From time to time, we cook, even better when we cook for someone else. Even better when we want to cook and impress female company. Below is a well rounded 3 course meal that any man can cook, that your partner will love.
Preparation – 20 Minutes + Refrigeration Serves – 8
?? Medium green capsicum (bell pepper) (100g) diced finely
2 green onions (scallions, chopped finely
400 g piece sashimi salmon, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon free dill sprigs
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Scatter micro leaves over salmon. Serve with thinly sliced toasted bread.
TIP – Cut the salmon as thinly as you like. Freezing the piece of salmon for about 1 hour will make it easier to slice finely. You can finely slice the partly frozen fish using a mandoline or a V-Slicer.
Butterflied Lamb With Fresh Mint Sauce
Preparation + Cook time 40 minutes (+refrigeration and standing) Serves (10)
?? cup (90g) honey
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
2 kgs butterflied leg of lamb
?? cup loosely packaged rosemary sprigs
For Mint Sauce
?? cup (110g) firmly packed light brown sugar
?? cup(125 ml) water
1 1/2 cups (375ml) cider vinegar
?? cup finely chopped fresh mint
Serving suggestion – Serve with baby potatoes and a tomato and radish salad. The mint sauce can me made several days ahead. Ask the butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb for you.
Raspberry nougat frozen parfait.
Preparation + Cook time – 25 minutes (+freezing and refrigeration) Serves 8
2 cups (400g) ricotta Cheese
?? cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar
?? cup (40g whole almonds, roasted, chopped coarsely
150g (4 1/2 ounces) nougat, chopped coarsely
1 ?? cup (310ml) thickened (heavy cream)
1 cup (135g) Frozen raspberries
Tip – it is fine to use just one 300ml carton of cream for this recipe. The parfait can me made a week ahead up to step 3.
Slice with a knife that has been dipped in hot water, before allowing to soften in the refrigerator (step 5)
Serving suggestions – You can serve this with fresh raspberries or with a raspberry compote. For a compote, cook 2 ?? cups (330g) Frozen raspberries, and ?? cup (55g) caster) superfine) sugar in medium saucepan, stirring, over a low heat, until berries are very soft/ Push mixture through coarse sieve into medium bowl, discard seeds. Just before serving, stir 500 g fresh raspberries into berry sauce.
A perfect Match
You could accompany the festive menu with these wine choices.
Salmon Carpaccio – Pinot Grigio
Lamb – Sauvignon Blanc
Raspberry Parfait- champagne or sparkling wine.