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Meg White’s recipes:
Italian grape cake
2/3 cup caster sugar
6 tbsp olive oil
8 tbsp milk
Splash vanilla essence
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch lemon zest
Pinch orange zest
300g grapes, washed
Icing sugar, to dust
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Grease a 23cm cake tin with canola spray and line with baking paper.
2. Measure butter into a heat proof bowl, place into the microwave and heat until melted.
3. Combine egg and caster sugar in a large bowl. Using electric beaters, beat until pale in colour.
4. Add the melted butter, olive oil, milk, vanilla, lemon zest and orange zest to the bowl. Beat briefly until ingredients are just combined.
5. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Use a wooden spoon and stir until just combined.
6. Add three quarters of the grapes and gently stir to combine.
7. Pour all of the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
8. Scatter over the remaining grapes.
9. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until firm to touch in the centre.
10. Allow to cool in the cake tin for five to 10 minutes.
11. Carefully remove from the cake tin and dust with icing sugar to serve.
Chargrilled Japanese meatball skewers
200g chicken mince
100g pork mince
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 shiitake mushroom
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
2 spring onions
Sticky glaze sauce:
30ml soy sauce
1/2 tsp grated ginger
Splash brown rice vinegar
1. Place a sheet of baking paper onto a baking tray. Combine chicken, pork and panko crumbs in a large bowl.
2. Chop mushroom into very small pieces, add to the meat bowl.
3. Add the ginger, soy sauce and cornflour. Remove the green section of the spring onions. Cut the green section into small pieces, add to the meat bowl.
4. Using hands, combine all of the ingredients well to combine. Roll into 3cm sized balls, place onto the prepared baking tray. Place the tray into the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.
5. Sticky glaze: Combine all of the ingredients, except the vinegar in a small saucepan. Heat over a medium-heat, heat until a glaze forms in three to four minutes. Add the vinegar and stir well to combine.
6. Cut the white section of the spring onions into small batons, 1.5cm in length. Thread the meatballs onto skewers with a spring onion baton separating each meatball.
7. Heat a chargrill pan to a medium high heat. Brush meatballs lightly with oil, turning occasionally until cooked through. Brush with glaze and cook for 30 more seconds, being careful not to burn the glaze.
8. Transfer to plate, pour over extra glaze. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.