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"This is a traditional tart eaten in Naples at Easter," says Ingram. "The legend goes that a mermaid called Parthenope in the Gulf of Napoli would sing to celebrate the arrival of spring each year. One year, to say thank you, the Neapolitans offered her gifts of ricotta, flour, eggs, wheat, perfumed orange flowers and spices. She took them to her kingdom under the sea, where the gods made them into a cake. I love to add nibs of chocolate to Parthenope cake because I think it marries nicely with the candied orange and sultanas, but, really, do you need an excuse to add chocolate to anything?" Start this recipe a day ahead to prepare the pastry and soak the sultanas.

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Crab, coconut and mint dip with cassava crackers


You'll need

For frying: vegetable oil 250 gm cassava crackers (see note) 140 ml coconut cream 1 red jalapeño chilli, seeded and chopped ½ cup thinly sliced mint 2 tsp caster sugar ¼ cup mayonnaise ½ lime, juiced (or to taste) 500 gm cooked crabmeat, picked over ½ fresh coconut, flesh shredded with a citrus zester

Method

  • 01
  • Fill a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan two-thirds full with vegetable oil and heat, then deep-fry cassava crackers, in batches, for 30 seconds or until puffed and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • 02
  • Process coconut cream, chilli, half the mint and sugar in a food processor until a purée forms. Transfer purée to a bowl, then whisk in mayonnaise, lime juice and remaining mint until just combined. Gently fold through remaining ingredients, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and stir to combine. Serve crab, coconut and mint dip with cassava crackers passed separately. Best served on day of making.

Note Cassava crackers are made from pounded cassava and sago flour flavoured with chilli, leeks and paprika, and are available from Pacific Island food stores. If unavailable, substitute prawn crackers or pappadams.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

2005 Montana Sauvignon Blanc.

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