Easy recipes for suc­cess

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

SUM­MER cook­ing does not have to be about slav­ing over a hot stove.

In­stead, think easy de­li­cious and no-sweat meals, says Matthew Evans, a chef, food critic, farmer and star of TV show Gourmet Farm­ers.

Evans who fat­tens pigs, milks cows, gar­dens and farms in south­ern Tas­ma­nia’s Huon Valley shares his tips for hol­i­day cook­ing in the new book, Sum­mer on Fat Pig Farm.

“Sum­mer is when the gar­den pros­pers, berries ripen and the aroma of fresh herbs lingers in the air,” he says.

“It’s the sea­son of sur­plus – a time when the sun is high and the cook­ing should be short with sweet re­wards.

“It’s about lazy morn­ings, lunchtime pic­nics, out­door bar­be­cues and light sup­pers at sun­set.’’

The book, named af­ter Evans’ beloved fat pigs (an old breed, wes­sex sad­dle­back, known for its de­cent fat layer), is packed with de­li­cious recipes – done in a dash.

“Think of poach­ing, blanch­ing and dress­ing sal­ads,” Evans says.

“If you can grow some­thing, that’s even bet­ter, and if you can meet the farmer at a mar­ket and buy the pro­duce re­ally fresh, that will make your cook­ing so much more de­li­cious.

“The closer you can source your sum­mer pro­duce, the more stu­pen­dous the re­sults. ”

Easy recipes in­clude some of Evans’ per­sonal favourites such as water­melon, feta and mint salad; white peaches roasted or with blue­ber­ries and sauvi­gnon blanc jelly; break­fast tri­fle and in­dul­gent waf­fles with but­ter­scotch fruits.

“Try corn with smoked pa­prika and co­rian­der but­ter, to­tally de­li­cious and some­thing a novice can knock up,” he says.

“The net­tle and feta filo pie, which we of­ten make with English spinach when net­tles aren’t avail­able, is heaven and ro­bust enough to take on pic­nics.”

There is also plenty of dessert in­spi­ra­tion.

“For pud­ding, it’s hard to beat drunken rasp­ber­ries – sim­ple, ef­fec­tive and de­li­cious, even if you just serve them with runny cream. ” Sum­mer on Fat Pig Farm is out now, Mur­doch Books, $49.99

Pic­ture: Sum­mer on Fat Pig Farm

Matthew Evans en­joys cook­ing up sea­sonal pro­duce.

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