Hot and Sour Pork - Julie Buiso Recipe

Julie Buiso was the Chef at the Parnell Farmer’s Market Outstanding in their Fields  -  a Taste Magazine promotion which showcased the best Farmers Markets in New Zealand.

Julie cooked this recipe using the Farmgate Pork Scotch Fillet.  It is so delicious and we were very proud to have Julie demonstrate this dish using our pork.

Serves 4-6
Time to prepare 35 minutes
Time to Cook 5-10 minutes

This is essentially an easy dish to do because everything can be prepared ahead but make sure the barbecue is very hot before the pork goes on, cook the pork in batches, keep the pieces of meat separate so they don’t steam and resist the temptation to turn the pieces until they are nicely browned.

1 small red onion peeled
700 piece free range pork fillet (scotch or eye)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 telegraph cucumber
8 large leaves iceberg lettuce torn into bite size pieces
20 cherry tomatoes halved
150g (about 2 cups) very fresh bean sprouts, trimmed
1 cup fresh coriander leaves
1 cup small mint leaves


Finely grated zest 1 lime
90ml lime juice
1 ½ tbsp grated palm sugar or brown sugar
1 ½ tbsp fish sauce
2 hot red chillies, finely chopped

Cut onion into slivers and soak in icy cold water for 15 minutes.  Drain and pat dry.

Remove any fat from pork, slice reasonably thinly (not into slivers just nice and thin) then toss in a bowl with oil.  Cook pork on a preheated barbecue hot plate over high heat until browned and barely cooked through.  Transfer to a plate and season with a little salt.

Peel cucumber, cut in half down the length then into slices.  Arrange lettuce on a platter along with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts, red onion, coriander and mint leaves.

To make the dressing put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until sugar dissolves.  Arrange pork on top of salad pour dressing over and toss gently.  Dish into bowls and serve immediately. 

Oxtail Stew in Crockpot or Slow cooked in oven

1 Ox Tail
1 onion chopped
1 leek sliced
2 cloves garlic chopped 
500 grams bacon from Farm Gate streaky is good
2 carrots sliced
1 tin of tomatoes
2 tablespoons flour
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tablespoon lea and perrins sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons tomato puree
½ cup water or red wine

Trim excess fat from oxtail
Put flour, marjoram, oregano, mixed herbs and pepper into a plastic bag.  Add the oxtail and shake until coated.
Brown oxtail in a frying pan and rest on paper towels
Place sliced carrots into the bottom of crockpot
Place oxtail on top of carrots
Pour tinned tomatoes over oxtail

Brown onion, leek,garlic and bacon in fry pan that oxtail was  browned in.  Add lee and perrins, soy, tomato puree and water or wine and stir until this thickens.  You may need to add more liquid if you think it is too thick.  Either use more water, wine or even chicken stock..

Pour on top of oxtail cook on LOW for 7 hours in crockpot or in a slow oven turning oxtail two or three times. 

Beef Salad

Serves 4 people

500 grams sirloin steak
¼ cup oil
Salad greens such as rocket, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, coriander leaves, parsley, 


3 tbs soy sauce
3 tbs lemon or lime juice
3 tbs fish sauce
2 tbs chilli sauce
Chopped Garlic/ chopped ginger
Coriander or Parsley chopped 

Heat oil in pan  and cook steak for about 3 minutes on each side.  Remove steak from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes.  Slice into thin strips.

To make sauce mix all ingredients together until combined.

Arrange salad greens on plate.  Put strips of steak on top and drizzle dressing over .

Put chopped coriander or parsley on top

Stir Fry Beef

700 grams beef (rump, snitzel, sirloin sliced thinly)
300 grams chopped mushrooms
Bunch spring onions
Carrots cut into strips
Peppers cut into strips
Green vegetables beans or asparagus, broccoli, Asian vegetables such as Bok Choy, Pak Choy  - anything you have
Juice and grated rind of an orange
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon ginger chilli sauce
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of sesame oil or any other oil you have.

