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Be Inspired to choose Native

Season with Saltbush aims to inspire you to enjoy using Australian native foods in your everyday home cooking. Every now and then a new recipe or meal will be added, and over time this will create a handy resource of ideas for cooking with native foods!

The menu pages list all the recipes by general category, and you can also sort by ingredient, simply scroll down and look under 'Labels' in the sidebar to the right.

If you have any questions, requests or suggestions, please email me at danielle@curiouser.com.au

Lamb Chop and Bush Tomato Curry

Everyone in the family from the age of 3 to 35 finished their bowl of this new and tasty curry tonight, so I figure that's a recommendation :) With the scent of cinnamon and subtle smokiness of bush tomato, it is a mild curry in layers of flavour. Serves 4-6.


Ingredients:

Olive oil spray
6 lamb chops (I use free range bbq chops)
1 tbsp ghee
2 onions
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp Outback Pride Bush Tomato Seasoning
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp Outback Pride Tanami Fire (more for additional spice)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tin diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
Natural yogurt, to serve (optional)
Fresh coriander, to serve (optional)


Method:

Spray a large non-stick frying pan lightly with olive oil spray. Heat over high heat and brown the chops on each side, in batches. Put the browned chops in the base of a casserole dish.

Melt the ghee in the frying pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook the onion gently for ten minutes until soft and golden. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, Bush Tomato Seasoning, turmeric and Tanami Fire and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add the cinnamon to the tin of tomatoes and pour into the pan. Bring to a simmer and then pour it over the chops in the casserole dish. Pour in the chicken stock and lightly stir.

Bake at 160 degrees for 1.5 hours for the best, soft lamb that falls off the bones. Use tongs to remove the bones and pull away any fatty strips. Serve with rice, and garnish with natural yogurt and fresh coriander. Serve!

Cinnamon and Wattleseed Porridge

This is totally one of my new favourite breakfasts! I make it without any sugar, you can always sprinkle some over the top if it feels like it's missing :) It could also be a yummy dessert. I go pretty heavy on the cinnamon, it's one of my favourite ingredients, so if you prefer a milder porridge I'd recommend increasing the oats to 1 cup and the milk to 2 cups for the same quantity of spices.

Makes one generous serving or 2 small serves.

Cinnamon and Wattleseed Porridge - with a nice pot of tea!
Ingredients

3/4 cup oats
1.5 cups milk
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground wattleseed
Optional: Fresh blueberries or Australian Wild Fruits

Method

Stir the dry oats with the cinnamon and wattleseed in a non-stick saucepan.

Pour in the milk and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and, stiring occasionally, simmer for about 7 minutes.

Add blueberries if they are in season, I didn't have any when I first made this but they are a divine addition!

If you have Australian Wild Fruits, they really bring it to another level of scrumptiousness, the perfect addition to a luxurious and comforting brunch :)

Zucchini and Tanami Fire Fritters

I have a habit of going through a lot of zucchini at lunch time. At home with a 2 year old who would prefer peanut butter sandwiches at all hours of the day, I can choose my lunch without having to cater to the rest of the family. I also like trying things out that might not be too filling, as it doesn't matter too much at that time of day. This one I made up a week or so ago, and really enjoyed making them again the next day as I wanted them again!

These can be quite sloppy, so it is really important to squeeze the liquid out after grating the zucchini. They would also be yum with some cheese added, and varying herbs and spices to experiment.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large zucchini, grated
2 tbsp plain wholemeal flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp Outback Pride Tanami Fire (or more if you like it hot)
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp cumin seeds
Greek yogurt

Squeeze the water out of the grated zucchini, and combine the zucchini, flour, egg, herbs and garlic in a bowl. Mix well.

Heat oil in a non-stick frypan over medium-high heat. Place approx 1/4 cup spoonfuls of fritter mix into the pan and press gently with a spatula. Cook until golden and crisping up on one side, and then carefully flip over to cook the other side.

Serve with a dollop of yogurt.

The indolent cook does Samphire


Leaf of the Indolent Cook has shared a gorgeous recipe using fresh samphire! Outback Pride now have a range of fresh grocery - herbs and veg - available to the retail market for the first time. The Vegetable Connection at Fitzroy (Melbourne) and Henley Organic Sustainable Market in Adelaide are two stockists to check out.

In the meantime, click over to The Indolent Cook to check out her recipe for "egg, shallot & samphire salad with smoky lemon dressing"!

