mmmmCameo®… Never was the phrase ‘let nature take it’s course’ so meaningful as when it comes to delving into the history of the Cameo apple. One day, a well-known Golden Delicious took a fancy to another well-known, the Red Delicious. Having spent some time together, courting, and the like, they produced a fantastic specimen of an apple, the Cameo. Ahhh, romance at its freshest. Not only did growers ‘ooooh’ and ‘aaaah’ over the beauty of this new arrival but were blown-away by the flavour and texture beneath the skin.
Now grown widely, they have become the ‘go-to’ apple for those looking for a distinctive, new taste, whilst remaining faithful to fruit grown on our own fair shores. With the season running from October to April, it’s the time to be jumping on that apple cart and taking advantage of their crunchy, juicy lusciousness!
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The Cameo Main Course Base
Half a Cameo apple peeled and diced
Four cherry tomatoes
One small onion
One medium sized bell red pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
One large clove of garlic
Sprinkle of fresh basil
56g of lean white fish
Cumin, paprika, fresh coriander, cinnamon
One clove of garlic
Half a Cameo apple as above
56g of tofu
Half a teaspoon of curry powder
One medium carrot thinly stripped
40z (112g) Bean sprouts
5 sliced button mushrooms
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Chinese 5 spice
Option 1: Fry the apple, tomato, pepper and onion in the olive oil this is your ‘Cameo Main Course Base’. Add garlic to taste. When almost cooked, add the fresh basil and then serve the pan mixture on top of a 60g baguette.
Option 2: Alternatively, poach 56g of lean white fish with water until cooked. Add your Cameo Main Dish base, plus a pinch of cumin, a pinch of paprika, some fresh coriander and a pinch of cinnamon. As above add garlic to taste. Add the remaining half of the cameo apple, diced and cook until its nicely brown and is coated with the spices.
Option 3: Into a frying pan, place 2oz of tofu with one teaspoon of olive oil. Once thoroughly cooked through, add your Cameo Main Dish base. Add in half a teaspoon of curry powder or alternatively, add a pinch of ground cumin, pinch of ground coriander, pinch of turmeric, and a pinch of ground ginger (or any combination) and black pepper. You might want to add a tiny amount of mustard, as you prefer.
Option 4: Into a frying pan, place bean sprouts (a good handful) thinly stripped sections of carrot (small carrot), 5 sliced medium button mushrooms. Add your Cameo base.
Add a teaspoon of sesame oil. Add Chinese 5 spice (or a pinch of ground star anise, ground fennel seeds, ground cloves, white pepper and salt.