Smoked salmon with crepes, cucumber, herbed Creme Fraiche and “caviar”.

This classic combination of ingredients is hard to go past as a delicious brunch, breakfast or entree.

Smoked salmon with crepes, herbed creme fraiche and caviar.

Crepes

For the crepes I just halve the sugar and throw in some dill leaves into my favourite easy Martha Stewart crepe recipe….https://www.marthastewart.com/921813/how-make-crepes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small handful Dill leaves (no stems)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (1 tablespoon extra for frying crepes)

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until frothy.

Heat small non-stick pan, dip kitchen paper in butter and lightly coat pan with butter.

Pour a small ladleful of crepe batter into pan and swirl to create a thin crepe. Wait until browned on one side and flip. Repeat until you finish batter. You will have about 12-14 crepes depending on the size of your pan.

Filling:

  • 250g Thinly sliced Smoked salmon
  • 1 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons dill leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber diced
  • 100g smoked salmon pearls or caviar

Mix creme fraiche with herbs, pinch of salt, a grind of black pepper.

Lay crepes on plate, line with smoked salmon, add a dollop of herbed creme fraiche,a few bits of cucumber, roll up and serve topped with a teaspoon or two of caviar, and additional cucumber on the side of you like.

Roasted #capsicum with #tuna filling #tapas

Just made these as part of a #tapas lunch we enjoyed on the deck of our beach house at beautiful Hyam’s Beach on the South Coast of New Sput Wales, about 3 hours from Sydney.

Tapas lunch consisted of : charcuterie and cheese board including machengo cheese, jamon Iberico, san Danielle prosciutto, cornichons, salami, quince paste and a blue cheese; garlic prawns, Spanish tortilla, chorizo, sourdough bread, green salad and a fruit and chocolate platter to finish. And these very nice red roasted capsicum rolls filled with tuna.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking and cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 2 small long red capsicum or 4 long red peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 200g canned tuna
  • 1/2 cup Greek natural yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons small capers
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • Ground black pepper

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

2. Place capsicum on foil lined baking tray.

3. Wrap peeled garlic cloves in foil and place on baking tray.

4. Grill capsicums for 20 minutes, turning over to blacken skin on all sides. Remove garlic from oven.

5. Put capsicums in oven for another 15-20 minutes until skin is blistered and black.

6. Meanwhile, smash garlic with salt and 1.5 teaspoons of capers and mix with yoghurt, olive oil and lemon juice.

7. Drain canned tuna, add yoghurt mixture and mix through tuna. Add chopped parsley, rest of whole capers. Grind black pepper to taste and mix again.

8. Remove capsicum from oven and place in plastic bag and tie off to allow steam to soften skins. Peel off skin carefully, cut in half and remove seeds, trying not to tear capsicum flesh.

9. Stuff with tuna mixture and roll capsicum into neat parcels cutting each half into two or leaving whole.

#Beancurd rolls with #Pork and #waterchestnut #yumcha #dimsum

I’ve always been fascinated but the concept of beancurd skin …you have to get it in speciality Asian stores but worth finding. It is actually made by lifting the skin that forms on the top of warmed soybean milk! It can be bought dried flat, which is what you need for this recipe, or in bunches.

These rolls are lightly fried, then steamed with a delicious simple sauce. Healthy and tasty…worth the effort hunting down the bean curd skin!

The filling can include Asian mushrooms and dried shrimps, or finely chopped prawns. You can also use chicken mince instead of pork.

Flat sheets of dried Beancurd skin for rolls

This recipe is excellent appetiser or side dish for dinner served with rice, steamed greens and chilli sauce. Great for leftovers and lunch.

Prep time: 40 minutes cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g pork mince
  • 8 slices canned waterchestnut diced finely
  • 4 stalks spring onions diced finely
  • About 10 dried shrimp soaked in water, then chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced ginger
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten (keep egg yolk)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 large sheets of beancurd skin cut into 8 long pieces about 10cm wide and 15-20 cm long
  • 2 tablespoons by vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Lightly beaten egg yolk to use for sealing rolls

Sauce:

  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour and 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Garnish: finely sliced spring onions and chopped coriander

Method

1. Mix all stuffing ingredients in a bowl, except oils and egg yolk

2. Fill a large, flat baking dish halfway with warm water, immerse one sheet of bean curd skin in water then lay flat on a clean work surface.