Boil, steam or microwave vegetables with the exception of spring onions and any Asian vegetables until tender.  Drain and plunge into cold water. 

Heat oil in fry pan and stir fry meat until just cooked about 3 minutes.  Don’t overcrowd the pan or the meat will stew.  Do in batches to avoid meat stewing.

Take meat out of pan and add microwaved vegetables plus Asian vegetables, spring onions,  orange juice and rind, chilli sauce, oyster sauce and chopped garlic and ginger.  Fry until heated through and add meat back to the pan .  Toss for 2 minutes heat through.

Serve with rice or pasta.  Top with extra spring onions.  

Beef and Mushroom Casserole

Serves 3-4 

2 onions
4  rashers “Farm Gate” loin bacon chopped
2 cloves garlic 
1 tbs oil
750 grams blade steak
1 tsp paprika
2 tbs lee and perrins sauce (Worcestershire sauce)
2 tbs tomato paste
1 can Campbells Mushroom Soup (condensed)
Mushrooms as many as you want chopped into quarters or leave whole.  

Brown onions, bacon, garlic in non stick pan over medium/high heat for 5-6 minutes until just brown.  Place in crock pot which has been turned on to HIGH.

Cut meat into large cubes and put in crock pot with paprika, lee and perrins, tomato paste, mushroom soup chopped  mushrooms which have been cut into quarters.

Turn crock pot to low and cook 8 hours.  If you are around stir it but otherwise don’t worry.  

Serve on lots of rice or pasta with sour cream on the top and parsley or coriander or just pepper. 

Slow Cooked Sausage Cassoulet

1 Tbs olive oil
1 large onion diced 
250gms “The Farm Gate” Salami Sausage
1 x 400gm can of Tomatoes in juice
2 x 400 gm can of Cannellini beans or butter beans rinsed
3 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tsp fresh sage 
1 Tsp fresh marjoram 
500gms sausages – any variety
Salt and pepper to taste

Lightly oil the crock pot then add all the ingredients.  Prick the sausages before they go in.  Turn the crock pot on to Low and cook for 8 hours.  

This can also be cooked in a cast iron pot on the stove.  Simmer gently until sausages are cooked through and mixture has thickened.  

Serve with fresh French bread and seasonal vegetables.  

Spanish Frittata

Any ingredients can be added to the base mixture of potatoes, onion, garlic, Salami.  Great for using up leftovers.

Preheat Grill to Hot

2 tbs olive oil
1 onion finely diced
250 gms of “The Farm Gate” Salami Sausage chopped
500gms potato, peeled, diced and cooked in boiling water until tender.
½ cup mushrooms
5 eggs
1 tsp chicken stock
1/2 cup milk
1 clove garlic crushed
Handful chopped parsley
Chopped oregano or any of your favourite herbs 
50 grams grated cheese
Left over vegetables, silverbeet, pumpkin, 

Pre-heat grill.

Melt olive oil in a heavy frypan and sauté onion, garlic, potato “The Farm Gate” Salami Sausage, any left over vegetables and  mushrooms until potato is crispy.  About 8 minutes.     Remove from frypan.  Line the frypan with baking paper overlapping the edges.  This makes the frittata easy to lift out and less to clean up.

In a bowl lightly beat eggs, milk, chicken stock.  Stir in parsley and selected herbs.  Season to taste.  

Reheat frypan.  Put vegetables back into the lined pan and pour the frittata mixture over and spread evenly through the vegetables.  

Sprinkle grated cheese on top. 

Cook uncovered over a medium heat until just setting.  Place under pre heated grill until golden brown and set.

Serve warm with a salad or cold cut into wedges. 

