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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BATMAN RULES THE KITCHEN

This one is for our furry four-legged companions and comes from our wonderful friends at Sense of Taste Chef School.  They’re introducing a dog called Batman!  Batman is the mascot for the Sense of Taste Chef School and is Chef Peter’s Baby Boy who goes everywhere with him. And Batman wants to be a Chef when he is big 🙂

One of the dishes  Batman likes Chef Peter  to make for him is Turkey, Lentil, Spinach and Butternut Meat Balls. (one of Batman’s favourites) And as Chef Peter would season all his dishes for 2 legged folk – he seasons Batman’s dishes with Oryx Salt. After all the flavour and seasoning of any dish is paramount.

This recipe makes enough for 3 to 4 meals

Ingredients

  • ½  Cup Brown Rice
  • 2 ½ Cups Turkey Mince
  • 2 Cups Finely Chopped Spinach
  • 2 Cups Brown Lentils
  • 2 Cups Shredded Butternut
  • 1 ½ Cups Pearl Barley
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Oryx Desert Salt to season all ingredients
  • Sprinkle of Oryx Desert Salt when serving

Method

  • Cook the brown rice, lentils, barley – as per instructions on packet – and allow to cool
  • Cook Spinach and Butternut in some water until tender – allow to cool
  • Season Turkey meat as well you barley, brown rice, spinach, butternut with Oryx Desert Salt
  • Combine all ingredients together with olive oil
  • Roll mixture into “meatball shapes” – not too big – not too small
  • Place the meatballs onto baking tray and bake in the oven at 180’C for about 20 min – until Turkey is cooked
  • Allow to cool – sprinkle with Oryx Salt and serve to your 4 legged children

Chef’s Tip: You can make a bigger batch of these meatballs – double the recipe – roll into meatballs and freeze before baking. When needed simply defrost and bake!

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CLASSIC MARGARITA WITH A SMOKY TWIST

Some people say don’t mess with a recipe that’s perfect and hey, the Margarita, with its minimal ingredients is classic for a reason. But when we asked Izelle Hoffman for her take on this classic, she dreamed up this smoky piece of magic – making the perfect classic margarita…well we think, just a little more perfect! Tequila, lime juice… are we feeling the Mexican vibes?

Preparation time: 5 Minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 1 part tequila
• 1/2 part triple sec liqueur
• 1/2 part lime juice
• 1 lime wedge
• Oryx Desert Smoked Salt
• Cubed ice

Method:
• Use a chilled margarita glass of your choice

• Place all of the ingredients in a shaker and shake well for at least 30 seconds to chill the liquid.

• Run the lime wedge around the outside of the rim of the glass before rolling the rim in the  Oryx Desert Smoked Salt.

• Double strain the mix into the glass and garnish with the lime wedge before serving.

• Enjoy!

Thank you, Izelle for this summer treat!

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A TENDER AND DELICIOUS FEAST OF HONEY-GARLIC GLAZED BRISKET

Salt-diva Izelle Hoffman creates a succulent dish using brisket (also known as corned beef – so called because the meat was often treated with large grained rock salt, also called “corns” of salt). The brisket has been cured (or pickled) in a seasoned brine. Create a tender and delicious feast! I might give this ago in the Weber!

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WHERE IT ALL BEGINS

Have you noticed how already, the days are flying by?  Sometimes in the mad crazy hustle of our busy lives, it can be a relief to stop, even if for only a moment.  In the midst of the whirlwind of our  to-do lists and appointments,  as we find ourselves running to keep up with our own lives,  rushing into the shops to buy our groceries, flinging foodstuffs into our trolleys, we rarely stop to think about where everything comes from.

That’s why we want to talk about going back to the source this month.  When we don’t know the origins of our food, it’s easy to feel disconnected from it, as if where it comes from has nothing to do with us – all we have to do is buy it and eat it.  We take a very different approach.  We think there is something deeply grounding and nourishing about knowing where the food you eat has been grown and produced.

You may have felt the  satisfaction of growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs in your garden. But it can be almost as rewarding to shop at farmer’s markets, getting to know the people who make the cheese and bread you buy,  meeting  the different  farmers who sell you fresh eggs, asparagus, gourmet mushrooms,  saying hello to the producers who cure the bacon you love and make the best pies.

We want you to feel just as good about knowing exactly where our 100% pure and natural Oryx Desert Salt comes from. We’d like you to know that it has its origins in the 50 km2 salt pan situated in the remote pristine unpolluted pristine Kalahari desert. The source of our salt can be found in the ancient Dwyka rock formations, through which the underground streams flow, geo-scientifically tested to be 250-300 million years old.

These underground streams converge and replenish an ancient underground lake of 55 million tons from which the salt water is pumped, laid out on the pan under the hot Kalahari sun and naturally sun-dried. This cyclical process lives in harmony with the natural rainfall and the surrounding environment.

We believe Oryx Desert Salt is so much more than just a product on a shelf. It’s a journey that we take over and over again. And it always begins at the source.

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DIY ROSEMARY MUSTARD SALT SEASONING

This is our third recipe in our DIY SALT ‘n SEASONINGS series.  Rosemary and mustard is the perfect combination to create any honey and mustard dish to die for! All it needs is a drizzle of raw honey and you are ready to impress even your mother-in-law! Thank you Izelle Hoffman.

Rosemary Mustard Salt Seasoning

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DIY RED WINE & HERB SALT SEASONING

Following on from Pete Kirk’s recipe we continue with our theme SALT ‘n SEASONINGS – why? Because our wonderful partner-in-salt lifestyle chef Izelle Hoffman came to us with a fab idea of creating a series of customised sizzling season mixes based on Oryx Desert Salt especially for us!

Izelle says: “I love making use of raw honey in my recipes, and these seasoning mixes are no exception. Raw honey creates magic once it’s added to the season; and it works well whether it’s used for meaty dishes or vegetables!”

These recipes use small quantities so once it’s mixed up you’ll have enough to fill a 100g bottle with a little bit extra.

The instructions for all the mixes are basic, easy and simple but have a BIG flavour!

Give them a try! Here’s the first one:

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Pete Kirk’s Three Salts Rub

Pete Kirk, the Head Chef at The Walled Garden and Potting Shed Restaurant kicks off a series of recipes for rubs and flavoured salts with his own salt rub or seasoning. Pete says, “I have two passions in life; cooking and gardening, so I feel privileged taking on the role of Head Chef at Knights. I am fortunate to be able to cook my choice of seasonally inspired food in a beautiful environment that’s always changing with season.

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HAKE ROULADE ROLLED IN SMOKY ONION DUST SERVED WITH BLACK RICE, TURNIP PUREE AND DRIZZLED WITH AN ASIAN STYLE BLACK SOYA REDUCTION

Some more fun with our Black & White theme continues! Our friends at Sense of Taste have come up with this fabulous creation making Hake Roulades using Oryx Desert Salt. Not only does it look sensational, but the taste combinations are incredible! Try it out for yourself!

Recipe by Chef Angie Boyd and Chef Peter Ayub of Sense of Taste Chef School

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