Friday, May 6, 2011

Note to self: an unpretentious parsley soup...

Curley parsley.  Lots.  Chopped with stalks.
Sweat in 30grams of butter.

A few potatoes peeled - mostly to thicken
Light chicken stock.


Mix chopped chives into whisked cream.

Add a handful chopped fresh parsley to the soup.


Put back into saucepan.

Cream.  Salt.  Black pepper.

Serve with a bit of pepper and the chive cream.

This is a really good looking starter - and completely unpretentious.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Note to self - duck with ginger braised in orange juice

My wife has given me permission to cook curries again.  My tendency is to spicy - and she stopped eating them when she got pregnant.  That was a decade ago.

So - you will probably be treated to some Asian food recipes here.

Meanwhile I am watching Rick Stein's Asian adventures - and this recipe makes me salivate.  I am going to cook it later and will report back.

Fry some (8?) duck pieces in a little oil for six or so minutes to get out the fat.  Pour the fat out.

10 or so cloves of garlic - crushed - and put in -
Lots of sliced ginger

Fresh orange juice - not enough to cover the duck - but a long way up.
couple of tablespoons of fish sauce (guess that is where the salt comes from)
Half a dozen star anise (only - you know my addiction) and
3-4 chiles.  Ah - now I have permission!!!
Bruised stick of lemongrass. He says "gently bruised" before he bashes it senseless.  The guy has humor.
Spoonful of palm sugar
Good grind of black pepper

Gentle stir and let it simmer for a while.  I guess he wonders how free-range the ducks are.  (Vietnamese ducks he figures simmer longer).

Pieces of spring onion for the last 10 minutes

He pulls duck and spring onion out.

Reduces sauce a little and thickens with corn-flour and water.

Decorates with a few more spring onion.

Gonna cook that I am.


POST SCRIPT:  Cooked with a thai beef salad and rice.  It is every bit as good as it should be.  WONDERFUL.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Salt fish and - well - custard

Had a fabulous dinner Sunday - for an Asian family who had (literally) never had a really good Western meal.


Easy enough.  Ocean Trout cooked in salt.  Desert is custard.

Separate 10 eggs.  Use the yolks to make a really good custard (say 450ml cream, 300ml milk, vanilla pod. Make the custard - and then bake ... Serve with sweetened stewed rubarb - in which you have conentrated the sauce.  (Don't want to water that custard.)

But first the main:

Beat whites till stiff.  Mix with 150g corn flour and 2kg salt.  Lay 1cm on bottom of baking dish.  lay out ocean trout - cover the whole thing in salt mix.  Bake 200 c for 25 minutes.  Let sit for 25 min.  Serve with potato salad and salads.

You get the idea.  Will write this up properly one day.