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Pear, thyme and hazelnut tart

Thyme adds an intriguing savoury note to this burnt-butter tart, and poaching the pears in wine adds a further savoury element. Start this tart a day ahead to rest the pastry, and serve it with a dollop or two of creme fraiche.

David Thompson's stir-fried Siamese watercress


"The name of this dish in Thai is 'red flamed'. And that's literally what should happen when the vegetables hit the wok," says Long Chim and Nahm chef David Thompson. "It should flame and fire and imbue this simple dish with a smoky finish."

Pictured with deep-fried squid with garlic and peppercorns.

You'll need

2 tbsp (about 8 small) Thai garlic cloves,peeled (see note) 320 gm (2 bunches) Siamese watercress (water spinach; see note), trimmed and cut into 4cm lengths 60 ml (¼ cup) yellow-bean paste Large pinch of white sugar 1 long red chilli, bruised 60 ml (¼ cup) rice bran oil Dash of fish sauce, or to taste

Method

  • 01
  • Bruise garlic with a pinch of salt with a mortar and pestle, then pound into small pieces, but not to a paste. Transfer to a bowl, add watercress, yellow-bean paste and sugar, toss to combine, and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat a seasoned wok (see note) until very hot. Add chilli and char until blackened (4-6 minutes), then add to watercress.
  • 03
  • Heat oil in wok, add watercress mixture and stir-fry vigorously until wilted (20-30 seconds). Add 1 tbsp water and simmer for a moment, stirring to combine. Season with fish sauce and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

Additional Notes

Thai garlic is smaller and sweeter than other varieties of garlic, and is available from Thai food stores. If it’s unavailable, substitute small garlic cloves. Siamese watercress is available from Thai grocers. To season a new wok, heat over high heat, scrub with salt, rub with oil using a paper towel, and heat until blackened.

Drink Suggestion

A young Braemore sémillon.

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Sep 2016

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