Winter entertaining with Gill Meller

By
Casey Warrener
Added
08 June, 2017

Gill Meller is in the country showcasing his beautiful book Gather with a series of dinners and classes, and we got our hands on the dishes he's putting on for his Aussie guests. This impressive in-season menu is perfect for your next dinner party.

Entree: raw scallops with dill, red onion, lemon and olive oil

You might think of fish as a summery dish, but many species are available in Australia year-round. The citrus, unctuous oil and earthy herbs of this scallop dish make it a lovely light starter for a dinner party in the cooler months – serve with a stick of crusty bread, or make some crunchy crostini for guests to pile it on top of. 

Main: fried cod with ginger, beetroot, orange & sesame

These flavours are perfect for winter; warm spices, nutty seeds, a salty-sweet marinade and hearty, nutrient-rich roots. Rock cod or Murray cod would work well here, or you could even try subbing in Australian salmon.

Dessert: quince tarte tatin

Those late-autumn orchard fruits will be kicking around for a while yet and what better way to make the most of them than with a gorgeous, flaky tarte tatin. The herbs and spices in this version add richness and complexity that will be welcome in wintry weather. (Take note of Gill's tips for swapping fruit for root vegetables to create a comforting, savoury dish.)

Hungry for more paddock-to-plate ideas? Travel from the farm to the harbour with Gill's stunning cookbook Gather

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