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Chermoula

Chermoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is usually used to flavour fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.  I made this simple version as I had some preserved lemons in a jar I wanted to use up,  I also had some coriander and parsley, so what better than to blend it all together and make this delicious, tangy sauce.  We spread some on a divine fillet steak and it gave the meat a wonderful kick…

The amounts below give approximately 1/2 cup of sauce which will keep in the fridge for 7 days…

Chermoula

Ingredients:

1/2 preserved lemon

3 Tablespoon s of parsley

3 Tablespoons coriander

2 cloves garlic

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon hot paprika

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons of good olive oil

Method:

Put all the ingredients into a food processor (or Ninja) and pulse until it becomes a smooth sauce

Add a little extra olive oil if it’s too dry

Serve as a sauce on any meat or chicken

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Oven Baked Tacos

This is the best way we have found to prepare tacos without them falling to bits and crumbling all over the place when you try to eat them.  Served straight out of the baking dish, they also stay hot for ages.  I was pressed for time so just used a boxed Taco Kit which had the seasonings included but it is even better using home made chilli…

This dish would also be fanatic for a bulk gathering – make a couple of trays and see them vanish before your eyes as you can’t stop at scoffing down just one…

Bake the tacos filled with chilli and shredded cheese

Bake the tacos filled with chilli and shredded cheese

While still hot in the baking dish pile on your favourite toppings...

While still hot in the baking dish pile on your favourite toppings…

Ingredients:

½ kg lean minced beef

1 packet Taco Seasoning

½ cup of water

10 hard Taco shells

Shredded Cheese (Mexican Blend is good)

 

Toppings

Baby tomatoes

Avocados

Black Olives

Sour Cream

Taco Sauce

Sour cream

Coriander

Shredded Lettuce

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 200C

Cook the minced beef according to the instructions on the Taco Seasoning packet

Place 12 hard taco shells upright in a baking dish – some aluminium foil rolled into balls is handy to keep them upright if necessary

Sprinkle some cheese in the bottom to stop the shells from absorbing any moisture from the meat sauce

Spoon meat sauce into each taco as desired – about halfway is good

Top with generous amounts of shredded cheese.

Bake for around 15 minutes or until cheese is melted

Leave the tacos in the baking dish and add your toppings as required

Serve immediately…

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good.

This dish takes only as long as the pork takes to cook so is very quick and can be on the table in a matter of minutes.  The addition of grated apple in the salad is also a winner and adds a lovely surprise burst of flavour to the entire dish!

Enjoy…

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Ingredients:

2 pork fillets

1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds

1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

olive oil

 

1 teaspoon cumin powder

spring onions

cloves of garlic grated

1 x 400 g tin of black beans

 

1 fresh red or green chilli

Baby spinach leaves

½ a bunch fresh coriander

1 ripe avocado

6 baby roma tomatoes

1 pink lady apple

soy sauce

extra virgin olive oil

1 lime

 

Sirracha chilli sauce

4 tablespoons Greek style yoghurt

hard taco shells

Method:

Cut the pork into 1cm dice and fry in a large frying pan with the fennel seeds, paprika, salt and pepper, and stir regularly

Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cumin seeds into a medium frying pan

Trim, slice and add the spring onions, add garlic then stir in the beans and their juices, and simmer

Finely slice the chilli and most of the top leafy half of the coriander, then halve, destone, peel and chop the avocado

Cut tomatoes in half

Toss with the spinach leaves and pile all this on a platter, coarsely grating or matchsticking the apple on top

Ripple a little chilli sauce through the yoghurt in a small bowl

Stir, mush and season the beans to taste so they resemble refried beans

Drizzle the salad with a little soy sauce, the extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, then toss together Drain the fat from the pork pan, then serve everything straight away, with a pile of taco shells and all the other elements, sprinkled with the remaining coriander leaves

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Quick Vegetable Triangles

We love to use up leftovers and some of our most delicious meals have been made using up bits and pieces of vegetables or pasta from a previous meal.  I freeze leftover vegetables and make bubble & squeak or fritters.  I add beef stock and Frankfurt’s to cabbage and bacon and make it into a soup.  Left over mashed potatoes transforms into Tattie Scones or fish cakes – the possibilities are endless.

These triangles are very quick and easy and you can use just about any leftover veggies in the recipe.  I had made our “Potatoes of the Night” – roasted baby potatoes with red capsicum, garlic cloves and red onion – had some left over so decided to combine them into samosa-like triangles

Don’t be afraid of Filo pastry – it’s very easy to use as long as you keep it covered with a damp tea towel to prevent it drying out.  Treat it gently and it will become your pastry of choice for wrapping up all sorts of wonderful fillings..