Beef Casserole with Mushrooms

5 rashers streaky  bacon chopped
2 onions sliced
4 cloves garlic chopped
50 grams butter
1.5 kilo of blade steak, chuck steak  or topside cut into chunky pieces from 
1 cup port or red wine
1 cup beef stock or 1 teaspoon beef stock powder dissolved in 1 cup water
2 tablespoons tomato paste or puree
1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs. Rosemary, thyme, sage or 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
6-8 carrots scrubbed
250 grams mushrooms sliced 
Chopped parsley
Salt and pepper

Fry  chopped bacon slowly in a large fry pan.  Remove bacon to an oven proof casserole.  Fry onion and garlic in bacon fat left in the pan for 5-6 minutes then put in casserole dish.  Add butter to fry pan.  Dust meat with flour and brown in butter.  Add browned meat to casserole dish.  Swill out the pan with the port or red wine, beef stock or water and stock.  Add the tomato paste or puree and stir to include all the meat juices and pan scrapings.  Pour into casserole dish.  Add herbs, carrots, sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper.

Place lid on casserole and cook in a slow oven 150 degrees C for 3 hours until meat is tender.  Stir every now and then and serve with chopped parsley.  Have this meal with baked potatoes and lots of crusty bread to mop up the delicious gravy.  

Perfect Roast Fillet of Beef

This never fails.

Whole Eye Fillet

1 eye fillet of beef, trimmed of all sinew and fat and the same thickness throughout.  Take silver skin off if there is any on the meat.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.  Place meat in a roasting dish and season with salt and pepper.  Place in hot oven and time for exactly 20 minutes.  No more no less.  Remove from the oven and cover the meat with tinfoil like a little tent.  Rest the meat for 10-12 minutes before serving.  This stops the meat bleeding everywhere.  The juices are brought to the meat’s surface when it is cooking and resting allows the juices to settle and soak back into the meat keeping it tender and moist.  The 20 minute rule always works for tender perfect pink but not bloody beef.

This never fails

Perfect Pan-Roasted Fillet Steaks

Pan-roasting is a simple technique that involves searing food on top of the stove then completing the cooking in a hot oven.  Make sure that the pan is suitable for the oven as well.

Fillet steaks sliced into 4-5 cm thick pieces.

Pan fry over high heat to brown and sear the surface both sides of the steaks and then finish by placing pan into a hot 220 degree C oven.  Roast for 4 minutes for medium rare or 5-6 minutes for more well done.  Remove from oven cover with tinfoil and rest the meat for 5-10 minutes

Meat Loaf

750 grams Farm Gate Mince
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon oil
11/2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
2 eggs beaten
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon chopped parsley 
1 tablespoon finely sliced chives 
8 rashers streaky  bacon from the Farm Gate

Heat oil in a small pan and stir fry onions until soft.  Add garlic and breadcrumbs and cook for 2 minutes.  Mix mince with onion mixture then add beaten eggs, mustard, tomato and chilli sauces, parsley and chives.  Season with salt and pepper.  With wet hands form mince into 4 little meat loaves.  Wrap 2 bacon rashers around each loaf and place in an oiled roasting dish.  Bake in a preheated oven 190 degrees C for 30-35 minutes until the bacon is crisp and the meatloaves cooked right through.  

Serve with Salad and Sour Cream Grainy Mustard Sauce

Sour Cream Grainy Mustard Sauce

250 grams sour cream
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon chopped parsley from the Farm Gate
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Mix all the ingredients.  Serve at room temperature

Spaghetti Bolognese

2 tablespoons oil
2 onions
750 grams “Farm Gate” Mince
1 can whole tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper
4-5 cups water

Heat oil in large frying pan.  Add peeled and chopped onions, sauté gently until onions are tender but not too brown.  Turn pan up to a higher heat and add Farm Gate mince.  Stir with a fork so there are no lumps.  Cook until meat is a dark golden brown.

Add can of tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper.  Mash tomatoes well.  Stir over a medium heat until all ingredients are combined.  Add 
Water and mix well.  Bring to the boil, reduce heat, simmer gently uncovered for 1-2 hours until nearly all the liquid has evaporated.

Serve on top of spaghetti with grated cheese on the top

Corned Beef with Mustard Sauce

Serves 6 people

1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
3 large carrots
1.5 kg corned silverside from Farm Gate Produce Limited
4 cloves
4 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
2 cups hot water

Turn crock pot onto HIGH  Cut onion into wedges and lay them on the bottom of the crock pot.  Chop garlic and add to the onion.  Peel carrots and slice into 5cm lengths.  Place on the onion.

