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    Smoked Salmon Christmas Starter

    Perfect as a light starter before a rich Christmas dinner, smoked salmon is readily available in small packets meaning you can ensure you don’t buy more than you need.

    Prep Time

        •    Prep and cook time: about 10 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 4


        •    1-2 lemon
        •    green salad
        •    cream cheese (optional)
        •    Toasts slice of sourdough bread
        •    1kg side of premium smoked salmon


    1. Toast a slice of sourdough bread for each person.
    2. Top with a generous serving of cream cheese and a slice of smoked salmon.
    3. Season with a squeeze of lemon and black pepper.
    4. Serve with salad leaves.

    This great family recipe is thanks to Love Food Hate Waste Recipes at https://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipe/smoked-salmon-christmas-starter

    Octopus Gremolate with Chilli Aioli

    Prep Time

        •    Prep and cook time: 4 hours & 3 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 4


        •    Octopus
        •    chilli aioli
        •    1 red chilli
        •    Gremolata
        •    1 lt olive oil
        •    2 egg yolks
        •    salt to taste
        •    1 lemon zest
        •    1 lemon juice
        •    1 tbls dijon mustard
        •    300ml grape seed oil
        •    500g octopus tentacles
        •    1/2 bunch finely parsley
        •    300ml extra virgin olive oil
        •    10ea kalamata olives, diced
        •    1 garlic clove, roasted and pureed



    1. Blanch the octopus in boiling water for 3 mins then refresh in some ice water.
    2. Cook the octopus in the oil for 3 to 4 hours at 80 degrees Celcius.
    3. Remove from oil and slice into bite size pieces.

    Combine all ingredients in a bowl

    Chilli aioli:

    1. Whisk the yolk, mustard and garlic together till it is light and fluffy, slowly whisk in the oil till it thickens.
    2. Finely chop chilli and whisk into aioli.

    To serve:

    1. Arrange octopus on plate and pour gremolata over and around the octopus.
    2. Place a small amount of aioli to the side or around octopus being careful not to put too much as it is very spicy.
    3. The octopus is best served at room temperature..

    This great family recipe is thanks to ABC Recipes at https://www.abc.net.au/radio/recipes/octopus-gremolate-with-chilli-aioli/8908150

    Cured Huon Salmon, Horseradish & Cucumbers

    This is a very special Joshua Retzer (of Stillwater fame) recipe. It’s not for the faint hearted but the end result is a stunning cured Huon Salmon dish that will make guests stop and stare!

    Prep Time

        •    Prep time: 5 hours
        •    Cook time: 20 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 4


        •    2g Salt
        •    7g Agar
        •    1 lemon
        •    1/2 Lime
        •    100g Salt
        •    2g Xanthan
        •    150g Sugar
        •    1 Garlic clove
        •    100g Watercress
        •    200ml Buttermilk
        •    1 Banana Shallot
        •    4 Baby Cucumbers
        •    160g Grapeseed Oil
        •    150g Crème Fraiche
        •    3g Vitamin C Powder
        •    400ml Full Cream Milk
        •    20 Wild Garlic Flowers
        •    1 Lebanese Cucumber
        •    150g Fresh Horseradish
        •    30ml Chardonnay Verjus
        •    18g Tapioca Maltodextrin
        •    20 Warrigal Green Leaves
        •    To taste Murray River Salt
        •    650g Huon Salmon fillet (skinned)
        •    300g Wild Garlic (or just normal garlic)


    1. To cure the salmon: In a bowl mix the Sugar, Salt and rind of Lemon and Lime Spread a ¼ of the mix on the base of a shallow tray, place the Salmon fillet in and cover with the remaining cure mix. Cure in the fridge for 4 hours, once time is up rinse fillet under cold water, pat dry and portion into 150gm portions. Keep in fridge till needed.

    2. To make the wild garlic cream: Bring a saucepan of Salted Water to the boil add the Wild Garlic and Watercress and blanch for 10 seconds, strain and transfer the greens to an ice bath, refrigerate. Peel and finely dice the Banana Shallot and Garlic Clove, sweat in saucepan till translucent. Add the Full Cream Milk and infuse over low heat for 30 minutes, strain and discard the Onion and Garlic pour the Milk back into Saucepan and bring to a boil add the Agar and stir vigorously for 15 seconds so the agar is well incorporated, pour mixture into a container of appropriate size and place in fridge to let set. Once Set roughly chop the mix and place in an upright blender and blend on high add the Wild Garlic and Watercress a ¼ at a time, add the Salt and Vitamin C. Blend on high till smooth and no lumps remain, pour into a squeeze bottle and reserve in fridge.

