My meal of Asian style ostrich served on ginger sweet potato rosti with veggies in an Asian dressing isn't about taking you to the next level of culinary superstardom. It is about showcasing ingredients simply but with emphasis on flavour. It uses ingredients you can easily find at a good supermarket and uses a meat (poultry, actually) I've been preparing for years and that I find many people still hesitate to use. Ostrich, local, low in fat and certainly lekker. The fillet is not an everyday piece of meat, so make this when you want to spoil your someone special. This is a meal for two and perfect for a date night in.
This celebratory cake is based on an old Victoria sponge recipe, but I made a rather large one with no layers, baked in a bundt or ring cake pan. I used fragrant, tiny Ercolini pears (in season here in the northern hemisphere). I adorned the cake with a salted caramel sauce I made and while on the theme: caramel shards. Looks fancy but is so easy to make and takes just a cup of white sugar and a teaspoon of sea salt.
Angelfish is inexpensive, on the SASSI green list and has the perfect delicate texture for pies and a pasta like this, where the Champagne cream sauce is the star. It's a fish I buy whenever I can. Using smoked angelfish in this recipe is sublime- I've made it to rave reviews. Now, please don't break open a bottle of your treasured expensive bubbles for this- local sparkling wine is perfect, but a rule that's worth following is, don't use it in your cooking if you won't drink it. Enjoy what you Don't use in the sauce with the meal.
For this week's Woolworths MasterChef SA Spice Challenge, I delve into the wonders of Zanzibar the Spice Island and make a Parsi dish, a prawn dhansak. Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar and was Parsi- did you know? Dhansak uses a variety of spices, lentils and in this case mango and pineapple pulp and lime juice. Serve with a mango and pineapple salsa.