Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recipes, recipes, recipes...

I have so many recipes to upload to the blog - my problem at present is finding the time to do so - my scratchy recipe notes really need to be typed up! But in the interim here is a sneak peak as well as some rosemary inspired recipes for Anzac Day.

Double chocolate souffle tart with raspberries and rhubarb
Kaffir lime beer nuts
Oat, pepita and cranberry granola bars

Anzac Day Menu
I love rosemary. I find it is one of those severely overlooked herbs (like Tarragon) when it comes to pimping up a bit of everyday cooking so it was quite lovely to focus on some Rosemary inspired dishes in honour of our great Anzacs.

Rosemary flat bread
This recipe is a slight adaptation of a flat bread from the now defunct (cue: loud, violent sobbing) Gourmet Magazine, USA.

1 ¾ cups plain flour
1 tbsp rosemary, chopped plus extra to serve
1 tsp baking powder
Heavy pinch Maldon sea salt
½ cup water
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing (you can use grape seed oil if you want a lighter flavour)

Preheat oven to 200C.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until a dough forms. Knead gently until smooth. Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Place a piece of dough on a sheet of baking paper. Cover with a second sheet of baking paper and roll out to a thin disc. Remove the top sheet, lightly brush the top with additional olive oil and scatter over some extra rosemary leaves. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Slide onto a baking tray and bake until pale golden and crisp – about 8 – 10 minutes. Break into pieces and eat on the day of making. (Any left over white bean dip from the lamb recipe below is great for dipping into with a broken piece of flat bread).

Rosemary white bean and lamb salad

Serves 4
16 lamb cutlets, frenched
White bean puree
400g can Cannellini beans
1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
1 large clove garlic, peeled
Juice of ½ lemon
500g medly tomatoes, halved
150g prosciutto
2 tbsp balsamic glaze
1 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ cups flat-leaf parsley, coarsely torn

Preheat oven to 175.
To make the white bean puree, add all ingredients to a food processor and blitz until combined. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Place the tomatoes and pancetta in a roasting tray. Drizzle over the olive oil and balsamic glaze and toss to combine. Roast in the oven for ten minutes or until the tomatoes start to blister and the prosciutto begins to caramelize and darken. Meanwhile heat a char-grill pan over high heat, add lamb and turn occasionally until seared then transfer to oven and cook until cooked to your liking (about 5 minutes for medium-rare) Cover and rest for 3 minutes.
Just prior to serving, toss the lamb cutlets, tomatoes and flat leaf parsley in a bowl to combine and season to taste. Smear a tablespoon (or to taste) of white bean puree over the base of each plate. Top with the lamb salad mix and serve immediately.

Quick Rosemary Tea Cake 

100g white chocolate, chopped
150g butter, chopped
4 eggs
150g (1 cup) caster sugar
Dash vanilla extract
1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
150g plain flour, sifted

Preheat the oven to 175.
Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted. Remove and allow to cool.
Beat the eggs and sugar for 3 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the chocolate and butter mixture, flour and rosemary, stirring until just combined. Pour into a 3.5cm high, 20 x 30cm slab tin lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through and light and springy to the touch. Sprinkle over the fresh rosemary and serve warm on its own or with some clotted cream

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