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Bangin’ Barley, Mushroom & Kale Rendang Pies Recipe

Bangin’ Barley, Mushroom & Kale Rendang Pies - Zest Byron BayMakes 1 family size, 4 lge or 6 sml pies


Mushroom Stock
150g button mushrooms sliced
20g dried shitake mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 lt veg stock
1 tbs light soy sauce

Vegetarian Pate Brisee (pastry)
1½ cups plain flour
¼ tsp salt
Pinch sugar
90g cubed chilled unsalted butter
30g cubed chilled veg shortening
4 tbs cold water (more if needed)

¾ cup barley
20g butter
250g button mushrooms quartered
½ bunch kale sliced
½ cup Zest Rendang Blend
Pinch plain flour
1 egg yolk with 2 tsp milk for sealing & glazing


For the stock, sauté the mushrooms & garlic in a little oil, then add veg stock and gently simmer for 30 mins.

For the Pate Brisee, in a food processor, pulse the dry ingredients until combined. Then add the butter and shortening and pulse until it appears like breadcrumbs. Add water gradually until the pastry comes together. Cover in a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cook barley in plenty of water for 30mins, strain and refrigerate.

In a pan wilt kale & set aside. Sauté mushrooms in butter until just coloured. Add pinch of flour and stir until cooked.

To the mushrooms, add barley, kale, Rendang blend and stir. Add enough mushroom stock & stir to create your preferred consistency. Cool.

Roll out pastry, line pies moulds and cut out tops.

Fill and add tops, sealing with the egg wash.

Glaze tops and cook pies until deeply golden for 25-35 mins @ 200°C.

East Meets West
Created by: Zest Byron Bay

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Biryani with Cauliflower, Currants and Peas Recipe

Biryani with Cauliflower, Currants and Peas : Zest Byron BayServes: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 vegetable stock cube
1½ cups water
2 tsp olive oil
½ onion diced
large clove garlic diced
small knob ginger diced
2 tsp Zest Indian Spice Paste
150g long grain rice
100g cauliflower cut into small pieces & gently roasted
¼ cup frozen peas
50g roasted cashews
15g currants
3 cardamom pods
handful fresh coriander


Mix the stock cube in the water and stir to dissolve.

Heat the oil in a heavy based pot, sauté onion, garlic and ginger until soft.

Add rice and Zest Indian Spice Paste, lower the heat and stir to coat rice evenly.

Add the stock, bring to the boil, then cover with a tight fitting lid and cook on low for 10 minutes.

Quickly add the cauliflower, peas and currants, cover and cook on low for a further 3 minutes.

Cover the pot with a tea towel, replace the lid and let stand for 3 minutes.

Stir through the cashews and coriander and serve.

Vegetarian Collection
Created by : Pob Sellors
Zest Byron Bay
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Indian Spiced Pumpkin, Bangalow Fetta & Silverbeet Tart Recipe

Indian Spiced Pumpkin, Bangalow Fetta & Silverbeet Tart - Zest Byron BayServes: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes


250 g plain flour
175 g butter (chilled)
70ml cold water

400g diced pumpkin (1cm cubes)
1 tbs Zest Indian Spice Paste
100g Bangalow Fetta
2 tbs silver beet blanched, refreshed & roughly chopped
1tsp picked marjoram
1 tsp chopped parsley
2 egg yolks
1 cup cream
Salt & Pepper


To make the pastry:
Blend the butter & flour quickly to form the consistency of breadcrumbs. Then slowly add the water until the pastry starts to come together in a ball. Line 4 small 10 cm tart cases with pastry. Blind bake in 170 degrees oven until cooked through. Leave to cool

For the filling:
Season cut pumpkin with Zest spice blend & olive oil. Bake in oven at 180 degrees till tender. Make savoury custard by mixing the egg yolks with the cream and salt & pepper to taste.

To assemble tart:
Place some blanched silver beet in the bottom of the cooled tart cases, follow with a mixture of the pumpkin and fetta. Make sure to fill the tart right up even higher than the rim of the tart case. Spoon in a little of the custard until it comes to just below the lip of the tart. (you won’t need much). Sprinkle with marjoram, thyme, parsley, pepper & salt.
Bake in oven at 170 degrees for ten minutes or until custard has just set. Best eaten immediately.

Showcased at Sample Festival, Bangalow 2011
Created by : Gavin Hughes
Byron At Byron Resort & Spa Byron Bay
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Pob’s Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Cakes Recipe

Makes 4 large cakes
Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3-5 mins


2 tsp Zest Indian Spice Paste
1 large white sweet potato
1/4 small cauliflower cut into small florets
3 shallots sliced finely
1 handful basil leaves, finely sliced
1 egg
1/4 polenta for coating


Peel the sweet potato and boil whole until almost cooked, then add the cauliflower and cook until quite soft. Strain and cool slightly. Grate sweet potato into a bowl and add the other ingredients. Season with Zest Indian Spice Paste. and shape into small cakes. Roll in polenta and set in fridge for ten minutes. Shallow fry until both sides are golden brown. Serve with crisp green salad and minted yoghurt.

Created by: Pob, Zest Byron Bay

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Lauren’s Potato Salad Recipe

Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes


½-1 tbs Zest Spice Paste (any flavour)
3 – 4 lrg boiled potatoes cut into chunks
½ cup mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste
optional to add sliced red onion, parsley


Mix Zest Byron Bay Spice Paste with mayonnaise season to taste then coat potatoes liberally and serve.

Created by: Lauren Hollaway, United Kingdom

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Nepalese Lentil Dhal Recipe

Serves: 2 comfortably with rice and accompaniments


2 tsp oil or ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 onion chopped finely
½ cup red lentils
2 tbs Zest Nepalese Spice Paste
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tomato deseeded and chopped
2 tbs thick set yoghurt
Fresh coriander leaves


Heat oil or ghee in pan and add mustard seeds. When they start to pop add onion and fry on low heat until soft. Then add lentils and Zest Nepalese Marinade and stir until well combined. Add stock and simmer until the lentils soften slightly. Add tomato and more water if necessary until the dhal has a loose porridge consistency. When lentils are soft, cool slightly and then stir in the yoghurt and serve topped with fresh coriander.