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Hazelnut Meringue with Summer Berries

Ingredients for the Roux

3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon ground sweet pepper 1 tablespoon tomato paste
300 ml water

Serves 6 Ingredients

1 kg sour cabbage leaves
300 g smoked meat (bacon, ribs, roughly chopped) 400 g sour cabbage (finely chopped)
2 laurel leaves or Bay Leaves.
1 teaspoon mixed ground black pepper

For the Stuffing

2 tablespoons oil
200 g onion (finely chopped)
30 g bacon (finely chopped) 400g minced pork
400g minced beef
4 cloves of finely chopped garlic 1 egg
80g white rice
100 ml water
1 teaspoon ground sweet pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt


Sauté finely chopped onion and bacon in heated oil. Add minced meat, garlic, an egg, rice, water, ground sweet pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir well. Separate cabbage leaves from the root and cut off hard parts. Rinse under water. Add meat mixture to one leaf, roll and push the ends towards the middle.Take the half of chopped cabbage and spread it on the bottom of a pot. Spread smoked meat on top of the cabbage. Arrange the rolls circularly on top of everything, add laurel and black pepper and cover everything with the remaining chopped cabbage. Pour enough water to cover the cabbage and put on the stove to cook. When it boils, lower the heat and let simmer for 2 hours. For the roux, sauté flour on oil until it becomes light brown. Stir constantly, and slowly add sweet ground pepper, tomato paste and water. Add the roux to sarma and stir well. Let simmer for a little longer. Serve sarma with mashed potato.

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Hazelnut Meringue with Summer Berries

Makes 2 individual meringues or 1 meringue tower

For the meringue

6 large egg whites

300g caster sugar

1⁄2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp vanilla extract

60g toasted chopped hazelnuts

For the filling

200ml cream


150g mascarpone

4 tbsp icing sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of third of the lemon

For the berry coulis

200g strawberries

200g raspberries

75g caster sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

Arrowroot to thicken

To decorate

100g blueberries

150g raspberries

150g strawberries, sliced

Edible flowers, lemon balm and a few sprigs of rosemary, to finish

For the meringues: Preheat the oven to 120°C/fan 100°C/gas 1. Line 2 x 23cm loose base springform tins with parchment paper. Place the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl, whisk until stiff but not dry. Gradually whisk in the caster sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Beat in the vanilla, the cream of tartar and most of the chopped hazelnuts.Divide the meringue mixture into the two tins ensuring they are level on top, scatter the remaining hazelnuts over and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for 2 hours until set. When they’re done, leave them in the oven with the oven door slightly open so that the meringues can cool.

For the coulis

Place the strawberries and raspberries into a saucepan with sugar. Set over a medium heat. Crush with a wooden spoon or fork until the sugar has dissolved & the berries broken down. As this point, taste and add a little more sugar, depending on the acidity of the berries. Strain through a sieve, then return to the saucepan, adding in the zest of lemon and thickening lightly with the arrowroot (the arrowroot get mixed with a little cold water and then added to the coulis and heated through). Set aside and allow to cool fully

For the cream filling, whisk the cream, mascarpone, lemon zest, juice and icing sugar until firm peaks. Then swirl in about 1/4 of the coulis (keeping some pink streaks in the cream mix).

To assemble as two separate meringues: place each on a serving platter, spoon the berry cream mix over, top generously with the fresh fruit and decorate with the fresh herbs and edible flowers.

To assemble as a tower, place the meringue layer on a cake stand, spoon the whisked mascarpone cream into a piping bag and cut off the tip about 2cm up. Pipe around the edge and then fill in the centre. Mix the berries together and arrange some on the edge and more in the centre so that they are level and that the cake will be level when you add the next meringue layer on top.Once you have the second layer on, arrange the remaining berries and edible flowers hazelnuts on top and place in the fridge for about an hour for the flavours to meld. Then serve and enjoy Serve the remaining coulis on the side.

Tip: the tidiest method to drizzle the coulis is to fill a disposable piping bag and snip a tiny piece from the tip, thus giving a light drizzle for decorating.

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