3. Cut beancurd skin into 15cm x 20 cm rectangles.

4. Place a scoop of filling just below top of a rectangle and fold over beancurd skin horizontally, then fold in sides and roll into a spring rolls like shape, sealing edges with egg yolk. Repeat until you have about 10 beancurd rolls.

5. Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in non-stick pan and fry rolls over medium-high heat until golden brown, remove and place on paper towel to drain excess oil.

6. Cut beancurd rolls in half, place into a baking dish.

7. Put chicken stock, oyster, soy sauces, shaoxing wine, sugar, into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Mix cornflour with water and stir through sauce, then simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat, add sesame oil and mix through.

8. Set up steamer, pour sauce over rolls and steam for 15-20 minutes until pork mixture is fully cooked.

9. Scatter over with finely sliced spring onions and coriander and serve.

Red #Kidney Bean #Dhal

I substituted the black beans with a can of red kidney beans and added 1/2 a cup of red lentils about an hour into the cooking, adding extra water to stop it from sticking along the way.

The outcome was delicious and I’d recommend playing around with this recipe with beans and lentils of your choice. can’t go wrong really!!

Here’s the original recipe with black beans.

Black bean Dhal with ginger, chilli, onions and tomato

Secret Garden brunch at Daisy Green #daisygreen #london

Reliving memories of my recent trip to London as the city rolled towards the COVID-19 shutdown last month…it was a slightly surreal visit to one of my favourite cities but filled with nice memories that will stay with me,

I found this delightful cafe called Daisy Green in Portman Village, on the corner of Seymour st and New Quebec St, just behind Oxford st.

Turns out it’s part of a group called the Daisy Green collection described on their website as:

“The Daisy Green Collection brings relaxed and buzzing Australian food and coffee culture to London. Through individually designed cafes and restaurants, the Collection creates iconic spaces which quickly become local destinations and meeting points for surrounding residents and visitors.”

Downstairs at Daisy Green Portman Village

The Portman Village cafe has been designed by UK street artist, Shuby, into an Alice in Wonderland esq outdoor/indoor garden.

I managed to quench my craving for a real Australian coffee or two and enjoyed delicious avocado on toast, with a sprinkling of paprika, chives and a squeeze of lemon, and a side of real bacon!

I would have been one of the last customers prior to the shutdown, but I sincerely hope the cafe and Daisy Green collection come through the other side of the pandemic to flourish once more.

#Zuchinni and corn #fritters #spicy #lowcarb

These fritters turned out light and fluffy and are quite filling. I spiced them up with the addition of chilli powder and cummin, but you could skip that if you like.

I also threw in some finely chopped coriander and this could be replaced by parsley or skipped altogether.

Also if you want to make these really low carb then increase the amount of almond meal.

Great for an easy dinner for 2 – lovely with avocado salad – with lots leftover for breakfast the next day or to share with friends at the office as I did.

Ingredients:

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup almond meal

2 eggs beaten

3 spring onions, white part only, finely chopped

2 Zuchinni grated finely

1 can (400g) sweet corn kernels drained

1/2 cup grated cheddar

1 cup of milk

1/4 cup melted butter

Handful of parsley or coriander finely chopped

1/3 teaspoon chilli powder or paprika

1/2 teaspoon cummin powder

2 tablespoons sugar

Salt and pepper

Oil for pan frying

Method

1. Grate Zuchinni, drain corn kernels, finely chop coriander and spring onion

Mix flour, almond meal, sugar, salt, cummin and chilli powder in a large bowl

2. In a seperate bowl beat eggs, add Zuchinni, cheese, corn, coriander, spring onions and mix through, add milk and melted butter and mix through.

3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well combined.

4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan and add 1.1.5 tablespoons of mixture and spread a little. Cook over medium high heat until sealed and golden brown on bottom side, flip carefully to cook on other side and cooked through. Allow to cool, Darin on kitchen paper towel.

Serve with avocado salad or guacamole.