Rinse and dry the corned silverside.  Place on the vegetables.  Add the cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves.  Add the hot water.

Put the lid on the crock pot turn to LOW.  Cook for 8 hours.  Turn meat over after 4 hours if you are at home. It is not a problem if you don’t turn it.   

Slice the meat across the grain.  Serve with mashed potatoes, and mustard sauce.

Mustard Sauce 

1 egg
¼ cup sugar
1 tbs flour
1 tsp mustard powder
1 cup of liquor corned silverside is cooked in
¼ cup vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Beat egg and sugar in a saucepan.  Add flour, mustard, salt and pepper, then stir in liquid gradually.  Cook on low/medium heat until mixture thickens. 

Beef Casserole

1 pack Farm Gate loin bacon
2 large onions chopped
5 cloves garlic
100 grams butter
1.5 kg Farm Gate  blade steak cut into large cubes
3 tbs flour
Salt and Pepper
1 cup red wine
1 cup beef stock or 2 tsp powdered  beef stock mixed with  1 cup of water
3 tbs tomato paste
1tsp dried oregano, sages, thyme, pasley or fresh chopped herbs
Carrots sliced
Mushrooms quartered

Fry bacon in fry pan and transfer to large oven proof casserole dish.  Fry onion and garlic in bacon fat until onion is translucent.  Add to casserole dish.  Add butter to fry pan.  Dust steak in combination of flour salt and pepper.    Fry steak quickly on all sides.  Add to casserole dish.  Add red wine to fry pan with beef stock.  Add tomato paste and stir to include all pan residue.  Add to casserole.  Add herbs, carrots, mushrooms and extra salt and pepper.

Cook covered 140 degrees C for 2.5 – 3 hours until meat is tender.  Serve with lots of pasta, baked potatoes, bread.

Tuscan Roast Pork Belly

2.5kg pork belly (skin on)
2 rosemary sprigs leaves picked
1 tbs fennel seeds
Grated zest of 1 lemon
4 cloves garlic
2 tbs olive oil
500 ml dry white wine
2 onions thinly sliced
2 tbs flour
500ml chicken stock
80 ml dry marsala

Score the pork skin and fat in a criss cross pattern without cutting into the meat.  Place the pork on a rack in the sink and pour over a kettle of boiling water.  Dry well.  Crush rosemary, fennel, zest and garlic in a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste.  Stir in oil, then rub paste into pork skin.  Cover and marinate for a least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Place pork in roasting pan and pour over wine.  Rub 2 tbs sea salt into skin then roast for 30 minutes.  Reduce heat to 160 degrees and return to heat for one hour.  Scatter onions in pan and roast for a further 1 hour or until skin is crisp and juices run clear.

Remove onion and pork from pan and cover loosely with foil.  Rest for 15 minutes.

Discard all but 2tbs of fat from pan retaining any juices.  Place pan over medium heat and stir in flour.  Cook for 1 minute then whisk in stock and marsala until smooth.  Strain.  Keep warm.  Slice thickly 


1 x 1.5 kg rolled beef roast.
3 tablespoons flour.
1 teaspoon dry mustard.
30 grams butter.
3 rashers bacon, rind removed and sliced.
3 carrots, finely chopped.
3 sticks celery, finely chopped.
2 cups beer.
1/4 cup tomato puree.
2 tablespoons horseradish
1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

Combine flour and mustard and rub well into surface areas of rolled roast.

Heat butter in a large saucepan and cook meat on all sides until well sealed.

Remove and stand.

Add bacon, carrots and celery to pan and cook, stirring, until bacon is crisp. Add remaining flour, stirring constantly until well browned.

Pour in beer and stir until sauce thickens. Add tomato puree and horseradish and simmer 2 minutes. Add rolled roast, cover and simmer gently for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is tender.

Remove meat, slice and transfer to serving plate. Keep warm. Reduce sauce until thickened and pour over meat.