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    Saturday, October 27, 2012

    Rarotonga -Best Fresh Produce- A Wee Gem

    I  have my cooking Mojo back. I have been swanning about on the coat tails of
    Dan and various restaurants but the now the call of the kitchen and the budget!
    Has brought me back.

    Yesterday I made two excellent dishes worth repeating.
    These dishes were compiled with the ingredients on hand.

    Dan left some Pantry and  Fridge items, along with a little shopping I had done.
    So it was a take on “Pasta Cabonara” for lunch
    And Tuna Fish Cakes for dinner

    But first let me introduce you to Brenda and Craig, our next door neighbours here at The Cooks Oasis
    They like us, love Rarotonga and have visited at least 6 times.
    The difference is, that they come all the way from Toronto.
    That’s love for you

    So I prepared the fish cakes earlier in the day. Giving the ingredients time to meld

    2 Tuna steaks
    1 tablespoon of finely chopped Green Capsicum
    1 tablespoon chopped Dill
    ½ red onion finely chopped
    1 birds eye chili chopped
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 egg white
    1 tablespoon mayonnaise

    Just blend together, using your hand to get a good mix
    Set aside and chill for a few hours

    Heat a pan
    Add olive oil
    Dopple in the fishcake mixture
    And fry each side, till just golden brown

    A little lemon squeezed over the top
    Quick grind of Salt and pepper

    Dinner Done
    While I cook Dale is watching Jamie Oliver cooking Italian

    They really have the best produce here in Rarotonga.

    It is not hard to make gorgeous food.
    So here is My Pasta
    As I had an egg yolk leftover, 
    I decided to let it emulsify the sauce with it 
    adding a little Feta cheese for extra flavour

    This was so good.
    When I make it again I will add some of the lovely fresh herbs grown here on the island

    Quite simple, So So Simple in fact

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    3 cloves garlic smashed with some sea salt
    2 little birds eye Chilis, topped and left whole
    ‘We have come to feed Caesar, not to kill his taste buds”, Apologies to you know who

    1 tablespoon lemon zest
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 large tomato chopped
    1 egg yolk
    50 gms Feta cheese
    Knob of butter

    2 cups Penne cooked to Manufacturers instructions in salted boiling water

    Gently heat oil in pan
    Add garlic and chilies and let them cook slowly to infuse the oil with all their delicious flavours
    After about 10 minutes
    Add lemon zest, tomatoes
    Toss around
    Season with Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Add cooked Pasta
    Meanwhile beat egg yolk,
    crumble in the feta cheese
    Mix and add to the pan

    This would be the time to add some freshly torn basil
    It would look much prettier
    The bonus of tthe small kitchen
    Dinner dishes
    Who would complain about unloading this dishwasher? 

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