Monday, 11 July 2011

Chicken Congee - Vietnamese style

My latest cookbook purchase arrived a few days ago. Little Vietnam by Nhut Huynh has a great range of recipes and as soon as I saw the Chicken Congee recipe I had to try it! It was so delicious I will definitely have to make it again.

First you need to make the stock which is super easy.

2kgs Chicken bones
50 ginger
1 onion
1 tsp salt
5 Litres of water

- Place the bones, ginger and onion in a large stock pot and cover with the water. Bring to the boil, skimming off any scum that floats to the surface and then turn down to low and simmer for 3 hours. Strain.

Chicken Congee

1 T oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
300g chicken mince (or pork)
50g fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 L chicken stock - see above
150g (3/4 cup) long grain rice
1 tsp ground white pepper
2 T fish sauce
2 T sugar
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
1 bunch coriander
1-2 limes
cracked black pepper

Heat oil in a saucepan, add the garlic and cook for 10-20 seconds. Add the onion and sweat for a few minutes and then add in the chicken mince, stirring and breaking up. 
Add in the ginger, pepper, fish sauce, sugar, rice and the stock.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Season with more fish sauce if needed.
Serve in bowls, with the spring onions, coriander, a squeeze of lime and cracked pepper.

Serves 6

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Dippy Eggs and Wholegrain Soldiers

Wooden egg cups
Hot buttered soldiers

Delicious runny yolks
Childhood memories

While up North last weekend I also purchased these cute week Teak egg cups. This morning for breakfast we had eggs with soldiers.

My friend George is an Egg Master. He can tell by looking at an egg how long it will take them to cook and they are perfect every time. From his instructions I cooked these eggs for 5 mins straight into boiling water. 4 minutes 30 seconds would have worked too. Served with hot buttered wholegrain soldiers. Yum.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A big bowl of Chilli

Sometimes all I feel like is Chilli. A nice big bowl of it.  
Here is tonights version of it... Serves about 4

Chilli with avocado, yoghurt and coriander

1 onion finely chopped
1 T olive oil
500g ground beef mince
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cinnamon
a good pinch of chilli flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin cherry tomatoes
2 T tomato paste
1 tin water
1 tsp pomegranate molasses
1 tsp brown sugar
black pepper
1 tin of cannellini beans

Sweat the onion in the oil until soft. Turn up the heat and add the beef and cook, breaking up until browned. Add the cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, chilli flakes, and cook out for a further 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, pomegranate molasses and a few grinds of black pepper and bring to the a boil, then down to low and simmer for an hour.
Add in the beans ( you can use kidney beans, I just didn't have any) and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Adjust the seasoning and serve with the salsa and a big spoonful of greek yoghurt.

1 shallot finely chopped
3 small vine tomatoes, chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T coriander, chopped
salt and pepper

- Mix all ingredients together.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

The Sunday Roast

We went to my old folks house for dinner tonight. Dad was cooking a 5 bone rack of Beef, who could resist!  Of course it came with all the trimmings too...
Brothers be jealous.

Roast pumpkin, kumara and potato
White wine braised red onion and fennel
Baby peas and sauteed leeks
Caramelised shallot gravy
Neddys fresh horseradish
And...Yorkie Pud - awesome
5 bone rack of delicous
Dads Yorkie Pud

Our Vegetable Garden

As the weather was nice this weekend we decided to put in our vegetable garden. I had been gathering up the plants over the last few weeks and finally we had the time to sort out the garden and plant everything.

Now to be honest, I'm not really the gardening type. I enjoy the end result but I am not really prepared to put in the hard yards. Thankfully I have a Keeley. With a bit of encouragement we both got stuck in and accomplished quite a bit in the end. Probably the most gardening I have done in my whole life and I quite enjoyed it. 

Hopefully all going to plan we have crops of Silverbeet, Mini Cabbages, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Wombok, Bok choy, Peas, Spinach. Along with Italian Parsley, Coriander, Thyme, Lemon Verbena, Mint and Chives. We plan to plant some Jersey Bennes later in the year and some Tomato plants as well. Will also be on the look out for other interesting things. Just need to wait for the warmer weather!

New Kitchen Purchase

After venturing up North on Saturday for some hound viewing, we stopped at an old mill converted into a shop and cafe in Waikuku for a wee look. 
I found this great handmade wooden chopping board for a great price. I have been looking for a good one for a while now and this one ticked all the boxes.
Very happy with it!