Given the theme is culinary this time, where better to start the RiotACT ACT Election Candidate Challenge than at Gordon Ramsay’s place?
No, we’re not talking about the brash British celebrity chef, though Gordon Ramsay of Latham, ACT, is often to be found at work in the kitchen, inspired in part by sharing a name with a world famous restaurateur.
Corflutes featuring the name of this Labor candidate for Ginninderra and the odd cooking utensil appeared on the side of the road as soon as I reached West Belconnen last night, including this one right out the front of the Ramsay family home:
The culinary-inspired marketing material encourages Ginninderra residents to “vote for a recipe for a better Canberra”. No wonder Mr Ramsay was keen to be the first participant in our candidate bake-off. His campaign had been built around the kitchen before the RiotACT even came up with our baking concept.
Having sampled Mr Ramsay’s Dark chocolate, chilli and lime pie, we can confirm time he has spent poring over cookbooks by the likes of Jamie Oliver and the other Gordon Ramsay have been worthwhile. It was just right: not too sweet, too spicy or too sour.
Mr Ramsay nailed the video presentation first time, too, demonstrating that years of experience presenting in front of Uniting Church parishioners will come in very handy in dealing with the media and public speaking.
So what is Mr Ramsay’s “recipe” for Canberra, and why does the pie symbolise his vision for the capital?
He describes the pie as inclusive because it brings together and holds together a whole range of ingredients and flavours, as the capital does.
“The pie crust offers good solid, secure housing for the pie, and part of what we need in Canberra is good, secure, affordable housing,” Mr Ramsay says.
The dish in which the pie was baked represented the safety net that Canberra has to ensure residents do not become trapped in poverty.
The chocolate represents the richness of Canberra.
“Then you’ve got the diversity of the chilli and lime,” Mr Ramsay says.
He says the pie represents three simple things that are important ingredients in his vision for Canberra:
That everyone belongs
That everyone is valued
That everyone participates
“It’s a social inclusion pie,” he says.
Like to try the pie for yourself? Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate, Chilli and Lime Pie
(Based on recipe from “The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book”, from the Brooklyn pie shop & café)
1 partially pre-baked shortcrust pastry
340g dark chocolate (70%), broken into small pieces
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1 green chilli – halved and sliced
1 inch piece of ginger – peeled and sliced
½ tsp cardamom
10ml lime juice
- Preheat oven to 160
- Heat milk & cream just to boil. Remove from heat, add chilli & ginger. Cover and set aside for 6minutes
- Put chocolate, cardmon and salt in bowl. Reheat milk/cream just to boiling point and pour through sieve onto chocolate. Cover, let stand for 5 minutes
- Lightly whisk eggs. Pour small amount of chocolate into eggs, continuing to whisk.
- Pour back into chocolate mixture, continuing to whisk
- Add lime juice and whisk until completely smooth
- Pour through sieve into pre-prepared pastry
- Bake for 30-35 minutes
- Allow to cook
- Decorate with icing sugar, grated chocolate, cream and red chilli for appearance
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