A summer feast fit for a King. These yoghurt and vincotto marinated lamb chops are served with pickled shallots, mint yogurt and pita. Fire up the BBQ and celebrate summer with Maldon Sea Salt!
1. For the marinade, place ½ cup yoghurt, vincotto and garlic in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add lamb chops and massage marinate into the chops. Leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
2. For the mint yoghurt place the remaining yoghurt, mint and lemon zest into a small food processor and whiz until well combined. Season with salt flakes and cracked pepper. Set aside.
3. For the pickled shallots, place shallots, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and allow to pickle for 30 minutes.
4. Preheat a chargrill pan or barbecue to high. Add lamb chops and lemon halves to the barbecue, cook chops for 5 minutes, turning halfway, until medium or cooked to your liking. Cook lemons for 5 minutes or until grilled and charred. Remove from the grill and cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes.
5. Brush pita with oil and add them to the barbeque, cook for 1 minute on each side until charred.
6. To serve, place lamb chops onto a serving platter, drizzle with mint yoghurt and scatter with pickled shallots, extra herbs and squeeze charred lemon on top to finish. Serve alongside some pita bread.
The perfect side to your summer feast. This BBQ chat potato salad with whipped feta and roasted pepper salsa is packed full of flavour, yet simple to put together. We guarantee your guests will be begging for the recipe…
1. Place potatoes in a saucepan of cold salted water over medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 12 minutes or until just tender. Drain and cool completely.
2. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill to high. Toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons of oil and barbeque for 6-8 minutes until charred and completely cooked.
3. Place capsicum onto the barbeque and chargrill turning occasionally for 10-12 minutes or until charred and blackened. Place into a bowl and cover with cling wrap for 20 minutes, this allows the steam from the capsicums to help lift the skin.
4. In a mini food processor process the feta and yoghurt until smooth. Set aside.
5. Remove the peppers from the bowl and peel the skin away. Discard skin and seeds. Finely chop the peppers and add them to a bowl along with the preserved lemon, remaining olive oil, salt flakes and herbs.
6. In a bowl toss the potatoes with the pepper salsa and half the chopped herbs and season with sea salt flakes.
7. To serve, spread whipped feta over a serving platter, top with potato and peppers, scatter with remaining herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.
The definition of comfort food. Aromas of tomato, cinnamon and sweet paprika will fill your kitchen as you whip up our Greek Chicken and Risoni. Simple, yet impressive, the perfect recipe for you next dinner party. Recipe by Helena Moursellas.
- Heat oil in a large cast iron pot over medium heat, cook chicken thighs skin side down for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- To the pan add the onion, garlic, spices and season with Maldon Sea Salt flakes, cook for 6-8 minutes or until onion has softened. Add the butter and tomato paste to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock, passata and bay leaves. Return the chicken to the pan along with the cherry tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low, cook covered for 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
- Remove the lid and evenly scatter the risoni around the chicken and pour ½ cup (125ml) water into the pot. Return to the stove and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or until risoni is cooked.
- To serve, scatter with parsley and kefalotyri cheese.
*Cooks note: if you can’t find kefalotyri, substitute with parmigiano reggiano.
A simple, yet indulgent, steak sandwich perfect for long lazy weekends or a weeknight treat. The secret is a flavour-packed caper and tarragon mayo that you will make over and over again. We’ve used a wood oven in this recipe, but a chargrill pan on the stove top will work just as well. Recipe by Helena Moursellas.
- Heat a wood oven to 400°C or if using a chargrill pan, heat over high heat.
- To make the caper and tarragon mayo, combine mayo, mustard, capers, tarragon, lemon zest, pepper and season with Maldon Sea Salt flakes. Set aside until needed.
- Place beef on a tray and drizzle with oil and Maldon Smoked Salt flakes. Heat a cast iron chargrill frypan in the wood oven for 5 minutes or until smoking hot. Place steak and cheese onto the frypan turning the steak once, for 1 minute each side. Carefully remove from the oven and set aside.
- To assemble the steak sandwich, spread one tablespoon of caper and tarragon mayo on each slice of sourdough, followed by the steak and melted cheese, then finish with lettuce. Top with a second slice of sourdough. Cut in half and enjoy.
