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Land and Sea - Chef Recipe by Alan Dawes.

Land and Sea - Chef Recipe by Alan Dawes.


Kohlrabi pickle:

1 small purple kohlrabi
250mL white wine vinegar
150mL water
100g caster sugar
6 pink or black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic
3 sprigs thyme
1 finger lime

Burnt lemon powder:

2 lemons
Herbs and edible flowers to garnish

Crab rillette:

200g Fraser Island spanner crab
1 tomato
1 Tbs fresh chives
1 tsp finely diced shallot
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh chilli

Oyster mayonnaise:

50g fresh oysters
8g glucose syrup
25g egg yolks
150mL vegetable oil
1 Tbs Dijon mustard


Burnt lemon powder:

Pre-heat oven to 160 C.

Peel rind from lemons, trying not to remove the white pith as this will make the lemons bitter.

Place rinds on a baking tray and allow them to caramelise in the oven for 1 1/2-2 hours.

You are looking for the skins to be dry and completely brown. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then place in a blender and blitz until a fine powder is achieved.

Set aside.

Oyster mayonnaise:

Bring a pot of water to the boil. Add oysters and cook for 3 minutes.

Plunge into ice-cold water to cool for about 10 minutes.

Take oysters and rest of the ingredients except for the oil and blend using a hand or small blender until smooth. Add the oil slowly while still blending, until the mixture is a paste.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to serve.

Kohlrabi pickle:

Place all ingredients apart from kohlrabi in a pot and bring to a simmer. Once the liquid begins to simmer, bring off the heat and allow to cool.

Peel kohlrabi and slice on a mandolin into thin, round slices. Place into a container and pour the liquid over the kohlrabi, place in fridge until required.

Crab rillette:

Quarter tomato and remove seeds, leaving just the flesh; finely dice.

Keep the skin from the tomato as it will add a fresh crunch to the dish.

Add all ingredients into a bowl, combine and season to taste.

To plate:

Place a small amount of crab rillette onto a plate in three separate areas, leaving space between each.

Try to make the mounds as neat as possible by forming them into balls, between two teaspoons.

Dot 5 small amounts of oyster mayonnaise on the plate around the crab rillette.

Take kohlrabi slices out of the pickle and dry them lightly on a paper towel. Gently place 5 slices over the crab and mayonnaise so they sit on top of the dish.

Garnish with edible flowers such as nasturtium and radish from the garden.

Sprinkle with a touch of burnt lemon powder and serve.

Recipe provided by Alan Dawes Private Chef