Bright colourful mountains of green papaya salad, laden with fresh tomato, garden cucumber and green beans and topped with crispy local breadfruit, peanuts and herbs, is one of my new favourite seasonal salads.read more
2 garlic cloves, peeled
¼ teaspoon salt
2 fresh bird’s eye chili, sliced
½ teaspoon raw sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce, to taste
2 cups julienned peeled green (unripe) papaya
2 cups julienned peeled cucumber
1 cups julienned peeled carrots
2 plum tomatoes
8 grape tomatoes, coarsely chopped
½ pound long beans, trimmed
½ cup loosely packed fresh Thai basil leaves
½ cup loosely packed fresh Vietnamese mint (rau ram) leaves
½ cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
breadfruit, sliced thinly and fried
1 tablespoon dry-roasted peanuts, for garnish
Mix all dressing ingredients together. Combine prepared salad produce, top with the dressing and sprinkle with a mixture of the herbs, breadfruit strips and nuts.View Detail
Bright pinks and dark greens, vibrant yellows and bold purples, fiery oranges and vivid reds are just some of the colours from the rainbow that when combined, make even your least favourite vegetables look wildly appetising.read more
baby spinach leaves
sweet potato, cut in cubes and roasted
red cabbage, shredded
Group ingredients together in a bowl to make a colourful pattern and enjoy!View Detail
To remove the conch, you need to break the vacuum created by the mollusk by making a hole in the shell on the top on an inside spiral. To create this hole, use the sharp tip of another conch or a hammer. Once the suction is broken you can pull the sea snail out.read more
500g of fresh conch, sliced into small thin pieces
3 lemons, juiced
3 limes, juiced
2 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
4 green onions, chopped
1 orange or grapefruit, peeled and segmented
2 tomatoes, diced
a good handful of cilantro, leaves chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
Marinate conch in the lemon and lime juice for 30 minutes. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Marinate for another 2 hours or overnight. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.View Detail
Aside from milk, Icelanders are known to grow delicious lamb and potatoes in the food bowl of Hella (nicknamed “the wild west” as there’s no police station in town), and of course fish. And that’s about it. Good luck trying to grow fruit and vegetables in this climate.read more
6 – 10 spicy herring fillets, sliced
6 – 8 boiled potatoes, peeled and cut into slices
2 – 3 red onions, chopped
4 tbs mayonnaise
4 tbs sour cream or crème fraîche
4 tbs seeded mustard
1 tbs honey
juice of ½ lemon
red onion, cucumber slices and dill for garnish
Stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream and mustard. Add the honey and lemon juice. Combine potato slices, herring and red onion. Pour over the dressing and add garnish.View Detail
The blue fairytale of Chefchouen’s alleys and arches (the colour of purity and apparently a useful technique to keep mosquitos away) or the bright orange sand dunes of the Sahara – the vivid colours of Morocco’s towns and landscapes reflect the cooking spices of cumin, paprika and turmeric used in the tagines, cous cous, Moroccan salad and Berber omelettes.read more
4 ripe tomatoes (finely diced)
1 green capsicum (finely diced)
1 red onion (finely diced)
1 small bunch of coriander (finely diced)
extra virgin olive oil
dash of vinegar
Mix tomatoes, capsicum, onion and coriander together in a bowl. To make the dressing combine cumin, olive oil and vinegar to taste. Toss and serve with fresh crusty bread.View Detail
4 tin mugs self-raising flour
4 tablespoons powdered milk
pinch of salt
2 tin mugs cold water
1. Combine all the dry ingredients together.
2. Make a well in the centre and then gradually add the water.
3. Knead the dough together, adding more water or more flour depending on the consistency until it springs back when pressed with a finger.
4. Put the damper into a camp oven and put lid on top.
5. Place in a prepared hole in the ground on top of hot coals. Put more coals around the outside of the camp oven and on top to ensure even cooking. The damper will take about 40 minutes to cook. Make sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom. It all depends on what type of wood you’re using to burn. Mulga, for example, is very hot.
