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Piel de Sapo Melon
Perfectly ripe Piel de Sapo melon has juicy deliciously sweet pale green flesh similar to honeydew.
Originally from Spain, these melons are now grown in Australia. They are also known as Santa Claus or Christmas melons.
Piel de Sapo melons are picked ripe and ready to eat. Leave at room temperature for a few days to enhance flavour.
Wash the whole melon in cold water then halve, deseed and discard the thick rind.
GREAT WAYS TO SERVE
- Serve Piel de Sapol melon wedges with thinly sliced proscuitto, rocket leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
- Thread melon balls onto skewers alternatively with baby bocconcini, serve with drinks.
- Team chopped Piel de Sapo melon with Greek yoghurt and honey for breakfast.
- For a starter, served chilled melon slices topped with sliced baked ricotta and thinly sliced serrano ham. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to serve.
Delicious fresh artichokes with their unique flavoured hearts are a special spring treat.
There are two globe artichoke varieties, one with round, deep green leaves and the other with elongated purple spiky leaves. They taste the same. Opt for firm heads with tightly closed leaves.
Refrigerate in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within 1-2 days.
Cut off and discard all buy 5-8cm of the stem and peel. Remove the tough outer leaves and slice onethird off the top. When preparing globe artichokes drop them into cold water with some lemon juice to prevent discolouration.
Place globe artichokes in a deep saucepan (not aluminium or cast iron) of simmering water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Cover with a plate to submerge them. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until tender when tested in the thickest part with a skewer. Drain and remove the spiky centre. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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Also known as Chat potatoes, these small, young potatoes are harvested before they reach maturity. They’re very versatile and do not require peeling. If you’re leaving these potatoes whole to cook, select similar-sized ones so they cook evenly.
Avoid potatoes with even a hint of green skin. Store potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place because light causes them to go green.
LEMON, MINT & FETA NEW POTATOES
Place 750g small new potatoes into a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes or until just tender. Drain, refresh in cold water and halve lengthways.
Heat 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the potatoes and toss until golden. Stir through 2 sliced green onions, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 2 tbs lemon juice. Sprinkle with chopped mint, parsley and crumbled feta cheese before serving.
Crisp red cabbage, packed with antioxidants, essential nutrients and crunch, is the perfect addition to light and fresh spring slaws.
WATERCRESS, GREEN APPLE & SEED COLESLAW
Preparation 30 mins | Serves 6 as a side dish
1 bunch watercress, picked over, washed and dried
½ small red cabbage, finely shredded
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely shredded
2 green onions (shallots), trimmed and thinly sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and finely sliced
1 tbs lemon juice
½ cup toasted mixed seeds (like sunflower, sesame and pepitas)
Lemon yoghurt dressing:
½ cup thick natural Greek-style yoghurt
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
STEP 1 Combine watercress, cabbage, carrots and green onions in a large bowl. Toss the apple in lemon juice and add to watercress mixture. Toss gently to combine.
STEP 2 To make dressing, combine ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until well combined. Drizzle dressing over salad and sprinkle with seeds. Gently toss to combine and serve.
Nature’s superfood, sweet nutrient-packed blueberries are one of the healthiest snack foods. Low in kilojoules, blueberries are high in antioxidants and support brain health.
Half a punnet (75g) of blueberries supplies 10mg of vitamin C (25% RDI) and only 165 kilojoules! Blueberries also contain fibre and are low GI.
Choose bright and even-coloured blueberries with a light frosty blush. Inspect the underside of the punnet for squashed fruit or oozing juice.
Wash blueberries just before use. Rinse in cold water then gently roll the blueberries on paper towel to dry.
Banana & Granola Breakfast Pops
Kids will love making these delicious treats. All ready to grab and munch on the go! You’ll need 10 paddle-pop sticks for this recipe.
5 ripe bananas, peeled and halved
1 tbs lemon juice
1 cup reduced-fat thick vanilla bean yoghurt
4 cups granola or similar breakfast cereal
STEP 1 Peel bananas and brush with lemon juice to avoid browning. Thread bananas lengthways onto paddle-pop sticks.
STEP 2 Place yoghurt into a shallow bowl and the granola or cereal onto a dinner plate. Dip each banana into the yoghurt and spoon over granola or cereal, pressing to coat the banana. Place onto a tray lined with baking paper and chill for 4 to 5 hours until frozen. Makes 10.
With their soft bright-golden petals, zucchini flowers have a delicate slightly nutty floral flavour. The female flower has a baby zucchini attached, whereas the male flower has a thin stem.
Delicious stuffed and fried or baked, raw zucchini flowers also make a stunning addition to spring salads.
CHOOSING AND STORING
Select fresh-looking zucchini flowers. Avoid wilted ones. If the baby zucchini is attached to the flower, it should be firm, slender and glossy green.
Highly perishable, the flowers are best used within 1 day of purchasing. Those with the baby zucchini attached will last for a few days if covered with damp paper towel and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
RICOTTA-STUFFED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS
Spoon 1 tbs seasoned fresh ricotta into each zucchini flower and gently twist the petals to enclose.
Lightly dip in tempura batter and deep-fry until golden and crisp.
Fresh Green Peas
Bursting with sweetness, just-picked green peas define spring freshness. Grab some from your local greengrocer today!
Select plump green peas with bright green intact pods. Once picked, green peas rapidly deteriorate and lose sweetness as the sugars convert to starch. The pod protects the delicate peas so remove just before cooking. For optimal flavour, cook peas on the day of purchase.
EASY TO POD
Kids especially love podding fresh green peas so get the whole family involved in this fun and memorable task. Simply use your thumbnails to pry open the pod lengthways and remove the peas.
For the easiest of side dishes, rapidly boil podded green peas in salted water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, return peas to the pan and gently smash. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil or butter, season with salt and pepper then serve.