Simple Peppers and Eggplant

This is a simple one, yet so delicious.

You only use the floor of the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x large peppers

  • 2 x large eggplants

Method:

  • Oven temperature can vary from 200 to 250 degrees

  • Place the peppers and eggplants directly on the oven floor

  • Turn as the fire blisters the skin of the peppers and eggplants

  • Once cooked, remove from the floor and allow the oven to burn away any residue

  • Peel and dress to your liking 

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Baked Eggs and Feta

Ingredients

  • 2 x large eggs

  • 1 x tin drained cannellini beans

  • 1 x small piece Persian feta

  • 2 x tins crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 x small chorizo diced

  • 1 x crushed garlic clove

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

Method

  • Using a large terracotta dish heat up olive oil, sauté the garlic then add the spices and cook out for a minute.

  • Add the chorizo and cook for a further few minutes

  • Then add the beans followed by the crushed tomatoes. Leave in oven for at least 10 minutes for all of the flavours to develop.

  • Once the liquid has reduced crack your two eggs on the top of your stew returning to the oven to cook the eggs watching them as you only want the yolks to be just set.

  • When ready finish with crumbling fetta on top with a drizzle of olive oil.

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Paprika Roast Chicken with Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 x large chicken butterflied

  • Hot smoked paprika

  • Olive oil

  • Sea salt

  • 500g chat potatoes (pre boiled)

  • Rosemary

Method

  • Oven 200° C Low flame

  • Pre boil your potatoes in salted water until tender, marinate in olive oil sea salt and rosemary.

  • Rub the chicken with olive oil, paprika and salt until it creates a paste on the chicken

  • Place the chicken laying flat skin side down on a large roasting tray

  • Place all the potatoes around the chicken and put in the the oven for 45 min to 1 hr

  • When chicken is cooked remove from oven, and place the potatoes aside. Flip your chicken skin side up on your roasting tray.

  • Throw a small piece of kindling on your fire to create a small flame to crisp your skin.

  • Add the chicken back to the oven watching closely while the skin crisps up

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Mussels From The Oven

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g clean fresh mussels

  • 4 x large tomatoes diced

  • 3 x garlic cloves sliced

  • 1 x red chilli (hot) finely chopped

  • 1 x bunch parsley finely chopped

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

METHOD

  • 200°C – 250°C medium flame

  • Heat olive oil in pan and place near the door of the oven, when oil is hot add mussels (be careful) cover with lid for 45 seconds.

  • Remove lid adding garlic, chilli, olive oil, and salt for a minute then add the tomatoes and continuing cooking for a further 5 minutes until all the mussels are open and sauce is reduced.

  • Serve with fresh parsley and crispy bread.

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Fried Cheese

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 x thick piece of hard cheese (caciocavallo, provolone, parmesan)

  • Flour for dusting

  • 1 x Lemon

  • 1 x Bunch of parsley

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

METHOD:

  • Oven heat: 200-250 degrees

  • Heat the olive oil in pan to smoking hot.

  • Flour your cheese, so it is completely covered in flour. Your cheese needs to be at least 1cm thick.

  • Add the cheese to the pan carefully, it will only need a minute each side.

  • Once your cheese is golden brown and soft, drain off excess oil and add lemon juice to the cheese and some parsley.

  • Serve in the hot pan and eat quickly while it’s still hot.

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Grilled Sardines

Ingredients

  • 6 x Fresh grilled sardines

  • 2 x Cloves garlic

  • Pinch of dry oregano

  • 1 x Fresh chilli sliced

  • ½  Lemon

  • Parsley leaves to finish

  • Plain flour for dusting

Method

  • Season flour with salt & pepper

  • Dust sardines in flour

  • Heat a heavy based pan with a metal handle with 4 tbsp of olive oil

  • When the oil is hot add sardines, leave on one side for 3 minutes then flip them over

  • Add garlic, oregano, fresh chilli and juice from lemon for another minute

  • Plate with fresh parsley & salt

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Korean Style Wood Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 500g Chicken drumsticks

  • Japanese Siracha sauce

  • Potato starch

  • Fried shallots

  • Fresh coriander

  • Peanut oil for frying

Method

  • Oven temp 280 degrees - a small flame

  • Marinate your chicken in your sriracha sauce & leave in the fridge for at least 24hrs

  • Take chicken & place in a plastic freezer bag with enough potato starch to coat each piece

  • Warm in a heavy bottom pan 2cm of peanut oil close to the opening of the oven

  • When the oil is hot add chicken pieces one at a time and place back in the oven

  • Turn chicken after 10min or when golden brown, cook for further 10 min remove from oil and rest chicken under foil for 5min

  • To plate place chicken on plate finishing with fresh coriander leaves & crispy shallots

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Linguine Pesto

Ingredients

  • 500g pre-cooked to al dente linguine

  • 3 sliced garlic cloves

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

  • 20g toasted pine nuts

  • Fresh basil

  • 100g fresh pesto

Method

  • Oven temp 300 degrees small to medium flame 350 degrees

  • Pre-cook your linguine in salted boiling water until al dente

  • Heat your heavy-based pan in your oven, then add olive oil, garlic and saute until golden

  • Discard ½ olive oil and add your pasta, warm through

  • Once pasta has warmed through remove from your oven adding pesto and tossing pasta until pasta is fully coated in pesto

  •  Plate your pasta finishing with basil and toasted pine nuts

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Pork Belly

Ingredients 

  • 1kg piece of pork belly (skin scored by the butcher)

  • Salt

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • ½ bunch rosemary

  • Parsley roughly chopped

  • Sage roughly chopped

  • ½ bulb sliced garlic

Method 

  • Oven temp 280 degrees – 300 degrees low-medium flame     

  • Dry your pork belly with a paper towel, rub skin side with salt & let rest overnight

  • Place pork belly on your chopping board, wipe off excess salt add 3 Tbls of apple cider vinegar to the skin side only

  • On the meat side of your pork massage olive oil, salt & pepper then you're going to make a crust on the same side with your herb-garlic mixture by pressing it into the meat

  • Add a piece of non-stick baking paper to a frying pan as big as your piece of pork, add a drizzle of olive oil to the paper and add your pork skin side down & add your pan to the oven, let cook until the skin has become crispy

  • Once you have turned your pork & skin is now side up, cover with baking paper & then foil and cook for one hour

  • Check your pork - if it's tender it's ready, if not continue cooking for a further 20min until tender

  • For the last portion of the cooking, throw a small log or kindling on your fire to make a flame, then remove the foil and let the pork skin crisp up. Keep an eye out - it can burn very quickly

  • Once crispy let rest under same foil & tea towels for 20min, then enjoy

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