Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Perfecting Plums in the Kitchen

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Perfecting Plums in the Kitchen

Article excerpt

FOR Varia's Head Chef Ben Lanyon, adding elements of plum to his famous Medley of Mains required an extra level of flair and creativity in the kitchen.

A rarely used product in the kitchen at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism in Stanthorpe, the humble plum proved to be a challenging way for Mr Lanyon to channel his culinary creativity.

"It was good fun, the whole kitchen has been involved and we've been bouncing ideas off each other," he said.

"I love working with plums."

Signature main

Smoked duck breast

4 duck breasts

1/2 cup jasmine rice

1/2 cup tea leaves

1/2 cup brown sugar

Rind of 1 lemon

Rind of 1 orange

3 star anise, ground in mortar and pestle

100g salt

1 litre of water

Method

Combine salt and water in a no reactive pan, heat to dissolve and then cool it in a bowl before adding the trimmed duck breast. …

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