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"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

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Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Smoked trout and pickled cauliflower rolls


Begin this recipe three days ahead to pickle the cauliflower.

You'll need

4 long bread rolls (about 19cm long), halved lengthways Melted butter, for brushing 2 cups torn mixed soft herbs, such as basil, dill and flat-leaf parsley ½ thinly sliced Spanish onion Extra-virgin olive oil, to taste Aïoli, to serve 2 whole smoked trout, skin and bones discarded, flesh flaked 150 gm Persian feta, crumbled Pickled cauliflower 1 small cauliflower (about 650 gm), broken into florets 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced 3 salad onion bulbs, thinly sliced 1 tbsp olive oil 1½ tsp yellow mustard seeds 500 ml (2 cups) apple cider vinegar 140 gm caster sugar 1 tbsp sea salt flakes 80 gm sultanas 1 tsp finely grated ginger 4 small green chillies (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • For pickled cauliflower, blanch cauliflower and fennel until tender but still crisp (1-2 minutes; see cook’s notes p184). Drain, rinse briefly under cold water to cool slightly and shake off excess water. Place in a bowl along with salad onion. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add mustard seeds and stir until seeds pop (10-20 seconds). Add vinegar, sugar, salt and 200ml water and bring to a simmer. Add sultanas, ginger and chillies, then pour mixture over cauliflower. Place in a sterilised jar, seal and store in a cool dark place or refrigerate for 3 days before using. Pickles will keep up to 3 months.
  • 02
  • Brush cut sides of bread halves with butter and fry cut-side down in a large non-stick frying pan until golden and toasted (2-3 minutes).
  • 03
  • Combine herbs, onion and olive oil to taste in a bowl. Spread bases of rolls with aïoli, then top with smoked trout, herb salad and feta. Season to taste, sandwich with tops of bread and serve with cauliflower pickles.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Lean, minerally chardonnay.

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Mar 2016

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