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Berry recipes

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Coconut crab and green mango salad

"This salad bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours and became a signature on my Paramount menus," says Christine Manfield. "I capitalised on using green mangoes in many dishes as they became more widely available. Blue swimmer crabs from South Australia have the most delicious sweet meat. It's best to buy them whole, cook them yourself and carefully pick the meat from the shell - a tedious task but it gives the best flavour. This entree also works well with spanner crab meat (you can buy this in packs ready cooked from reliable fishmongers). The sweetness of the crab, the richness of the fresh coconut and the sourness of green mango make a wonderful partnership. It's all about harmony on the palate and using the very best produce."

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Esquites


"Corn is the number-one ingredient in Mexico and esquites [a street snack of grilled corn] is served on every other corner, so it seemed like a natural choice to have at the restaurant," says Ward. "I also have a special place for it in my heart - while I was in Oaxaca, I was hungry late one night but I wasn't too sure what to trust. I went and stood behind a bunch of cops in a line, as I figured if they were eating it, it must be good - it ended up being esquites."

You'll need

12 large corn cobs (about 300gm-400gm each) 60 ml (¼ cup) canola oil 2 white onions, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tbsp dried or fresh epazote (see note) Juice of ½ lime, plus 4 limes cut into cheeks, to serve 300 gm (1 cup) whole-egg mayonnaise 110 gm (1/3 cup) queso fresco, crumbled (see note) 1 cup (loosely packed) coriander 2 tsp chilli arbol powder, or to taste (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat a char-grill or barbecue to high heat. Remove all silks from corn, then grill until corn is a deep charred colour (20-25 minutes). Set aside to cool completely (15-20 minutes), then cut kernels from cob and set aside.
  • 02
  • Place oil, onion, garlic and epazote in a saucepan over medium heat and fry until onion and garlic are soft but not coloured (5-7 minutes). Add corn kernels, lime juice and 1.6 litres water and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
  • 03
  • Divide corn mixture among bowls (don’t add too much liquid). Spoon mayonnaise and cheese over and scatter with coriander and chilli powder. Just before serving, squeeze juice of lime cheeks over and mix everything together.

Note Epazote and arbol chilli powder are available from Fireworks Foods and Monterey Mexican Foods. At El Público they make their own queso fresco; it's difficult to find in Australia, but unsalty feta or fresh goat's cheese makes a good substitute.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Cerveza Pacífico Clara.

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