I love to cook and I particularly get great satisfaction from gathering fresh local produce to use in my meals. We’re very lucky here in Mission Beach with some of the best beef in Australia and a variety of unusual fruit and vegetables not commonly found elsewhere.
For the best beef, head to El Arish or Silkwood Butchers. I picked up some fantastic Bingil Bay eye fillet and on the way home for the best salad, I stopped at the Quandong Lettuce and Herb Farm’s stall for some seriously fresh lettuce. I decided to try teaming my fresh produce with a new local product. Charley’s Chocolate factory are now making pure cocoa nibs (you can buy them at the Mission Beach Visitor Centre for under $10).
What are they? Well, apparently they’re the inside of the cocoa bean, after the husk is removed, and eating them is eating pure chocolate, no sugar or anything else. One of nature’s super foods, it has the added benefit of brimming with antioxidants.
So here’s what I did. After a fruitful google search I discovered this terrific recipe for shallot, cocoa nib, beer and prune jam.
I traded the suggested pate for eye fillet and served it with the fresh lettuce, cucumber and snow pea salad drizzled with a little dressing of olive oil, lemon and salt and pepper. The fresh salad complimented the richness of the meat with the prune jam. A really delicious meal, easy to prepare and so very good for you. My husband raved about it saying it was the best meal he’d had in ages. I’m pretty sure that was a compliment, I’m going to take it as one anyway.
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