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"This dish is Lebanese-peasant done fancy with all the peasant-style flavours you'll find in Lebanese cooking, but with a beautiful piece of fish added," says Bacash. "The trick to not overcooking fish is to be aware that it cooks from the outside inwards and the centre should only cook until it's warm, not hot. If it gets hot in the middle, it will become overcooked from the residual heat. It takes a little practise getting to know this - be conscious of the inside of the fish and not the outside. Until you get it right, you can always get a little paring knife and peek inside the flesh when you think it's ready; it won't damage it too much."

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"Store-bought and pre-cut coleslaws, and bottled dressings have given the humble slaw a lacklustre rep over the years," says Stone. "Taking a little time (just 10 minutes!) to whip one up yourself reminds us why this salad became popular in the first place. This creamy, crunchy coleslaw comes together in a pinch and can be piled atop a thick piece of brisket or served as a side."

12-hour barbecue beef brisket

"Texas is world-renowned for barbecuing a mean brisket, the flat and fatty slab of meat, cut from the cow's lower chest," says Stone. "Cooking a simply seasoned brisket low and slow on a smoker (or kettle barbecue when barbecuing at home), gradually rendering the gummy white fat while simultaneously infusing smoky flavour into the meat, is a labour of love. Although time-consuming, briskets are not difficult to cook. And while you'll note that this one takes a whopping 12 hours to cook, don't be alarmed if your brisket needs another hour or so - this timing is an approximation, and greatly depends on the size of your brisket and heat of your barbecue." The brisket can also be cooked in an oven (see note).

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"Our seven-year-old, Arwen, has been making this vinaigrette since she was five - she tastes it as she goes," says Levy Redzepi. "It's fresh and acidic and as good as the leaves. Frillice lettuce is crunchy but it's thin so it's like a perfect mix of cos and iceberg."

Kylie Kwong: Goong Goong's pickles


You'll need

750 gm cabbage, core removed 1 Lebanese cucumber 2 carrots, peeled 1 white radish (daikon), peeled 1 bunch (about 8) radish, trimmed and halved lengthways 1/4 cup sea salt 1.5 litres (6 cups) white vinegar 495 gm (2¼ cups) white sugar 60ml (¼ cup) light soy sauce 1 tsp chilli oil

Method

  • 01
  • Cut cabbage into 5cm x 2cm pieces and separate leaves. Halve cucumber and carrots lengthways, then cut into 7cm x 1cm pieces. Halve white radish lengthways and cut into 3cm x 2cm pieces.
  • 02
  • Combine all the vegetables in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and mix well to combine, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 03
  • Combine vinegar and sugar in a heavy-based non-reactive saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer uncovered, without stirring, for 30 minutes, or until reduced by one-third and slightly syrupy. Cool, then refrigerate overnight.
  • 04
  • Pour cooled syrup over vegetables, add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a jar or airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days to allow flavours to develop. Pickles will keep refrigerated for several months.

"This recipe comes from my mother's father (my grandfather), Goong Goong. These dynamic, delicious pickles remind me a little of an Italian giardiniera. Straight from the jar, they're perfect served as an appetiser or palate awakener, or finely sliced they can be added to a salad or thrown into a stir-fry to add body and complexity." - Kylie Kwong

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  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

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