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You'll need

  Lemon, honey and fennel pork skewers 1 kg piece of boneless female pork belly, cut into 2cm pieces 125 gm honey 2 lemons, juice only 2 tsp crushed fennel seeds 12 vine leaves in brine, drained, halved   Haydari 500 gm sheep’s milk yoghurt 1/3 cup finely chopped dill 55 gm (1/3 cup) finely chopped walnuts 1 tbsp finely chopped mint 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 garlic clove, finely chopped   Köfte 400 gm each finely minced lean beef and lean lamb 75 gm fine fresh breadcrumbs ½ cup finely chopped mint 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tbsp dried oregano 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander Large pinch chilli powder   Cucumber salad 2 tbsp caramelised red wine vinegar (see note) 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp honey 2 Lebanese cucumber, peeled ¼ cup each (firmly packed) chervil, dill and flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • For lemon, honey and fennel pork skewers, combine pork, honey, lemon juice and fennel seeds in a non-reactive dish. Season liberally with freshly ground black pepper and toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for haydari, place yoghurt in a fine sieve over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to drain. Discard drained liquid and transfer yoghurt to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • Drain pork and thread 3 pieces onto a skewer, separating each with a folded piece of vine leaf. Refrigerate until required. Makes about 12 skewers.
  • 04
  • For köfte, combine ingredients in a bowl. Fry a small amount of mixture in a small non-stick pan to check for seasoning, then season mix to taste and roll mixture into golf-sized balls. Makes about 26.
  • 05
  • Preheat a barbecue or char-grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook skewered pork and köfte, turning occasionally until cooked through (15 minutes).
  • 06
  • For cucumber salad, combine ingredients in a bowl and toss until honey dissolves. Serve with köfte, pork skewers and haydari.
Note Caramelised red wine vinegar is available from select delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute with a good-quality cabernet sauvignon vinegar.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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Jan 2009

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