Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Rocket and Omega Walnut Pesto


I was very lucky to be given not one but 2 bags of Omega Manjimup Walnuts to experiment with and come up with some recipes 😀 it got me thinking straight away and I have 3 recipes in mind. The first I decided would be a savoury dish, when I think of walnuts and savoury I think of gnocchi! So here it is and I hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE PESTO

  • 1 Cup of Roasted Omega Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup of Good Quality Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 Cup Good Quality Olive Oil
  • The Rind & Juice of 1 Small Lemon
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Salt and pepper to your liking

FOR THE GNOCCHI

  • 1 Tbsp of Good Quality Butter
  • 400g Sliced Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Pkt Gnocchi (if I had more time I would have made my own but that’s a recipe for another day!)
  • 3 Handfuls of Rocket
  • 1 Small Bunch of Basil Finely Chopped

METHOD

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add a pinch of salt. Once boiled, place the gnocchi in and once it has floated to the top cook for a further 5 minutes. Then drain and set aside.

2. Combine all the Pesto ingredients into a food processor, blitz to a fine paste and set aside.

3. Place a large frypan on high heat and add the mushrooms. Cook these for a few minutes until they start to soften then add the butter and sauté for a few minutes.

4. Next you want to add the gnocchi, and cook for a few minutes until the gnocchi starts to brown.

5. Once the gnocchi has browned add about 3/4 of the Pesto and stir. It might look a bit clumpy at the start but once it heats up it will begin to go nice and creamy. Then add the basil.

6. Lastly, remove the pan from the heat and to add the Rocket. You don’t want the Rocket to wilt too much, you want it to keep its vibrant green colour. Garnish with some small fresh Rocket leaves and enjoy 🙂

Chef Lab Meat Egg


Sorry it’s taken a while to to get going and start writing again. Its been a wild few months! In February this year I entered a little cooking comp called Cheflab at my good friends Ryan and Tania’s restaurant, Baby Mammoth. After being told numerous times to keep it simple (something I found hard to do but glad I did having to make close to 70 dishes) I decided to make my own version of Hestons “Meat Fruit”. It was crazy cooking in a real commercial kitchen for that many people and I hope to be included for round 2 soon.

INGREDIENTS

CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT

– 120g Finely sliced shallots
– 3g Minced garlic
– 17g Sprigs of thyme, tied with string
– 140g Dry Madeira
– 160g Ruby port
– 80g White port
– 55g Brandy
– 18g Table salt
– 400g Chicken livers (trimmed weight)
– 240g Eggs
– 300g Unsalted butter, melted

 MANDARIN JELLY

– 45g Leaf gelatin
– 500g Mandarin purée
– 80g Glucose


METHOD

FOR THE CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT

1. Place the shallots, garlic and thyme in a saucepan with the Madeira, ruby port, white port and brandy. Set aside to marinate for 24 hours.

2. Heat the marinated mixture until almost all the liquid has evaporated, making sure to stir regularly to prevent the shallots and garlic from burning. Remove from the heat and discard the thyme.

3. Preheat the oven to 100°C. Fill a bain-marie with 5cm water and place in the oven. Preheat a water bath to 50°C.

4. Sprinkle the table salt over the livers and put them in a sous-vide bag. Put the eggs and the alcohol reduction in a second sous-vide bag, and the butter in a third.

5. Seal all the bags, then place in the water bath for 20 minutes. Remove the bags from the water bath.

6. Combine the eggs, alcohol reduction and meat in a blender and blend until smooth. Slowly blitz in the butter and blend until smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve using the back of a small ladle.

7. Pour the mixture into a terrine dish and place in the bain-marie then cover the bain-marie with aluminum foil. Cook the parfait until the temperature in the centre reaches 64°C. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

FOR THE MANDARIN JELLY

8. Place the gelatin in cold water to soften. Gently heat the mandarin purée and glucose in a pan to combine.

9. Add the softened gelatin and stir well until dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir well.

10. Pass the mix through a fine sieve and reserve in the fridge until required.

TO MAKE THE EGGS

11. Using a spoon, fill the egg moulds with parfait, ensuring there is enough pressure to create a completely smooth surface. Level off the tops so that they are flat and cover with Clingfilm. Gently press the Clingfilm directly onto the surface of the parfait and place in the freezer until completely frozen. 

12. For the mandarin jelly use a spoon to fill the yolk moulds with the mandarin jelly, ensuring there is enough pressure to create a completely smooth the surface. Level off the tops so that they are flat and cover with Clingfilm. Gently press the Clingfilm directly onto the surface of the jelly and place in the freezer until completely frozen.

13. Once frozen remove and place both the parfait and jelly into the fridge to defrost approx 30 minutes. 

14. To serve, grill some sourdough and pour a dash of olive oil to dress. Place the parfait egg next to the toast and top with the mandarin jelly yolk. Garnish with sprig of parsley and enjoy!


Link below to original recipe.HESTON’S MEAT FRUIT