Steak Tartare


This recipe is so simple yet so damn tasty I highly recommend everyone have a go, even if you are not a fan or raw meat. Matt and I had a go at this a little while back, we wanted to make some football snack food. Matt did most of this, I made the toasted baguette chips. It’s just too good a recipe not to share with you guys. The recipe is from ChefSteps and the cut of meat was recommended to us by Torre Butchers our favourite.



– 1 Baguette

– 2 Fresh Egg Yolks

– 100g Beef, Eye of Round or Other

– 4g Shallot, Minced

– 3g Chives

– 4g Capers, Minced or Whole It’s Up to You

– Cornichons as needed, finely diced

– 20g Mustard

– 1g Black Pepper, Ground

– 2g Salt

– Fresh Lemon Juice, As Needed


First place beef in the freezer to firm slightly. You want the surface to be frozen, and the inside of the cut to be chilled (but not frozen). This should take about 30 minutes to two hours, depending on your cut of beef and freezer temperature. You then want to cut the beef into sheets, then strips and then chopped into cubes (You can mince the meat it’s totally your choice).


While the meat is in the freezer, finely dice or mince the remainder of the ingredients mentioned above and either have them ready on a board or in small containers (in my case I like to use beakers). ChefSteps does it different (Click for link) but we placed all the ingredients into a bowl to combine. Cut your baguette into 1cm pieces and toast to your liking.


To arrange place the meat mixture in the centre of your board or plate in a circle and with a spoon make a slight well in the middle for the yolk. Add your garnishes to complete. Enjoy.

My friends at Mane Liquor recommend a Brooklyn Half Ale Saison

Full credit to the crew at ChefSteps

Back At It!


Now I know this isn’t a very Heston like dish but this is one that takes me back to my childhood. When I was growing up in the small far north town of Exmouth in Western Australia we use to go camping quite a lot sometimes for weeks at a time. We would catch crayfish and fish by the limit load. So why not use what you caught fresh that day and that’s exactly what we did. Lighting up a big fire and baking fish in the coals was perfect under a full star sky. Now I live in the big smoke of Perth, I still quite frequently go and buy a whole fish and prepare it the same way as my parents use to and have adapted that technique to use at home.



– 1 Whole Fish (Scaled and Gutted)

– 2 Capsicum (Different Colors Cut into Strips)

– 1 Handful of Baby Tomatoes (Whole or Halved)

– 1 Handful of Kalamata Olives

– 1 Onion (Cut into Wedges)

– 6 Sprigs of Thyme

– 2 Cloves of Garlic

– 1 Lemon (Cut into Wedges)

– 1 Tbsp of Butter

– Salt and Pepper



First preheat the oven to 180º and lay some aluminium foil out on a clean bench. Give your fish a bit of a wash under some cold water and lay it on top of the foil. You then want to put a few shallow incisions into both sides of the fish (shown in the photo below). Rub the butter all over the skin of the fish and season with salt and pepper. Next you want to cut up your onions, capsicum, tomatoes and lemons into wedges and arrange them and the remaining of the ingredients underneath, in and on top of the fish.

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Once complete, wrap the foil up nice and tight to ensure that none of the juices escape while it is cooking (this is flavour). For a fish that will feed two people you want to leave it in the oven for 25 minutes before checking. Peel the foil back and with a night try to move a bit of the flesh from on of the incisions to see if you have the sam white cooked fish consistency all the way to the spine of the fish. If this is the case you are ready to serve and if not place it back in the oven for 5 minutes at a time until cooked. Otherwise enjoy!


If you were to do this on the open fire out camping, get you big bonfire cranking and git to down to some very hot coals. Make a well in the middle of the pit, place the fish in and cover back over with coals. This is going to most probably be hotter than the oven so cook for 20 minutes and check. if it’s not cooked just place back on top of the coals for 5 minutes at a time until cooked through.


The MANE Liquor boys recommend this dish be paired with the Bootleg Pils or for something a little more daring the Tilquin Gueuze Sour.