Good Food - Brigitte Hafner

Brigitte Hafner

Duck cassoulet

Duck cassoulet.

One of the greatest dishes of the Languedoc is the cassoulet, a rich and hearty casserole of slowly cooked haricot beans with confit of goose or duck.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Sat Apr 05 04:32:08 EST 2014

Fish and shellfish soup with saffron and fennel

Bouillabaisse with fish, fennel, saffron and orange.

This is a kind of bouillabaisse - a robust and rustic soup of fish, crab, mussels and prawns, flavoured with orange, fennel and saffron.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Thu Apr 03 04:05:40 EST 2014

Egg pasta

You can roll out pasta dough by hand, using a rolling pin, but it's easier with a machine. I recommend a small pasta machine with a handle - it is all you need; the bigger ones aren't necessarily...

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Thu Apr 25 16:38:14 EST 2013

Spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and prawns

Spaghetti with blue swimmer crab and prawns.

I have often asked an Italian chef why they cook something in a particular way and the answer clearly lies with their respect for tradition and cooking with passion and love.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Fri Nov 23 07:33:01 EST 2012

Barbecued marron with Thai green mango salad

Barbecued marron with green mango salad.

I like the mango in this salad to be just a little riper than the one favoured for a traditional Thai green mango salad, which is very tart and crunchy.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Tue Jan 24 08:04:05 EST 2012

Roasted duck salad

Roasted duck salad

Duck's robust flavour means it's great cooked in many styles: the Chinese barbecued duck with flavours of star anise, ginger and five spice is beautiful in a simple stir-fry.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:32:07 EST 2011

Sweet ricotta fritters

Sweet ricotta fritters

Adapted from an old Marcella Hazan recipe, this dessert is a classic Italian favourite. Be sure to eat them while they're hot.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:32:00 EST 2011

Chorizo with field mushrooms and sherry

Chorizo with field mushrooms and sherry

I have used Angel Cardosa's chorizo in plenty of my cooking. He has been making traditional jamon and chorizo sausages for more than 30 years here and is a legendary character.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:56 EST 2011

Veal saltimbocca

Veal saltimbocca

Goes well with mashed potatoes and or sauteed peas.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:56 EST 2011

Pomegranate salsa

Pomegranate salsa

This is one of my favourite dressings. I love it poured over grilled fish, barbecued chicken or quail - perhaps with some warm potatoes and baby spinach salad.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:50 EST 2011

Pomegranate, feta, cucumber and mint salad

Pomegranate, feta, cucumber and mint salad.

This is zingy, crunchy and very refreshing on a hot day. Sumac adds a wonderful tangy flavour as well as a pretty red colour.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:50 EST 2011

Lamb with cinnamon, cardamom and quince

Lamb with cinnamon, cardamom and quince

A tagine of sorts - the quince marries well with this gently spiced sauce. I use whole spices, grind them using a mortar and pestle and don't worry about sieving.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:51 EST 2011

Spiced pickled quinces

Spiced pickled quinces

Quinces are a remarkable-looking fruit and I'll try not to get too romantic here, but it is difficult to ignore the very feminine, voluptuous shape of their dimples, bumps and curves and their...

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:52 EST 2011

Gnocchi with pigeon and porcini mushroom ragu

Gnocchi with pigeon and porcini mushroom ragu

I have often asked an Italian chef why they cook something in a particular way and the answer clearly lies with their respect for tradition and cooking with passion and love.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:52 EST 2011

Iced lemon and ginger drink

Iced lemon and ginger drink.

This is an excellent recipe from food stylist Caroline Velik, who makes it as a refreshing treat on really hot days.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:35 EST 2011

Chicken fricassee with cherry tomatoes, rosemary and olives

Chicken fricassee with rosemary & cherry tomatoes.

I was at the fruit shop the other day and saw the most beautiful cherry tomatoes on the vine, plump and sweet. I couldn't resist and this is what I did with them.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:54 EST 2011

Orrechiette with guanciale and broccoli

Orrechiette with guanciale and broccoli

I like to cook the broccoli and orrechiette together - the broccoli will be soft but that's part of the dish. Broccoli rape - the bitter Italian green - is a wonderful alternative.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:55 EST 2011

Prawns with garlic, chilli and Thai basil

Prawns with garlic, chilli and Thai basil

This week's recipes reflect places like Alan's and other favourite local Asian diners.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:47 EST 2011

Baked quinces

Baked quinces

My favourite recipe for quinces, which I learnt from Lyndall Vandenberg, who preserves them each year for the Stefano de Pieri label.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:48 EST 2011

Quince frangipane tart

Quince frangipane tart

I have experimented with various pastries - shortcrust, sweet shortcrust, blind-baked; some with almond meal that does not need pre-baking.

Cook | Brigitte Hafner | Wed Oct 19 04:31:49 EST 2011