1. Rice Salad with Seasonal Vegetables

    Rice Salad with Seasonal Vegetables

    Recipe from Chef John Coletta.

    For 8-10 people:

    Ingredients

    11/4Cups Acquerello Carnaroli rice

    4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

    1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt

    2 red bell peppers

    6 cups fresh fava bean pods, shelled, beans blanched and peeled to make 2 cups fava beans, or 2 cups fresh peeled and steamed refrigerated fava

    1 bunch asparagus spears, woody stems and papery scales cut into pieces to make 2 cups

    2 carrots, sliced to make 2 cups

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

    1 (7-inch) zucchini, sliced to make 2 cups

    5 sage leaves, finely snipped

    1 large bunch dandelion greens or arugula, leaves only, hand torn to make 2 lightly packed cups

    4 lemons, sliced into quarters

    Basil pesto

    Sea salt and black pepper in grinders, for the table

    Preparation

    In a medium heavy-gauge saucepan or pot over medium heat, combine 4 cups water, the rice, butter, and salt. Stir until the water comes to a boil.

    Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, stirring until the rice is tender but not mushy and has absorbed almost all of the liquid This should take 18 to 20 minutes from the simmering stage. Set aside.

    Meanwhile, using tongs, blister the skin of the bell peppers on all sides over a gas flame on the stovetop or under the broiler. When the roasted peppers are cool enough to handle, peel off and discard the skin. Chop the peppers and place in a small serving bowl.

    Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium heavy-gauge saucepan or pot, heat 4I2 cups water to boiling over medium beat. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Blanch the fava beans until al dente; scoop them out into a small serving bowl. Blanch the asparagus pieces until al dente; scoop them out into another small serving bowl. Turn off the heat and discard the cooking water.

    Toss the carrots with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil; spread them out on a sheet pan. Roast in the oven until tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a small serving bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a medium saute pan over medium heat. Saut the zucchini with the sage until tender. Transfer to a small serving bowl. Wipe out the saute pan. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute the dandelion greens until wilted but not soggy.

    Transfer to a small serving bowl.

    To serve, spoon the cooked rice into a serving dish. Surround the rice with the small bowls of different vegetables. Add a small pitcher of olive oil; place the lemon wedges on a plate, and put out salt and black pepper grinders. Spoon the pesto into a small bowl.

    Invite guests to build their own salads.

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  2. Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Orange Butter

    Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Orange Butter

    Ingredients

    For orange butter

    1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

    1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest

    1 1/2 teaspoons fresh orange juice

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    For pancakes

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    3 tablespoons sugar

    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 1/2 cups well-shaken buttermilk

    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    2 large eggs

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 ripe large banana

    1/2 cup salted roasted Out Of Africa Macadamia nuts (2 1/2 oz), chopped Accompaniment: maple syrup

    PREPARATION

    YIELD: Makes 15 (4-inch) pancakes

    ACTIVE TIME: 30 min

    TOTAL TIME: 30 min

    Make orange butter:

    Stir together all orange butter ingredients in a small bowl until combined well.

    Make pancakes:

    Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Cut banana into bits and fold into batter along with nuts. (Batter will be very thick.)

    Brush a 12-inch nonstick skillet with some of the remaining tablespoon melted butter and heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 3, pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake into hot skillet and cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes with a spatula and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate and loosely cover with foil to keep warm, then make more pancakes, brushing skillet with butter for each batch.

    Serve with orange butter.

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  3. Cauliflower Parfait with Caviar

    Cauliflower Parfait with Caviar

    Cauliflower Parfait with Caviar

    The recipe is taken from Christopher Trotter’s Book Cauliflower.

    (Serves 8 very small portions)

    Ingredients

    175g raw cauliflower florets

    1 medium, waxy potato peeled and cut into chunks

    Freshly ground black pepper

    Sea Salt

    50 ml double cream

    175g Imperial Caviar (the best you can afford!!). King’s Find Food does an excellent caviar and mail order.

