Grilled Lamb Chops with Zucchini and Olive Gremolata

Ingredients

1 frenched 8-rib rack of lamb, about 2-1/2 lb, cut into 4 double chops
3 tbsp olive oil
4 whole star anise, toasted and finely ground
2 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted and finely ground
2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium zucchini, cut crosswise on a very 4 into 3/4-inch-thick slices
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup very coarsely crumbled feta cheese
1 small red onion, pickled (optional)
flaky seasalt for garnish

Gramolata

6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp finely chopped shallots
3 tbsp finely chopped pitted kalamata olives
3 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. To make the gremolata: In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, shallots, olives, vinegar, lemon zest, and tarragon. Season lightly to taste with salt and pepper. Cover the gremolata and set aside at room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl, stir 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the star anise, coriander, and paprika. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and then with the spice mixture. Let stand at room temperature while you prepare the grill.
  3. Prepare an outdoor grill for medium-high cooking over direct heat.
  4. Coat the lamb chops with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Grill the chops, turning occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into the center of a chop registers 125°F for medium-rare. Transfer the chops to a platter and let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with 1 tbsp olive oil and season with salt. Grill the zucchini, turning halfway through cooking, for about 6 minutes, or until charred with grill marks and crisp-tender.
  6. When ready to serve, place a lamb chop on each of four dinner plates. Arrange the zucchini and pickled onions (if using) alongside the lamb, then sprinkle with the feta cheese. Spoon the gremolata around the lamb. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Curtis Stone What’s for Dinner

Spanish-style Rice Dish with Seafood

Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil
8 oz monkfish or cod, skinned and cut into chunks
3 prepared baby squid, body cut into rings and tentacles chopped
1 red mullet, filleted, skinned and cut into chunks (optional)
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1-1/4 cups Valencia rice
scant 2 cups fish stock
2/3 cup white wine
3/4 cup frozen peas
4-5 saffron strands soaked in 2 tbsp hot water
4 oz cooked peeled prawns
8 fresh mussels in shells, debearded and scrubbed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
l tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
lemon wedges, to serve

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the monkfish or cod, squid and red mullet, if using. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, then transfer the fish with all the juices to a bowl and reserve.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of oil in a saute pan and add the onion, garlic and pepper. Fry, stirring frequently, for 6-7 minutes, until the onion and pepper have softened.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes, then add the rice, stirring to coat the grains with oil, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour on the fish stock and wine and add the peas, saffron and water. Season well and mix.
  5. Gently stir in the reserved cooked fish with all the juices, followed by the prawns, and then push the mussels into the rice.
  6. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, over a low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the stock has been absorbed but the mixture is still moist.
  7. Remove from the heat, keep covered and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that remain closed.
  8. Garnish the paella with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Best of Spain

Breakfast Egg Cakes with Mushroom and Wild Rice

Ingredients

1/2 cup wild rice
2 tsp gropeseed, comelino or sunflower oil
2 shallots, chopped
1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
6 large organic eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
1/4 tsp black pepper

Method

  1. Place rice and 2 cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, until rice is tender but still slightly chewy, about 40 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, mushrooms and salt. Cook until mushrooms are tender and have given off their liquid, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and peas to pan and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
  5. In large bowl, whisk eggs and stir in mushroom mixture, rice, Parmesan, thyme and pepper. Divide mixture among 12 greased or muffin paper-lined standard-sized muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, or until eggs are set.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes before unmoulding.

Makes 4 servings.

Tip

To speed up the cooking time, soak the wild rice in water for several hours.

Source: Sage magazine

Thai-style Stir-fried Hot and Spicy Scallops

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) fresh scallops
4 tablespoons red curry paste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 fresh red chilies, finely sliced
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves, divided

Method

  1. Combine scallops with curry paste and marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. In a wok or large fry-pan, heat vegetable oil. Stir-fry garlic until golden. Add marinated scallops, curry paste and chilies. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add fish sauce and sugar. Stir and cook another minute.
  3. Check taste. If needed, add extra fish sauce, sugar or chili.
  4. When scallops are cooked and tender, mix in most of the basil leaves. Remove from heat. Garnish with remaining basil leaves. Serve with rice.

Source: Thai Cooking Class

Jamie Oliver’s Pork Belly Roast with Crunchy Crackling and Gravy

Ingredients

1.3 kg piece of higher-welfare pork belly
15 g fennel seeds
100 ml olive oil
2 carrots
2 sticks of celery
1 bulb of garlic
2 onions
1/2 bunch of fresh thyme
1 bottle of white wine
75 g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to its highest temperature.
  2. Using a Stanley knife, score the skin down to the meat (try not to cut the meat), making the cuts very close together.
  3. Bash the fennel seeds and a good pinch of sea salt in a pestle and mortar to a powder.
  4. Tip the oil over the top of the scored skin, then sprinkle over the fennel mixture, and rub all over so that everything gets into the scores and down into the meat.
  5. Roughly chop the carrots and celery, then throw these into a roasting tray. Break the garlic bulb up into unpeeled cloves, peel and chop the onions into large wedges, then toss into the tray with the thyme sprigs.
  6. Put the seasoned pork belly on top of the vegetables in the tray, then roast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the skin starts to bubble and turn golden brown.
  7. Reduce the oven temperature to 170°C/325°F, and roast for 1 hour 30 minutes. When the time’s up, carefully open the oven door and pour in three-quarters of the wine. Cook for 1 further hour.
  8. Remove the meat carefully from the oven and test to see if it pulls apart easily. If not, cook for a little longer. Allow the meat to rest while you make the gravy.
  9. Put the tray of roasted vegetables directly onto your hob over a medium heat add, add the flour, then stir together until thick. Cook for 1 minute then add in the remaining wine – if you sauce is too thick add a splash more wine or water.
  10. Using a potato masher, mash up the vegetables until you have a delicious thick-looking sauce. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a low heat, season to taste, then strain through a sieve into a jug.
  11. Remove the crackling from the top of the belly and break up into pieces, pull the pork belly apart, and serve with the jug of gravy on the side, and a selection of seasonal vegetables.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Jamie Oliver