These moreish lemon and dill yoghurt flatbreads are topped with creamy havarti cheese and fermented chilli, but feel free to top yours with whatever you fancy. If you don’t have access to a wood fire, a hot oven will do the trick! Recipe by Helena Moursellas.
- Heat a wood oven to 400°C or if using an oven preheat oven to 250°C.
- For the confit garlic, place ingredients into a saucepan over high heat and cook until 60°C on a kitchen thermometer. Reduce heat to low and cook gently for 20 minutes or until garlic is softened.
- Place the flour, baking powder, dill, lemon zest and Maldon Sea Salt flakes in a large bowl and mix to combine. Make a well in the center and add the yoghurt and mix to combine until a dough forms.
- Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and dust with a little extra flour. Knead the dough for 3–5 minutes, then divide into 4 equal pieces and roll out to ½ cm thick. Working with one flatbread at a time, drizzle with confit garlic and oil and carefully place into the pizza oven for 2 minutes or until crispy and puffed. If using the oven, place the flatbread onto a baking dish or pizza stone and drizzle with confit garlic oil and cook for 8-10 minutes or until crispy and puffed.
- Remove flatbread from the oven and scatter with a quarter of the Havarti, cavolo nero, fermented chili and confit garlic oil and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Season with Maldon Sea Salt and serve.
This is a recipe for a delicious Rum spiced Ham, perfect for the festive period – this could be served on Christmas eve or New Year’s Eve and would be perfect alongside slow cooked red cabbage and dauphinoise potatoes. It is surprisingly easy to prepare and any leftovers make the best sandwiches!
Traditionally, a gammon joint would often require soaking overnight to remove some of the strong salt from the cure. However, more often these days the butchers use cures which don’t require this – check with your butcher first if you are unsure.
Take a large pan, big enough to hold your ham and to the pan fill it up halfway with water. To the water add the black treacle and mix in well. Then add your gammon joint and top up the pan with some more cold water until it just covers the ham. Then add the bay leaves, half an orange, cinnamon stick, star anise, black peppercorns and cloves. Then place on the hob and bring the liquid up the boil and then reduce to a low simmer and let it simmer for 2 hours 30 mins. Keep topping up the water level if necessary, to ensure the ham is evenly covered.
Preheat oven to 180C.
After 2 hours 30 mins remove the ham from the heat and allow to cool slightly before removing carefully from the pan of water.
Place the ham on a large baking tray and using a sharp knife, score the skin in a diamond pattern. In small bowl mix together the spiced rum, 2 tbsp black treacle, Dijon mustard, Maldon salt and 1 tbsp olive oil. Use a pastry brush to rub this glaze all over the ham. Then place into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush again with any remaining glaze.
Let the ham rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Porchetta makes a wonderful alternative to Turkey for your festive centrepiece. Porchetta originates from Italy and is a rolled joint of pork belly stuffed full of fragrant herbs. It is slow cooked for soft tender meat but still with beautiful crispy crackling on the outside. Serve this Porchetta alongside rosemary roast potatoes and fresh sautéed greens.
Begin by prepping your pork. Score the skin of the pork belly with a knife in lines at an angle across the whole skin, then place in the fridge uncovered overnight – this will help dry out the moisture in the skin and ensure you have super crispy crackling.
Meanwhile you can make the stuffing for the porchetta. In the olive oil lightly fry the onion with a pinch of Maldon salt for 5 minutes until softened. Then add the crushed garlic and fennel seeds and fry for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and tip into a bowl to cool. Once cooled add the lemon zest, chopped pistachios, sage, parsley, breadcrumbs and season with Maldon salt and cracked black pepper. Mix well and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Once you are ready to cook your pork remove from the fridge. Place it on a board skin side down, and then cover the flesh with your stuffing mixture. Using butchers string carefully roll your meat and bind together in 3 or 4 places tightly to keep it in a roll.
Place the rolled joint onto a baking tray and drizzle the skin with olive oil, rubbing it in and then sprinkle liberally with Maldon salt. Place the tray into your preheated oven for 30 minutes until the crackling is crispy and golden. Then turn your oven down to 180C and cook for a further 2 hours. If the crackling begins to look a little too dark, then you might want to cover it with some foil.
After the cooking time remove your porchetta from the oven and rest for 20 minutes until ready to serve!
These sweet festive cookies are a wonderful treat to gift to friends and are great fun to make with children. They are spiced with the Christmas flavours of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves and then iced with pretty patterns to decorate. The cookies should last in an airtight container for 1 week.
