Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A Corn Star Is Born. Tweaking Ingredients Turns Trusted Corn Cakes into a New Dish to Impress

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

A Corn Star Is Born. Tweaking Ingredients Turns Trusted Corn Cakes into a New Dish to Impress

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Shannon

Newley

shannon.newley@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHEN trying to impress someone, I have three signature dishes -- all of which have previously appeared in this column.

The first is my dumplings. I have various recipes but they all centre on pork, ginger and coriander.

These tasty little morsels blow people's minds. One of my favourite things to do is mix up a big batch of the filling, invite people over, set up little work stations for them and get everyone contributing by folding the meat into the wrappers.

It's a great way to bond over food -- plus I get to teach them how to make them and also show off how fast I am at folding the parcels.

The second is my chilli prawn dish. This is another great team activity -- mind you, people don't tend to enjoy shelling prawns as much as making dumplings. It's rich and delicious and warming on a cold night.

The third is my chilli and coriander corn cakes. While it is more of a breakfast dish, I'll still crack this one out in the evening and it is one of the simpler dishes I cook that people just love to eat.

I am currently trying to impress a new gentleman in my life so in an effort to do so I decided to crack out not one but all three of these dishes over the space of 12 hours -- just to get the full impact.

However after wandering around the shops I got a spark of inspiration and decided to go off book with the corn cakes. I usually use bacon but decided to go with smoked salmon instead. But that change led to another and I swapped the coriander for the dill.

Most of the rest of the recipe remained the same, with the corn, lemon zest, chilli, hummus and rocket.

I was quite confident the dumplings and the prawns would impress and my new gentleman friend seemed to enjoy them.

I was nervous serving up the new version of the corn cakes because I had never tried the recipe before, but fortunately they were also a hit. In fact, he said they were the highlight of the three meals. Nothing has ever topped the dumplings before. …

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