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Lebanese-style snapper

"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."

Prego rolls

"This is a Mozambican specialty and one of the foods that changed my life in terms of African cuisine," says Duncan Welgemoed. "The best spot to get a prego roll in South Africa is the Radium Beerhall. It's run by my godfather, Manny, and is the oldest pub in Jo'burg. The meats are grilled out the back by Mozambican staff and are still done the same way today as they were 30 years ago." Start this recipe a day ahead to marinate the beef.

Green salad with vinaigrette

"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."

Curried young coconut salad with sorrel

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Oyster dipping sauce

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Corn salad with prawn salt

"Corn, or mielies, is an essential part of African eating," says Welgemoed. "It's a staple across the continent and is used in different forms as an accompaniment for the majority of meals."

Crisp barramundi with prawn salsa and vanilla-infused dressing


You'll need

1 tbsp vegetable oil 4 200gm barramundi fillets ½ lemon, juice only To serve: olive oil To garnish: chervil sprigs   Prawn salsa 8 medium green prawns 150 gm sweet potato, peeled, boiled and refreshed in iced water, finely chopped 1 small zucchini, finely chopped 2 tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeds removed and finely chopped ¼ cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped dill 100 ml olive oil infused with ½ vanilla bean (see note) 25 gm baby spinach

Method

  • 01
  • For prawn salsa, cook prawns in boiling salted water for 3 minutes or until cooked through, then refresh in iced water. Peel, remove veins and tails and coarsely chop. Combine prawns with sweet potato, zucchini, tomato, dill, olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper. Just before serving, add spinach and toss to combine.
  • 02
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat and cook barramundi skin-side down for 3 minutes or until golden and crisp, turn and cook for another 3 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Season to taste with lemon juice, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 03
  • To serve, arrange prawn salsa on plates, top with barramundi, drizzle with olive oil and garnish with chervil.
Note To infuse olive oil, heat oil and vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until oil starts to simmer, then remove from heat and cool.

"I recently went on a weekend getaway to Bowral and stopped by Centennial Vineyards for a lovely long lunch. The barramundi with prawn salsa I had there was superb. Please ask chef Robin Murray to share the recipe."
Molly Alexander, Faulconbridge, NSW

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  • Serves 4 people
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