Showing posts with label brown sugar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brown sugar. Show all posts

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad - Pan fried Snapper

Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad
I love the creaminess of this salad as an accompaniment to fish, however you could put it with anything.
Prepare the salad in advance so that the meal is ready to serve as soon as the fish is cooked.
  • Dice some Feta cheese and cover this with a vegetable oil and pop in a tablespoon of fennel seeds and 1/2 tablespoon of whole black peppercorns... if you do this the day before this infused oil can be used in your dressing, a truly stunning flavour... I love it and always have infused feta in my fridge on hand... trust me you will wonder how you ever survived without these little seeds in your life before.
  • Dice your sweet potato and coat in a little olive oil and bake in a 180 oven until just cooked, then cool.
  • Chunky dice a couple of avocado and toss them in a little lime/lemon juice.
  • Wash and dry some mixed salad leaves and a large handful of coriander leaves.
  • Dressing: Whisk together 1 egg yolk, 2/3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of a seed mustard and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar ... add to this while whisking about 125 grams of an infused oil of some kind such as avocado oil or try making your own as suggested above... 
  • Layer some mixed salad leaves on a platter top with cooled sweet potato, feta, avocado and coriander leaves. Drizzle with dressing and continue to layer.
Pan Fried Snapper
This is my favourite way to prepare fish... everyone in the family will enjoy this especially the kids... not batter so much better for you... shhh! don't tell them it's good for them and they will eat it. 
Quality white fish is essential preferably fresh and not having already been frozen... this is a quick, shallow fry method for cooking fish and in my opinion is best when eaten immediately cooked and straight from the pan.
  • Pat dry your fish with paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Lightly coat in cornflour and then in a lightly beaten egg... one of my dad's favourite ways... gives a really light batter look which pan fries to a wonderful golden colour... it's that simple so don't be tempted to complicate the process.
  • A minute or two of cooking on either side until "just" cooked through... always remember that the cooking process continues during the resting time between pan and plate.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Baked beans with chilli jam, chorizo & maple syrup

Baked beans with chilli jam, chorizo and maple syrup
Home made baked beans with chilli jam, chorizo, maple syrup and a soft poached egg.


Nachos with the baked beans
One pan meal... 

Simple simple simple...
Breakfast, dinner or tea tonight...

  • Soften in a little olive oil a diced onion in a large oven proof pan and then add sliced chorizo sausage or maybe some diced bacon if desired and brown this lightly (obviously vegetarian if the meat is left out). Next 3 large tablespoons of chilli jam and fry for a couple of minutes to bring out the chilli flavour... finally into this frying section add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and cook for a minute or so to caramelise
  • De-glaze the pan with 1/2 cup of stock and then add a tin of crushed tomatoes. Now include your choice of beans, 4 tins and the juice for extra flavour,I have used butter & white beans and a large handful of chopped parsley.
  • Bake uncovered for about a half hour to thicken the sauce and intensify the flavours...
Serve with soft poached eggs for breakfast...
Serve in toasted sandwich maker for a lunch idea...
Chips, cheese and sour cream as nachos for tea tonight...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thai style Roast Pumpkin

Thai style Roast Pumpkin
Using the seed end of the butter nut pumpkin left over from tea last night ... cut this into wedges and remove the seeds leaving the skin on. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast them standing up if possible until cooked and golden all over.

  • Make the dressing while this is happening. Into a saucepan place all of the following ingredients...1 clove of crushed garlic, 1tea spoon ground cumin, 2 table spoons sweet chili sauce, 4 table spoons rice wine vinegar, 1 table spoon brown sugar, 2 table spoons ketjap manis, 2 table spoons olive oil and 2 tea spoons sesame oil ... bring to the boil and simmer gentle for 2 minutes.
Toss the baked pumpkin and dressing together in a large bowl and let them cool to room temperature for about 30 minutes...serve sprinkled with any of the left dressing and roughly chopped coriander.

This twist on delicious roast pumpkin that you may not be able to resist will be served for tonight's tea of simple home made salmon patties (tomorrows recipe) and a two minute tossed salad... tasty finger food option for a party serve with a serviette.