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Oysters with Cucumber and Verjuice Jelly

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Step 1: Place the Verjuice in a small stainless-steel saucepan over low-medium heat, then bring just to a simmer, being careful not to let it boil or the Verjuice will become cloudy. Remove from the heat, add the dill, then set aside to infuse for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl with the cold water for 5 minutes or until softened. Remove the gelatine and squeeze out any excess liquid. Add to the warm Verjuice and stir until the gelatine has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Step 3: Place the cucumber, caster sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender and blend until a puree forms. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside.

Step 4: Strain the cooled Verjuice mixture into the cucumber puree and stir to combine well (there should be 400ml and no less than 1 1/2 cups [375ml]). Line an 18cmx13cm plastic container or baking dish with plastic film, then pour in the Verjuice and cucumber mixture to form a 1cm-think layer. Refrigerate the jelly for 6 hours or until set.

Step 5: Carefully turn the jelly out onto a chopping board, then cut into 1cm dice.

Step 6: Place the oysters on a platter or divide among small plates, then top each oyster with a cube of jelly. Drizzle the tiniest amount of olive oil over and serve.


  1. 180ml 3/4 cup Verjuice
  2. 1 tbspn dill chopped
  3. 500ml 2 cups cold water
  4. 400g 1 telegraph (continental) cucumber peeled, cut in half lengthways, seeded and roughly chopped (to yield 250g)
  5. 1 tspn caster sugar
  6. to taste sea salt
  7. 30 oysters freshly shucked
  8. 60ml for drizzling Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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