    3. To create the horseradish snow: Peel and roughly chop the Horseradish, place the Horseradish in an upright blender with the Oil and blitz on high till smooth, pass through cheesecloth into a container, let the oil settle in the container.In a bowl measure out 30gm Horseradish Oil skimming from the top to make sure you get no moisture, mix in a bowl with the Tapioca Maltodextrin till a powder forms, season w/ a pinch of Murray River Salt. Pass through sieve and store in a dry airtight container in the fridge.

    4. For the buttermilk: In a bowl mix the Buttermilk, Crème Fraiche and Xanthan in a bowl, season with the salt, pour into a squeeze bottle, keep in fridge.

    5. To finish: Decoratively Slice Cucumbers and dress w/ Chardonnay Verjus. To plate place the Wild Garlic Cream on the plate, add the Salmon, dot the Buttermilk mix around the plate, place the Cucumbers next to the Salmon and top with the Horseradish Snow. Garnish with the Leaves and Flowers, season with the Salt and serve.

    This great family recipe is thanks to Huon Aqua Recipes at https://www.huonaqua.com.au/recipes/cured-huon-salmon-horseradish-cucumbers/

    Lightly Baked Huon Ocean Trout with Wild Rice

    This is a very special Joshua Retzer (of Stillwater fame) recipe. It’s not for the faint hearted but the end result is a stunning Huon Ocean Trout dish that will make guests stop and stare!

    Prep Time

        •    Prep time: 8 hours
        •    Cook time: 30 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 4


        •    800g Butter
        •    1 Clove Garlic
        •    3 Stalks Blight
        •    200g Wild Rice
        •    500ml Fish Stock
        •    Cooked Wild Rice
        •    20g Coastal Rocket
        •    150g Coastal Parsley
        •    15g Salt Bush Leaves
        •    Coastal Parsley Powder
        •    30ml Chardonnay Verjus
        •    16 Coastal Rocket Flower
        •    4 x 200g Huon Ocean Trout portions


    1. Coastal Parsley Powder: Spread the Parsley throughout a food dehydrator and dry on medium heat about 50c this can be achieved in an oven at the same temp with the door slightly left open. Once dehydrated (about 6-8 hrs), crush into a powder and pass through a sieve, store in a dry area.

    2. Wild Rice: Rince the Wild Rice under cold running water for 2 minutes, strain and transfer rice to a cold pot on stove top, add the Stock and Garlic, bring to a boil and cook till Rice is tender, strain. Tip rice into a metal bowl and mix in the coastal parsley powder, serve once trout is ready.

    3. To Finish: Preheat oven to 140 degrees, place the trout on a tray lined with baking paper. Put 20g butter on each piece of trout and bake till your desired temperature is reached. To plate, divide the wild rice mix between the four plates, place a fillet of trout alongside, garnish with the coastal green and flowers, season the dish and finish by dressing with the chardonnay verjus.

    This great family recipe is thanks to Huon Aqua Recipes at https://www.huonaqua.com.au/recipes/lightly-baked-huon-ocean-trout-with-wild-rice/

    Pan-Fried Scallops with Lime & Coriander

    For a healthy-yet-special starter, try Jo Pratt's zesty scallops

    Prep Time

        •    Prep and cook time: 10-15 minutes
        •    Yield: Serves 2 as a starter


        •    6-8 scallops
        •    1 tbsp olive oil
        •    salt and pepper
        •    juice of half a lime
        •    roughly chopped coriander
        •    1 tsp chopped fresh red chilli
        •    2 large chopped garlic cloves


    1. Fry the scallops in the olive oil for about 1 min until golden, then flip them over and sprinkle over the garlic cloves and chopped fresh red chilli into the pan. Cook for about 1 min more, then squeeze over the juice of the lime.
    2. Finish off with roughly chopped coriander and salt and pepper. Serve straight away.

    This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2615/panfried-scallops-with-lime-and-coriander