12 bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls)
12 basil leaves
12 slices Parma ham
Extra virgin olive oil
Drain the mozzarella balls and place in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Wrap each ball in a basil leaf and a slice of Parma ham, and secure with a toothpick. Drizzle with a little olive oil to serve.
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- February 1, 2016
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 cloves garlic, chopped
handful of chopped fresh thyme
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets
175g grated mozzarella cheese (optional)
12 slices of Parma ham
- In a mixing bowl combine the basil, salt, pepper, garlic, thyme and butter.
- Spread butter mix on the chicken. Lay three slices of ham overlapping on a work surface. Place chicken breast on top and sprinkle with grated cheese. Wrap the ham over the top of the chicken. Secure with a wooden skewer if necessary. Repeat for the remaining three chicken breasts.
- Bake in oven at 180 C / Gas 4 for 40 minutes.
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- November 9, 2015
2 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, bashed
1 onion, peeled and sliced
2 good eating apples, peeled and chopped into 2.5cm pieces
1 red cabbage, outer leaves and core removed, chopped into irregular chunks
Freshly ground black pepper
150 ml balsamic vinegar
1 small knob butter
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
Pour a good lug of olive oil into a saucepan, get it hot and add the bacon and fennel seeds. Cook until golden then add the onion and continue to cook, with the lid on, for a few more minutes until golden and sticky. Add the apple, followed by the cabbage chunks, salt and pepper and the vinegar, and stir everything together well. Put the lid back on and continue to cook on a low heat for an hour, checking and stirring every so often. You will end up with a gorgeously sticky-sweet cabbage dish that you’ll want to eat immediately, straight out of the pan! Or, if you can wait long enough, scoop it into a serving dish, pop the butter on top and sprinkle over the parsley.
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- September 28, 2015
1 Cucumber thinly sliced
1 tsp Salt
50 grm sugar
3 inch chunk of fresh ginger
Place the cucumbers in a bowl and sprinkle over the salt. Mix well and leave for ten minutes, then rinse with cold water. Drain off the excess liquid. Grate over the fresh ginger and add the sugar and 60ml of the white vinegar. Stir to combine and leave for 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture into Mason jars and top up with vinegar. Leave in the cupboard for 4-6 weeks until the pickled cucumbers are ready.
Recipe by Maurizio of Marche Food Ltd.
Preparation: 15 min Cooking 20 min
- 25 g of butter
- 100 g pancetta, diced
- 1 clove of garlic
- 350 g spaghetti
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 40 g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 40 g Pecorino cheese, freshly grated
- Salt and pepper (I like it with loads of black pepper)
Melt the butter in a pan, add the pancetta and garlic and cook until the garlic turns brown. Remove and discard the garlic. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted, boiling water until al dente, then drain and add to the pancetta. Remove the pan from the heat, pour in the eggs, add half the Parmesan and half the Pecorino and season with pepper. Mix well so that the egg coats the pasta. Add the remaining cheese, mix again and serve.
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
PREP TIME: 20 minutes + 15 minutes for fish to cure
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: nuts, dairy, fish
2 large brown trout, filleted and pin boned
50g sea salt
200g large leafed loose tea, such as assam
200g plain rice
2 rooster potatoes, peeled, cubed and soft boiled
2 large beetroot, peeled, cubed and soft boiled
1 clove garlic
1 small red chilli
Juice ½ lemon
1 tsp sherry vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
1 small bunch parsley
50ml walnut oil
50ml vegetable oil
1tbsp grated horseradish
Salt and pepper to season
Tbsp crème fraiche
• Rub the flesh with sea salt and leave to cure for 15 minutes covered in the fridge.
• Wash the salt off the fish.
• Line an old thick bottomed roasting tin with foil and sprinkle in the tea and rice.
• Place a cake rack or a grill rack in the tin and put the fish on top, skin side down.
• Set the roasting tin on the stove and heat until smoking.
• Cover the entire tin with tin foil and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to rest so that the residual smoke can continue to flavour the fish.
• Remove the foil and inspect the fish. It will smell like smoked bacon. It should be quite pink (raw) on the inside, and cooked on the outside. Refrigerate the fish until needed.
• In a large bowl, add the chopped shallots, grated horseradish, lemon juice and vinegar, allow to steep.
• Cook the potatoes for 7 minutes, and at the same time in a separate pan, boil the beetroot for 7 minutes.
• Whilst they are boiling, mash the garlic and chilli to a paste in a pestle and mortar with a good pinch of salt. Add the walnut and roughly grind, add this to the vinegar and lemon juice, now add the walnut oil and vegetable oil.
• Strain the beetroot and potatoes and add to a bowl. Add half the dressing and mix whilst still hot. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and season with pepper.
• For service: Press the beetroot and potatoes into a medium sized ramekin and turn neatly onto the plate. Put two pieces of the trout on top. Put a tablespoon of crème fraiche on top of the trout and then drizzle the dressing around the edge of the plate and over the crème fraiche.