Brisket and Prawns
Surf n Turf! I feel like this is a fairly common thing in New Zealand - I'm not 100 percent sure about the rest of the world, but it makes sense when the ocean is so close to the farm. Fuse the two and you've got a serious victory. This is my take on that, with a few injections from around the world.
For the sauce: Half a cucumber, two courgettes, 100g cream cheese, 1 teaspoon matcha powder, salt, pepper
For the Brisket: 1kg Beef Brisket, 1 Bulb of Garlic peeled and minced, molasses, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 2 tablespoons orgeano, white wine vinegar, 2 brown onions, finely sliced, salt, pepper, oil, wholemeal breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese (finely grated)
8 Prawns (2 each)
4 Medium Kumara
Cut the brisket into large chunks, about 200-250g each. Brown each piece in the pot on all sides. Add the onions and garlic, brown further, then add 1/4 cup of vinegar.
Reduce that, then add two tablespoons of molasses, rosemary and oregano. Cover with water, a lid, and then simmer for three to four hours until the meat is tender.
Halfway through, take 4 whole sweet potatoes, halve lengthways, brush with olive oil, and cook in the oven at 150 C
In a blender, blend 1/4 cup of olive oil, 100g cream cheese, the cucumber and courgette until smooth. Transfer to a pot, and warm through. Once warm, add a teaspoon of matcha powder and keep stirring.
On a sheet of parchment paper, spread out two cups of crumbs, and a cup of parmesan cheese.
Remove sweet potatoes from the oven, increase temperature to 250.
Take the lid off the brisket pot, and reduce the sauce until it's almost a paste, salt and pepper the paste so it's really punchy. Roll the beef around in the sauce, and then roll it in the parmesan and crumb mixture.
Get a frying pan screaming hot.
Transfer each bit of beef to a oiled roasting tray, and bang it in the oven for 3 minutes.
Fry the prawns in a thin coat of oil, about 1 and half minutes per side. Once all have been flipped, add a knob of butter. Once the butter has dried up and browned, toss the prawns a couple of times and then take off the heat.
Take the beef out of the oven - it should have browned lightly. You don't want this to be in there long at all - or it will dry up super quick!
Plate everything up as above, and drizzle the intense beef sauce from around the outside, over top. Delicious. Drizzle with olive oil and dust with more matcha powder.