Cooking with Zac

Foie Gras with Apples
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Granny Smith Apples 3 ea
The Preparation

1. Peel the apples, remove the core, slice into eighths and place in a pot with a 1/4 cup of water. Cook them on low flame until soft and let the apples sit.

2. Sear the foie gras in a hot frying pan (iron is best!) for about 3 minutes on each side until seared.

3. I serve the foie gras with the soft apples. You can also add a dollop of Sea Buckthorn jam.

Grilled California Spot Prawns
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Salt Enough to sprinkle liberally
Black Pepper Enough to sprinkle liberally
$link Enough to drizzle liberally
The Preparation

1. These prawns are delicious with a sweet taste.

2. Season with salt and pepper and heat up the grill. Grill for 2-1/2 minutes on each side with a heavy weight of a pan on top of them.

3. Add a sprinkling of the olive oil after cooking.

4. After eating, reserve the heads and tails for the risotto recipe!

Risotto with Prawn Broth & Saffron

For the Broth:

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Heads & Tails of Prawn See recipe above
Yellow Onion, peeled & quartered 1 piece
Carrot, peeled and cut into 1" inch pieces 1 piece
Celery, peeled and cut into 1" inch pieces 3 ribs
Crushed Corriander Seeds 2 tbsps
Cinnamon 2 sticks
Tarragon 1 bunch
Negin Saffron 3 grams
The Preparation

1. Take the heads and tails of the prawns and put them in a pot with the water.

2. Add onion, carrot, celery, salt, pepper, dulse seaweed, coriander seeds, cinnamon and tarragon.

3. Low simmer for about four hours and let sit overnight and then strain for use in the risotto.

For the Risotto:

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Arborio Rice 1.5 cups
Dried thyme 1 tbsp
Shallots 2 ea
Butter 4 tbsps
Negin Saffron 3 grams
Salt & Pepper To taste
Lemon Zest 1 lemon worth
Dry White Wine 1/4 cup
Rich Prawn Broth 4.5 cups
The Preparation

1. Saute the chopped shallots in 2 tablespoons of butter along with thyme and a pinch of salt until translucent.

2. Add the rice for about 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the grains turn white. Then add dry white wine and let it cook down for about 3 minutes. Then add 2 to 3 healthy pinches of saffron.

3. Start adding the prawn broth in small amounts until it is absorbed by the rice for about 40 minutes until the rice is ready and still al dente. Keep stirring, especially towards the end. With the final addition of prawn broth, I add 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese.

4. I serve this with simple seared local Montauk scallops which I just salt and pepper and sear in a hot pan for about a minute on each side. They are a wonderful accompaniment to the risotto and I love the idea of two meals in one.

Angel food cake with Fennel Pollen and Candied Spring Violets or edible flowers
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Fine Sugar, pulse regular sugar in a food processor until it is fine 1.5 cups
Salt 1/4 tsp
Cake Flour 1 cup
A Good Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Pod scraped out 2 tsps
Egg Whites, the closer to room temperature the better 12 ea
Warm Water 1/3 cup
Orange Zest 1 tsp
Cream of Tartar 1.5 tsps
The Preparation

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Whip the egg whites. Add the salt and cream of tartar until the whites achieve soft peaks, then slowly add the fine sugar until the mixture achieves a light meringue with stiff peaks.

3. Add the orange zest and vanilla (extract or beans) and then fold in the flour and fennel pollen, spoon the mixture into an ungreased tube pan.

4. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees (having turned the oven down from 375 degrees). Check for doneness with a wooden skewer.

5. Cool upside down on a bottle for at least an hour before removing very carefully from pan.

6. Let cool for at least 1 hour.

Candied Violets for decoration

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Fresh Violets
Egg White, whisked with a fork 1 ea
Fine Sugar
The Preparation

1. Carefully wash and dry the fresh violet flowers.

2. Brush the flowers with the egg white.

3. Then use two forks to delicately coat the flowers with fine sugar.

4. I let the candied violets sit overnight, until hard and candied.

5. I use the candied violets (and also pansies/orange blossoms/ or fragrant geranium leaves) to decorate on top of the cake.