Fennel infused olive oil recipes
Slices of raw kingfish
Sliced red onions
Sloshed with fennel oil
Smoked Kingfish Pate
Whole Fennel Seeds
White Pepper Corns
Salt & Pepper
Fennel Infused Olive Oil – (to Blend)
Lemon Juice – (to Blend)
Chilli – (with seeds)
Mix all in Blender
Cover and Refrigerate for 6 hours (until set)
Roast Belly Pork
1.5kg boned belly pork, skin scored in parallel lines cut down to the flesh and about 1cm apart
1 tablespoon fennel infused olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon flaky sea salt
Preheat the oven to 180C. Put the pork skin side up on a tray in the sink. Pour over boiling water. The skin will shrink away from the meat. This is a Chinese housewives’ trick to ensure perfect crackling. Dry the pork well with paper towels.
Brush the oil over the bottom of the roasting tin just big enough to hold the pork. Sprinkle the garlic and fennel seeds over the oil. Place the pork on top, skin side up and spread flat. Sprinkle with salt.
Place in the oven and roast for one hour, then increase the heat to 200C and roast for a further 30 minutes until the crackling is crisp. Remove from the oven. Rest the pork, covered in a warm place.
Serve with potatoes and cabbage with gravy or rice and rice and Chinese greens
Slow roasted loin of Pork with fennel, rosemary and garlic
1/4 cup fennel infused olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh fennel leaves, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
4 kg mid-loin of pork, skinned and released from the bone
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup water
12 chunks fennel
12 small onions
Preheat the oven to 180C. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the fennel olive oil with the garlic, rosemary, fennel leaves and a generous quantity of black pepper. Open out the meat and rub the flesh all over with this mixture. Roll the meat back onto its bone. Rub any remaining mixture over the fat and sprinkle with salt.
Settle the meat into a baking dish, then pour over the wine and water. Cook for 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes, adding the chunks of fennel and the onions after the first hour. Strain the juices from the baking dish into a tall jug and allow to stand for 10minutes, then skim off and discard all fat.
Increase the oven temperature to 200C and cook the meat and vegetables for a further hour. At this stage the meat should be perfectly tender and the vegetables cooked. Remove the meat and vegetables to a plate and keep warm. Strain the juices in the baking dish into another tall jug, allow to stand for 10 minutes, then skim off and discard all fat. Combine the 2 lots of juices.
Stand the baking dish over medium heat on the stove, then pour in the juices and allow to bubble up. Scrape and stir vigorously to remove any cooked on bits, then strain this jus into a warm serving jug. Carve the meat thickly. Moisten with the jus and share out the vegetables. Serve with stewed cannelloni beans.
Chocolate and Fennel Olive Oil Cake
This recipe was developed for Olivo by Alice Arndell, Cuisine’s baker. Alice says that anise was commonly used by the Spanish in the 16th century to flavour chocolate and it’s a lovely combination using our fennel infused olive oil in a rich velvety chocolate cake.
1 ¼ cups plain flour
2/3 cup cocoa sifted
¾ cup ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ cup milk
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
5 large eggs
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
200 g dark chocolate melted – I use Whittaker’s Dark Ghana
200ml Olivo fennel infused olive oil
Cocoa for dusting
Preheat oven to 170 C and grease and line a 23 x 23 cm tin
Put flour, cocoa, almonds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and whisk to combine
Combine milk and lemon juice in a cup, stir well and set aside
Put eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk until creamy and thick. Keep mixing and drizzle the vanilla and melted chocolate in the mixture until combined
Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue to whisk for 2 minutes
Carefully fold in half the dry ingredients, then the milk and finally the remaining dry ingredients
Spoon the batter into the prepared tin
Bake until a skewer inserted 2cm from the edge comes out with just a few crumbs (around 30 – 45 minutes). It will be slightly undercooked in the middle. Cool completely in the tin. Dust with cocoa before serving. It will store in an airtight container for up to a week.
White Chocolate, Preserved Lemon and Fennel Infused Olive Oil Mousse
This is an adventurous dessert concocted by Ruth Pretty for our Wellington on a Plate 2015 event - Perfect Puddings. It suits those who love fennel.
110g Whittaker's white chocolate tablet, coarsely chopped
90 ml Fennel Infused Olive Oil
50g castor sugar (1st measure)
4 egg yolks (lightly beaten)
4 egg whites
50g castor sugar (2nd measure)
2 teaspoons finely chopped preserved lemon
Place chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water and stir until it just begins to melt. Slowly pour in the fennel infused olive oil, stirring as you pour. Continue to stir until the chocolate has completely melted and all the oil is used. Cool for a few minutes.
Place 1st measure of sugar and egg yolks into a small bowl and whisk until pale and fluffy. Place egg whites and salt into another larger bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Gradually pour in the 2nd measure of castor sugar and whisk until it is incorporated.
Fold chocolate mixture and preserved lemon into egg yolk mixture, followed by egg whites and while the mousse is still fluffy and soft, fill the dishes or moulds of your choice. It would look lovely in china cups.
Serve with boudoir biscuits or shortbread.