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Pancetta and Meyer Lemon Roast Chicken Breast

February 15, 2017

Meyer lemons are still in season- make use of them! This is a great recipe…

  • 4 to 6 bone-in chicken breasts with skin

Compound Butter

  • ¼ cup good quality butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup pancetta, chopped fine
  • Zest of three meyer lemons
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl and carefully insert about a teaspoon of the mixture under the skin of each chicken breast. Rub any leftover mixture on top of the chicken breast and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Marinate chicken for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ to ¾ cup chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat a large frying pan (oven proof) with the olive oil. Brown the chicken pieces with skin side down for 3 to 4 minutes or till golden brown. Transfer to oven and finish cooking till the internal temperature shows 160 degrees F.

Take out of oven and take the chicken pieces out of the pan. On a medium heat, add the flour to the bottom of the pan and stir, taking off all the bits and pieces from the roasted chicken. Slowly add the broth, whisking to avoid any lumps. Mix well, bring to a boil and check for salt and pepper. Serve chicken with gravy.

 

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Chicken with Kumquats

February 14, 2017

Chicken with Tamarind and Kumquats

Kumquats are in season- make this!!

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 to 1½ pounds boneless chicken thighs, skinned removed
  • Salt
  • 1 pack kumquats, sliced in half and deseeded
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mint, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Sprinkle salt on the chicken pieces. Brown both sides on high heat for about a minute or two each. Take out and keep aside. Add the kumquats and ginger and sauté for a minute on high heat. Add the orange juice, tamarind, sriracha and agave. Bring to a boil and reduce the sauce down to about a cup. Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Lower to simmer and cover and cook for about 15 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Add the cilantro and mint for garnish. Serve with coconut rice.

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Greek Style Branzino with Sautéed Spinach

February 13, 2017

I would make this for Valentine’s day… so, yummy and healthy… very garlicky but who cares if everyone will be smelling of garlic!!

  • 6 cleaned fillets of Branzino or any other white fish with skin on
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the fillets and drizzle olive oil

Sauce

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients together and keep aside.

Preheat broiler to high.

Heat a wide frying pan on medium high heat. Add the fillets, skin side down to the pan, 2 to 3 at a time. Cook for 3 minutes on medium high heat and transfer to a cookie sheet, skin side down. Finish cooking all the fillets and transfer the cookie sheet to the broiler. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes or till the fish is cooked or opaque. Serve warm with a drizzle of the oregano sauce.

Sauteed Spinach

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Heat a wide frying pan with the oil. Add the garlic and sauté on medium heat for 15 to 20 seconds. Add the spinach and cook on high heat till it wilts. Continue sautéing on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt and serve with a garnish of feta cheese.

 

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Brown Rice Pilaf with Almonds and Currants

February 12, 2017

I’ve almost stopped cooking white rice… I am able to transform brown rice into so many different dishes, that I don’t end up missing white rice. Try this one and you will be surprised!

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups brown rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups water

Heat a heavy saucepan with the butter, add the rice and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the water and salt. Bring to a boil and cook on a low medium heat with the lid mostly on the pan for 10 minutes or till the water has cooked off from the surface. Cover with lid and lower the heat to a very low and continue cooking for at least 20 minutes or till the rice is cooked through. Fluff the rice with a fork and let it cool.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 to 5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup currants
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • Salt

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the green onions, garlic and cumin and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat. Add the almonds and currants and sauté for a minute. Add the cooled rice and sauté on medium heat. Add salt, parsley and mint. Mix well and taste for seasonings. Serve warm.

 

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Penang Curry- My Version

February 8, 2017

Panang Curry

A great version to make at home…

Curry Paste

  • 2 to 3 dried chilies, soaked in warm water until soft and seeds removed
  • 1 inch galangal, grated
  • 3 to 4 stalks lemongrass, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 small shallots
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro stems
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and peanuts in a small frying pan till aromatic, about 2 to 3 minutes. Take out and grind in a spice grinder. Add to a mortar and pestle. Add the soft red chilies to the spices in the mortar and pestle.
Add the grated galanga, lemongrass, cilantro stems, garlic and shallots to a small food processor and process till smooth. Add the mixture to the mortar and pestle. Add the shrimp paste to the whole mixture and pound the paste till incorporated together and relatively smooth. Add the salt and keep aside.

  • 1 can low-fat coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, sliced thin on a bias
  • 1 cup haricot verts (green beans), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • ½ cup basil, shredded

Heat a saucepan on medium heat and add the curry paste. Add ¼ cup of coconut milk and sauté on medium heat while stirring constantly. Make sure the milk does not burn. Keep adding as the liquid evaporates and more is needed. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beans and bring to a boil and cook for a minutes. Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Simmer and add the lime leaves, palm sugar, fish sauce, juice and zest of the lime. Mix well and check for seasonings. Turn off as soon as the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with basil and serve with rice.

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Chinese Style Chicken and Broccoli

February 7, 2017

Much better than take out…

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces

Marinade

  • One egg white, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated

Add the egg white to a small bowl. Beat well and add the cornstarch. Continue beating until incorporated. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Mix well and transfer to a medium bowl with the chicken. Mix well and marinate for an hour in the fridge.

Sauce

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce

Mix the two ingredients together and keep aside.

  • 4 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, about 3 cups
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and sauté for another minute. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Take out of pan and add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and reheat pan. Add the marinated chicken and sauté on high heat for a minute. Add the orange sauce and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and onion and mix well. Cook with lid on for another 2 to 4 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Check for seasonings and serve with brown rice.

 

 

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Shrimp and Mushroom Laksa

February 6, 2017

Popular in Singapore and Malaysia, this noodle dish is a labor of love. I have tried to make a bit easier but it is still a bit time consuming and requires quite a few ingredients- but it is so worth it. I would recommend this for a Sunday dinner!

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned, deveined and shelled, shells reserved
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in half
  • 2 carrots, sliced in one inch pieces
  • Salt

In a large saucepan, add the reserved shells, onion, carrots and 8 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer till reduced to about 5 cups, about 45 minutes. Strain and keep aside.

Marinate the shrimp in 1 to 2 teaspoons salt and keep aside.

Paste

  •  2 large shallots, cut in quarters
  • 3 green onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 large lemongrass stalks-bottom 7 inches only, outer layer removed, stalk cut into 1 inch length

Transfer all the ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • One 14 ½ ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 pound Thai flat rice noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • Juice of a lime
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 bunch Asian greens (I used yu choy, a leafy green), bok choy or spinach, about 4 cups

Heat a large saucepan with the peanut oil and add the puree and sauté on medium heat for 9 to 10 minutes, till the mixture is dark brown. Add the mushrooms and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add the 5 cups of broth and bring to a boil. Add the honey, fish sauce, lime juice and soy sauce. Check for seasonings as the broth is simmering and add more soy, lime juice or honey as needed. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or till the shrimp are cooked but not over done.

Divide the noodles and greens in 4 to 6 bowls and top with the shrimp and hot broth. Serve immediately.

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