6. Carefully remove the coals and the lid of the camp oven. The damper is ready if you get a hollow sound when you tap it. If not, replace the lid and cook for another 10 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of bushman, Mike MillerView Detail
He’s known as the Garlic Guru of Australia. Roger Schmitke was the first person to grow a commercial crop of garlic in South Australia and this is his recipe.read more
Serves 4 to 6
1 tbsp butter
6–8 garlic cloves, finally chopped
2 spring onions, including green parts, finally chopped
1 tbsp flour
7 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt and pepper
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 tbsp lemon juice
Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan. Gently cook the garlic with the spring onions for a few minutes until softened. Mix in the flour and cook to form a roux. Heat the chicken stock and pour over roux, whisking to keep the mixture smooth. Add the white wine and season with salt and pepper. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, whisk in the combined egg yolks and lemon juice. Return to the heat and cook, stirring all the time for a few minutes. Do not allow to boil. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.
Recipe courtesy of South Australian garlic grower, Roger SchmitkeView Detail
250g organic veal, minced
250g organic pork, minced
250g organic lamb, minced
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp breadcrumbs, fresh
1 organic egg
1/2 cup (100g) fresh ricotta
1/4 cup (20g) parmesan, grated
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 anchovy fillet
750g bottle of tomato passata
4 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp sugar
Combine the minced meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, ricotta, parmesan and herbs in a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Using clean hands, mix until well combined then shape into 20 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a plate, cover with plastic film and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bay leaf and anchovy and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion has softened.
Stir in the passata, chopped tomatoes and sugar, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste.
Add the meatballs to the hot sauce and simmer over very low heat for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are just cooked, but still very soft and moist.
Serve with a dollop of fresh pesto and a grating of parmesan cheese on top.
Recipe courtesy of author of ‘The Edible Balcony’, Indira NaidooView Detail
During the summer months, you might have noticed a pink, spiky, exotic-looking fruit lurking on your supermarket shelf. It’s a dragon fruit — also known as pitaya in its native Mexico, Central and South America — and if current demand is any indication, they’re here to stay.read more
knob of butter
2 tbsp olive oil
3 spring onions
50 grams snow peas
150 grams French beans
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 tuna steaks
1 dragon fruit (quartered top to bottom)
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Heat the butter and half the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan. Cook the onions for 2–3 minutes then add the snow peas and beans. Cook for a further 2–3 minutes, then add the balsamic vinegar and set aside.
Wipe the frying pan clean and heat the remainder of the oil. Season the tuna and cook until slightly pink. Add the dragon fruit and cook for 1 minute.
Serve the tuna and dragon fruit on a bed of the bean mix and garnish with fresh lemon wedges.
Recipes courtesy of Jenni KarlssonView Detail
400 grams pasta flour
4 free-range eggs
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
20 grams fresh black truffle, sliced very finely
100 g parmesan cheese
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place flour in a mound on a clean work surface. Make a well in the centre of the flour. Crack 4 eggs and oil into the centre of the well. Use a fork to whisk the eggs, gradually drawing in the flour as you go until the dough becomes thick. Use your hands to bring the dough together. Knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a disc and coat lightly with flour. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.
Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the dough. Set the pasta machine on the widest setting and coat the pasta rollers lightly in flour. Feed one portion of dough through the machine. Repeat six more times, folding the pasta into thirds and then turning it 90 degrees to the pasta machine before you feed the pasta dough through each time. Continue to feed the dough through the machine, gradually narrowing the pasta machine settings, one notch at a time. When you reach notch five, lay the pasta on the bench and on one half of the sheet place an eighth of the thinly sliced truffle. Fold the pasta over to sandwich the truffle inside the pasta then feed the dough through the machine again, gradually narrowing the pasta machine settings until you reach notch four, then repeat with the remaining three dough portions. Set the pasta machine to the linguine setting and feed the pasta sheet through. Lightly coat the linguine with flour to stop it sticking together. Repeat with the remaining pasta sheets.
Cook the linguine in rapidly boiling salted water. Once it has risen to the surface of the water, cook it for 1 minute and it will be done.
Toss cooked linguine with olive oil, three quarters of the parmesan, sea salt, pepper and chives.
To serve, place linguine in individual pasta bowls. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Garnish with the rest of the shaved black truffles.
Recipe courtesy of Iain MenziesView Detail