Native Pepper and Leek Carbonara

Technically, this isn't a carbonara sauce. It's been hacked and rearranged and added to, so that the Italian reference is a bit upside down. Apparently, a carbonara shouldn't have cream. This one does. And I've added leek, because it's so nice, and a few mushrooms to increase the veg content.

That said, adding Native Pepper Seasoning to a more traditional carbonara would also be awesome!



Ingredients

Penne, to serve 4
5 eggs
300ml cream
4 rashers bacon, cut into small strips
1 leek, halved and finely sliced
A handful of mushrooms, halved and sliced
1 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp Native Pepper Seasoning, plus extra to garnish
Salt, to taste

Method

Add the penne to a large saucepan of boiling water. After 1 minute, stir to separate the pasta and leave to cook a further 12 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, in a frying pan over medium heat, fry up the bacon pieces. When a bit of the fat from the bacon has started to grease the pan, add the leek and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream, Native Pepper Seasoning and salt. Add the parmesan and combine.

Drain the pasta and return it to the saucepan. Add the cream and egg sauce, and stir through the hot pasta. Add the leek and bacon mixture. Serve with an extra sprinkling of Native Pepper Seasoning on top.

Warrigals and Saltbush Tart from Simon Bryant

It has been a few weeks between recipes, here, and not because I don't have any. I have a few just waiting to be typed up and shared, so they will be coming soon enough!

In the meantime, here is another tasty recipe that Simon Bryant has kindly let us share here on the blog, though you can find this and other inspiring recipes on the technique section of his own website as well.

This recipe uses fresh Outback Pride herbs and vegetables, which are newly available at selected grocery outlets, such as at the Henley organic & sustainable market in Adelaide.

Short pastry (fits 25 cm tart tin)

280 g four leaf milling organic 85% light flour, plus a little extra for dusting
½ teaspoon table salt
180 g chilled B.-d.Farm Paris Creek butter, diced into 1 cm cubes and then allowed to come up to room temp
80 to 100 ml cold soda water

Filling

1 big leek, white part roughly sliced
20 g B.d Farm Paris Creek butter
30 ml organic extra virgin olive oil
3 medium-sized Scarfo Organic waxy potatoes, unpeeled, thinly sliced
2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons cold water
sea salt and cracked black pepper
200 ml B.-d.Farm Paris cream
30 g B.-d.Farm Paris cheddar, grated
3 organic free-range eggs
200 g B.-d.Farm Paris fetta, cubed
2 cups lightly packed each Outback Pride warrigal greens and saltbush leaves
6 sprigs Outback Pride sea parsley picked and finely chopped

Method

To make the pastry, pop the flour into a large bowl, then add the salt and mix through. Rub in the butter cubes using your fingertips. When combined add the soda water and bring the dough together with the absolute minimum of mixing again trying to only use your finger tips to avoid the heat in your hands affecting the dough. The dough should be a little crumbly still and definitely not one cohesive mass. A few visible lumps of butter here and there are not a major issue and will actually make it flakier and nicer. Very roughly gather the dough into a ball.

Lightly sprinkle your benchtop with flour and roll out the dough into a circle about 33 cm in diameter by pinning from the centre out in all directions. (This will give you an extra 1.5 cm overhang on a 25 cm tart tin to allow for shrinkage when baking.) Grease a 25 cm tart tin and pop the dough in. Leave in the fridge for 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C fan-forced . Line the tart shell with baking paper and add at least a cup (200 g) of baking beans. Blind bake the pastry for 15 minutes until it is firm to the touch. Remove the baking beans and paper and return the tart shell to the oven for a couple more minutes to crisp and colour. Leave the tart shell in the tin and set it aside.

Reduce oven temp to 180 C

Meanwhile, for the filling, melt the butter and oil in a heavy-based medium-sized frying pan with a lid over medium heat. Add the leek and saute for a few minutes until softened, then add the potatoes, thyme, bay leaf and water. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and a good few twists of pepper (although I often omit the salt if the feta is heavily brined to prevent the dish becoming a little over-seasoned).

Reduce the heat to low and pop a lid on the pan. Cook the filling mixture for about 10 minutes, turning the potatoes a few times, until they are just tender to the touch. (They will cook a tiny bit more in the baking of the tart but they do need to be virtually ready to eat at this stage.) Remove the bay leaf and set the pan aside.

In a hot pan with a smidge of oil sauté the waragal greens and saltbush until wilted and add to the potato mixture

Mix the cream, parmesan and eggs together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the leek and potato mixture into the tart shell. Pour over the egg mix and drop cubes of feta over the top and sprinle with crumbled cheddar.

Bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes until just set. Insert a skewer into the tart - a little goo on the skewer is okay as the tart will continue setting when it is removed from the oven. However, the mixture should definitely not wobble when you shake the tin. The tart top should also have patches that are coloured up nicely.

Serve the tart hot or cold with a simple leaf salad.


Easy Cheesy Margharita with Saltbush

I make these as an afternoon snack for the kids sometimes, they are quick, easy, healthy and yum! They also make a good light meal, and pizzas are a fun way to try out different native flavours.


This recipe makes enough for a snack, 2 tortilla pizzas, but can easily be multiplied to make more.


1 wholemeal tortillas
2 large tomatoes
1/3 cup grated cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 shakes of Saltbush Flakes
1 shake of Native Pepper Seasoning

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Spread tomato paste lightly over the tortillas. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly on top.

Slice the tomatoes and place the slices all over the tortilla bases.

Sprinkle with the native herbs. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Note: Let the pizzas cool down before serving to kidlets, the tomato gets really hot!

Simon Bryant's Roo with Macadamia Satay Sauce

In December last year, Mike Quarmby's eldest son got married and brilliant South Australian chef Simon Bryant designed an exclusive menu for the reception using Outback Pride produce and a range of native Australian foods. Simon has been friends with the Quarmbys since meeting them when Outback Pride featured on Simon Bryant and Maggie Beer's ABC tv show The Cook and the Chef a couple of times.

Staff preparing platters at the reception

The food at this wedding reception was, in short, incredible. So so good. I didn't even get to try (or photograph) everything as some of the food disappeared so quickly into the mouths of guests - including these satays! Simon kindly agreed to share some of his recipes with us, and this is the first.

Roo with Macadamia satay sauce


Makes 10 satay by 40 g satay

2 large dried red chillies, finely chopped, seeds and all
20 ml white vinegar
20 ml rice bran, grapeseed oil [rice bran, grapeseed, soybean?]
2 clove crushed garlic
80g macadamia nut
20 ml light soy sauce
20 ml  kecap manis
20  g palm sugar
250  ml tinned coconut CREAM
1 g lemon myrtle ground (plus a little for satay meat)
2 g ground kutjera( plus a little for satay meat)
Salt flakes
500 g of roo saddle . trimmed and large dice ,skewered

Roast macadamia in oven for 10 mins at mod heat.
Place the chilli in bowl, splash over the vinegar and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Preheat a small heavy-based saute or frying  pan over medium heat. Add the oil and when it is hot, add the garlic and saute it until softened, then add the chilli and vinegar mix and fry for a few seconds, stirring. Add all other ingredients, reduce the heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10–15 minutes until the nuts suck up the coconut cream and the sauce becomes thick. Set aside.

Meanwhile bbq  the roo with a pinch of salt flakes and myrtle/ kutjera (whatever takes your fancy)  when just seared drown in the above sauce.

My favourite native pepper stuffing

I have a vastly unreasonable love of stuffing. OK, not all stuffing. But yummy, creative stuffings. I don't even eat a lot of bread normally, but whizz it up and make a stuffing - ooh, tasty! My daughter has also cottoned on to the delicious tastiness of this stuffing recipe and will request spoonfuls as her reward for eating her vegetables ;)

Roast chicken features in our home at least once every couple of weeks, and this is my favourite stuffing recipe. That I made up. Because I love the things that are in it, so it was bound to be good. And it totally is!

It's hard to photograph stuffing and make it look appealing though. Just a little disclaimer there.


Make this while your oven is pre-heating for the roast.

Ingredients

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pistachios (natural, not salted),
2 rashers bacon, diced
1 brown onion, quartered and sliced thinly
1 cup breadcrumbs (I just throw whatever I have in the food processor - this one used pita bread)
1 tsp Outback Pride Desert Flakes
1/2 tsp Outback Pride Native Pepper Seasoning
1/4 cup water, or enough to combine

Method

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook until onion is clear and bacon slightly crispy.

2. Turn off the heat and throw into the saucepan your breadcrumbs, pistachios, Native Pepper and Desert Flakes. Stir well, and then add enough water to combine it well, so that it sticks together when pressed with a spoon.

3. After patting the chicken cavity dry with a paper towel, squish the stuffing in. If there is too much or inside the chook isn't your stuffing style, you can also wrap it in aluminium foil and cook to one side of your roast. When your roast is done, spoon out the yummy stuffing and enjoy!