    Method

    1. Cook the potato and cauliflower together in a pan of boiling salted water for about 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked, drain, and blitz in a food processor.
    2. Return the puree to the pan and dry out over a low heat for a few minutes; stir occasionally to prevent it burning. Season quite heavily as it will be served cold and cold food needs more seasoning. Chill until very cold.
    3. Whip the cream until light and just holding, and gently fold it into the cauliflower mixture. Chill again until very cold.
    4. To serve take small egg cups or glasses and place a small amount of caviar in the base, then top up with the cauliflower mixture and then finish with a blob of caviar on the top. Chill and serve very cold.
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  4. A Toast to San Giuliano!

    A Toast to San Giuliano!

    A favourite to many, there is nothing more comforting when you are feeling under the weather than a fresh piece of toast laden with your favourite marmalade. Not only does it give you that comforting, feel-good factor but the King’s Fine food range of San Giuliano Marmalades, produced in Sicily, will add that little ray of sunshine with every bite.

    Marmalade is made by taking the flesh and peels from citrus fruits to make a preserve. Whilst this food is high in sugar, it provides a range of nutritional benefits, supplementing your diet with vitamins and helping to keep your fat, calorie and sodium intake low.

    Laura King has worked closely with the Sicilian based San Giuliano family for many years who produce and supply the finest marmalades in the world. Hand-harvested fruits are 100% organically grown and cooked in a home kitchen overlooking the picturesque Italian countryside.

    The high percentage of fruit and the use of natural ingredients gives a unique taste, texture and colour to all the San Giuliano products.

    Production takes place exclusively during winter and spring, where fruit is picked by hand daily from the estate as they mature. The fruit is used fresh, never refrigerated, it is cut by hand and cooked using no preservatives, jellying or colouring agents.

    For a double burst of healthiness, naturally, the perfect accompaniment to your marmalade selection has to be the San Giuliano Orange Blossom Honey. Whether drizzled on top of your favourite dish or stirred into a warm mug of tea, the beautiful flavours are guaranteed to please.

    For thousands of years, honey has been recognised for both its uses as a food and a medicine. Packed full of beneficial plant compounds and anti-oxidants, it is said honey offers countless health benefits.

    For those of you who like to experiment further afield with your ingredients, we’ve found a fabulous recipe for you to try…

    ORANGE MARMALADE MUFFIN
    Makes 12 medium muffins

    Ingredients:

    150g plain flour (a generous cup)
    150g of whole wheat flour (a generous cup)
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    a large pinch of fine sea salt
    280ml of milk (1 1/4 cups)
    2 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice
    1 large free range egg, beaten
    4 tablespoons melted butter
    150g of San Giuliano orange marmalade (1/2 cup) - plus a bit extra to top (optional)

    Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F. Butter a deep 12 cup muffin tin well, or line with paper liners. Set aside.

    Whisk the flours, baking powder and sea salt together. Whisk the milk, orange juice, beaten egg, and melted butter together. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the liquid ingredients. Mix together quickly, without over mixing. You want a coarse, slightly streaky batter. Stir the marmalade through with a fork to loosen and then fold it into the muffin batter. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups. Using a teaspoon dab some extra marmalade on top of the muffins. (optional, but recommended!)

    Bake for 20 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the centre should come out clean.

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  5. Boyajian Oils – The Baker’s secret!

    Boyajain OilsBoyajian Oils – The Baker’s secret!

    If watching GBBO has inspired you to get baking, take a look at King’s range of Boyajian Baking Essentials, naturally infused oils.

    Made in the USA, these all-natural Boyajian citrus oils, flavourings and extracts are cherished by both home and professional bakers. They add a new dimension to cooking, baking, sweet making, ice cream making and much more.

    The citrus oil range is 100% natural essence, cold pressed from the rind of the fruit, resulting in a remarkable intensity. Use sparingly in place of zest or peel.

    As a general rule, use up to 1/2 teaspoon of Boyajian oil per cup of dry ingredients, plus 1/4 teaspoon per cup of liquid ingredients in any recipe.

    Once tried, these oils will become a store cupboard essential. Beware, a little goes a long way!

    Boyajain Oils

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