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"Texas is world-renowned for barbecuing a mean brisket, the flat and fatty slab of meat, cut from the cow's lower chest," says Stone. "Cooking a simply seasoned brisket low and slow on a smoker (or kettle barbecue when barbecuing at home), gradually rendering the gummy white fat while simultaneously infusing smoky flavour into the meat, is a labour of love. Although time-consuming, briskets are not difficult to cook. And while you'll note that this one takes a whopping 12 hours to cook, don't be alarmed if your brisket needs another hour or so - this timing is an approximation, and greatly depends on the size of your brisket and heat of your barbecue." The brisket can also be cooked in an oven (see note).

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"Store-bought and pre-cut coleslaws, and bottled dressings have given the humble slaw a lacklustre rep over the years," says Stone. "Taking a little time (just 10 minutes!) to whip one up yourself reminds us why this salad became popular in the first place. This creamy, crunchy coleslaw comes together in a pinch and can be piled atop a thick piece of brisket or served as a side."

Cockles with drawn butter and garlic sauce


You'll need

  Cockles 2 kg cockles To serve: thinly sliced wholemeal bread   Drawn butter and garlic sauce 125 gm unsalted butter 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 pinch sweet smoked paprika 1 pinch ground cumin

Method

  • 01
  • For drawn butter and garlic sauce, place butter in a saucepan and melt over low heat without boiling. Using a spoon, skim scum and discard, then pour clarified butter into a bowl, leaving behind milky solids. Return clarified butter to a clean saucepan, add garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add lemon juice and spices and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 02
  • Bring 2cm of salted water to the boil in a large pan over high heat, add cockles, cover and cook for 2 minutes or until cockles open. Drain in a colander and divide among bowls. Serve cockles dipped in drawn butter and garlic sauce with wholemeal bread.

While oysters, mussels and scallops receive their fair share of attention, there's a bevy of other shellfish, too, such as pippies, cockles and clams, which promise plenty of pleasure on the plate. These daintier varieties, along with mussels, should be purchased alive. You can check their condition by tapping any open shells - they should close immediately. They're sometimes sold sandless (that is, purged of sand), but if they're not, you'll need to purge them. Do this by soaking in salted cold water for about an hour. Discard any shells that don't open during cooking. While fresh scallops are available to restaurants, they're harder for home cooks to lay their hands on. Look for examples with plump flesh and always buy them fresh rather than frozen. If you can't find shellfish at your local market or fishmonger, give your local Chinatown a go.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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