French Fries with Garlic Aioli 

French Fries with Garlic Aioli 

Photography by Darren Bester

Yield: Approximately 250ml

Ingredients: 

Thinly sliced french fries baked / fried & placed in canapé cones

2 Egg Yolks 

1 Heaped tsp Dijon Mustard 

Squeeze of Lemon Juice 

1 Garlic Clove Mashed 

125ml Canola Oil 

125ml Olive Oil 

Pinch of Salt 

Method: 

In a blender, combine the egg yolks, mustard, garlic, salt & lemon juice and give a quick blend on a low speed to combine (bout 10 or so seconds).  Slowly start trickling the oil into the mixture until you can see that it starts to thicken, once it starts thickening you can increase the flow of oil into the blender until all the oil has been combined.  Taste and season accordingly.  If too thick, add another dash of lemon juice.  

Cooks Notes: Refrigerate if not serving immediately.   Will keep for 3 days in the fridge. 

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Beef Fillet Bruschetta with Horseradish Cream, Micro Herbs & Red Onion

Beef Fillet Bruschetta with Horseradish Cream, Micro Herbs & Red Onion

Photography by Darren Bester 

Yield: 30 

Ingredients: 

1 stale baguette 

Approximately 250g Beef Fillet, cooked rare

2 heaped tsp Horseradish Cream from a jar 

200ml Creme Fraiche 

Handful Rocket Micro herbs

30 Thin slices of red onion

200ml Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)

Salt & Black Pepper 

Olive Oil for drizzling 

Method: 

In a small bowl, combine the horseradish & creme fraiche and set aside.  Cut the baguette into thin rounds.  Heat a griddle pan until hot, pour the 200ml oil into a bowl and dip the bread in until both sides are covered in oil, pop onto the griddle pan and turn once crispy and marked by the grill pan, repeat on the other side.  Remove from the heat and place on a cooling rack until cool.   Thinly slice the beef.  To assemble, dollop the horseradish cream onto each bread round, top with a piece of beef, micro herbs and slice of red onion.  Grind over some salt & black pepper, drizzle with olive oil & enjoy!

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Prawns for Any Occasion!

Prawns for Any Occasion!

Photography by Darren Bester

 

Maybe it’s because Easter is around the corner and I always associate Easter with seafood (after chocolate of course), or perhaps it’s the desire to indulge in one last al fresco lunch under the sun, before winter arrives in the Southern Hemisphere, or maybe it’s that case of ‘you want what you can’t have’, due to the baby boy currently growing in my belly and shellfish therefore being taboo… but for whatever reason, the desire to cook prawns, was one I finally gave into this past Sunday !

I made something quick and easy …toasted baguette with garlic & chili prawns and a fresh guacamole salsa for hubby and some friends (I ate mine minus the prawns). So quick and easy, yet so tasty and moreish. Something you could serve at a party as a canapé, as a starter or perhaps, like we did, as a lovely al fresco snack… Minimum effort for maximum results – just look how beautifully these pretty pink babies plate up … a quick and easy way to impress your guests. Prawn callage

Recipe Yield: Makes 10

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

30 prawns (deveined & peeled) (you could get away with 20 – 2 per slice of baguette)

2 clove garlic

2 fresh red chilli’s

For the salsa:

1 red onion finely diced

2 salad tomatoes finely diced

4 tablespoons coriander chopped

Juice of 1 lime

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 Avocados

10 Baguette slices – slightly toasted

Method: For the salsa – combine the chopped tomato, red onion, coriander, lime juice and seasoning and set aside.  Mash your avocado and add seasoning and a squirt of lime juice.   Toast your baguette slices either in a pan, coating lightly with some oil or in the oven for 5 minutes.   In a pan, heat olive oil, fry your prawns for a minute before adding the garlic and the chili, fry for another 3 minutes or until your prawns are pink and cooked through. Dollop a good amount of avocado onto each baguette slice, followed by a dollop of salsa and top with the prawns and there you have it… a fancy little treat in no time! Prawns2

Darren Bester of Darren Bester Photography and Ashton Van Graan of The Sweetest Things and I, had fun styling this & Darren took all the mouth watering photographs! The first of many joint food styled shoots to come …

Smoked Salmon with Wasabi Cream on Pumpkin Seed Rye

Smoked Salmon with Wasabi Cream on Pumpkin Seed Rye

Photography by Darren Bester

 

Yield: 20 – 25

Ingredients

3–4 Tsp Wasabi Powder

5 – 6 Tbsp Creme Fraiche

2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Maldon Salt & Black Pepper to taste

4 – 5 Sunflower Seed Rye Bread cut into small rounds

225grms Smoked Salmon

Dill Sprigs to garnish

Method:

Combine the Wasabi Powder, Crème Fraiche & lemon juice, season to taste. Cut your bread rounds using a circular round cutter or any shape cutter you desire.  Place a generous amount of salmon on each round, place a quenelle* of wasabi cream on top of the salmon and garnish with a dill sprig.

Notes: Shape a quenelle by warming 2 teaspoons in hot water, shake off excess water and run spoon along the surface of the cream mixture, transfer the mixture from spoon to spoon until a neat oval shape forms, carefully slide the quenelle off the spoon and onto the salmon.  

Cut your bread rounds ahead of time and store until required, you can make your cream mixture ahead of time too and trim your dill garnish so that 15 minutes before you guests arrive, you can plate up with no mess and no fuss.

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Bite Sized Caprese Salad Skewers

Bite Sized Caprese Salad Skewers

Photography by Darren Bester

 

Yield: 20 – 24

 Ingredients

12 Mini Rosa Tomatoes, halved

12 Bocconcini halved (fresh bite size mozzarella balls)

4 – 5 Fresh Basil leaves shredded

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cocktail Sized Fork Skewers

Method: 

Marinade the tomato halves and mozzarella balls in a little olive oil with salt & pepper

Remove the tomatoes and pierce each half through a cocktail sized fork skewer

Shred the basil leaves and add to the mozzarella and olive oil mixture, stir well to combine (use your discretion as to how much basil to incorporate)

Pierce the mozzarella, now coated with basil, on top of the tomato skewer

Plate mozzarella side down

Notes: Marinade your tomato & mozzarella ahead of time but no more than 1 hour – any longer and the vibrant colour of the tomato will deteriorate.  I struggled to find the mini bocconcini & eventually found them at Giovanni’s Deli in Greenpoint, Cape Town. 

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