Spatchcock with a Pear & Macadamia Stuffing

Ready in 60 minutes | Serves 4



  • 4 Spatchcocks – deboned
  • 200 grams macadamias – roasted & chopped
  • 1 diced & sauted onion
  • 2 tablespoons fig jam
  • 1 poached pear, core removed & quartered
  • 1 pinch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 cups English spinach
  • 1 pinch Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 pinch Star Anise



  1. Mix the nuts, jam, pear, seasoning, butter & spinach together for the stuffing.

  2. Place the spatchcock on a board with the wings to the right of the board. Place 2 spoonfuls of the stuffing on the chest.

  3. Starting underneath the wing, pierce the skin with a skewer then knit through the neck, then through the opposite wing. Pull the skin together over the chest and knit with the skewer through the skin toward the tail.

  4. Pierce through one leg, cross it over the other leg & knit with the skewer again.

  5. Finish with a piece of twine wrapped from one end of the skewer to the other & around the body.

  6. Brush the bird with a little oil, dust with a little star anise & 5 spice and seal in a hot pan.

    Place in a baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes in a 200º oven.

    Recipe courtesy of 3 Seeds Cooking School.


  • WHAT’S IN SEASON | FRUIT: IN SEASON Apples, pears, quinces, persimmons, mandarins, Aussie navels.   BERRIES Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are scarce. NSW blueberries starting soon and look for prices to fall.  CANDY MELONS Try these sweet variety of  honey dew melon with a candy aroma. CITRUS It’s our favourite time of year for mandarins right now with fantastic Imperial mandarins and daisy mandarins starting. Lemons and limes good value. FEIJOAS This fruit is really growing in popularity it grows in Canberra and has a really interesting taste KIWIFRUIT Qld Aussie kiwi Goldkiwifruit great at the moment plus try cute and flavourful red kiwis.  NUTS Walnuts and chestnuts.  PAPAYA Scarce.  PERSIMMONS Hard and soft in season (don’t keep in the fridge). PLUMS Still eating and stewing well (cook and freeze now for later). POMEGRANATE Peak season with magnificent large and very glam Aussie poms in season.  VEGETABLES: IN SEASON Broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes.  ASPARAGUS Imported only.   AVOCADOES Improving all the time as the growing season moves further South. Probably a month until the really good fruit.   PEAS Lovely sweet peas this week.  POTATOES & PUMPKIN Washed Dutch Creams in season also try grammar pumpkin.  TOMATOES Lots of cherry varieties in season. Local Roma and round (Thilmere) tomatoes.  FLOWERS It’s Mothers Day this weekend so many flowers in store. Great roses, tulips and natives.