Our next stop was with Stephen Barry of the Mount Bistro at Tauranga Farmers’ Market. He showed us some incredible local recipes, which is hardly surprising given that he is a past winner of the Monteiths Wild Food Challange! Many thanks to Christina for stopping by and writing us up this wonderful guest blog post – be sure to check out her blog for more of her amazing recipes!
J and I happened to be in Tauranga in the weekend visiting our dear friends and took the opportunity to get amongst the market action on Saturday morning. It was Tauranga’s turn for the visit from Outstanding In Their Fields so we were stoked to catch celebrity chef Steven Barry of Mount Bistro cooking up some fantastic treats.
His first dish of Pasta in Smoked Tomato Sauce was so simple and packed with flavour. The smokey sundried tomatoes were really something different. The Gemelli Pasta from Pastamia had us heading over to the Pastamia stall to check out their other fresh pastas.
We came away with a paper bag of the hugest mushrooms we’ve ever seen, two nests of fresh handmade tagliatelle, and step by step advice from the Italian man on the pasta stall. We were more than prepared to create the perfect mushroom pasta dish. And so we did. Recipe to follow!
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Thanks again Christina, it was great to meet you. Here are Stephens recipes, and be sure to check out the video for all the details!
Pasta in a smoked tomato sauce with fresh basil
- 1 onion
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbs tomato paste
- 6 peeled tomatoes (Pilcher Produce)
- 2 smoked sundried tomatoes (Wholesmoked)
- Fresh Basil (Liberty Growers)
- 1 packed Gemelli Pasta (Pastamia)
Finely chop the onion and sweat off in sauce pan with crushed garlic.
Peel tomatoes by removing the core and blanching in boiling water for 15-20 seconds before plunging into cold water, the skin should then peel easily.
Add the chopped fresh tomatoes and tomato paste to garlic and onion turn the heat down and let the sauce simmer. Finely slice the smoked tomatoes and add to sauce. Season to taste. Just before serving stir in some chopped fresh basil.
Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente.
I’m using Gemelli pasta as it is easy to eat while standing, this sauce would also be great with fettuccini.
For variations you could try adding sauteed chicken, prawns or salami.
Seared dukkah crusted beef on crostini
- 2 Sirloin steaks (Wholly Cow)
- 1 packet dukkah (Katikati Frantoio)
- 2 loaves baguette (Flaveur Breads)
- Avocado oil (Lamb Organics)
- Red onion marmalade (Millys Fine Foods)
Trim the steaks of all fat and cut into thick 2 cm wide strips.
Thinely slice the baguettes place on an oven tray and lightly spray with avocado oil. Toast in a hot oven until golden.
Rub the strips of sirloin with dukkah and sear in a hot pan until coulored each side and cooked to you liking inside. Leave the meat to reast for 5 minutes before slicing and placing on top of the toasted crostini. Then top with the red onion marmalade.
Fresh asparagus with a macadamia, orange vinaigrette
- 75 g chopped macadamia nuts (Harbourside Macadamias)
- 50 mls orange vinegar (Jenos Homemade)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 100 mls avocado oil (Lamb Organics)
- Fresh asparagus (Bruntwood Gardens)
Toast the macadamia nut until golden and fragrant, mix with the vinegar, salt and mustard then slowly whisk in the oil.
Trim the asparagus, and blanch in boiling salted water. Serve with the orange vinaigrette.
Sauteed spring vegetables
A selection of fresh market vegetables, washed, peeled and sliced or cut into florets.
Sautee the vegetables in a little avocado oil till just cooked, season and finish with a little fresh lime juice.
Honeyed apple & macadamia crumble
- 50 g macadamia nuts, chopped (Harbourside Macadamias)
- 50 g rolled oats
- 25 g flour
- 40 g brown sugar
- 40 g butter
Rub all ingredients together, place in an oven tray and bake till golden.
Peel core and dice the apples then sautee with the butter and honey until softened.
To serve place the apple in a dish and top with the crumble.
Catch you all next time in Hamilton! -Kylie + Blair-