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"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Garfish with white bean, avocado and chipotle chilli salad


You'll need

  Garfish 2 limes, halved and thinly sliced 12 (about 150gm each) garfish For brushing: olive oil 1 tsp cracked black pepper and chipotle chilli mix, or to taste (see note) To serve: lime wedges   White bean salad 400 gm canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 2 avocados, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 small Spanish onion, thinly sliced ½ cup (loosely packed) coriander leaves 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 limes, zested rind and juice only ¼ tsp cracked black pepper and chipotle chilli mix, or to taste (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Heat a chargrill or barbecue grill on high heat. Place lime slices in garfish cavities, brush garfish lightly on both sides with olive oil and season with chilli mix and sea salt. Tie at intervals with cooking twine and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  • 02
  • For white bean salad, combine beans, avocado, onion and coriander in a bowl and stir to combine. Combine oil and lime juice and rind in a separate bowl, season to taste with chilli mix and sea salt and whisk to combine. Drizzle a tablespoon of dressing over salad, cover and refrigerate until needed. To serve, arrange garfish on plates with salad and lime wedges and drizzle over remaining dressing.

Note Cracked black pepper and chipotle chilli mix is available from the spice section of supermarkets.


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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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