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Soupe a l’Oignon
Soupe a L’Oignon
Executive Chef, The French Brasserie, Melbourne Victoria
4 large brown onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
125ml dry white wine
1 bouquet garni
1.5L beef or chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 baguette, cut crossways into 12 slices
55g gruyere cheese, finely shredded
Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until the onions are soft and light golden. Add the garlic and cook.
Add the wine and bouquet garni, reduce by half then add the stock. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 60 minutes or until soup thickens slightly. Remove bouquet garni. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat grill on high. Place baguette slices on a baking tray. Place under preheated grill until light golden. Remove from grill and sprinkle each slice evenly with the cheese. Place under the grill again until the cheese melts.
To serve, ladle soup into serving bowls and top with the baguette slices.
BBQ Wagyu Sirloin with Honeydew
and a Raspberry Vinaigrette
BBQ Wagyu Sirloin with Honeydew and a Raspberry Vinaigrette
Chef, Longitude 131, Uluru, Northern Territory
500g wagyu sirloin, trimmed
300g honeydew, sliced
180g sliced cucumber
1 teaspoon capers
100ml olive oil
2 fillets of anchovies
500g fresh raspberries
80ml raspberry wine vinegar
60g caster sugar
50ml veal jus
½ lemon juiced
Salt and pepper
Micro lemon balm, lamb’s lettuce and
3 fresh raspberries per plate
Preheat the oven to 220oC. Trim excess sinew from sirloin and sear in a pan
with some oil. Place in the preheated oven and roast until medium rare, about
20 minutes. Allow the meat to rest for 7 minutes before serving.
Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring raspberries, vinegar and sugar to the boil and
simmer for 3 minutes. Strain and whisk in agar, return the pan to the heat and
simmer for 5 minutes to hydrate the agar.
Remove and cool the vinaigrette in the fridge. Place in a high-speed blender
and blitz until smooth.
Place the cream and veal jus in a bowl and whip with a whisk. Season with
lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Place some vinaigrette onto serving plates. Use the sliced honeydew as a base.
Top with the sliced wagyu and a spoon of salsa verde, over the wagyu and
sliced cucumber. Season if needed.
Spoon over the whipped cream and garnish with micro herbs and raspberries.
Caramelised Pears, Honey Ice-cream, Beignet,
Liquorice Jelly, Cinnamon Espuma
Caramelised Pears, Honey Ice-Cream, Beignet, Liquorice Jelly, Cinnamon Espuma
Chef, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
2 vanilla beans split
1 slice ginger
100ml white wine
½ orange, zested
200g caster sugar
½ lemon, juiced
6 egg yolks
480g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh
1 lemon, finely zested
22g vegetable oil
145g unsalted butter, softened
20ml liquorice paste
(from speciality stores)
1½ leaves gelatine,
softened in cold water
10g ground cinnamon
5 egg yolks
1 leaf gelatine, softened in cold water
Cinnamon, to dust
Sugar, to dust
Peel pears, cut in half and core.
Simmer in a pan with all ingredients for 20 minutes or until the pears are tender.
Keep in stock to cool.
Cream together the yolks and sugar. Bring to the boil the milk, cream and honey
then add to creamed yolks and sugar. Put back on stove and stir the mixture until
it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
Cool over a bowl of ice and then churn in a ice cream machine under
Mix dry ingredients together in an electric mixer. Mix the wet ingredients, except the
butter, in another bowl. Using the K beater from the electric mixer, add the wet
ingredients to the dry and beat for 10 minutes or until elastic.
Add the softened butter until combined. Rest the dough in the fridge, covered, overnight.
Bring the liquorice, water and sugar to boil.
Add the softened gelatine leaf, pour into a container and chill in the refrigerator until set.
Boil milk and cream with cinnamon.
Cream the yolks and the sugar. Pour milk into the yolks, stirring to thicken. The mixture
is ready when it coats the back of your spoon.
Add the gelatine leaf, cool over ice and then add to a cream canister.
If you don’t have a cream canister to make foam, you could use
200ml cream, 50g sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and
make some cinnamon-flavoured whipped cream, by whipping all the
To serve, heat a pan of vegetable oil to 160oC. Tear the dough into
shapes and deep-fry on both sides till golden. Dust with cinnamon
Remove the pears from the stock, dust with caster sugar till covered,
and caramelise with a blow torch till a golden colour.
Arrange the pears and the beignets on the plate, spoon over the icecream
and jelly shapes.