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In My Kitchen December 2014

07/12/2014 | By

Wine! Catlin's award-winning Montepulciano

Wine! Catlin’s award-winning Montepulciano

I love to have a poke around all of the other kitchens in Fig Jam and Lime Cordial‘s monthly roundup and, for those of you mildly curious about what I’m loving in my kitchen – here goes!

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In My Kitchen October 2014

03/10/2014 | By

So much for my good intentions, once again, with managing to put up regular In My Kitchen posts – still, I’m here now. This monthly sharing is hosted by my friend Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial so do head over there to check out every one else’s kitchen.

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Book Review – Backyard Bees – A Guide for the Beginner Beekeeper

25/07/2014 | By

I’m not going to beat about the bush with this review of “Backyard Bees – A Guide for the Beginner Beekeeper” by Doug Purdie (Murdoch Books, 2014) – I absolutely love this gorgeous, comprehensive and timely book about backyard beekeeping.

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Cookbook Review – Stéphane Reynaud’s “Pies and Tarts”

13/06/2014 | By

The late Carl Sagan,  renowned American astronomer, astrophysicist and cosmologist once said that “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Well that’s a little too fundamental for a lazy cook like me, but with Stéphane Reynaud’s new book, “Pies and Tarts” (Murdoch Books), I have at last stepped away from the freezer and produced my own pâte feuilletée. Or puff pastry, as I like to call it.

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In My Kitchen November 2013

11/11/2013 | By

Again with the kitchen posts? Who’d have thought it? I’m going to try for the trifecta this year – but don’t hold your breath! But seriously, for a wonderful peek in kitchens all over Australia head over to Celia’s place at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial where much more reliable bloggers than yours truly manage this kind of thing regularly!

Strawberry Teasers in my kitchen

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Cookbook Review – Serge Dansereau’s “Seasonal Kitchen”

18/10/2013 | By

"Seasonal Kitchen" Serge Dansereau

I’ve been a fan of Serge Dansereau’s ever since I ate at his iconic Sydney restaurant, The Bather’s Pavillion, about ten years ago and was struck by the freshness and vibrancy of his food. A Canadian by birth and now an Australian citizen who has been a leader on our culinary scene for over 30 years, Serge has been called ‘the father of the fresh food movement’.  His long-held conviction that great food needs quality ingredients led him to be one of our first chefs to seek out and encourage the production of new and emerging varieties of fresh produce, blazing the trail for all those who value the diverse, high-quality, seasonal produce that is found so much more easily today.

Serge’s “Seasonal Kitchen” is his most recent book and is another lovely hard-backed edition from ABC Books and Harper Collins Australia. It features beautiful images from William Meppem (who has worked on several of Dansereau’s previous books) and focuses on the seasonal Australian produce which inspires him, with recipes grounded in his classical cooking techniques, but which embrace the wider world. Under the influence of the cuisines of China, India, Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia Serge shows us how to take a modern-day dish and turn it from a good recipe to a great one, no matter the season. Following a tried-and-true format, Serge takes us through each of the seasons in turn, highlighting the best produce of each and using his skills to help us make the most of them. He does this course by course, including a selection of the necessary basics and his chef’s notes at the end of the book.

Serge Dansereau's Roasted Salmon with Saba, from "Seasonal Kitchen"

The techniques he uses are well within the reach of even a basic cook, and with seasonal stunners such as artichoke & steamed lettuce with thyme and anchovy butter sauce for spring, apricot and ricotta lemon slice for summer, mushroom soup with ricotta and sorrel dumplings for autumn and roast pork shoulder with fennel and cumquat and ginger sauce for winter, there’s no reason why any of us can’t be wowing everyone who sits down at our table all year round. I think what I love best about this book is that Serge takes a few simple, fresh ingredients which we can all find relatively easily and, with a little imagination and skill, turns them into a sophisticated dish that anyone can be proud of.

The recipe I’ve chosen to share with you is a prime example of just that principle – fresh, quality ingredients, simply, but thoughtfully prepared to show them off to their best advantage. We had this roast salmon with green beans, pancetta and saba for our family dinner last night, but I’d be just as happy to offer this to dinner guests. Don’t be put off if you can’t get hold of saba – just substitute vincotto or a very good balsamic reduction. As you can see from my photo, I added some fresh asparagus I bought from the farmers market, so don’t be afraid to play with this a bit.

Roast Salmon with Green Beans, Pancetta & Saba
 
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Saba is similar to vincotto or balsamic vinegar, which are both appropriate substitutions.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch shallots (spring onions)
  • 4 x 180 gm (6 oz.) salmon fillets, skin off
  • 8 slices pancetta
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 400gms (14 oz.) green beans, blanched
  • ¼ cup saba
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Trim the spring onions, removing roots & green leaves, leaving about 8 cm of white part.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  3. Pat fish dry with paper towel. Lay 2 strips pancetta side by side & place salmon on pancetta. Fold one end of the strips of pancetta over the fish, then roll the fish over to complete the portion. The pancetta folds should be on the underside of the fish.
  4. Heat half the olive oil over a medium heat in large frying pan. Place the fish, service side down, in the pan, pressing to ensure complete contact with the pan. Cook for 4 minutes, before turning carefully and cooking for another 2 minutes.
  5. Remove the fish from the pan, place on an oven tray and put into the oven for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Fry the spring onions in the remaining oil until golden, add beans and saute for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Divide the beans and place onto 4 plates, top with the salmon and drizzle with the saba.

 

 

 

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