Theo’s beef sirloin with deep-fried jerusalem artichokes and butternut squash

 

There is nothing like a really good beef sirlion steak cooked rare. Having it with some deep-fried jerusalem artichokes and butternut squash works really well as these vegetables are quite sweet and have a lovely texture when they are deep-fried. Don’t cut the vegetables too thick or they will be less crispy.

Serves 2

2 thick sirloin or ribeye steaks, about 200g each

extra virgin olive oil

 

For the chilli-parsley sauce:

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tsp red wine vinegar

 

For the vegetables:

sunflower oil, for deep-frying

6 jerusalem artichokes

1/2 ripe butternut squash

500ml full-fat milk

300g tipo 00 flour

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1 First make the chilli-parsley sauce. Finely chop the garlic, then sprinkle with a small pinch of sea salt and crush the garlic to a paste. Mix this with the remaining sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

2 Put a deep pan of sunflower oil on to heat to 180°C (or use a deep-fat fryer). Peel the artichokes and squash, then cut into 5mm slices. Put them in a bowl and pour over the milk. Leave to soak while you sear the steaks.

3 Heat a ridged grill pan until very hot, and preheat a warm oven. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and rub olive oil on to both sides. Place on the hot grill pan and press down with a fork so the fat starts to melt. Chargrill for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove the steaks from the pan to a warm plate and set aside to rest while you fry the vegetables.

4 Put the flour into a large bowl. You’ll need to fry the vegetables in batches so the pan of oil won’t be crowded. Take some artichoke and squash slices out of the milk and drop into the flour, tossing to coat. Transfer to a sieve and shake off excess flour, then slip into the hot oil. Deep-fry for 2–3 minutes until golden brown all over and crisp.Remove with a slotted spoon and spread on kitchen paperto drain. Sprinkle with salt, then keep hot in the oven while you fry the rest of the vegetables.

5 Trim the fat from the steaks, then cut each into threeslices at an angle. Place on warm plates, add the fried vegetables next to the steak and drizzle the chilli-parsley sauce over everything.

Theo’s Rosti Potato with eggs and Pizzaiola sauce

I first had a rosti potato on a school skiing trip to Switzerland and have loved them ever since. The pizziaola sauce – a basic tomato sauce with oregano –works really well with the crisp rosti topped with poached eggs and pancetta.

Serves 2 as a starter or for lunch

1kg Maris Piper potatoes

100g sliced pancetta

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

white wine vinegar

2 duck eggs

 

For the sauce

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, sliced

1 small, dried bird’s eye chilli, seeded and chopped

1 tsp dried oregano

1 x 400g can chopped plum tomatoes

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1 First make the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add the garlic, chilli and oregano, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cookover a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep warm until ready to serve.

2 While the sauce is simmering, peel the potatoes, then coarsely grate them into a colander. In handfuls, squeeze out as much moisture from the grated potatoes as you canand discard it, then put the potatoes in a bowl. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste.

3 Cook the pancetta in a large, non-stick frying pan until crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.

4 Add the olive oil to the pancetta fat left in the pan and heat until smoking, then add the grated potatoes and push down evenly to form a large cake. Cook for 5–7 minutes until golden brown on the base, then flip over and cook for another 5–7 minutes. Transfer to a large, warmed plate and keep hot.

5 Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add a dash of vinegar. Crack the eggs into the water and poach for about 3 minutes until just cooked.

6 Lift out the poached eggs and drain briefly on kitchen paper, then place on the potato rosti. Add the cooked pancetta and drizzle the sauce over the top. Serve immediately.

A new Willis joins Ramsay Street

Hot on the heels of Neighbours’ recent announcement that Charlene and Scott’s daughter Madison is moving into Ramsay Street, another never seen before off- spring of heritage characters is also taking up residence – Ned Willis, the son of Brad Willis and Beth Brennan.

Perth born actor Ben Hall, 23, has been cast in the role of Ned who has been has been mentioned over the years. The original Brad Willis was played by Benjamin Mitchell and Scott Michaelson, and now Kip Gamblin.  Ned’s on-screen mother was played by international music star Natalie Imbruglia.

The introduction of Ned will unite all of Brad’s children, and in a Neighbours’ first, patriarch of the Willis family, Doug played by acting doyen Terence Donovan will also share in the family reunion on-screen.
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“Ned is a very complex character, he can be quite manipulative but he has had a bit to deal with and it’s really interesting how his story line pans out,” said Ben, a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Before moving into acting, Ben was moving toward are career in sport having reached a national level in swimming while in high school.

Ben’s episodes will screen from April 6.

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All information will be treated in strict confidence. We will get back to you in due course if we want to proceed further. Please note, due to the anticipated volume of applications, we will only contact people whose initial applications are successful.

