In life it’s not all about glitz and glam and how many items you can fit into or on one thing. It’s about using and adding one or two things that will harmonize and elevate the simplest things.
Sometimes you need to take a step back and respect your product in its simplest form, adding only things that will improve its all around appeal.
In New Zealand corn is in an abundance at the moment at the Otago Farmers Market I picked up 6 corn cobs for just $4.00. Straight from the grower to my home kitchen, I love fresh produce! With keeping these things in mind tonight I create one of my most loved corn dishes, it is simple and delicious yet respects the sweetness of the fresh corn by adding a zing and a burst of flavour.
Tonight’s dish is:
Steamed Corn Cob with Lime Coriander Mayonnaise
2 fresh egg yolks
2 limes, zest & juice
3/4 tsp. fresh garlic, finely diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
150ml olive oil
1 tsp. boiling water
2 corn cobs
small knob of butter
pinch of smoked paprika
1. In a deep stainless steel bowl combine egg yolks, zest and juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Whisk together until well combined. ( You can use an electric whisk it is easier on the arm.)
3. While whisking at a vigorous pace, slowly drizzle in a steady stream of the oil.
4. The egg mixture will begin to thicken, adding 3/4 of the oil then the tsp. of boiling water. ( The boiling water helps thin the mayonnaise and reduce chance of splitting.)
5. Finish by whisking in the remainder of the oil and check seasoning.
6. In a steamer of a rapid boil, steam corn on cob for 3 minutes. (They will go a bright yellow colour.)
7. Remove from heat and place on your serving plate, rub with a small knob of butter and drizzle over coriander lime mayonnaise finishing with a pinch of smoked paprika.
Serves: 1-2 people , however you will have plenty of coriander lime mayonnaise left over. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Goes great smeared over your favorite grilled steak or on that homemade hamburger.
The simple things.