scatter the orange segments, endive and baby beetroot leaves over the top. Dollop with crème fraiche and salmon caviar, then squeeze the lemon over the top, drizzle with olive oil, season to taste and serve.

Paddock to Plate airs on Wednesdays at 8.30pm, The Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel.

November 19, 2013

Matt Moran’s Porchetta Sliders with Apple Slaw Recipe

Matt Moran shares his mouth-watering porchetta sliders recipe from his new show Paddock to Plate. What’s better than juicy roast pork with a dollop of home-made applesauce, topped with a crunchy and refreshing apple slaw on soft dinner rolls? Don’t forget to serve each slider with a piece of crunchy crackling. They make great summer BBQ fare as well as a passed canapé for Christmas and New Years parties.

Paddock to Plate airs Wednesdays at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel.

Makes: 24 sliders

Ingredients

3 kg pork shoulder
1/3 cup table salt
24 dinner rolls, buttered

Porchetta mix

1/4 cup salt flakes
5 sprigs rosemary
1 bunch oregano
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, roasted
1 tablespoon white peppercorns
I head garlic, peeled
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil

Apple slaw

1 apple, peeled and shredded
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
1/4 white cabbage, shredded
1/4 red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, grated
2 brussel sprouts, shredded
1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
salt and pepper

Applesauce

4 apples, peeled, cored and cut in to quarters
1/4 cup cider

Method

1. To prepare pork, pour boiling water over the skin, and rub with table salt. Cover then refrigerate for 5 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 160⁰C. Rinse the salt off the pork and pat dry with kitchen paper. Place all of the porchetta mix ingredients (except the coconut oil) in a mortar and pestle and grind to a paste. Rub the paste all over the pork shoulder, and let the flavour infuse for at least 1 hour.

3. Brush the pork with the melted coconut oil before placing in the oven and cook slowly for 3 hours, occasionally brushing with more of the oil.

4. To make the applesauce, place the apple quarters and cider into a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes or until the apples are tender. Blend the apples with a stick blender to make a smooth puree and set aside until ready to serve.

5. To make the appleslaw, shred the apple, and toss with the remainder of the appleslaw ingredients. Mix thoroughly and season to taste with salt and pepper

6. Once pork is cooked, remove from oven, cover with foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes. When rested, take the crackling off and chop in to small pieces, and then carve the pork.

7. To serve, spread the buttered dinner rolls with applesauce, then place the appleslaw onto the rolls and top with the pork and crackling. Serve immediately.

Read our Q&A with Matt Moran here!

November 11, 2013