For those looking to celebrate Mataraki, two of our foodie favourites – super talented sisters Karena and Kasey Bird – have put together three delicious recipes inspired by the Matariki constellation and the meanings of the stars within the constellation. Read more about Matariki and kai here.
And to help motivate you to get cooking, we’re giving away three very special Matariki from Silver Fern Farms, each with vouchers for one free retail pack of premium, lean red meat from Silver Fern Farms (each valued at $70), so you can recreate Kasey and Karena’s recipes at home. Enter via our Facebook or Instagram pages.
In this recipe we use ingredients associated to Tipuānuku, Tipuātangi and Waitī.
For the venison
For the candied walnuts
For the venison
Remove from packaging, cover, and bring to room temperature.
Mix together the oil, horopito, garlic and balsamic and rub over the medallions.
Preheat the fry-pan or BBQ to medium-high.
Pan-fry for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium rare.
Transfer to a plate, cover, and rest for 5 minutes.
For the walnuts
Line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a small pan melt the butter and sugar together once bubbling add the walnuts and stir to coat the walnuts.
Pour the nuts on to the baking tray and leave to cool. Cut in to small pieces.
For the kawakawa dressing
Mix together all of the ingredients
For the kūmara
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Lightly oil the kūmara and season with salt and pepper.
Lay flat on a baking tray and bake for 15-20 mins until cooked through.
For the croutons
Heat the butter in a pan on medium heat until melted. Add the croutons and gently toss in the pan until slightly golden and crisp.
To serve add all the ingredients to a bowl and drizzle the dressing over the top.