Slice each sheet of Filo pastry in half and lightly brush with oil

Slice each sheet of Filo pastry in half and lightly brush with oil

Place your filling at the bottom and roll up corner to corner to create a triangle

Place your filling at the bottom and roll up corner to corner to create a triangle

Golden and crunchy vegetable triangles

Golden and crunchy vegetable triangles

Ingredients:

Leftover roasted potatoes or any vegetables (about 3 cups)

Tablespoon of olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely sliced

2 teaspoons of cumin powder

2 teaspoons of curry powder

½ cup frozen peas

I large grated carrot

3 spring onions, finely sliced

¼ cup fresh coriander, finely shredded

12 sheets of filo pastry

Olive oil to brush on filo sheets

 

Method:

Gently fry the garlic in the olive oil

Add the spices and fry until fragrant

In a bowl, mix together the leftover roasted potatoes, peas, carrot, coriander and spring onions squashing them slightly to combine

Add garlic and spice mix and combine thoroughly.

Keep the filo sheets covered with a damp towel to prevent them drying out

Take one sheet of filo and slice in half

Brush both halves lightly with some olive oil and place one half on top of the other

Place a generous amount of the filling in the corner and roll up corner to corner to make a sealed triangle

Continue until all the filling and filo sheets are used up

Brush the tops of the triangles with olive oil

Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 200c fan-forced oven until golden and crisp

Serve with mango and chilli sauce (bottled sauce is readily available in supermarkets

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

Potatoes Of The Night…

We laughingly call these “Potatoes Of The Night” because each time I make then it depends entirely on what I have in the fridge on the night…  I have used whole spring onions, parsley, red peppers, dill, thyme, zucchini, whole garlic cloves and rosemary.  It’s a terrific way of using up fresh herbs and the addition of the wine and tabasco gives it a real kick.  Also the onion goes crispy and burnt – try not picking the bits out of the pan when you serve them up!  It’s not possible…

We team these with salmon cutlets, fillet steaks or Chicken Kiev – they are sensational…

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons good olive oil

1 large onion sliced

4 large potatoes

I bunch of coriander roughly chopped

2 tablespoons white wine

A good splash of Tabasco sauce

Salt & pepper to season

 

Method:

Slice your potatoes into eights if they are very large

Throw into a large roasting pan

Add the sliced onion and the coriander

Season with salt & pepper

Add in the olive oil and toss until everything is coated in a little oil

Bake at 180c fan-forced for around 40 minutes

Toss around now and then to prevent sticking

When cooked, add the white wine and Tabasco

Shake or gently stir to de-glaze the pan

Serve piping hot with your favorite meats or fish

 

Bon Appétit!   🙂

Spicy Red Curry Pumpkin Soup with Prawns

Everyone loves pumpkin soup but sometimes it needs a little boot up the bum to be a bit more exciting.

This is an adaption of a recipe I found in a newspaper – I tweaked it a little and the result is fantastic.

Hot and spicy with crunchy prawns it can be as hot or as mild as you like.  We love spicy food so I added in 2 tablespoons of red curry paste.

Vegetarians can just omit the prawns and enjoy the delicious soup…  The amounts below will serve 4 people.

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 brown onion, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon red curry paste (more if you prefer hotter)

4 cups vegetable stock

1 butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped

3 kaffir lime leaves

1 cup coconut cream

2 teaspoon of sugar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

20 green prawns, peeled, leaving tails intact

1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves

Lime wedges, to serve

Method:

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft.

Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.

Stir in the stock and bring to the boil.

Add the pumpkin and lime leaves.

Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.

Remove the kaffir lime leaves and discard

Blend the pumpkin to a puree with a blender stick or in a jug

Place over low heat and add the coconut milk.

Stir for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Add in sugar and fish sauce to taste.

In the meantime, toss the prawns in the remaining oil and fry in a large non-stick fry pan over high heat.

Cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until they change colour.

Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and place the prawns and coriander on top.

Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the prawns

 

Bon Appétit!   🙂

Best Thai Green Curry

Thai green curry is one of my favourite flavours and I have recently been put onto the best way to cook it.

A colleague of Simon’s has a Thai wife and she is a wonderful cook. She recommended a brand of Thai paste called Mae Ploy.  They do green, yellow and red and we have tried them all.  They are the most authentic flavours we have yet discovered and I thoroughly recommend you try them.  The paste is in a plastic bag inside the tub and it keeps for months and is readily available from most Asian grocery stores.

I always make a huge amount of these curries as they freeze well and we always have a few boxes of curry on a bed of rice stowed away for work lunches and dinners at any given time…

The other tip we received from our Thai friend was to always use coconut cream not milk.  The cream doesn’t seem to split as easily as the coconut milk and it really does give a deeper, creamier texture to the dish

Thai Green Curry

Served simply with steamed rice and a piece of roti bread to mop up the delicious sauce, this is the easiest curry you will ever make!  Plus it’s a great way to hide vegetables from little and big kids!

