Jason Watkins

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  • Beetroot and blood orange salad with crispy buckwheat

    18th August 2017

    So much of a recipe is all about the "elements" coming together. Skills we have learnt, things we have been given, inspiration we have borrowed all converging on the plate. This salad is a classic example of something borrowed, gifted and stolen.A couple of month ago I went to my second Scarf dinner (pop ups that give young people hand on experience in the hospitality industry) and experienced my first crispy buckwheat in cauliflower dish. The texture was life changing and I had to make it! Crispy buckwheatIngredients130g raw buckwheat25g butter10 g olive oilPinch of salt1 tbsp balsamic vinegarMethodAdd buckwheat to a bowl and cover with cold waterSoak for 30 minsDrain and shake of excess waterIn a non stick fry pan heat butter and oil over medium heatAdd buckwheat and stir gently as it toasts about 8 minutesWhen buckwheat is crisp and brown add balsamic vinegar and coat grainsTake off heat and

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  • Zucchini waffles and the gentrification of the zucchini fritter

    17th June 2017

    A couple of weekends ago I pulled out the last of the zucchini plants as winter has definitely arrived.I thought I should have done this a couple of weeks earlier but to my surprise I still had a couple of zucchini wilfully hanging onto their glorious summer.May 2017While many talk about a zucchini glut, an abundance of zucchinis should really be thought of as a privilege. Earlier this year there was a shortage of zucchinis (courgettes) in the UK sparking the #courgettecrisis. I suspect this was heavily due to it being winter and another reminder that natural champions seasonal eating.The zucchini is a powerhouse of versatility and adds a beautiful moistness to these waffles, aka gentrified zucchini fritters.Seriously there is nothing hipsters love more than an appliance based food item with a craft beer delivered by drone, lamington jaffle anyone?Zucchini wafflesIngredients - make about 2 large waffles1 medium zucchini 200g1 small red onion finely diced85g self

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  • Chow Down to Eurovision 2017- #CelebrateDeliciously Poppy seed biscuits

    7th May 2017

    добрий вечір dobryy vechir Kyiv this is Melbourne calling and I'm sorry that this year I am coming to you via the satellite. But firstly I must say thank you very much, it was a truly really wonderful show to be celebrating diversity for everyone (as required by law if you are Eurovision communicating via satellite) For the past 2 years I have been front and centre, microphone in hand on the Eurovision red carpet. This year I'm going to celebrate diversity by doing something different and going back to my Eurovision roots of the lounge room at 5am. Don't panic I will be back in the bubble next year!While #CelebrateDiversity is a brilliant motto and Eurovision slogan there is always room to make it a little more on brand so.....#CelebrateDeliciouslyCelebrate Deliciously Poppy Seed Biscuits Makes about 16-18Ingredients125g butter125g caster sugar1 large egg1 tsp vanilla bean paste240g plain flour25g poppy seedsMethodCream butter and sugar till

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  • Strawberry and black pepper cake

    29th November 2016

    I created this cake for episode 12 of Refreshments Provided, our cake episode, we had three cakes!With a few punnets of strawberries in the fridge I wanted an interesting flavour combo that was not only different but delicious. Initially trying balsamic vinegar which I found to acidic I opted for black pepper.Thankfully Carly was quite impressed with this cake during the episode and I really like the combination of the sweet fruit and the warmth from the pepper.Strawberry and black pepper cakeIngredients500g strawberries2 tbsp cracked black pepper 240g caster sugar4 large eggs ( 4 from my girls delivers about 277g)250ml milk180g unsalted butter (melted and cooled)400g self raising flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp vanilla bean pasteMethodPreheat oven to 180°CLine a 23cm springform cake tin with baking paperTop and half the strawberries and add to a bowlAdd 20g of caster sugar and 1tsp of black pepper to the strawberriesLine the base of the

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  • Providing refreshments rhubarb and ginger cake

    28th November 2016

    We all know how much I love a project (just the one?) so for the past few months I've been having great fun on a new venture with my mate Carly Findlay.Refreshments Provided is a podcast where Carly and I get to talk about pop culture, what we've been streaming or reading and what's been happening in our kitchens.While the conversation always comes back to food we also tackle some of life's more meaty subjects as we try to make sense of it all or just accept that sometime we don't have a clue.We have had the occasional guest ranging from "Candice" our first guest who asked us for directions to the toilet to theatre producer Kath Duncan and media personality Osher Günsberg.Each episode as well as catching up on the goss we of course have a delicious refreshment provided....I wonder how long it will be till people discover this whole

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