By providing your contact details, you agree that these can be shared by the production team for the purposes of getting in touch with you to discuss participating in the programme and subsequently following the broadcast in case we need to contact you again.

Sarah Beaumont is returning to Ramsay Street

One of Neighbours’ most scandalous home-wreckers Sarah Beaumont is returning to Ramsay Street.

Immortalised by Melbourne actress Nicola Charles, Sarah and the show’s resident medico Karl Kennedy steamed up the screen in 1997 with some serious pashing. When Karl’s wife Susan learnt about Karl’s philandering, he copped the infamous slap from Susan, now a classic moment in Neighbours’ history.

In the coming months, Sarah Beaumont returns once again under a cloud of suspicion and the question on everyone’s lips is whether she’s back to finally claim Karl for herself, or is there another agenda that will shock the folk of Ramsay Street?

“They say life imitates art, but for me art is imitating life. I’ve had some huge and sometimes terrifying mountains to climb in my personal life during the last 10 years. Now I’m using all those experiences to help Sarah climb hers,” said Nicola.

The English-born actress joined Neighbours as a regular cast member from 1996-1999 and has created her own chapter in the annals of Neighbours archives as one of its most controversial characters, making headlines every time she appears.

“Sarah Beaumont is a wonderful character that doesn’t need an introduction, viewers wait with bated breath for her next move and the latest installment will surprise everyone,” said Jason Herbison, executive producer of Neighbours. “It’s always a pleasure to welcome Nicola back to Ramsay Street.”

Nicola’s episodes commence screening from Tuesday 5th April.

Dishing On Duchovny: 10 Amazing Facts

The truth is out there… Everything you always wanted to know about The X-Files’ David Duchovny, but were afraid to ask.

Born 7/08/60 in NYC, David William Duchovny is of Scottish Lutheran and Russian Jewish descent. 

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Duchovny has a BA in English Literature from Princeton and an MA in English Literature from Yale.

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The X-Files creator Chris Carter regards David Duchovny as one of the best-read people he knows.

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Duchovny’s first significant role was transgender DEA agent Denise/Dennis Bryson in Twin Peaks.

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In ‘96, Duchovny made it onto People mag’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

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Duchovny has played Fox Mulder on The X-Files, Eek! the Cat, The Simpsons and The Lone Gunmen.

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David Duchovny was best man at Mitch Pileggi’s second wedding.

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David Duchovny “…never, ever, ever cooks. And I would never eat anything I might cook.”

THE X-FILES: David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder. THE X-FILES TM & © 2016 Fox and its related entities. All rights reserved.
Duchovny’s favourite #TheXFiles ending is Post-Modern Prometheus in which Mulder & Scully dance.

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In 2015, Duchovny wrote his first book (Holy Cow) & recorded his first album (Hell or Highwater).

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Barbara’s most villainous moments

To celebrate Barbara Kean’s first #VillainOfTheWeek victory (woo!), we present to you her most despicable Gotham moments yet…

  • The time when she killed her parents. After being brainwashed by The Ogre, Barbara revealed to a horrified Leslie she had killed her mum and dad, officially marking her transition into Gotham’s dark side. On the plus side, it also meant she gained the catchy nickname, Stabby Babs. 🔪
  • The time when she tried to kill James Gordon’s new girlfriend, Leslie. OK, you don’t have to pretend to like your ex’s new squeeze but you probably shouldn’t try to kill them either.
  • That time when she escaped from Arkham Asylum (after threatening to kill Leslie again, of course.) She may have been busted out but Babs chose to go on the run with the Maniax.Gotham-S2_Ep2_15
  • The time she opted to help Theo Galavan’s gang of Arkham escapees bring terror to the streets of Gotham, instead of turning herself in. Gotham-S2_Ep2_02
  • The time when she whipped the mayor of Gotham. Luckily, Mayor Aubrey James had a metal box on his head, so he probably couldn’t see it was Babs on the other end of the whip. Was this an attempt from Barbara to shake her Stabby Babs nickname? Sadly for her, Whippy Babs doesn’t have as much of a ring to it…Untitled-2
  • The time when she took some hostages. But these weren’t just any hostages – they were decent citizens of Gotham attending a charity event. C’mon, you don’t get more villainous than that. Babs nabbed even more baddie points by also almost getting Bruce Wayne killed on the same night.
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  • That time when she tried to kill James Gordon. Not only did Barbara lead Gordon and Harvey straight into the path of an oncoming truck, she then took him hostage and threatened to kill him. She also kidnapped Leslie for good measure. What’s more, she did this all wearing a wedding dress, which (although gorgeous) was a little bit creepy.
    It all ended badly for Barbara, who ended up falling from the church window 😞. Get well soon, Babs!Untitled-3

Gotham: Rise Of The Villains continues on Mondays at 10pm on Channel 5. Catch up on recent episodes on My5.