Thai Green Curry 1

 

Ingredients:

I tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons green curry paste

1 kg chicken thighs

2 tins of coconut cream (I used Siam Kitchen 560ml cans)

3 zucchini evenly chopped

2 green capsicums evenly chopped

Good handful of fresh green beans topped & tailed

8 baby potatoes cut in half

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

1 tablespoon of sugar

Bunch of coriander roughly chopped

Extra coriander for garnish

 

Method:

In a large heavy based pot heat the oil and gently fry the curry paste for a few minutes

Chop the chicken into large even sized pieces – I usually cut each thigh into four

Pour the coconut cream into the pot and stir thoroughly

Tip in the chicken and chopped vegetables (except coriander)

Stir thoroughly and gently bring to the boil

Simmer for about an hour until the vegetables and chicken are cooked through

Don’t boil too hard as the sauce will split

When ready add the fish sauce, sugar and fresh coriander

Serve with steamed rice and garnish with extra coriander

 

Bon Appetit! 🙂

Prawn and Shitake Spring Rolls with Lime, Chilli and Coconut Dipping Sauce

First up – I can’t take the credit for this recipe –  I found it by chance on a website called Everyday Gourmet by Justine Schofield.

These crunchy snacks are worth the fiddling around with spring roll pastry sheets and are delicious.  I managed to get 14 good-sized spring rolls from the quantities shown below but if you could make them smaller if preferred.

The filling is fragrant and moist and I will definitely be experimenting with different flavours now that we’ve discovered just how easy they are to make.  The dipping sauce is also divine – hot and tangy from the sambal oelek and the lime juice…

Prawn Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

1 litre canola oil, for frying
1 kg bag of prawn cutlets, tails removed
1 egg white
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 ½ tsp. ginger, finely grated
¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
½ cup dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water then squeezed dry and finely chopped.
1 tbs. soy sauce
½ tsp. sesame oil
14 sheets of square spring roll pastry

Dipping Sauce:
3 tbs. fresh lime juice
3 tbs. fish sauce
1 tbs. grated coconut
1 tbs. sambal oelek
1 ½ tbs. grated palm sugar

Method:

Chop the prawns into very small pieces

In a large bowl, mix the prawn, egg white, spring onions, ginger, coriander, shitake mushrooms, soy sauce and sesame oil together.

Use your hand to knead the mixture together until it come together and is slightly sticky.

Place spring roll wrapper on a flat surface with one of the points facing you.

Place approximately 2 tbs. of the mixture on the bottom third of the wrapper.

Make a neat sausage shape of the prawn mixture and fold in the point closest to you.

Now fold in both right and left points and finally roll into a tight cylinder.

Dab with some water (that has been mixed with a little flour to form a paste) and seal.

Repeat the process and place under a damp cloth until ready to deep fry.

Heat the oil in a deep pot and carefully add a small batch at a time of spring rolls.

Cook until golden brown all over.

Drain on some paper towel and serve hot with the dipping sauce.

For the Dipping Sauce:
Combine all ingredients together and mix well

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Noodles with Poached Ginger Chicken and Coriander-Lime Pesto

This is another one of Simon’s efforts which is light and fragrant and scumptious!  He found the pesto recipe in a Donna Hay article.  It also contains his favourite flavours which are coriander and lime.  The chicken is lightly poached and very moist and the noodles only take minutes to prepare.

Pesto freezes very well or can be stored in the fridge covered with a fine layer of oil for a few days.

Steamed Chicken with Coriander Noodles

Pesto Noodles:

  • 1 long green chilli, chopped
  • ½ cup cashew nuts, toasted
  • 4 cups coriander leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 250g rice noodles, cooked

Ginger poached Chicken Breasts:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 two inch piece of fresh ginger sliced
  • 6 whole spring onions, trimmed
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil

Method:

  • Place the chilli, cashews, coriander, garlic, lime juice, sugar and olive oil in the bowl of a small food processor
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and process to form a coarse paste.
  • In the meantime, place the chicken breasts in a small pot and cover with the chicken stock.
  • Place the spring onions and the ginger in with the chicken and gently bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for about 8-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  • Plunge the rice noodles into boiling water for about 20 seconds to soften
  • Place the pesto in a bowl with the noodles and toss to combine
  • Cut the chicken into thick slices and arrange in a shallow bowl
  • Strain the leftover stock into a bowl and mix with the soy sauce and sesame oil
  • Spoon this over the chicken and sprinkle with finely sliced spring onions to serve
  • Serve separately with the noodles on the side

Or do what we did after we took the photo – poured the chicken onto the noodles and enjoyed every mouthful!

Bon Appetit  🙂

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