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This is the one recipe that’s a must to include in your French cooking arsenal and it’s the perfect use for those baby Aldi supermarket truffles. Makes 4 individual serves 8 slices of freshly brioche bread 4 tbsp unsalted butter 500ml truffled béchamel sauce (see recipe below) 8 slices of smoked leg ham 4 cups grated mix of emmental and gruyere cheese 4 tbsp Dijon mustard freshly sliced black truffle pickled cornichons Pre-heat oven to…

Raclette is a semi-hard cheese made on both sides of the French and Swiss Alps. Raclette du Valais or Fromage à Raclette, as they are traditionally called, are made using the milk of cows grazing on the alpine meadows. The name comes from the French word ‘racler’, which means ‘to scrape’. The cheese has a thin, brownish-orange coloured rind and pale yellow flesh (the ‘pâte’ of the cheese) with a few scattered open holes. It…

Shchi Soup with saffron milk cap mushrooms, sauerkraut and smoked chicken Serves 8 8 cups chicken stock ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced ¼ cup saffron milk cap mushrooms (or pine mushrooms), sliced (provedores) 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 cups sauerkraut, well strained 1 cup cabbage, thinly shredded 2 carrots, julienned 2 smoked chicken breasts, sliced Dill sprigs for garnish Method 1. In a large pot add the extra-virgin olive oil…

Complimenting the European wine varietals at High Country Victoria’s Ros Ritchie wines cellar door, Essentials Megan Chalmers has put together a collection of French recipes to indulge in this winter. Stay tuned to Essentials for more classic French recipes and an exclusive Q&A with award-winning winemaker Ros Ritchie. French Onion Soup Serves 6 Flavourings 2 bay leaves 12 black peppercorns 6 large sprigs of thyme Soup 4 tbsp unsalted butter 4 tbsp olive oil 8…

That’s Amore’s stracciatella cheese (made in Melbourne) is a luxuriously textured, fresh delight. This recipe pairing it with Garlicious Grown’s umami rich caramelised black garlic cloves makes a light and delightful flavoursome dip to share with friends. It’s fast and fab. 500g That’s Amore Cheese stracciatella, or try our ‘cheats stracciatella’ recipe (below) using bocconcini and double cream 5-6 Garlicious Grown caramelised black garlic cloves, peeled 2 brioche burger buns, dried in 120C oven for…

Makes 2 tarts, serves 4 Bake in 15cm diameter cake tins. 400g sheet of good quality all-butter puff pastry 16 pieces oven-roasted tomatoes (mixed varietals, see recipe below) 16 pieces caramelised shallots 2 burrata (about 200gm each; buffalo mozzarella is an excellent substitute) Green herb vinaigrette to garnish Oven-roasted Garden Tomatoes (mixed varieties) 8 fresh tomatoes of mixed varieties, cut in halves 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced 1 bay leaf, torn into small…

Featuring a unique, easy-to-digest unleavened kefir pizza dough, this rich in umami French-style pizza will have you coming back for more. Caramelised onions 10 brown onions, peeled, thinly sliced 100g unsalted butter Salt flakes to taste 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar Method 1. In a large saucepan over a medium heat, add butter and melt, then add sliced onions and stir well. 2. Reduce the heat slightly and continue to cook slowly until onions become softened…

Shchi Soup with saffron milk cap mushrooms, sauerkraut and smoked chicken Serves 8 8 cups chicken stock ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced ¼ cup saffron milk cap mushrooms (or pine mushrooms), sliced (provedores) 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 cups sauerkraut, well strained 1 cup cabbage, thinly shredded 2 carrots, julienned 2 smoked chicken breasts, sliced Dill sprigs for garnish Method 1. In a large pot add the extra-virgin olive oil…

Freshly Shucked Oysters with Prosecco Jelly, gingered honeydew melon, nori salt and fried noodle knots To serve 1 dozen oysters Prosecco Jelly (Makes approximately 550ml) 400ml good prosecco 150ml water 4 tbsp white sugar 4 titanium strength gelatin leaves Method 1. Place wine, water and sugar in a small saucepan. 2. On a medium heat bring liquid to a simmer; stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. 3. In a large bowl of cold water soak gelatin…

Serve 6 2kg brown onions, finely sliced 100g unsalted butter 1 head of roasted garlic 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped 3 tbsp chopped thyme 3l homemade veal or beef stock 150ml Jones Apero 100g Gruyere cheese, finely grated 100g Mozzarella cheese, finely grated Day-old rye bread for large croutons Method – Soup 1. Start the soup by slowly caramelising the sliced onions in butter, add the finely diced celery, roasted garlic, and chopped thyme.…

with bitter salad greens, cornichons and toasts Serves 10 an entrée, or light starter 1 Murray valley Rolled Scotch, Approx. 1.2kg 1 liter of duck fat 2 Teaspoons of Fennel seeds ½ Teaspoons of white peppercorns 1 Teaspoon of coriander seeds 1 pinch of Cayenne pepper 1 Teaspoon of caraway seeds 2 Teaspoon of cooking Salt (Optional for seasoning) 4 Cloves of quality Australian Garlic Unpeeled, washed 6 Large sprigs of thyme, washed 1 small…