Using an electric whisk or stand mixer, start by creaming together the butter and brown sugar (ensure your butter is softened to room temperature before you attempt to do this). Once the mixture is pale and fluffy add the molasses and vanilla extract and mix again.
In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients; the plain flour, Maldon salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in stages and then mix until it forms a soft dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 170C.
After the dough has chilled, remove it from the fridge and on a lightly floured surface roll out the dough until it is roughly ½ cm thick. Use any cutters you like to cut out shapes – gingerbread men, stars, Christmas trees, candy canes – have fun with it! Place the biscuits onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, keeping the biscuits a few cm’s apart (you may need to do this across a couple of trays). Put the trays into the preheated oven and bake for 14 – 15 minutes until the biscuits are slightly darker and baked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire rack to cool fully.
To make the icing place the 500g icing sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp water, mix until it forms a paste. Keep adding a small amount of water at a time till you reach your desired consistency. You want the icing to still be thick enough to pipe and hold its shape. Once you have the correct consistency, pour the icing into a piping bag with a small nozzle attachment and decorate the cooled biscuits anyway you like.
Lobster, prawns and crayfish are often considered delicacies for a special occasion, so this BBQ recipe with smoky siracha mayonnaise and herbed butter is perfect for a showstopping Christmas feast.
Begin by mixing together the herb butter for your seafood. In a small bowl mix together the softened butter with Maldon salt, cracked black pepper, the chopped parsley and coriander. Set aside.
The perfect way to cook your seafood is on a hot BBQ, however if you don’t have one then a griddle pan will work too. Make sure it has reached a medium to high temperate, and start by grilling your lobster halves. Cook flesh side down on the griddle until the meat has turned pink and has some lovely charring on it. The shells will turn orangey pink too, and this is when you know your lobster are cooked. Do the same with the king prawns and crayfish, although these will take less time to cook.
While your seafood is cooking, it is also nice to griddle some lemon to serve alongside. Simply add your lemon halves cut side down onto the grill and allow them to cook and char for 3 minutes.
Once your seafood is all cooked, pile onto a large serving platter and using a pastry brush, brush all across the flesh with your delicious herb butter – letting it melt in. Place your griddled lemon onto the serving platter too.
In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and siracha. Serve this alongside the platter of BBQ seafood and allow everyone to tuck in!
This recipe takes the traditional trifle but gives it a Christmassy twist with additions of clementine’s, cardamom, amaretto and pistachio. Not only does it taste amazing, but it makes for a show stopping dessert at your Christmas table.
Begin by making your custard. In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks with the golden caster sugar until pale and thickened. Then add the cornflour and mix again. In a saucepan, heat the 450ml whole milk, 250ml double cream, 6 based cardamom pods and the vanilla bean paste gently until it reaches scalding point. Then remove from the heat and pour gradually into the egg mixture through a sieve to catch the cardamom pods, whisking as you go until all the milk and cream is added and you have a smooth mixture. Clean out the saucepan and the pour the custard back in. Place it onto the heat once more and gently heat over a low flame, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula until the custard has thickened.
Remove the custard from the heat and pour into a bowl. Use clingfilm to close cover the surface of the custard – this will stop it from creating a skin – and place into the fridge to cool.
You will need a large trifle dish to assemble your dessert. Start with the clementine’s, peel them and cut into rounds roughly 1cm thick. Place the slices of clementine around the bottom of the trifle dish so they stand up against the sides. Next take the slices of madeira cake and place into the bottom of the dish (these can be used to help stand the clementine slices up) and keep layering up until you have used all the cake.
Next you want to drizzle the madeira cake layer with the 3 tbsp amaretto. The next layer is the custard. Remove the cooled custard from the fridge and pour this over the cake layer.
Finally add the 600ml double cream to a large bowl and add the icing sugar and a pinch of Maldon salt, then either using a balloon whisk or an electric whisk whip the cream until it starts to form soft peaks. Add the 60ml amaretto and whisk again – ensuring not to over whisk – you want medium peaks that aren’t too stiff.
Spoon the cream over the custard layer and use the back of your spoon to create soft peaks in the top. Decorate the top of the trifle with crushed amaretti biscuits, chopped pistachios, physalis fruit and gold leaf, if desired. Serve.