Carpaccio

Carpaccio

Perhaps my favourite way to start a meal – Carpaccio is super simple to prepare and is always sure to impress.

Beef fillet is seared then sliced thin and served with crispy capers, parsnip crisps, crisp parmesan and high quality extra virgin olive oil.

Carpaccio
Serves 4

Ingredients: 300g Beef Fillet (Fully Trimmed), 1tbsp Capers, 1 Parsnip, 75g Parmesan (Grated), Maldon Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

1) Place a frying pan over a high heat and coat with a little olive oil. Season the fillet generously with cracked black pepper and sear for 30 seconds each side in the frying pan to achieve a thin crust. Set aside to cool then transfer to the fridge for at least 2 hours to firm up.

2) Meanwhile make the crisp parmesan. Preheat your oven to 190c. Sprinkle the grated parmesan over a non-stick baking mat on a baking tray and transfer to the oven. Bake for around 5 minutes or until the parmesan has melted and turns slightly golden. Remove from the oven when ready, allow to cool then break up into small pieces. Set aside.

3) Make the crisp capers by deep frying in hot oil (190c) for 20-30 seconds until crisp – remove and drain. Make the parsnip crisps by peeling the parsnip and quartering lengthways. Cut strips from the parsnip with a vegetable peeler and fry in hot oil (190c) for 1-2 minutes until crisp and golden – remove and drain. Set the capers and parsnip aside.

4) When firmed up, slice the beef thinly with a sharp knife. Arrange on plates and top with the capers, parmesan and parsnip crisps. Sprinkle the plate with a good amount of sea salt and drizzle with a good amount of strong extra-virgin olive oil.

Enjoy!

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Parmesan and Thyme Muffins

Parmesan and Thyme Muffins

 

A crisp exterior with a light and fluffy centre – these savoury muffins take only 5 minutes to make and are a great afternoon snack. The exclusion of butter means they are relatively healthy – helping the post-Christmas healthy eating regime!

Whilst parmesan and thyme is delicious, the recipe is not restricted to these additions – please experiment! The recipe can be easily multiplied to make more muffins.

Parmesan and Thyme Muffins
Makes 6

Ingredients:

140g Plain Flour
115ml Milk
1/2 tbsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Thyme Leaves
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
50g Grated Parmesan
2 Eggs

Method:

1) Pre heat the oven to 200C, line a muffin tin with 6 small muffin cases.

2) Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper and paprika into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

3) In a jug – whisk the milk together with 1 egg. Fold this mixture into the dry ingredients lightly.

4) Reserve 1 tbsp of parmesan and add remainder along with the thyme to the mixture and fold lightly to combine.

5) Spoon the mixture evenly between the muffin cases. Whisk the remaining egg and glaze the top of each muffin. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top of the muffins.

6) Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool a little.

Best enjoyed warm!